Lester Prairie School Board Minutes


6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in the school Media Center.

Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Jim Jorgenson was absent. Administration present included Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. There were approximately thirty guests in attendance, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald-Journal newspaper.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting and the closed meeting of 3/16/10. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

The Board began discussion regarding possible Reductions in Programs, Positions and other areas for the 2010-2011 school year.

Several members of the audience expressed concern relating to the proposed change of eliminating noon time bussing, as well as moving Kindergarten to an all day every other day schedule. The Board had further discussions regarding these possible changes.

Joe Miller made a motion to keep the Kindergarten and Pre-School Programs in place with no changes. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The Motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

The following items were presented by Mr. McNulty as possible reductions, and the Board recommended pursuing the reductions as follows:

1. Combine coaching positions in Grade 7-8 and C-Squad.

The Board recommended that the Administration and Athletic Director look at each sport individually to determine whether it is feasible to combine each sport.

2. Decease supplies, paper products, and general supplies.

3. Early retirement incentives. The Administration will continue to pursue this option.

4. One Act Play. The administration will pursue looking into the participants fully funding this program, or eliminating the program.

5. 6-8th Grade Philosophy. The Administration will continue to review this as an option for the future.

6. Sharing cross country with another school district.

7. Combining field trips and/or having parents more fully fund field trips.

8. Moving Yearbook from an extra curricular activity to a class. Fred Blaser made a motion to approve moving the Yearbook from an extra curricular activity to a class. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Other possible reductions/revenue generating ideas included:

1. Increasing activities fees for all extra curricular activities. Mr. McNulty will present possible increases to fees at the next Regular School Board Meeting.

2. Continue to research a possible 4-Day School Week.

3. Pursue possible Operating Levy.

Fred Blaser introduced and moved for adoption of the Resolution to approve placing Anne LeClaire on Unrequested Leave of Absence (0.16 FTE of a Teaching Position). Karla Heigl seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote was taken: Joe Miller-Yes, Chester Hoernemann-Yes, Fred Blaser-Yes, Rawelin Radtke-Yes, Karla Heigl-Yes. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Joe Miller made a motion to implement concepts presented in Scenario 2 – K-6, 7-12 Setup, as follows:

1. Mrs. Martig would not be renewed as elementary teacher.

2. Spanish would be reduced by .16.

3. Title I services would change: Mrs. Maas with grades 1-4, Mrs. Smith with grades 5-8.

4. Keyboarding would be put into the 7th grade curriculum part time.

5. Yearbook moved into the schedule as class setting.

6. Science would be reduced to .8 (look for .2 as it is very difficult to find science).

Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

There were further discussions relating to the legislative meetings attended last week.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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