Lester Prairie School Board Minutes


Monday, April 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, April 19, 2010 in the school Media Center.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Special Board meeting of 3/30/10 and to pay bills in the amount of $113,064.65 and Student Activity for $10,133.62. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Good News Section:

1. Samantha Condon (Computer) & Hayden Theis (SPED) – students of the month for March. Congratulations.

2. Julie Olson gave a presentation to the Board on the various ways she has been preparing her students for the upcoming MCA tests.

3. The Bulldog Bash made nearly $18,000 and had over 185 items donated. Another extremely successful event.

4. The 5th Grade D.A.R.E. graduates attended the Twins Game on Sunday, April 18th. All 35 fifth grade students were in attendance and had a great time.

Administrative Reports

Mrs. Lukens reported Spring Pictures will be May 4th for Preschool through 6th Grade. MCA II Testing for 3rd-8th Grade will be April 20-22 (Reading), April 27-28 (Math) and May 4-5 (Science).

Kindergarten Round-up was April 15. Twenty-Nine students with their parents attended. Packets will be mailed to an additional 15 families who were not in attendance. Eight people have expressed interest in the K+ program. We will need 12 to offer this option for next year.

Mrs. Lukens read a letter from Ron Shimanski congratulating Katie McBee on her success at the Future Problems Solvers competitions this year. Good job Katie!

Donated dictionaries from the Lion’s Club were distributed to all 3rd Graders. Thank you to the LP Lion’s.

Upcoming Dates:

April 18–24 – Severe Weather Week

April 24 – Prom

May 3 - Continuing Ed Committee Meeting

May 6 – Kindergarten Visitation (Students)

May 6 – Elementary Concert 7:00 p.m.

May 7 – Grandparents Day 1:30 p.m.

May 11 – Art Fair 7:00-8:00 p.m.

May 12 – Young Authors/Artists Conference

May 18 – H.S. Concert 7:30 p.m.

May 19 – Strategic Planning Meeting 4:00-5:30 p.m.

June 1 – Elementary Field Day

June 3 – Elementary Awards Day 9:00 a.m.

Don Albright gave a facilities update. He discussed a variety of areas they will be working on the remainder of this year and possible summer projects to include sidewalk repairs and painting. He also discussed items in storage. Mr. McNulty will be working with the custodial staff to determine what items can be discarded.

Mr. McNulty expressed his thanks to all staff members for their help and support this year.

School Board Reports

LPAC – The Board Members were asked to supply breakfast food for the June 4th Staff Appreciation breakfast.

Facilities & Maintenance – The Board requested the custodial staff make sure to check the playground area over the summer to make sure garbage is picked up and everything remains in good repair. The Board discussed taking down the chain link fencing at the playground.

Facilities Improvement Committee – A walk-thru was conducted on Thursday, April 15th with Pat Fogarty. A number of areas of concern were discussed. The custodial staff will continue to work on various areas in need of improvement.

Technology – Continue to work with Tech Check on technology upgrades.

Athletic Committee – Meeting with Holy Trinity on Tuesday, April 27th.

Mr. McNulty and the Board to set a working closed session date to discuss policy on Employee Use of Social Media, budget items, and various items.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve Litzau Excavating to install new sprinkler line in the practice field. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the contracts for Jennifer Smith, Kim Anderson and Sarah Nimchak for Spring Play Advisors. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve Lester Prairie School’s Group Long Term Disability Policy renewal with no change in rate. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty received a letter from Minnesota School Employees Association expressing their desire to negotiate. Mr. McNulty will set date and time to hold a closed session to discuss negotiation strategies.

Fred Blaser made a motion to approve Minnesota State High School League membership. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty distributed and the Board discussed possible Activities Fees changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting (May 17, 2010):

Date for Work Session and update on property to the South of the school.

Upcoming dates:

April 21 NHS Induction Ceremony

April 23 Pre-Prom ZAP (Zero Adult Provider) Law Presentation

May 11 Levy Meeting-Hutch 5pm

May 12 DARE Helicopter

May 18 HS Band/Choir Concert

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Karla A. Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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