Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
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 18, 2011 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board Members were present: Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Joseph Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. Approximately 15 guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to approve revised consent agenda, Work Session Minutes and Regular Board Meeting Minutes of March 21, 2011 meeting, and to pay bills in the amount of $142,532.82 and Student Activity for $848.11. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Good News:
Thank you to John Rosell for his donation of his grandfather’s newspapers from the First World War era. The newspapers are approximately 93 years old and have been laminated and framed and are currently on display in the Media Center.
Congratulations to the March Students of the Month, Jacob Roth and Alicia Ortloff.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Bulldog Bash. We were once again able to raise approximately $18,000. This will allow the Foundation to continue to support the school thru yearly grants and other special purchases, such as the commitment to supply one SmartBoard per year for the next three years.
The Lester Prairie Lion’s Club will be celebrating 25 years of service to the LP community. They will be holding a dinner and entertainment on May 12th at the City Hall. Thank you to the Lion’s Club for all their generous donations to the school throughout the years.
Anyone interested in a float for the Prairie Days Parade should contact MaryAnn Teubert.
Open Dialogue:
Deb Lohse expressed her support of the band program, and requested that the Board take into consideration the correspondence received by parents of next year’s 5th grade class regarding adding 5th grade band back into the program.
Administrative Reports:
Mrs. Lukens reported $5,000 was raised by the Elementary thru its cookie dough sales. We expect to receive an additional $1500-$2000 in magazine sales. The money raised was used to purchase another SmartBoard for the Elementary. A drawing was held and Mrs. Anderberg’s class was chosen.
MCA’s start this week. In the next three weeks students will be taking reading, math and science tests.
Class sizes to date: K-29; 1st-28; 2nd-33; 3rd-24; 4th-27; 5th-34; 6th-36.
Kindergarten Roundup was held on April 14th. Parents representing 31 students were present. Eleven parents requested K+ program. Need approximately 12 students to move forward on K+. Mrs. Lukens is sending out packets to those parents who did not attend the meeting.
PAC sponsored Kelly Meister, resident for photography, working with 6th-7th grade students. Completed pictures that represent LP’s history. Photos will be available during the Prairie Day’s Celebrations. Thank you to the community members, teachers and businesses that helped with this project.
Next Community Education Advisory Board meeting will be May 9.
There will be a Parent Informational Meeting on May 2nd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center for parents of 5th and 6th graders regarding the Middle School Concept.
Thayne Johnson reported Spring sports are going well. Have received applications for both the Volleyball and Girls’ Basketball Coaching positions which are available. Thank you to the Booster Club for their donations for the purchase or baseball and softball equipment.
Mr. Johnson informed the Board that Kay Konerza had contacted him regarding the possibility of holding a Fitness Boot Camp at the school June 20-22nd for middle thru high school age. The cost of the camp is $70. Mr. Johnson will be getting out more information to parents on the camp.
The Senior Class made a presentation on their class trip to New York.
Members of the Senior Class made a request to the Board to change the date of graduation from June 2nd to June 1st. This request was made due to the fact that Ben Price will be leaving for military training the morning of June 2nd and would not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. The seniors presented letters signed by all but two parents of the senior class indicating their approval of changing the date. The Board expressed concern over the fact that not all parents were in agreement, and what kind of precedence this might set for the future.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve the change in the graduation date from June 2nd to June 1st, only if there was unanimous agreement by all parents of the senior class for the change of date. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
School Board Reports:
Matthew Klitzke and Kim DeBruyckere attended I-Pad presentation at GFW.
Non-Certified Negotiations – Mediation set for May 24th.
First Reading of Fund Balance-GASB #54 policy.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl to approve moving June 20, 2011 Regular Board Meeting to June 13, 2011. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Lester Prairie Education Association has given the District their “notice of Desire to Negotiate”. Certified Negotiations Committee to set date for meeting.
Facilities/Maintenance Committee reported they met with Energy Services Group (ESG) to discuss continued services for possible upgrades and renovations to the school. The areas of the school which require upgrades due to state standards include the science rooms, cafeteria and kitchen areas, as well as air quality, heating and other ventilation systems. In addition, the Committee is looking at upgrades to the media center and offices. The Facilities Committee has received rough plans from TSP and ESG for these upgrades. Rough estimated cost of $7.8 million. Some of those funds would be provided thru funding from the State. The rough estimate that would be presented to the voters this Fall would be approximately $5 million.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve addition of up to a maximum of $7,500 on the contract with Energy Services Group to complete the plans for the possible upgrades/renovations. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Robert Carlson explained he is pursuing a grant thru the U.S. Dept. of Justice to enhance the security systems at the school.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to allow Robert Carlson to work with ESG to pursue the U.S. Dept. of Justice security enhancement grant. Voting was 5 for and 0 against. Robert Carlson abstained from the vote.
Letter of resignation from Dan Heiraas as the varsity girls’ basketball coach was read to the Board.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve the resignation of Dan Heiraas as the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board expressed their appreciation to Mr. Heiraas for his many years of dedication to the Girls Basketball Program.
Mr. McNulty presented to the Board the need for additional ELL/ESL instruction time and personnel due to the number of students in the program. The Board discussed the fact that they would prefer to have a classroom teacher for Spanish I and II, rather than offering these classes thru ITV.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve additional two hours per day for the Spanish program. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Mrs. Helland made a presentation to the Board on the benefits of adding 5th grade band. Mrs. Helland explained that when the 6th grade moves to the middle school concept, it will be very beneficial for those students to have had a year of band before entering the Jr. High Band. Other benefits include: extra year means more use of their investment of their instrument; gives back the Jr. High Band 2-1/2 hours per week of full band practice; teachers wouldn’t be needed during the 2012-2013 school year to cover 7th and 8th grade during the flexible 7th hour. Increasing the band position also gives back 10 lesson slots for the 5th grade beginners, which is the most crucial part of first learning the instrument.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to add 5th grade band, and increase band teaching position by .10 beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Mr. McNulty explained that Mr. Johnson has been assisting as Dean of Students to help him with the 7-12 discipline issues when is out of the building. Mr. McNulty and Mr. Johnson will continue to work out the details of how the Dean of Students position is implemented.
Mr. Machemehl requested that Mr. McNulty look into the possibility of hiring on the supervisory position with Marsden as soon as possible. This would give Marsden the opportunity to be involved in the operations while school is still in session, making it a smoother transition. Mr. McNulty will check into the possibility of bringing on Marsden in this capacity as soon as possible, and will report back to the Board.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl to approve the following Activity Fees for the 2011-2012 school year:
Non-Athletic Fees (Knowledge Bowl, One Act Play, Spring Play): $40/first, $25/each additional.
Ticket Prices and Season Passes:
a. Student and Senior Citizen (55+), $4/event
b. Adults, $6/event
c. Student/Senior Citizen Season Pass, $55
d. Adult Season Pass, $100
e. Family Season Pass, $225
Athletic Fees:
a. Grades 7 & 8, $90/Sport
b. Discounted Fees, $50/Sport, $100 maximum
c. Grades 9-12, $120/Sport
d.Discounted Fees, $70/Sport, $140 maximum
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Mr. McNulty presented the results from the Regional Schools Planning Project survey. Steering Committee will be reviewing results and implementing action plan.
Mr. McNulty distributed letter from the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, on policy covering families of the military.
Board discussed policy for who walks on graduation night, as it relates to testing and other graduation requirements. Mr. Miller explained it was his understanding that a decision was made by the School Board a few years ago relating to this issue. McNulty will research to see if the District has a policy and will advise the Board.
Mr. Carlson expressed concern over school doors being left unlocked. Discussed the possibility of changing all the exterior locks and reissuing keys.
Agenda Items for the next meeting:
1. Marsden Contract
2. Policy for Graduation
3. Building Security
Upcoming Dates:
April 22-25, No School
April – May, MCA Testing Continue
May 16, School Board Meeting
Meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 23, 2011.

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