Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, May 16, 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, May 16, 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 seven guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper, ESG and Springsted.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve revised consent agenda and Regular Board Meeting Minutes of April 18, 2011 meeting, and to pay bills in the amount of $121,332.86 and Student Activity for $0. Voting was 6 for and 0 against. Motion was passed.
Good News:
1. Senior Salute 2011 – Jeremy Condon & Calla Bondhus, KDUZ radio interviews.
2. April Students of the Month – Jack Fiecke & Karlea Kyllo.
3. Mr. Grams and Mr. Landkamer are going to Keystone in Colorado for training in June. This is the same program Mr. Bjork and Mrs. Schramm participated in last year. Thank you to 3M for their continued support of our school.
Administrative Reports:
Mrs. Lukens reported:
1. Four students attended the regional science fair and did very well. Kraig Keller received a Purple Ribbon and four Air Force Awards; Callie Sebora received a Blue Ribbon; Drew Jackson received third place medal; and Blair Jilek received a Red Ribbon. Congratulations.
2. The Spring music concert was held on May 12. Thank you to Mr. Rue on a great performance.
3. Bike Rodeo will be held May 25 at 3:15 PM on the North side of the building.
4. Grandparents Day was held on May 13. Approximately 150-200 grandparents/community members were in attendance.
5. Volunteer breakfast will be held May 27 from 8:00-9:00 AM in the FCS room.
6. First Grade enjoyed a Student/Involvement Day on May 5th where the students were able to show their parents how to practice skills through several learning stations.
7. Reviewed Calendar of Upcoming Events.
Mr. Johnson reported that playoffs for spring sports start next week. Coaching positions have been filled for Varsity and Assistant Volleyball and the Girls’ Basketball Head Coaching position. We will be re-posting for the Girls’ Basketball Assistant Coaching position.
Betty Williams reported on the upcoming changes to the menu based on the conference she attended this month. She also reported on the mandate from the USDA to provide unlimited amounts of water in the lunch room beginning for the 2011-2012 school year. Mrs. Williams distributed a list of possible upgrades to the kitchen to use up the remainder of the funding available.
Mrs. Mattson reported all testing is now complete. There will be grad testing re-takes held in June.
Mr. McNulty reported Mr. Heirass has been approved to the U of M College In Schools program for College Calculus.
Ms. Olson will be giving a report on College English at the June Board Meeting.
Community Ed Committee Report: Met last week and are looking into advertising of offerings.
Legislative Committee Report. Education Finance Bill approved in the House and Senate, not yet approved by the Governor, would offer increase in per pupil funding of $20-FY12 and $21-FY13. Aid payment shift set at 70/30 ongoing. Special Ed growth factor set at 2%-FY12 and FY13. Repeals January 15 contract deadline penalty. Discussed School Land Trust Program.
Negotiations Committees:
Certified – Meeting to be set for negotiations.
Non-Certified – Mediation May 24th
Administrative – Mrs. Williams contract being finalized.
District count as of 5/11/11 - 394 (up two from last month).
Second reading and discussion of Fund Balance – GASB #54 policy. More information will be forwarded to Board Members. Third reading and final discussion set for June Board Meeting.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to approve the following contacts:
Kelly Scharping, Varsity Volleyball Coach;
Amy Tuttle, Assistant Volleyball Coach;
Mike Lee, Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach.
Voting was 6 for and 0 against. Motion was passed.
The Board was addressed by Cory and Katrina Kegler regarding their daughter’s participation in the graduation ceremony. They explained to the Board that their daughter has not passed the state-required reading test. She has retaken the test and is awaiting the results. The Keglers requested their daughter be allowed to participate in the ceremony even if she has not passed the test. They explained that she has met all other requirements to graduate. There was discussion by the Board members.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to allow Kaycee Kegler to participate in the graduation ceremony as long as she has taken steps to remediate requirements of graduation. Roll call vote was taken: Joseph Miller-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-No; Robert Carlson-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Karla Heigl-No. Voting was 4 for and 2 against. Motion was passed.
Resolution for Membership in the Minnesota State High School League was read by Chairperson Robert Carlson.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve Minnesota State High School League Membership Resolution. Roll call vote was taken: Joseph Miller-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Karla Heigl-Yes. Voting was 6 for and 0 against. Motion was passed.
Discussed set dates for certain Board Committee meetings.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Karla Heigl, to set the following School Board Committee Meetings to be held the same date as the regularly-scheduled Board Meeting dates. Meetings will be held at 5:00 p.m. as follows:
Budget Committee – June and November
Tech Committee – September and April
Policy Committee – July and August
Voting was 6 for and 0 against. Motion was passed.
Chairperson Robert Carlson requested Vice Chairperson Joseph Miller attend Graduation Ceremony in his place, as he has prior commitments for that date. Mr. Miller agreed to attend in his place. Mr. McNulty also requested all other Board Members attend Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 7:00 PM on June 1st.
Bond Referendum and presentation on the proposed upgrades to the school was made by Mr. McNulty, ESG and Springsted. Future presentations will be scheduled for business/community members.
Agenda Items for the next regular Board Meeting: Update on Certified and Non-Certified Negotiations; Bond Referendum Updates; Budget Updates.
Upcoming Dates: May 27–Band at Highland Park; June 1–Graduation; June 13–School Board Meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal June 27, 2011.

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