Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, August 15, 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, August 15, 2011 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board Members were present: Karla Heigl, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Joseph Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Robert Carlson was absent. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. Approximately five guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Joseph Miller.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve revised consent agenda and Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 7/18/11, and to pay bills in the amount of $111,962.95 and Student Activity for $352.45. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Good News:
Board Members had a walk-thru of the facilities with a representative from Marsden. Facilities look very good.
Administrative Reports:
Current Elementary Class Numbers: K-37, K+-12, 1st-31, 2nd-29, 3rd-33, 4th-27, 5th-26.
Training this month:
CPI – Core Team August 16
Para Workshop August 10
PBIS August 11 and 12
AMERIcorps week of August 8
Legal Seminar August 17
ABE Meeting August 24
Birth–3rd Grade Summit August 8
Training for TIES System
Teacher Academy – August 23-25
Intro to PBIS
Motto: Bulldogs show pride by respecting self, others, property, and learning.
Upcoming dates:
Staff Development August 22 and 23
LP Parents for Education (formerly LPAC) Meeting - August 23
Community Ed Advisory Board Meeting – September 12
Preschool Screening – September 29
Homecoming – October 10-14
Thayne Johnson, Activities Director, reported that fall sports started August 15. Good numbers in all sports. Dunk Tank during Prairie Days celebrations made approximately $140 for the Activities Department. There will be a fundraiser benefitting the Activities Department on Saturday, October 29th. (Halloween Hustle - 5K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot). New Girls’ Basketball uniforms have been ordered. The Booster Club donated $2,000 for the uniforms. Mike Lee, Head Coach of the Girls’ Basketball Team, also plans to hold a Shoot-A-Thon later this fall to help raise funds. Joe Kley has been hired as the new JV Girls’ Basketball coach. Gene Starke has resigned as Junior High Girls’ Basketball coach.
Julie Olson, English teacher, gave a presentation to the Board on the College English class she taught last year, as well as the class she will be teaching this year (Introduction to Literature). She had approximately 18 students last year. The students had a lot of success and gave very positive feedback on the class. The students expressed that they felt more prepared for college because of the experience. There are 20 students currently registered for Introduction to Literature for the upcoming year. The students earn three college credits each year. In addition, Mr. McNulty informed the Board that Dan Heirass will be teaching College Calculus this year. There are approximately ten students registered for the College Calculus class.
School Board Reports:
Facilities/Maintenance – Plumbers will be coming to check on flooding from the boys’ elementary bathroom. Need to fill hole down at the playground where the ground has washed away.
Legislative/MSBA – Legislature approved bill, which includes $50 increase per pupil, 70/30 shift changed to 60/40, penalty for negotiations deadline of January 15th has been eliminated.
Negotiations-Certified – Mr. McNulty and teacher representatives met to review and update contract to meet recommendations of MSBA. Need to set up date for next meeting.
Meet & Confer – Mr. McNulty to set up next meeting.
Policy – Policy Committee met before Board Meeting to review Student Handbook.
Final reading of Policy #532 Restrictive Procedures. Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve Policy #532. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Facilities Committee meeting with ESG Services on August 17.
Discussed Dean of Students position. The committee will draft a formal job description for position to be presented to the Board. The position will be posted internally. The job description needs to be approved by the Board.
Discussed bus transportation issues. Rick and Jodi Theis expressed their concerns relating to the length of time their children are on the bus route. The Board also discussed day care bus stops, as well as the bus stops at the Prairie Ridge development. Mr. McNulty will work with the bus company to ensure the following issues are addressed: Route times for New Germany students; Prairie Ridge Development bus stops and day care bus stops.
Mr. McNulty presented letter of resignation from Cheryl Norman, ELL/Spanish Teacher. Currently have three candidates for the position.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to accept the resignation of Cheryl Norman. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Matthew Klitzke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the following contracts:
Assistant Football Coach, Trent Grams
Jr. High Football Coach, Tony Kley
Jr. High Football Coach, Marc Kohler
Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve Collaboration Agreement with Heartland Head Start and LP Community Ed (School Readiness). Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Football Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement. Discussed the need to dissolve Agreement between LP/HT due to addition of Josiah Rehmann, who is home schooled. Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to dissolve Football Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement between Lester Prairie School and Holy Trinity School. Voting as 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Karla Heigl, to enter into Football Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement between Lester Prairie School, Holy Trinity School, and Rehmann Family Home School. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Mr. Johnson explained that a student would like to participate in soccer and requested the Board enter into a Cooperative Sponsorship agreement for Soccer with Mayer Lutheran School.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to enter into Soccer Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement between Lester Prairie School and Mayer Lutheran School. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Board set date of September 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a work session relating to Referendum Planning. Public meetings to be held, referendum brochure being developed.
Mr. McNulty to set date for Teacher Negotiations meeting.
The Board discussed Pre-School Enrollment. Currently the pre-school is full, and there is a waiting list. The Board discussed possible increase in pre-school. Mrs. Lukens explained that we do not have the space or personnel to expand the pre-school at this time. The Board will continue to look at possibilities relating to pre-school requirements.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting:
1. Dean of Students
2. Bus Transportation
3. Referendum Updates
Meeting was adjourned at 8:17 P.M.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 19, 2011.

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