Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, September 19, 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, September 19, 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 two 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 Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve revised consent agenda and Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 8/15/11, and Special Board Meeting Minutes of 9/12/11. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve payment of bills in the amount of $209,969.12 and Student Activity in the amount of $3,884.18. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Good News:
Bus route change on east route produced good comments.
$1,500 donation from Prairie Bus for Enrichment Programs.
Student Enrollment up 10-15 from start of last year.
Booster Club, Football and Boys Basketball annual salt drive another huge success. Over 4,000 bags sold. Thank you to the community members for your continued support of this fundraiser. Also, thank you to all the volunteers that helped deliver.
Spirit items and t-shirt give away sponsored by the Booster Club at the volleyball game was a huge success. First 100 students entering the game received the items. The t-shirts were gone within the first ten minutes.
Good to see such a large crowd at the first home football game.
Administrative Reports:
Current Elementary Class Numbers: K-39, K+-12, 1st-32, 2nd-29, 3rd-34, 4th-27, 5th-25. Elementary numbers up 16 from last year.
Upcoming dates:
Sept. 14 Bus Safety
Sept. 26 HS/Preschool Pictures
Sept. 27 Elementary/Preschool Pictures
Oct. 9-14 Fire Safety Week
Oct. 9-14 Homecoming Week
Oct. 27 Bulldog Olympics
(Math & Science)
Nov. 7 HS Band Concert
Dec. 2 Christmas Store
Dec. 8 Elementary Concert
Dec. 14 Geography Bee
Dec. 15 HS Concert
Jan. 11 Spelling Bee
Mid Feb. Science Fair
Mar. 15 HS Band Concert
Mar. 22 Carnival
Mar. 29 HS Choir Concert
May 4 Grandparents Day
May 15 HS Concert
May 17 Elementary Concert
David Uecker gave facilities report. Completed 31 work orders since the last school board meeting. Very positive feedback from the staff on how easy it is to use and the speed at which the work is done. Continuing work on Elementary projects, i.e. Smart Boards, screen for classrooms, doors on elementary classrooms. Temporary employee coming from Marsden on Tuesdays and Fridays until open position is filled.
Hired part-time employee to assist food service with new computer system. Employee is also able to substitute for paraprofessionals when necessary. New water cooler has been installed in the cafeteria.
MASA Conference will be held in Duluth October 2-4.
Scheduled Bond Presentations:
Oct. 6 Legion
Oct. 11 City Council Meeting
Oct. 13 Lions Club
Oct. 17 School Media Center prior to Regular School Board Meeting (6:30 PM Bond Presentation/8:00 PM School Board Meeting
Mr. McNulty made Bond Presentation to 7th and 8th grade students and will be presenting to the 9th-12th grade students in the next few weeks.
Partitions in the south Elementary bathrooms have been redone. Thank you to Dave Uecker for his work in getting this project completed.
School Board Reports
Facilities/Maintenance – Mr. McNulty will be meeting with ESG on September 30th to review procedures following outcome of bond referendum. Still waiting on review and comments from the State on bond information submitted.
Tech/Media – Committee meeting scheduled prior to October School Board meeting.
Activities Committee – Set meeting for September 21 at 7:15 a.m. to discuss areas of concern.
Thank you to Mrs. DeBruyckere for an outstanding job on the yearbook.
Negotiations-Certified – First meeting with the teachers is set for October 5th.
Meet and Confer – Mr. McNulty met with Mr. Grams and Mr. Landkamer. Discussed scheduling issues.
Policy – Need to finalize Graduation policy.
District Student count up approximately 12 students from last year. Current student count as of 9/14/11 for K-12 is 404.
Both candidates for the Dean of Students position have declined. Committee to meet after the School Board meeting to discuss how to proceed.
Discussed family maximum for K-3rd Grade on in-town bussing routes. The Board discussed the $25 per month charge for each student. The Board discussed the expense for a family with more than one student. The Board also discussed the fees for preschool students. Mrs. Lukens explained to the Board that the bus company has a separate policy established for preschool students.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve family member maximum of $25 per month for students K-3rd grade for in-town bussing. This $25 per month fee applies to immediate family members only at the designated in-town bus stops. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the following contracts:
Asst. Girls Basketball Coach, Joe Kley
Science Fair Coordinator, Mike Bjork
HS Choir Performance, David Rue
Spelling Bee Coordinator, David Klitzke
Geography Bee Coordinator, David Klitzke
Elem/HS Band Performance, Terri Helland
Media Coordinator, Troy Feltmann
National Honor Society Advisor, Christine Mattson
District Assessment Coordinator, Christine Mattson
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting:
1. Test Results
2. Referendum Updates
Meeting was adjourned at 7:17 P.M.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 14, 2011.

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