Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Media Center,
Lester Prairie Public Schools
A Special Meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, November 14, 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. Approximately 13 guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve revised Agenda for the meeting. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Resolution canvassing returns of the special election held November 8, 2011, was presented by Chairperson Carlson. Results of the Election were as follows: Yes votes 391, no votes 631, spoiled, defective or blank ballots 2, total votes 1,024.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carslon, to approve Resolution Canvassing Returns as presented.
Roll Call Vote was taken.
Voting in Favor: Joseph Miller, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Robert Carlson, Rawelin Radtke, and Karla Heigl.
Voting Against: None.
Eide Bailly Audit Manager, Joel Stencel, presented the Executive Summary on the Financial Audit of Lester Prairie Schools.
In the open dialogue session, two members of the public spoke to the Board.
Harlan Wegscheid addressed the Board and expressed concern over placement of vote yes signs and his concern relating to debt.
Alden Enger addressed the Board relating to publishing of Board meeting minutes in the newspaper. He also expressed his concern that having a Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m. is too early for most people to attend. Chairperson Robert Carlson explained that our regular school board meeting time is 6:30 p.m.
Mr. McNulty presented ideas from the Facilities Committee on where they feel the District needs to make improvements based on the results of the election. These recommendations are based on a proposal by Engineering Services Group (ESG). The proposed improvements would include improvements to Energy Management Systems and Direct Digital Controls; Electrical System Improvements (motor efficiency improvements); Lighting Retrofit; Mechanical System Improvements to include Steam Trap Repair/Replacement-Basic Scope, Valve, Pipe and Accessory Fittings Insulation and Replace Steam Boilers; Miscellaneous operations and maintenance repairs; Building Envelope/Air Leakage; Technical Resource Services; Ventilation Improvements to include central systems, main office, kitchen & cafeteria, locker rooms; Ventilation and other improvements to the High School Science Rooms. The Board recommended looking into additional improvements to the electrical systems in the building due to technology upgrades. In addition, the Board discussed future roofing repairs that may be needed.
Financial Summary of Proposed Improvements:
Total Value of Improvements, $3,288,396
Rebates: $13,078
Total Savings over 15 years: $939,486
Total Capital Budget Used: $468,887
“New” Taxes: $3,522
Monthly Tax Impact on $150k Home: $.15
Sources of Financing:
Capital Fac. Bonds – Energy Project
Capital Fac. Bonds – Deferred Main.
Alternative Facilities/H&S $2,079.510
The Facilities Committee will continue to work with ESG and present additional information relating to proposed upgrades for the Board to take possible action at the next Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:47 P.M.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 28, 2011.

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