Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Lester Prairie Public SchoolsMonday, August 20, 2012, 6:30 pm
Lester Prairie City Hall
A Regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Lester Prairie City Hall.
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Gregg Machemehl, Karla Heigl, Robert Carlson, Joseph Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Matthew Klitzke was absent. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Jeremy Schmidt. Two guests were present, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald Journal Newspaper.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Robert Carlson.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the Consent Agenda as modified, Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 7/16/12 and to pay bills in the amount of $118,307.43 (Project) and $952,133.47. No Student Activity fee. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Good News
A special thank you to all of the volunteers helping out at school with painting and moving this summer. Your support is appreciated.
Administrative Reports
Mr. Schmidt reported:
1. Interviews completed and recommendations of teachers for Spanish, M.S. English and Elementary positions.
2. New staff will be attending a new teacher orientation on Monday, August 27th.
3. All staff will attend workshops on August 28 – August 30.
4. Purchased 25 used I-Mac computers from Dassel-Cokato School District.
5. This month staff attended training for CPI, PBIS, data retreat. Mr. Schmidt has attended training on School Law, as well as the MSBA Conference.
6. Budgeting and supplies for the kindergarten room, playground swing set and playground area are being completed.
7. Summer school is now completed. Eight students (Grades 2 & 3) and 19 students (grades K-1st) attended.
Dave Uecker reported:
1. Began moving out of gym into classrooms.
2. Hired two more floater employees to help with cleanup to get ready for school.
3. Two additional special service crew members from Marsden here this week and next.
School Board Reports
Mr. McNulty distributed the current Community Ed Bulletin and informed the Board he will be taking over the Community Ed duties formerly held by Mrs. Lukens.
Auditors were in last week. Everything went well. Final Audit will be completed after the first of the year.
Policy Committee met prior to the Board Meeting. Will have updated Policies for review at the September School Board Meeting.
Old Business
Facilities Upgrades. Mr. McNulty updated the Board on the status of the upgrades.
Mr. McNulty explained to the Board that the MDE has denied our request to transfer funds to pay for items related to the building improvement project. He explained that the fund transfer requested would not increase taxes, but not doing the transfer would decrease taxes. According to the MDE, not decreasing taxes is the same as increasing taxes. Mr. McNulty explained the Board had the following options: Increase health and safety levies to complete those projects that qualify. Due to the transfer of the building construction fund to debt service it would allow the District to accomplish this without a net increase to property taxes. Another option would be to ask voters to approve the transfer of funds from the Alternative Facilities Fund to the Capital Fund.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Kelli Machemehl, as Junior High Volleyball Coach. Voting was 4 for 0 against. Gregg Machemehl abstained from voting.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve the hiring of Karen Nali (Spanish Teacher), Alexendra Edlund and Sarah Wojciechowski (Elementary Teachers); to accept the resignation of Trent Grams (Elementary Teacher and Coach) and to approve the following Extra Curricular Contracts:
Ashley Neaton C-Squad Volleyball
David Rue Elementary & High School Choir Performances
Joe Kley Jr. High Football Coach
Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve Capital Expenditure Health and Safety Budget for 2012-2013. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Garbage bid for 2012-2013 was received from Waste Management. No other bids were received.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve bid from Waste Management for 2012-2013 school year. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Application of Course Work – M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction for Jocelyn Buckentin. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve Lane Change Request for Kali Pelham for her completion of Master of Arts in ESL. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve Resolution Relating to the Election of School Board Members and Calling for the School District General Election. Roll call vote: Joseph Miller-Yes, Gregg Machemehl-Yes, Robert Carlson-Yes, Rawelin Radtke-Yes, Karla Heigl-Yes. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Agenda items for the next meeting:
1. Updated Policies
2. Update on Facilities
3. Maternity Leave for Mrs. Helland
Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 17, 2012.

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