Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
The Truth in Taxation Meeting of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Lester Prairie Public Schools Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present:
Gregg Machemehl, Karla Heigl, Joseph Miller, Rawelin Radtke, and Robert Carlson. Matthew Klitzke was absent. Approximately four guests were present, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald Journal Newspaper.
A moment of silence was observed to honor those in Newtown, Connecticut.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Robert Carlson.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve certified levy in the amount of $813,684.75 for the School District of Lester Prairie. No questions were received from the public. Voting was 5 for 0 against.
Truth In Taxation meeting adjourned at 6:34 pm.
Lester Prairie Public Schools Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve the Consent Agenda as modified, Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 11/14/12 and to pay bills in the amount of $157,961.69; Student Activity of $232.99; and project bills of $181,372.98. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Good News
Congratulations on two great music concerts on December 10 & 13.
The After Prom Party bake sale made over $900.00. Thank you to all the parents would supplied the baked goods, and to the community members for their support of the sale.
Administrative Reports
Mr. Schmidt – Principal’s Report: Interviewing candidate for the Spanish speaking EL para/media center position this week; Elementary Christmas Store a success; Two-Hour late start agenda included: PLATO, Web-Page Updates, and Independent Learning Time-Related Goals; large attendance at the free lunch at St. Peter’s; Lockdown and notice posted on the website regarding last Friday’s incident in Connecticut; Mr. McNulty and Mr. Schmidt met with HLWW to discuss possible collaboration in the coming years to include possible speaker presentations, training, teacher best practices, etc.; elementary students reached their goal to read 125,000 minutes-top earners from each grade were able to throw a pie in Mr. Schmidt’s face; NHS and high school students collected 250 toys for Mary’s Place (Sharing and Caring Hands of Minneapolis); PBIS staff attended a training on OLWEUS Bully Prevention, the entire staff will be trained on January 18th workshop day.
Activities Report – Shuttle Bus issues have been addressed. Coaches to let Mr. Johnson know if there are any further issues. Gym floor continues to be a concern. Working with the custodians to schedule time to get into the gym to scrub before games. Having gym doors locked has caused some concern among coaches. Mr. McNulty explained that the custodial staff will ensure that the gym and locker room doors are open immediately after school at the end of the day, and the doors will remain open thru the weekend for the various weekend activities and practices.
Facilities Report – Report submitted by Dave Uecker was reviewed by the board. 56 work orders completed since the last meeting.
School Board Reports
Community Ed – Met last week. Discussed website upgrades, improving technology.
Facilities/Maint. – Energy Control Systems 90% complete.
Activities Committee – Finalized Coaching Expectations requirements.
Hot Lunch – Discussions on changes to the school lunch programs. May be some revisions in the future.
Policy Committee – Met today prior to Board meeting.
Policy Administration
District count as of 12/12/12 for K-12 is 415.
First reading of Policy 704 – Fixed Assets.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Resolution Appointing Election Judges for the Special Election on January 16, 2013, as presented. Roll Call Vote: Joseph Miller-Yes, Robert Carlson-Yes, Rawelin Radtke-Yes, and Karla Heigl-Yes. Gregg Machemehl abstained. Motion was passed 4-0.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the following contracts:
Blaine Walstrom, 9th Grade Girl’s Basketball Coach;
Jenni Sebora, Knowledge Bowl Supervisor;
Rob Weber, Head Track Coach;
Gene Starke, Head Softball Coach.
Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
MSBA Annual Leadership Conference on January 17-18.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve date for School Board Reorganization Meeting for January 9, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the School Media Center. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
EideBailly representative presented the 2011-2012 audit. Robert Carlson recommended one change to Note 5, Item C relating to Related Party Transaction.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve the 2011-2012 audit as presented and modified. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Board discussed the status of the library resources/staffing.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 14, 2013.

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