Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, March 16th, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: MerriLea Kyllo, Karla Heigl, Mary Otto, Corbey Hentges, Steve Ziermann and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present: Mike McNulty, Jeremy Schmidt and Blaine Walstrom. Guests: Ivan Raconteur of the Herald Journal.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Motion by Radtke, seconded by Kyllo to approve the Consent Agenda as modified & to approve the minutes of the Reorganizational & Regular Board meeting of 02/02/15 & Work Session on 2/18/15, approval to pay bills in the amount of $148,225.09 & student activity fees of $648.17 were also included. Voting was 6 for, 0 against.
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
A. Kyllo reported that they heard band members received a number of individual awards at contest.
B. Open dialogue - none
Administrative Reports
Mr. Schmidt’s K-12 Report: - Handed out report
• Students on the Honor Roll will receive cinnamon rolls for their efforts and accomplishment on Tuesday
• Great turn out parent/teacher conferences
• Geography Bee – 1/7/15 Erik Hentges was the winner and now qualified for state Geography Bee held at St. Cloud State University
• List of up and coming events
• Reported student survey results on several adolescent topics, school safety, and Truancy
Mr. Walstrom Report: Handed out report
• Volleyball – Tina Scherer back as JV coach, Kelly Elling C squad coach
• Winter sports teams wrap up seasons
• Spring teams to Start practices
• Spring Sports participation is down
• Ms. Olson is directing the Spring Play
• Some 8th graders to move to fill JV baseball team and 6th graders to fill JH baseball.
• Dean Neumann has stepped down as Head Boys Basketball Coach.
• Marv Ebensperger has stepped down as the Boys “C” squad Basketball coach
• Varsity Basketball coach position posted by the end of the month
• Girls Basketball and Boys Baseball moving to new sections
Dave Uecker Facilities Report: None
• Heigl discussed bathroom door issue and will follow up with door reinforcement
Mr. McNulty’s Superintendent Report: Handed out report
• Attended West Central Superintendent’s Meeting March 11th
- Main discussion Governor’s budget
- Need to inform our legislature need money in the formula
• Read thank you letter from Scott Newmann for letter of concern regarding budget
School Board Reports
A. Spec. Ed – None
B. Community Ed. - None
C. LPPEA – Carnival held on March 26th
a. Provided meal for staff during conferences
D. Facilities/Maint. – Meetings being held for Facility planning
E. Tech/Media – N/A
F. Activities Committee – Coaching positions to be filled
G. Negotiations:
a. Certified – Met with Staff Feb. 25th
i. Committee members met March 4th
b. Non-Certified – None
c. Administration – Committee met on March 11th to discuss Superintendent candidates
H. Meet & Confer – meet on March 18th
I. Policy - None
Policy Administration
• District student count as of 3/10/2015 for K-12 is 412.
• Board to set Goals 2015-2016
- Board Member Development: Phase III Training and Annual Leadership Training to include Annual Strategic Planning
- Support Administration with transition to new Superintendent to provide stability and leadership
- Support Administration and Staff to continually upgrade the use of cutting-edge technology in our classrooms, especially as it relates to curriculum development and improvements
- Continue to review facilities needs: electrical upgrades, roofing requirements, window replacements, special education classroom and other needs.
- Continue to promote open communication between staff-administration-school board (possibly have staff presentations on a more regular basis to demonstrate classroom best practices, successes, etc....possibly every other board meeting.)
- Visit Classrooms periodically
- Send letters to students for their achievements
Old Business
• Discussed Acknowledgement of USAgain Certificate of Sustainability – McNulty to follow up
Personnel Issues
• Motion made Hentges and 2nd Kyllo to approve the contracts for Kari Amundson JH Softball coach, Julie Olson Spring Play Advisor, and Jenni Sebora Knowledge Bowl Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made Radtke and 2nd Otto to approve Mrs. Houg’s retirement/resignation. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
- Heigl read letter from Mrs. Houg
• Motion made Radtke and 2nd Hentges to approve the Seniority List for 2015 Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made Kyllo 2nd Otto to approve Lane Change for Alex Edlund. Vote 6 for, O against
• Motion made Radtke and 2nd Otto to approve Mr. McNulty’s resignation. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
- Heigl read letter from Mr. McNulty
School Finances
• No report
New Business
• Motion made Heigl 2nd Hentges to renew Naier subscription Vote: 6 for, O against
• Motion made Hentges, 2nd Kyllo for resolution asking State Legislators to support formula funding growth for schools and students in Minnesota Vote 6 for, 0 against
• Make up days will now occur for any missed school due to weather Monday after Easter.
• Request to move two School Board meetings
- April 20th agreed to move to April 13th 5 p.m.
- June 15th agreed to move June 8th 6:30 p.m.
• Next meeting agenda items
- Updated budget for this year
- Update on Legislature funding
Meeting was adjourned at 6:35 PM.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal April 13, 2015.

Closed Meeting of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, March 16th, 2015 6:35 p.m.
Lester Prairie School Media Center
1. Meeting held on February 25th with staff negotiating team.
a. School Board Negotiating Committee met on March 4th
2. Board discussed the staff proposal presented and the counter proposal made by the board negotiating committee
a. Board discussed further on negotiating strategies.
b. Heigl suggested that we continue in this direction of counter proposal.
i. Board members agreed
Meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal April 13, 2015.

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