Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, April 13th, 2015 5:00 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, and Steve Ziermann. Rawelin Radtke was absent. Administration present: Mike McNulty, Jeremy Schmidt Other Staff: Alice Daak, Blaine Walstrom, Kim DeBruyckere, Joe Scoblic, Dan Heiraas, Lisa Feltmann, Terri Helland, Julie Olson, and Christine Mattson. Guests: Ivan Raconteur of the Herald Journal and several community members.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Motion by Hentges, seconded by Otto to approve the Consent Agenda as modified & to approve the minutes of the Reorganizational & Regular Board meeting & Negotiation Strategy meeting of 03/16/15 & Special meeting of 03/17/15 approval to pay bills in the amount of $169,316.29 & student activity fees of $3,090.97 were also included. Vote 5 for, 0 against.
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
A. Heigl reported great Bulldog bash turnout
a. 287 tickets sold
B. Open dialogue – Board listened to Several community members who spoke on behalf of Ms. Mattson and Ms. Wojciechowski
a. Janelle Scheevel – made the board aware that it was hard to find the Board members email addresses - Website to be updated.
b. Petitions presented by Jamie DeBruyckere - signed by students to keep Ms. Mattson and Ms. Wojciechowski in current staff positions
Administrative Reports
Mr. Schmidt’s K-12 Report: - highlights
• MCA testing to begin
• Dare Graduation 4/16
• We have been approved for a full-time math and reading corps person for next year
• Youth Task Force Dodgeball tournament – great turnout
• Erik Hentges placed 17th at the state geography bee
Mr. Walstrom Report: highlights
• In the process of hiring a Boys Varsity Basketball coach
• Mike Lee hired as JH boys baseball coach
• Mr. Weber back coaching track team
• Spring play Directed by Ms. Olson May 8th and 9th
• Coaches code of conduct to be implemented
Dave Uecker Facilities Report: highlights
• Changing Staffing hours
• Urinal repaired in locker room
• New Coil installed unable to obtain warranty coverage
Mr. McNulty’s Superintendent Report: Highlights
• Encouraged to send letter to legislature
• Governor has 1% in budget formula for schools
• Approx. 2 billion reported state surplus
• Community Day – City clean up May 7th
- Time to be set with Mr. Hoof from City Council
School Board Reports
A. Spec. Ed – None
B. Community Ed. – Kids Depot 13 kids signed up
C. LPPEA – Carnival great turn out
D. Facilities/Maint. – Meetings being held for Facility planning
E. Tech/Media – N/A
F. Activities Committee – Meet after spring sports
G. Negotiations:
a. Certified – Next meeting June 8th
b. Non-Certified – None
c. Administration – Mr. Schmidt contract offer
H. Meet & Confer – Bjork and Mr. James to set next mtg. date
I. Policy - None
Policy Administration
• District student count as of 4/8/2015 for K-12 is 417.
• HITA Bids for LP Schools explained by Mr. McNulty
Motion made by Heigl, 2nd by Kyllo to use HITA Bid #1 Coop
Vote 5 for 0 against
Old Business
• None
Personnel Issues
• Motion made Hentges and 2nd Ziermann to approve the contracts for Rebecca Hintz SPED Teacher, Matt Wroge Volunteer Baseball coach, Mark Thiry Volunteer Track Coach, Mike Lee as JH Baseball Coach Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Heigl spoke regarding the committee decision for new contract of Mr. Schmidt
• Motion made Hentges and 2nd Otto to approve Mr. Schmidt Contract Vote: 5 for, 0 against
• Motion made Kyllo and 2nd Heigl to approve the resignation of Karen Nali Spanish Instructor for 2015
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
• ULA Motion Read by Heigl
Motion made by Heigl and 2nd Ziermann to place Ms. Mattson on ULA.
Heigl thanked all community members for attending and voicing their concerns
Discussion took place among board members
Roll call Vote: Kyllo – No, Heigl – yes, Hentges – No, Ziermann – Yes, Otto – No. Motion – failed
• Motion made by Heigl 2nd by Hentges for non-renewal of non-tenured Teacher Ms. Wojciechowski
Roll call Vote: Kyllo – No, Heigl – yes, Hentges – yes, Ziermann – Yes, Otto – Yes. Motion – carried.
School Finances
• Report handed out
Motion made by Hentges, 2nd by Kyllo to approve the budget revisions for 2015-16
Vote 5 for, 0 against
• ECFE funds transfer moved to May meeting
New Business
• School Calendar discussed
- No response from state to start school early. District to decide.
- Graduation date discussion – surveys handed to board.
- Football to start early, Homecoming would be 1st week of school
- McNulty to find out more info. from state and Watertown graduation date
• Motion made by Hentges 2nd by Ziermann to offer HVAC contract to Palin-Kimball
Vote: 5 for, O against
• Motion made Hentges, 2nd Otto to approve accepting Mowing contracts for both individual occurrence and seasonal
Vote 5 for, 0 against
Alice Daak spoke regarding User Access Rep – listing through MDE
• Motion made Heigl, 2nd Kyllo to approve the Superintendent will be the User Access Rep. for the LP Schools
Vote 5 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Heigl, 2nd Hentges for approval of Joe Kley to work toward Master Degree
Vote 5 for, 0 against
• Next meeting May 18th agenda items
- Update School Calendar
Meeting was adjourned at 6:31 P.M.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 25, 2015.

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