Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, March 20, 2017 5:45 p.m.
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Mary Otto, Steve Ziermann and Corbey Hentges, Mark Sebora, Rebecca Heimerl, and Meganne Stifter-Knoll. Administration present: Nathaniel Boyer and Jeremy Schmidt. Other staff present: Blaine Walstrom, Jan Smith, Katie Carmine, Krystina Peterson Other Guests: Starrla Cray for Herald Journal.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Motion by Otto seconded by Stifter-Knoll to approve the Consent Agenda as modified & to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 2/20/17, Special Meeting of 3/10/17 and the approval to pay bills in the amount of $125,231 & student activity fees of $1,810.12 were also included.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
A. Communication –
1. Band Concert was good. Students recognized for solo ensemble contests.
2. Girls basketball team accomplishment
3. Fan attendance and compliments from other schools on LP support
4. Pep Band compliments
B. Open dialogue – none
Administrative Reports
Mr. Boyer K-12 Report: - highlights
• Title One /EL Night was held on March 8th with great attendance
• Third quarter ends March 24th
• PTO Carnival Thursday after school
• Senior Class trip leaving on Sunday
• Presentation given on student Graduation rates
Mr. Schmidt Superintendent Report: - highlights
• Gave legislative update – equalization for smaller districts
• Supt. Meeting – discussion took place regarding legislature and schools struggling with test scores.
• Insurance pool meeting – taking bids for staff insurance. Administration to choose what best fits district and staff.
School Board Reports
A. Spec. Ed – none
B. Community Ed. – Winter activities wrap up
C. LPPEA – Name change to PTO
a. Fund Raising Club Choice
b. 2 money applications received and awarded
D. Facilities/Maint. –
a. Looking for custodial substitutes
b. Osha required training conducted
c. Scrubber sent back for repair
d. Replacing ceiling tiles throughout the building
e. Received bids for mulch for the playground
E. Tech/Media – none
F. Activities Committee – met on March 20th
a. Winter team wrap up
b. Volleyball Head Coach position still open
c. Cross country possible pairing with NYA
d. Golf – Co-op approved with Mayer Lutheran – 2 students joining
i. Website to be updated with added sports offerings
G. Negotiations:
a. Non-Certified – none
b. Certified – meetings coming up
H. Meet & Confer – meeting on Wed.
I. Policy – 1st reading Policy 905 Advertising
J. Legislative: Sebora – none
Policy Administration
• District student count as of 02/15/17 for K-12 is 429.
• Hentges read Policy 905 Advertising
Old Business - None
Personnel Issues
• Motion made by Ziermann and 2nd Otto to approve the contract for Matt Wroge as JV Baseball coach.
o Discussion took place
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Hentges read retirement letter from Diane Hosapple.
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Sebora to approve the retirement of Diane Hosapple as computer operator in the lunch room effective at the end of the school year.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Hentges read retirement letter from Betty Williams.
• Motion made by Stifter-Knoll and 2nd Heimerl to approve the retirement of Betty Williams as computer operator as Kitchen Supervisor effective 6/30/17
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
School Finances - None
New Business
• Motion made by Ziermann and 2nd Otto to open negotiations with Lester Prairie Education Association for the 2017-2019 school years. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Sebora 2nd Hentges to approve the Membership Agreement with the SW/WC Service Cooperative for the 2017-2018 School Year
o Discussion took place
Vote 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Heimerl 2nd by Otto to approve Non-Certified and Certified Seniority List for 201-2017 Vote 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Stifter-Knoll 2nd by Hentges to accept mowing contract bids for the 2017 at a per time basis for 2yrs. Option of 3rd yr. Vote 6 for, 0 against
• Next meeting Monday April 19th at 5:45 pm
Meeting was adjourned at 7:06 PM.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 1, 2017.

Special Meeting of the
SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, March 20th, 2017
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Mary Otto, Steve Ziermann and Corbey Hentges, Mark Sebora, Rebecca Heimerl, and Meganne Stifter-Knoll. Administration present: Jeremy Schmidt.
A presentation was made to the board by Administration on technology, facilities, personnel, curriculum, and student learning
• Motion by Heimerl, 2nd by Ziermann to approve the Consent Agenda as presented or modified. Vote: 6 for, 0 against.
LTFM long range plan
1. Roof paid off by 4/1/19
2. Window replacement over the next 3 yrs.
3. Meet with Patti Heminover from Springsted on building improvements, increased classroom space and recreation Learning center
a. Referendum 2020-21?
4. Pave, tar or reclaimed asphalt parking lot
Communication
5. District Communication has been at some high levels. HJ has limited us in the number of articles and which articles are posted where.
a. Parental communication on line (website, Twitter, Facebook, Instant Alert, notes home)
b. Teacher websites updated – At open house - mandatory parent sign up
c. School Calendar Website and App. School activities, Community Education, school use
Instructional
6. Continue to develop plan to support the diverse needs of students
a. WBWF
b. Ramp up Programming
c. CCR meetings with students in HS
d. ACT Prep and MCA scores continue to improve
e. College Credit for core areas (Science, Social, Math, English) difficult with new restrictions
Technology
7. Increase the incorporation of 21st Century Learning skills into the curriculum
a. Devices are comfortable
b. Janelle working on master list of staff strengths with technology
c. Creation of digital curriculum to supplement texts.
d. Jane Roth stepping up for integrated classes
Professional Development
8. Provide opportunities for all staff to better learning options
a. Teacher Evaluation program and feedback from Admin
b. PBIS implementation Pre-K thru 12 - Principal
c. OLWEUS program utilized K-8 – Principal and staff
d. Use of curricular area development through SWWC –Highest use yet
Overall District Goals
9. Balance Budget – $$ used for roof funds
a. MSBA – use staff development funds
b. Unnecessary programming?
c. Critically analyze programs and associated cost
d. Special Ed increases – Class size bubbles
10. Increase enrollment
a. Staff participation
b. Develop plan for increasing enrollment
i. Advertise – reach out to St. Pius
ii. Call open enrollment family annually
iii. Pre-school increase – busing increase
2. District Goals Review
1. Continue replacement of all school roofs
2. Window Replacement
3. Building improvements
4. Pave or tar parking lot – look at options that fit best with possible building improvements
5. Further Develop our plan to enhance district communication
a. Website, twitter, Facebook, instant alert
6. Continue to develop plan to support diverse needs of students
7. Increase the incorporation of 21st Century Learning skills into curriculum
8. Provide opportunities for all staff to better learning options
9. Balance the budget
10. Increase Enrollment
3. Reminder June work session – Set meeting schedules for committees
4. Negotiation Committee – meet March 31st – 11 am.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:58 PM.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 1, 2017.