Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Wednesday February 21st, 2018 5:45 p.m.
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Mary Otto, Steve Ziermann, Corbey Hentges, Mark Sebora, Rebecca Heimerl, and Meganne Stifter-Knoll. Administration: Jeremy Schmidt, Nathaniel Boyer. Staff – Kim DeBruyckere Other Guests: Ivan Raconteur for Herald Journal
Motion by Otto seconded by Heimerl to approve the Consent Agenda as modified & to approve the minutes of the Regular meeting of 1/8/18, and in the same motion approve the approval to pay bills in the amount of $106,312.39 & Student Activity for $3,235.51. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
A. Communication – Report – Sebora State Participant Spelling Bee
- Solo Ensemble Contest winners
o 11 Superior and 4 Excellent
B. Open dialogue – none
Administrative Reports
Mr. Boyer K-12 Report: - highlights
• School Board appreciation week
• Blake Krienke in Grade 8 was our School Geography Bee winner and participated in the next round via a computer based quiz. School Spelling Bee this Wednesday at 4 p.m.
• Delaney Sebora in Grade 8 was our school winner and representative in the Regional Spelling Bee. She placed 4th in the region and also participated in the State-Wide Spelling Bee with a 5th place overall finish and a top finish for participants from our region.
• Recognition given to the students who participated in the band solo/ensemble contests and placing Superior and Excellent
• The Youth Task Force held Free Lunch for students in Grades 6-12 today, at City Hall, hosted by the Lions Club. I would like to commend this group on their continued work for the youth in our community.
• Activity Day for the High School was well attended on January 20th and enjoyed by many. It was a great reward for the students on their outstanding achievements so far this year.
• Teacher assignments for the 2018-2019 school year are being evaluated according to grade level size and student need.
• Certified observations and walkthroughs are well ahead of schedule and continuing on a daily basis.
Mr. Schmidt Superintendent Report: - highlights
• Attending city meeting March 13th
• Civic Rights MDE audited
• Attended the SW Coop meeting
o Approval for new Coop Building and asking for help
• Region 3 Day at the Capitol will be held on March 15th
School Board Reports
A. Spec. Ed – meeting today Feb. 21st item X. on agenda
B. Community Ed. – None
C. PTO – met last week. School Carnival on 3/22 need volunteers
a. PTO created games no vendor used
b. Received 2 requests
1. Boyer Lyceum
2. Kristine prizes
D. Facilities/Maint. – Dashir fully staffed
a. OSHA training performed on slips, trips, and falls
b. Installed new ice machine in Bulldog Central
c. Johnson controls addressed heating issue for classrooms with no heat
d. Board asked for
i. Soap dispensers on each side of wash sinks
ii. Center Stall women’s bathroom to be repaired
iii. Sprayers to be adjusted in both bathrooms
E. Tech/Media – Meet Tuesday
a. Item – provide how many website hits – Kim to provide
F. Activities Committee – 40 kids signed up for baseball 7th – 12th grade
G. Negotiations:
a. Non-Certified – none
b. Certified – none
c. Administration – Meeting next Friday
H. Meet & Confer – none
I. Policy – Meeting next month
J. Legislative: 8 or 9 bills are on the floor meeting today
Policy Administration
A. District student count as of 2/14/18 for K-12 is 452
Old Business
Personnel Issues
• Motion made by Ziermann and 2nd by Otto to approve Jay Rogotzke as the Varsity Track and Field Coach. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd by Hentges to approve the resignation of Dan Heiraas as High School Math Teacher effective June 30th, 2018. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
School Finance - none
New Business
A. Motion made by Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve the contract for membership with SW/WC Cooperative for the 2018-2019 School Year.
• Discussion – Costs are down for Speech and Special ED.
• Looking at Social worker cost/savings
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
B. Motion made by Otto and 2nd by Ziermann to approve the resolution requisition to the state and federal government to fully fund special education services.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Next meetings
• Regular meeting March 19th
Meeting was adjourned at 6:50 P.M.
/s/ Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 30, 2018.

Special Meeting of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Wednesday, February 21st, 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 Otto, 2nd by Stifter-Knoll 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 Springsted on building improvements, increased classroom space and recreation Learning center
a. May need to add another 5th grade section
i. New Teacher added to staff for next year
ii. Portable classrooms needed?
b. Referendum 2020-21?
4. Parking lot - reclaimed asphalt used - will need handicap asphalt parking to meet code.
Communication
5. Sports websites to be updated with current pictures, schedules etc.
6. School Website updated – Kim DeBruyckere to look at how many hits the website gets.
7. Signs in yards for School Support
a. Suggestions
i. LP Stronger together Community and School
ii. LP/HT Together
iii. Elementary and High School Together
8. More Garbage cans added in student section
Instructional
9. Look at adding programs
a. Home EC – Family Community Career Leaders of America
b. Tech Ed Program – Utilize to offer more
i. Move Dean of students to another Staff member
Professional Development
10. Provide opportunities for all staff to better learning options
a. Teacher Evaluation program continue to be used as a tool.
Overall District Goals
11. Balance Budget – Budget looking good.
12. Increase Enrollment – 117 students leaving district and 90+ coming in to district.
a. Ms. Lester goes to daycares and reads books
b. Daycares come to the Library
c. Census #’s check big bubble 4th thru 8th grade
2. District Goals Review
1. Continue replacement of all school roofs
2. Window Replacement
3. Building improvements
4. Pave or tar parking lot – Need handicap parking space to meet code
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
Meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 30, 2018.