Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday, May 14th, 2018 5:45 p.m.
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Corbey Hentges, Mark Sebora, Steve Ziermann, Mary Otto, Meganne Stifter-Knoll, and Rebecca Heimerl. Administration present: Nathaniel Boyer and Jeremy Schmidt. Other staff present: Paige Aldrich, Dan Heiraas, Kim DeBruyckere, Sara Gonzalez. Other Guests: Ivan Raconteur for Herald Journal.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Motion by Otto seconded by Heimerl to approve the Consent Agenda as modified & to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 04/16/18, and the approval to pay bills in the amount of $80434.41 & student activity fees of $2,146.79 were also included.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
A. Communication – Report -
1. Great Choir concerts HS & Elementary
2. Spring Play was funny and good
3. Successful Band Trip
4. Fun Grandparents day
B. Open dialogue – none
Administrative Reports
Mr. Boyer K-12 Report: - highlights
• Testing complete and thanks to Mrs. Mattson, Mrs. DeBruyckere and the entire staff for their assistance and cooperation with the testing process
• Teacher evaluations complete – final evaluations coming
• Summer Ed camp letters for elementary were sent out
• Successful Choir concerts for Elementary and High School
• Currently in the process of selecting our Activities Director/Dean of Students for the 2018-2019 school year. Great response to posting with 38 candidates applying for the position
Mr. Schmidt Superintendent Report: - highlights
• Space issues for next year looking at a couple of options, portable class rooms or renting space at St. Paul Church
o Referenced Dept. of Ed. If church class rooms meet criteria for allowed space.
• Intent to form a consortium renewal
• Performed lead in water test and passed at 2.34 parts per million, next test is Radon
• Insurance meeting – Info. from the Coop teachers meeting for which option is best and least impact to individual and district. 19% rate increase.
Comments were made regarding the saving of seats during prom this year. All agreed that there would be no assigned seats. Mr. Schmidt said he would manage.
School Board Reports
A. Spec. Ed – none
B. Community Ed. – none
C. PTO –
a. End of the year Staff breakfast Board providing fruit – May 29th at 7:30am
b. IXCEL math program – set aside money each year
c. Club choice to add catalog option
D. Facilities/Maint. –
a. Music new carpeting
b. New bathroom partitions
c. Shop new garage door
d. Paint 152 Elementary lockers
e. Mueller to pave parking lot for handicap parking – 2 car and 1 Van
f. Energy – LED lights used, ballasts being evaluated
E. Tech/Media – none
F. Activities Committee – meeting coming after spring sports
a. Softball – 1st playoff game is May 22nd.
b. Baseball – 1st playoff game is May 24th
c. Track – Sub section meet is on May 24th. Section meet is June 2nd.
d. Meeting with new AD once they are in place for a smooth transition
G. Negotiations:
a. Non-Certified – none
b. Certified – none - waiting on legislature
H. Meet & Confer – none
I. Policy – setting up time
J. Legislative: Sebora – Governor signed new bill – Increases the competitive bidding threshold from $100,000 to $175,000. This has not been increased since 2008. Construction costs have increased at a greater rate than the cost of living.
Policy Administration
• District student count as of 05/07/18 for K-12 is 453.
Personnel Issues
• Hentges read resolution relating to the termination and the non-renewal of the teaching contract of Paige Aldrich.
• Motion made by Hentges and 2nd Heimerl to approve the termination and Non-Renewal of a probationary teacher, pursuant to the Resolution attached.
Roll call vote: Hentges – yes, Sebora – yes, Ziermann – yes, Stifter-Knoll-yes, Otto – yes, Heimerl – yes Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Ziermann to approve the contract as presented for Ross Scheevel Jr./Sr. High Social Studies teacher with assigned duties Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Stifter-Knoll and 2nd by Otto to approve Anna Willems as the 6th grade teacher with assigned duties. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Blaine Walstrom as elementary teacher with assigned duties. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Otto to approve Adam Teut as Secondary Science teacher with assigned duties. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Ziermann to approve Bodil Empting as Summer School teacher with contract as presented. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Heimerl to approve Jane Smith as Summer School teacher with contract as presented. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve the following Kid’s Depot Student workers with assigned duties contract.
1. Taylor Bayerl 3. Matt Schmidt
2. Parker Bayerl 4. Emma Blashack
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Mathew Meyer as Reach Supervisor with assigned duties. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Heimerl to approve Jane Smith as Summer School teacher with contract as presented. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
School Finances –
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Otto to approve one year contract with Eide Bailly for Financial Audit 2018
o Discussion – Will go with Teleconference vs. Board visit for $$ savings.
o Motion amended to approve one year contract with Eide Bailly for Financial Audit 2018 with teleconference Audit report.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
New Business
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Ziermann to approve Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt contract for the next three years. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Ziermann to approve the Resolution for Membership in the Minnesota State High School League for 2018-2019
Mr. Schmidt played the MSHL video “Why We Play”
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd by Heimerl to approve Superintendent Schmidt as the designated school representative for the MSHL. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Sebora and 2nd by Otto to approve the Steve Ziermann as the designated school board member representative for the MSHSL. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Heimerl to approve Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt as the Identified Official with Authority (IOWA) on the MDE site. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion made by Otto and 2nd Ziermann to approve solicit of bids for milk, bread, garbage and propane. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Next Regular board meeting Monday June 18th @ 5:45pm
• Policy Committee Meeting
• Work Session meeting June 23rd at 6 pm – talk about the house
• Motion made by Sebora and 2nd by Otto to approve the Contract with the City of Lester Prairie as presented. Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m.
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal June 29, 2018.