Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Lester Prairie Public Schools
Monday April 15th, 2019 5:45pm
Lester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Corbey Hentges, Mark Sebora, Steve Ziermann, Megan Stifter Knoll, Rebecca Heimerl, and Mary Otto. Administration present: Mike Lee, and Jeremy Schmidt. Guests: Steve Klaus – MSBA, Mike Hennek 4.0 Bus and Ivan Raconteur for the Herald Journal.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Motion by Stifter Knoll second by Otto, to approve the Consent Agenda as modified, approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting on 3/18/19, Special meeting on 3/25, 4/5 and the approval to pay bills in the amount of $91,186.57 & student activity fees of $819.20 were also included.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
• Communication – Report -
1. Spring Play – Great job by Rachel Stender
2. JO Volleyball 7th and 8th grade 1st in Silver div.
3. FPS Students – National Competition
4. Bulldog Bash – success @top 3
• Open dialogue – none
Administrative Reports
Mr. Lee K-12 Report: - highlights
• March 21st PTO School Carnival a success – profit more than last year
• Thanks to Ross Scheevel and Janelle Afrasiab for taking seniors on their class trip
• In the midst of MCA testing April 8th - 26th
• Teachers chose to go with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – new math curriculum
• On April 2nd 16 students took the ACT at city hall
• Very good job by cast and crew with first time Director Rachel Stender
• New job openings posted, para-professional and summer school teacher positions also posted
Mr. Schmidt Superintendent Report: - highlights
• No highlights – time given to Steve Niklaus with MSBA to talk about Superintendent hiring process
o 21 Applications received
o April 30th review applications
o May 10th interview
o Candidates will interview with Staff prior to meeting with the committee
o Committee will be 6 board members and 2 staff members
o Sebora asked who will be asking the questions – Mr. Klaus said it will rotate from each committee member.
o If 2nd interview needed – will take place May 15th
School Board Reports
A. Community Ed. – none
B. PTO – Meet on Wednesday
C. Facilities/Maint – Sara not present
a. Building Committee will meet Wednesday April 18th
D. Tech/Media – Erate – completed filing meeting on May 8th
E. Activities Committee –
a. Director Report – Kraemer
i. Spring Play – Rachel Stender – New stage set built that can be used for competition and school plays
ii. Spring sports underway
iii. Attended AD meeting in St. Cloud
F. Negotiations:
a. Certified – Group has been meeting, no dates set for negotiations
b. Non-Certified - none
c. Administration – none
G. Meet & Confer – meeting date to be set
H. Policy – none
I. Legislative: Sebora – none
Policy Administration
District count – as of 4/10/19 = 471 students
Old Business – none
Personnel Issues –
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve resignation of Julie Olson effective on final teacher contract day.
o Discussion – We will miss her experience (19 years) and teaching College Courses.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Hentges to approve Lori Bebo as Kitchen Supervisor with assigned duties for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Years Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Matthew Meyer as Reach Supervisor for the 2019-2020 School Year.
o Discussion – has a BA in Criminal Justice
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve resignation of Genevieve Paggen effective April 22nd, 2019.
o Discussion – She was offered an Early Childhood Teaching position working with 3-5 yr. olds.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
School Finance
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve the Transportation Contract from 4.0 Bus Services of Lester Prairie from July 1, 2019 to June 30th 2025
o Discussion – Rates have increased
• Insurance/Liability rate increase
• Labor increases
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve Services Contract with SWWC Service Cooperative for 10 days of curriculum support for the 2019-2020 School Year
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Otto to approve Dashir Management Services contract from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
o Discussion – Started working at School January of 2017.
• Increase in labor rates to maintain staff
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
New Business
• Motion by Sebora and 2nd by Heimerl to approve election judges for Special Election on 5/14/19 for school district referendum.
o Sebora asked if they need to be in our district. Mr. Schmidt responded no.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Marco relationship agreement for E-rate related expenditures with installation of Wireless Access throughout the building.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve calendar changes for the 2018-2019 School year, due to weather related school closings.
o Discussion - No student make up days.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Meeting was adjourned at 7:24PM
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal June 7, 2019.