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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

March 11, 2003

School District #424

Lester Prairie, MN 55354

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, MN was held on March 11, 2003 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:35 p.m. Members present were treasurer Barry Kyllo, clerk Nancy Krull, and directors Bob Carlson and Bob Remer. Vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann was absent. Staffmembers present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students; and Pam Lukens, elementary principal.

Chairman Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ann Thomas and Jim Sheehan from presented information on enrollment projects for Lester Prairie. Projections were given for the next 10 years. Many models were used to review and profile the demographics of the area, projected enrollments and anticipated growth.

The numbers presented indicated that Lester Prairie enrollment will level off at 30 students per grade. They cautioned the District that no matter how accurate they try to be right now, the numbers will always be a moving target, however, there is nothing to suggest that Lester Prairie will experience a significant surge in the student population unless a major business were to move into the area. The housing developments will help, but for the most part, will make up for the declining enrollment being experienced throughout Minnesota.

In other business, Carlson moved and Remer seconded a motion to pay the city of Lester Prairie the remaining balance of the $150 clean-up fee from last fall's use of the athletic fields. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15.

Nancy Krull

Clerk - District 424

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