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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

March 17, 2003

School District #424

Lester Prairie, MN 55354

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, MN was held on March 17, 2003 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:35 p.m. Members present were vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann, clerk Nancy Krull, and director Bob Carlson. Treasurer Barry Kyllo and director Bob Remer were absent. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students and Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Julie Yurek, Winsted-LP Journal and several community members were present.

Vice chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Blaser, seconded by Carlson to approve the consent agenda as modified, the minutes from February 13 and bills in the amount of $124,189.81. Motion carried.

Dick Sander from Honeywell provided a report on the results of the school's cost savings improvement projects. The school is ahead of projection on cost savings. Sander noted that Pat Fogarty continues to work with Honeywell to improve the efficiency and performance of the equipment at the school, which is also reflecting positively on the school's energy costs.

Krull moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve an agreement for one student into Lester Prairie. Motion carried.

Joe Miller presented a facilities idea regarding the Made-On-Earth building and land. He presented a vision for community education, athletics and theater uses for the building at a possible cost of $1.5 to $2 million. The board indicated that Dr. Redfield should question CFL about the use of such a facility and requirements for remodeling the current school building.

Krull moved and Carlson seconded a motion to hold a special meeting for reductions on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to accept the resignation of Carsten Bjornstad at the end of the year. Motion carried.

Krull moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve the seniority list with a few minor changes as recommended by the staff and administration. Motion carried.

Krull moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve contracts for community education office coordinator, custodian, and spring coaches as presented. Motion carried.

In school finances, Dr. Redfield explained to the Board that the way things currently look with the Governor's proposed budget, the only way a school will increase its operating budget will be to pass a referendum. The good news is that the equalization of that referendum will be $405 for '05 and $500 for '06 versus the current rate of $126.

Hoernemann moved and Carlson seconded a motion to hire Johnson Floor Sanding after a review of their warranty to refinish the gym floor for a cost of $9,300. Motion carried.

Ms. Lukens provided a report on the Kindergarten options committee review. The decision was made to continue with 1/2 day, every-day kindergarten.

Carlson moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve the Title I parent policy as presented. Roll call vote: Hoernemann, yes; Carlson, yes; Krull, yes; Blaser, yes. Kyllo and Remer were absent.

Board reports followed with no action required.

Administrative reports were provided in written form. Dr. Redfield noted that an open house is being planned for interested students and families from around the area. It will be held sometime this spring.

Hoernemann moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve the agreement with the SW/West central Service Cooperative for 2003-2004. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

Nancy Krull

Clerk - District 424

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