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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

October 20, 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 October 20, 2003 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. Members present were vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann, treasurer Barry Kyllo, clerk Nancy Krull and directors Bob Carlson and Bob Remer. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal and Pam Green. Ryan Gueningsman, Winsted-LP Journal, several community members and Kyle Meyers of ABDO, EICK & MEYERS, LLP were also present.

Vice chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Krull to approve the consent agenda as modified, the minutes from September 15 and bills in the amount of $93,777.54. Motion carried.

Under communication a letter from the city clerk was reviewed regarding athletic field use, clean-up and scheduling.

In the Good News section Bob Carlson reported that he has passed his DARE training and will probably start with the 5th graders in January.

In open discussion, bus traffic flow was discussed as well as what to do about notifying parents if school is released early.

Kyle Meyers provided an initial review of the draft audit. A final audit will be presented at the November 17 board meeting.

Kyllo moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve the annual report on curriculum. Motion carried.

Hoernemann moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve the staff development plan for the district. Motion carried.

Remer moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve the PSEO agreement with Ridgewater College. Motion carried.

Remer moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve non-resident agreements for three students leaving the District and two students who are moving into the district, but remaining at their current school. Motion carried.

Remer moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to approve Litzau Excavating for snow removal. Motion carried.

Bus contracts were discussed. Prairie Bus Service has made a concession to not charge for going outside the district for existing open enrollment students. This is a financial hardship for the bus service, but one they feel is right at this time. If new open enrollment students are added, the impact on the bus route will be evaluated again.

Remer moved and Carlson seconded a motion to hire coaching staff as presented under the terms of the current Master Agreement. Motion carried.

Dr. Redfield reviewed the referendum proposals and election procedures. Joe Miller provided a report on the presentations he's done regarding the referendum.

Carlson moved and Blaser seconded a motion to contract with Security Systems and Solutions at the level one fee for service at a cost of $1,250/year. This contract will include an assessment of building risks, assess current equipment and make recommendations for additional equipment. Motion carried.

The lease on three copiers is up in October. Dr. Redfield recommended that replacement quotes be put on hold for the remainder of the school year. Hoernemann moved and Remer seconded a motion to turn down all replacement quotes on copiers and continue with maintenance for the remainder of the school year. Motion carried.

Board reports followed with no action required.

Elementary Principal Mrs. Lukens provided a written report and noted that some grants have been received for after school programs.

Joe Miller provided a report on high school activities and the crisis team's review of current crisis planning. He has completed the first round of interviews with seniors to make sure they are on track for graduation.

Dr. Redfield reported on a meeting of superintendents where they discussed healthcare costs. Total cost for healthcare (school and employee contribution) comes close to $600 per pupil unit. He and Mr. Miller went to a standards meeting regarding the new science and social studies standards. There was a lot of discussion against the new social studies standards. Very little discussion took place on the science standards.

Hoernemann moved and Blaser seconded a motion to set a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 p.m. Motion carried.

Agenda items for the special election include a personnel issue, superintendent's contract and election results.

The meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

Nancy Krull, Clerk - District 424

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