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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

November 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 November 17, 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 Hoernernann, treasurer Barry Kyllo, and directors Bob Carlson and Bob Remer. Clerk Nancy Krull arrived at 6:37. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman, Winsted-LP Journal, and a few several community members were also present.

Vice chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Kyllo, seconded by Remer to approve the consent agenda as modified, the minutes from October 20 and bills in the amount of $131,441.82. Motion carried.

There was no communication received since the last meeting requiring board attention.

In the Good News section the successful passage for the operating referenda, the Veteran's Day program and the fall play were discussed,

Remer moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve the annual audit (reviewed in Oct.). Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Remer seconded a motion to approve non-resident agreements for one student entering the District and for one student moving into the District but remaining at their current school. Motion carried.

Hoernemann moved and Carlson seconded a motion to sign up for MSBA policy services at a cost of $730 for one year and $390 for renewals. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Krull seconded a motion to approve paying election judges $75 for their eight hours of work on Election Day. Motion carried.

School finances were discussed and Dr. Redfield handed out some information regarding better monthly financial information for Board members.

Roof repairs were discussed, but action was postponed pending additional information trom our architects. The bus company responded to the Boards request to look at traffic flow. The current route is the best alternative. They tried a different route and it caused more congestion and safety concerns, so it resumed the original traffic flow.

The crisis response procedures were reviewed with no action required.

Board reports followed with no action required.

Elementary Principal Mrs. Lukens provided a written report and noted that keyboarding is now beginning in earnest as the software programs arrived and reminded the Board of upcoming calendar events.

Joe Miller provided a written report on high school activities and upcoming events. He also congratulated the Board members and superintendent for their continued commitment to keep a local K -12 school, in Lester Prairie. And noted the public support demonstrated by the passing of the operating levy. Dr. Redfield noted dates for new board member training, discussed the discipline procedure followed by the school outlining the due process that must be followed in all cases of discipline that results in suspensions, expulsion or, exclusion. He also recognized the Vote Yes Committee for all their work prior to the successful referendum election.

The board went into a closed session at 7:40 to discuss a student discipline issue and teacher negotiations:

The board came out of closed session at 9:15 and added the following items for the agenda at the Dec. 9 special meeting: Levy review, budget review and school finances review.

Agenda items for the next regular meeting (Dec. 15) include roof repair options.

The meeting adjourned at 9:16 p.m.

Nancy Krull, Clerk - District 424

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