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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, March 19, 2001 8:00 P.M.


The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on March 19, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. James Raymond was absent. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Hoheisel said that two items needed to be added to the Agenda: Item 8A, quarterly contract renewal for ESL teacher; and 8B, lane change. Heuer moved to approve the agenda of the March 19, 2001 regular meeting with additions; C. Weber seconded the motion; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel pointed out wording to be added to Item 3 of the minutes of the February 19, 2001 Regular School Board meeting: Consensus was also reached to accept the Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation Grant for the Ag program. Lammers moved to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2001 Regular School Board meeting with the added wording; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously.

C. Weber moved to approve the March bills; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmermann moved to approve the March Treasurer's report; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Day reported:

­ Recommended handbook changes for next year; he asked for Board approval at the April meeting.

­ Wrestling recognition for Pat Salonek (state champion) and Joey Graczyk (6th at state). The boys and coaches were honored at a basketball game and pepfest which he said was well deserved for their outstanding season.

­ Boys and girls basketball teams finished their seasons; boys teams did particularly well.

­ Student registration for next year is beginning; classes include grad standards.

­ Day attended a principal's conference earlier this month and felt it was very worthwhile. He thanked the Board for the opportunity to attend.

­ NHS trip to Hawaii will be 3/21-25.

­ Band and Choir trip to New York will be 4/3-8.

­ Students Matt Carlson (7th) and Eric Young (8th) received first place trophies and ribbons for their grades in the math contest sponsored by the Minnesota Mathematics League.

­ He recognized the Letter Club for their concession work at recent tournaments; 35 members helped in the stand during the year. Money raised will purchase a digital scale for wrestling and uniform pants for football.

­ The HLWW boys basketball team received a thank you from the Holdingford boys basketball coaches for their good sportsmanship.

­ Day thanked Bob Williams for research he completed on curriculum. Day will review the information and to apply to evaluating HLWW curriculum.

­ No students went out for Speech this year.

Principal Wessman reported:

­ 6th grade ski trip to Powder Ridge was 2/28.

­ Diane Gasch, puppeteer from Cokato, performed for students last week.

­ 5th grade has completed Reading and Writing comprehensive assessments; Math will take place in April.

­ He thanked Ms. Kalvig for hosting about 120 students from 6 schools for the young musicians program at Howard Lake.

­ Project Northland, a program designed to prevent adolescent alcohol use, has been in place for 6 weeks in 6th grade classrooms. Graduation is 3/20, followed by a dance for students. The same group of kids will continue in the program in future years so the effectiveness of the program can be monitored.

Principal Millerbernd reported:

­ To celebrate March as "Music in our Schools" month, the elementary musical took place in the auditorium, with excellent attendance; and a lyceum was held for students on 3/19 showcasing various musical instruments.

­ On 3/2, as part of Read Across America, students and staff read as many Dr. Seuss books as possible during the day.

­ Kindergarten registration has been held. At Howard Lake, 35-40 parents attended, and about 22 attended at Winsted. Thirty-three students are registered for Howard Lake and 18 for Winsted, which is more than registered for 2000-01 at this time. She anticipates having both morning and afternoon kindergarten in both schools.

­ Nancy Main and Millerbernd will attend a Title 1 workshop on 3/20.

­ Third graders also completed the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading test.

­ Sarah Mielke will complete her student teaching (with Karen Ready) in Winsted this week, and will work with Robin Day in Howard Lake after spring break

Communications included a letter from the Minnesota Secretary of State asking school districts not to schedule special elections from 6/4-6/18-2001 due to their implementation of a new voter registration system; a Notice of Desire to Negotiate from Bradford Robinson, Chief Negotiator for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Education Association; and notices from the Service Employees International Union designating Konrad Stroh as the union representative for Bus Drivers and Custodians.

Chair Lorentz opened the floor to requests from the Public. HLWW Student council members David Peterson and Mike Kelley presented a newly developed Student Council constitution, which clearly states their purpose, objectives, membership, etc. They asked the Board to approve it, and left a copy for Board review.

They also proposed installing tv,s in school to show announcements, bulletin items, upcoming events, etc. The Student Council would fund them. Hoheisel suggested that the administration discuss the idea with the students and come back to the next meeting with a recommendation. Lorentz and the students agreed.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported on continued roof leaks. He said he talked with another roofing consulting company about repairs and they will complete an in-depth assessment and recommendations for all 3 buildings for $4900. The architect concurs it would be a wise investment. Zimmerman moved that the District go ahead with a full review and then complete repairs as needed, even if funds have to be borrowed; seconded by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

(Item 2) Heuer reported that the Facilities Site Committee will be ready to present information to the full board in a couple weeks. He moved to call a special board meeting for 4/10/01, 8:00 p.m., with the agenda being a site recommendation for a high school. Lammers seconded. Hoheisel noted that the meeting would have to be at Humphrey Elementary due to the music contest being held in the High School; motion amended for meeting location by both Heuer and Lammers; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Hoheisel said they continue to work on the Ag partnership and should be ready for the legislative hearing soon. Zimmerman suggested including business people from the community at the hearing, which is planned to include students, FFA alumni, board members, principals, and the Ag instructor.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reviewed the proposed 2001-02 capital outlay budget. Fowler said there are major projects that need to be taken care of, including roofing, heating, and tuckpointing, and that it would be reasonable to finance the work. Hoheisel said that the Buildings and Grounds committee will bring recommendations to the board.

(Item 5) Hoheisel said the proposed 2001-02 Calendar needs to be revised for staff development days when they are determined; the MEEP committee will review and make a recommendation. No other comments at this time; the calendar will be reviewed again at the April board meeting.

(Item 6) Lammers moved to adopt the Resolution for Federal Programs; L. Weber seconded; passed by a voice vote of 8 in favor and none opposed (one absent).

(Item 7) Lammers moved to approve the additional name (Josh Klenken, 8th grade baseball) for spring coaching staff; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Heuer moved to accept the letter of resignation from custodian Ray Ristow; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Hoheisel thanked Ray for his nearly 19 years of service to the School District. He also recommended that the school now hire a person to provide 3 to 4 hours daily in supervising facilities management and maintenance, plus 4 hours of cleaning duties. Assuming a person hired in the middle of the matrix, the combined job could be done for about the same as the current arrangement, which funds 1/3 maintenance engineer salary (shared with DC Schools). The school is advertising to fill the position.

(Item 8a) C. Weber moved to approve the next quarterly contract with English as a Second Language Instructor, Fran Roux; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8b) Hoheisel stated that the requested lane change to BA+60 for Tom Hoeg meets the requirements of the master agreement, and he recommended approving it. Heuer moved to approve the lane change; C.Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes HLWW State Wrestling Champion at 119 pounds, Pat Salonek; and sixth place finisher at 189 pounds, Joey Graczyk; and the HLWW Wrestling team and coaches Jeff Granrud and George Montgomery. We congratulate you on your outstanding year, and thank you for representing your school so well.

The Board recognizes the HLWW Boys Basketball Teams and Coaching Staff on winning their third consecutive Central Minnesota Conference title. Both the varsity and B-squads finished the season with 20 wins. Congratulations to both teams, and the varsity and B-squad coaches, Merrill Skinner and Chad Gagnon.

The Board recognizes the HLWW Knowledge Bowl Advisor, Rita Grimm, the team and HLWW staff who helped host Knowledge Bowl at HLWW on March 1. About 100 students from nine schools participated in this successful event.

The Board recognizes Dale Decker and the many HLWW staff who helped organize and host the various play-off games and meets at HLWW in the past weeks. Players, coaches, and fans had enjoyable experiences here because of your efforts.

Lammers moved to approve the recognitions as read; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

­ Tuesday, 4/10, 8:00 p.m. at Humphrey Elementary will be a Special Board Meeting.

­ Extended use of the Media Center will continue for at least one more month as use has been quite high.

­ The Employee Recognition dinner will be Tuesday, 4/17 at the Blue Note in Winsted.

­ The MSBA Day at the Capitol was 3/5; Lammers, Lorentz and L. Weber attended with Hoheisel. They felt it was a good opportunity to communicate the school's recommendation that the governor approve more education funding.

­ Fuel bills are skyrocketing, costing 4 times more than a year ago.

­ The drama funding proposal has been changed by the volunteer group, and they're now working with Shirley Olson on a possible grant for $8000.

­ Two pieces of food service equipment at Winsted, a Hobart 20 quart mixer and a Hobart meat slicer, haven't been used for a long time and aren't expected to be needed. He asked for a Board motion to call for bids on the equipment. Zimmerman moved to put the two items up for bids; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously.

­ One Laker Pride goal is to publish two brochures this spring, highlighting achievements of the district. The first will be on the Ag program and is expected to be done soon. The second will be on Fine Arts but may not be completed this year.

Commitee reports:

Lorentz reported that the Site Task Force committee will compile information they,ve received, and will meet on Monday, 3/26 at 7:00 p.m. They will then determine if another meeting is needed.

Lorentz also reported on negotiations with the Paraprofessionals. He said they've had two meetings and have scheduled the next for 4/5.

Fowler, Laker Pride, said that the 21st century grant will provide funding for expansion of the School Age Care (SAC) program. They are looking at early morning care (6:00 a.m.), starting this fall, probably at Howard Lake.

He also said that Cindy Decker has been given authority to update the school web site.

Fowler said he had attended the Schools for Equity in Education meeting on 3/2.

With no other business, L. Weber moved to adjourn; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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