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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, April 16, 2001 8:00 P.M.


The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8 p.m. on April 16, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with all members present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmermann. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Hoheisel had two items to be added to the Agenda: ltem 8A, quarterly contract renewal for ESL teacher; and 8B, resignation of teacher Bob Heber. Chair Lorentz requested addition of Item 0, review of TIF district for city of Howard Lake. Raymond moved to approve the agenda of the April 16, 2001 regular meeting with additions, Fowler seconded the motion, passed unanimously.

Lammers moved to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2001 Regular School Board Meeting; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

L. Weber moved to approve April bills. Hoheisel noted a correction on the manual bills to $42.00 for Craguns. Lammers seconded the motion to approve with correction; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel stated that cash flow is positive and, even though it is a bit less than 12 months ago, it is about as expected. Zimmermann moved to approve the April Treasurer's Report; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed enrollment.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· The elementary had matching t-shirts made with funds from the Lions' Drug Free Schools Program, won in a contest by Crystal Sawatzke. The students wear the matching shirts on field trips. She congratulated and thanked Crystal, and thanked the Lions for sponsoring the Safe and Drug Free program.

· Elementary field trips have included the MN Zoo, planetarium, History Center, and Children's Museum. All special trips are related to Grad Standards.

· Tornado Drill

· 4/22 is Earth Day; Wright-Hennepin is donating trees to elementary students, and the HLWW Ag Department will give presentations.

· 4/27 is Kindergarten visitation.

· On 4/27, 1st graders will tour Ridgeview Hospital.

· Iowa Tests start this week.

Pincipal Dean Wessman reported:

· 3/20 was Project Northland graduation for 6th graders.

· 5thgraders completed MN comprehensive assessments in reading, writing and math.

· Iowa tests were completed.

· He thanked Joan Johnson for conducting the rainforest class, and Pat Weseloh for organizing the Science fair.

· He thanked the Waverly emergency response team for their quick action on 4/9, when they were called to the school for an employee's medical emergency.

· All current HLWW seniors have passed their reading, writing, and math basic test requirements and have met all grad standards required for graduation.

· On 4/18, basic skills test scores will be available.

· The math, science, and ag departments are working on curriculum now and expect to be able to report in June.

Principal Mike Day reported:

· Students had the opportunity recently to try a driving simulator, intended to increase awareness of the effects of driving under the influence.

· HLWW Band and Choir students enjoyed their trip to New York.

· Scheduling for next year is on schedule using the new TSIS system.

· FFA Banquet will be 4/21, and the State convention will be 4/30.

· Mid quarters will be out the end of the month.

· Junior and senior high band and choir concerts are scheduled for next month.

· The spring play, "The Taming of the Shrew," will be presented over the weekends of 4/26 and 5/3, including a dinner theatre on 4/28.

· There will be a work program this summer for at-risk students, including basic skills instruction. The program has been written by several teachers.

· He asked if the Board had any questions on the 2001-02 handbook that was distributed in March. With no questions, Lorentz said he would accept a motion to approve the handbook. Lammers moved to approve it, L.Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Communications included a summary of collaborative funds.

Lorentz opened the floor to requests from Public.

Kent Confeld gave an update on drama department fund raising, including a successful bowl-a-thon and the 4/28 dinner theatre which also features a vaudeville show and door prizes. He said the drama students suggested giving proceeds from one performance to a charity such as Sharing & Caring Hands. The Board had previously suggested that a local charity be considered, if it was found that charitable giving could be done, and Confeld said the group suggested a local charity receive 60%, and Sharing & Caring Hands 40%, and asked Board approval. He also said the fund raising is going well and that they're planning to be able to fund auditorium lighting and air conditioning. They are also considering having a community theater.

Hoheisel responded that he's awaiting quotes on air conditioning and that the Buildings and Grounds committee will meet soon to discuss. He also said that the Minnesota School Board Association ruled that school districts are not generally allowed to contribute to charities. He suggested that possibly some other positive gifting could be done, if the drama group so desires.

Tom Peterson reported that he'd had a wonderful experience as chaperone on the band/choir trip to New York. He recommended that others do the same if they have the opportunity because he enjoyed the sense of pride in all the kids.

Teacher Dick Sonstegard asked about the proposed 2001-02 school calendar, and recommended that snow days not be made up during spring break. Hoheisel said that this is what most schools do so they don't extend into summer break. After discussion, it was decided to table approval of the calendar until next month.

(Item 0) Regarding the TIF district for the city of Howard Lake, Michelle Hartman from Municipal Economic development of Minneapolis requested a waiver of the 30 day notice required to expand Joe's Sport Shop. She said that the proposed expansion is an excellent use of tax development, also that the current TIF district 4 has 16-17 years remaining. Raymond moved to approve the waiver, Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(ltem 1 ) Hoheisel provided a brief update on buildings and grounds, including the roof assessment.

(ltem 2) Heuer presented the results of the Special Board meeting held 4/10 and introduced a resolution to select the Raymond and Leona Fiecke site for the proposed new Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and Ag Farm/Ag Science Center. Fowler seconded.

Lammers said he wanted more discussion before adopting the resolution as he feels some of the figures used are still in question. He said he needs to talk to a few more people before being able to vote confidently, and he moved to table the resolution for one month. There was no second. Lorentz proceeded by calling for a voice vote. The resolution was adopted with seven in favor: Fowler, Heuer, Lorentz, Raymond, C. Weber, L. Weber, Zimmermann; and two opposed: Jensen, Lammers. Before voting, Jensen asked for clarification on the resolution. Heuer explained that it gives authorization to form a committee to develop a purchase agreement. Hoheisel stated that if the district progresses to a bond issue, the basic steps are: 1 ) negotiating the purchase agreement; 2) architect works with staff, administration and school board to develop a rough draft of a building and costs; 3) superintendent prepares review and comment; 4) public relations campaign takes place before the bond issue. These steps take about a minimum of 5-6 months, he said, which means the process must begin now to be ready in time for a December bond election.

(Item 3) Regarding the Ag Partnership, Hoheisel thanked everyone who attended the legislative hearing. He said that even though they were not allowed the time to testify, he thought it went well. He said the idea is progressing well and that Senator Dille is sponsoring this bill in the senate.

Pat VanOss requested to address the Board regarding the school building site. He felt the Board missed considering an important criteria, which is the likelihood of a referendum passing, and said he didn't think it will pass if the site is in Winsted. He said Highway 12 is the best location, and cautioned the Board that they will lose another year if the bond issue is rejected. He said the figures used to determine the site are biased, such as no true need to move the power lines on the Frank site, and a second water source that was not included for the Winsted site.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reviewed proposed budgets. He noted that the district hasn't raised lunch prices for several years and that HLWW has the lowest-price lunches of area schools. He said they would prefer to keep prices the same in the coming year, but an increase is possible.

He also reported that a budget cut committee consisting of the administrators and several board members has been working on possible budget reductions. He noted that neighboring schools are also going through similar reviews. He said that we had fewer students than expected last fall, which affected revenue; also that the school is currently overspending on fuel budget by $40,000, a "first" for the district, resulting in an increased fuel budget for 2001-02.

A member of the audience asked if arts programs are being reviewed for cuts. Hoheisel responded that they aren't at this time, although everything is still being considered.

(Item 5) There was discussion regarding the proposed 2001-02 school calendar, Wright Technical spring break days, and snow days. Hoheisel said he will review this with Wright Tech for resolution of the calendar.

(Item 6) Heuer moved to approve the long term substitute contract with Josh Westling; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Heuer asked the Student Council representatives about the "points system" mentioned in their proposed Constitution, which Kelly Sawatzke explained. Heuer moved to approve the Student Council Constitution; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Hoheisel briefly reviewed progress on the 2001-02 School Board Goals, noting that all are on track.

(Item 8a) Hoheisel recommended the 4th quarter contract for ESL Instructor, Fran Roux, be approved. Zimmermann moved to approve it; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8b) Heuer moved to accept the letter of resignation from Bob Heber effective 6/9101, from both his teaching and baseball coaching positions, thanking Bob for his many years of service. L. Weber seconded the motion; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes the HLWW Knowledge Bowl Team and Advisor, Rita Grimm, for placing second in the sub region competition on April 6. Team members are Ben Doroff, Mike Jackson, Florian Melmer, and Sarah Williams. Best wishes to the team as you advance to regional competition on April 19, and thank you for representing our school so well.

The School Board recognizes Emily Carlson, HLWW School Social Worker, for spending 10 days over spring break on a mission trip to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. Emily, her husband, and 15 others from Buffalo churches worked with 30 boys in an orphanage and visited schools and churches, sharing the gospel message.

Hoheisel added recognition of the people who attended the legislative hearing with him for the Ag/Science program.

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

(Item 10) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

The next regular School Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2001, 8 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center. He requested moving it to Tuesday, May 22 due to presentation of Scholarship.

HLWW Employee Recognition Dinner will be Tuesday evening, April 17, at the Blue Note. The Howard Lake Business Association will hold their April meeting in the HLWW cafeteria on 4/18.

The first brochure featuring HLWW programs has been drafted; this one highlights the Ag Ed program. It will be mailed to district residents in May.

Committee reports:

Heuer stated that negotiations with the paraprofessionals had begun, and that they have requested mediation. Teacher negotiations begin 5/3.

Heuer moved to change the regular school board meeting date for May to Tuesday, 5/22 instead of Monday, 5/21, per Hoheisel's request. Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer said he has been invited to the upcoming Winsted C&C meeting to speak on school issues.

Raymond moved to adjourn the meeting; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:35.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard Lammers, Clerk

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