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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, June 18, 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 June 18, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with membeRs present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Richard Lammers, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Eugene Lorentz was absent. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.


Vice-Chair Heuer opened the floor to consider approving the agenda. Superintendent Hoheisel added items 12a (Memorandum of Agreement with the Teachers Association) and 12b, a personnel issue. Raymond moved to approve the agenda of the June 18, 2001 Regular School Board meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmermann moved to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2001 Special School Board meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Lammers moved to approve the minutes of the May 22, 2001 Regular School Board meeting; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmermann moved to approve the June bills; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved to approve the June Treasurer,s report; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Mike Day reported:

He congratulated the Class of 2001, who graduated on June 3. The District gave about $23,000 in scholarship money and he thanked the local civic and service organizations, and individuals and families who sponsor all the scholarships. He also thanked Curt Levang for managing the accounts, and Addie Mucha and Deb Dragseth for their work on processing scholarships.

He expressed appreciation to teachers, para professionals and all staff for the good year in the High School.

Summer School ("PIC 5" program) starts 6/25. He noted that if the state "shuts down" due to lack of approved budget, the PIC 5 program would be effected. Parents and students will be notified if needed.

Teachers worked on grad standards during the staff development day on June 7.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

May 29 was Track & Field Day at Humphrey; he thanked Roger Rosin for organizing the event.

On May 30 enriched learning "mini courses" were held, and he thanked Jane Stritesky for organizing them.

On May 31 students were given a special day at the park if they had met their Accelerated Reading goals.

June 1 was the 'lock-in' for students who achieved Accelerated Reading goals. He especially thanked Jan Fitzpatrick for helping to organize and for chaperoning the event; also Jeff Kyllonen and the many parents who were involved.

June 6 was the 6th grade graduation. He thanked Pat Wesoloh and Chad Gagnon for their efforts.

The Staff Development day on 6/6 included Lani Brown from Delano talking with teachers about how to improve student writing skills. He said the staff development day seemed to be very successful.

Summer School started 6/18, including Pre Med, Math, and Reading classes.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

Elementary Track & Field day was especially fun this year with an Olympics theme, and including a 'Parade of Nations.' She especially thanked Mary Waalen, Josh Westling and the other teachers for coordinating the day.

Summer School started 6/18 for grades 1-3.

She is monitoring class sizes for next year and in August will make final determinations of class sections in each building.

They are currently working on a new 'work sampling system' which is a different way of reporting student progress. It was initiated through Title I.

She explained a minor change to the approved school calendar; that is, elimination of the elementary parent-teacher conference scheduled for 2/13. The other 3 dates for conferences remain unchanged.

She agreed that the staff development day went well and that they were able to include goal setting for the coming year.

Hoheisel referred to one communications item -- an article in the Resource 'Communicator' about winning Knowledge Bowl teams in which the HLWW team was named and pictured.

He also noted a memo from the Minnesota State High School League regarding proposed Division I College Football games on Friday nights. He suggested that anyone interested contact the MSHSL to voice opposition, since Friday nights have traditionally been reserved for high school sports.

Heuer read letters from the City of Howard Lake, dated June 1, 2001, and from the City of Waverly, dated May 16, 2001, regarding the proposed school site. He also read a letter to both Cities from the HLWW site selection committee (Heuer, Raymond, Fowler, C. Weber). All three letters have appeared in the local papers. He also noted one additional letter in the paper today from a member of the community related to this issue.

There were no requests from the Public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported that most of the Buildings and Grounds projects are getting started. He said he hopes to fill the 6-hour Cleaner/Sweeper position by the next meeting.

(Item 2) As an update on the Facilities Site Committee, Hoheisel stated that Mr. Fiecke has been ill and has not been able to get the proposed school site purchase agreement signed yet, but he expects to have it for the July meeting.

(Item 3) Hoheiesel updated the Board on the Ag Partnership, stating that we had met the due date for a grant request (6/15). He stated that we are now heading into the process of legislative bonding and that he is working with the CFL to complete the process. In addition, he said we had received a 6-month extension on the current planning grant with Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

(Item 4) Curriculum Coordinator Dean Wessman reported that Math, Science, and Ag curriculums were reviewed and recommendations updated this year.

Fowler suggested that each Department Head complete an annual one-page report on their curriculum, which Wessman could then report to the board showing progress made on approved items. Discussion particularly surrounded the Math curriculum, as the department is considering possible new directions to address basic skills.

(Item 5) Hoheisel said he had talked with Representative Kielkucki recently but, as everyone was aware, so far there has not been agreement in the Legislature regarding education funding.

(Item 6) L. Weber moved to approve the Health and Safety Plan presented to the Board; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Regarding the proposed budgets for the coming year, Hoheisel noted minor changes from last month, and said that he is recommending postponement of the paving project to redirect funds to textbooks. He said he also may recommend some of the funds obtained through the loan process be directed toward textbooks, if roofing costs turn out less than expected. To offset increased food service costs, he recommended increases of $.15 per ticket, grades 1-12, and $ .25 for adults; no change to milk prices. He said that even with the increase, HLWW lunch tickets are less than most surrounding districts. Raymond moved to increase lunch tickets by .15 (grades 1-12) and $ .25 (adult); seconded by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel recommended adoption of the budget at this time, to meet state requirements. Fowler moved to reconsider the previously approved capital outlay budget; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously. L. Weber moved to approve the amended budget ($4000 paving cost directed to textbooks); Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Raymond moved to approve the remaining budgets; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Hoheisel stated that roof bids had been opened on June 14 but that Inspec (the project manager) wanted to complete further review with one of the bidders, due to a substantially lower bid. Once this is completed, the bid can be awarded.

(Item 9) Hoheisel stated that Cindy Decker was unable to attend this meeting. L. Weber moved to table her report on Laker Pride until July or August; Jensen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Zimmermann moved to call for bids on dairy, bread, snowplowing and trash removal; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Raymond moved to accept the letter of resignation from Fran Roux; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) L. Weber moved to approve the employment of 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher, Jeffrey Swenson; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12a) C. Weber moved to approve the Memorandum of Agreement to apply to teachers who have taught for 30 years full-time in this district; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 13) Chair Heuer read the following recognition:

The Board recognizes Humphrey Elementary Principal, Dean Wessman, Secretary Jan Fitzpatrick, and parents and volunteers who helped organize and chaperone the Humphrey student lock-in last month to reward students for reading achievement during the year.

Raymond moved to accept the recognition as read; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 14) Superintendent Hoheiesel reported:

The next Regular School Board Meeting will be Monday, July 16, 2001, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

He described the Biotech Lab 'mini' grants that will be awarded to 25 districts for lab equipment and staff by the Minnesota Ag Education Leadership Council (Pat Plonski) that we are hopeful of receiving.

Bids have been let on the TAG Grant, and he continues to confer with Gary Wilkes of Wright Technical on this.

The three principals and Hoheisel had their annual administrative retreat at Camp Koinonia on June 11 where they discussed mutual concerns, shared goals and objectives, and planned for the coming year. He thanked the administrative team, saying that this district is fortunate in having such high-quality principals.

(Item 15) Committee Reports:

Lammers stated that Wright Technical is awaiting Legislative action, too.

Fowler confirmed that Carolyn Drude will attend the Thursday evening joint board meeting with Lester Prairie.

Jensen reported on the DCAC committee's curriculum review.

Heuer said the site committee would meet briefly after this meeting, and reminded the Board of the Thursday evening meeting in Winsted with the Lester Prairie School Board and city councils.

Heuer then closed the meeting to allow discussion by the board of a personnel issue.

Heuer called the meeting back to order. Lammers moved to adopt the resolution proposing immediate dismissal of teacher Jill Schlueter with pay effective 6/18/01; Jensen seconded; passed by voice vote of 7 in favor; L. Weber opposed; Lorentz was absent.

Raymond moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Fowler; adjourned 10:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard Lammers, Clerk

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