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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, December 17, 2001 8:00 P.M.


The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:03 p.m. on December 17, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Kirk Jensen, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman, Charles Weber, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond and Richard Lammers. Randy Heuer arrived at 8:05; none were absent.

Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman and Julie Millerbernd; and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Lorentz opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the December 17, 2001 school board meeting. Hoheisel added that there were some letters of resignation. Raymond moved to approve the agenda; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Lammers moved to approve the minutes of the November 19, 2001 Regular School Board meeting; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

L. Weber moved to approve the December bills; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

C Weber moved to approve the November Treasurer's report, Hoheisel commented on the lower interest rate; L Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reviewed December enrollment.

Principal Mike Day reported:

· Principal Day thanked the FFA Alumni for the wonderful banquet, he even won something.

· He also thanked Mrs. Starr, and Mr. Roux for the Senior High concert that was held on Thursday, December 13th, it was well attended. There will also be a 6th and 7th grade concert on Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

· The Winter One Act play will be up and running.

· The Saturday December 15th Superstars were well attended.

· Students of the Quarter, students that stand out above the rest, will be taken out to lunch with Mr. Day to recognize their outstanding work.

· The seniors will be able to attend a Financial Aid seminar that Mrs. Borner will have on January 7th, at 7:00 p.m.

· The end of the second quarter is January 18, 2002. Conferences will be held, in the individual rooms per the request of the parents, on January 28th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mid-quarter conferences will be the third quarter.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· The meeting he attended in Sartell was interesting. He noted that one of ten school districts is not on target for seniors to graduate. Many need more grand standard completions to pass.

Monday, December 17, 2001 8:00 P.M.

· Mr. Day and Mrs. Borner are meeting with nine seniors that are in danger of not graduating because of not completing grad standard requirements.

Zimmerman asked if the students are getting enough help, and Wessman replied that the students were. Jensen asked if the parents were aware of the situation, and Wessman replied yes, that the parents were aware of the situation.

· Home Economics are now referred to as FACS; Family and Consumer Science.

· Susan Brokaw was a speaker at a K-12 ADHD workshop on How to Help Kids.

The teachers were very impressed with her presentation that they would like to have her back. Mr. Wessman indicated that Susan Brokaw would be back for a presentation on February 13th.

· Humphrey Elementary will be participating in a Holiday Around the World on Thursday; some of the Holidays they will be studying will be Hanukkah, Kwonza, Scandinavian, German, and Japanese holidays.

· The sixth graders went to the Howard Lake Bowl for a fundraiser for their Deep Portage trip in January. Thank you to Mr. Kleve who donated the shoe and lane rental.

· The first action of the student council, and Mary Pettit, was to make sure that all new students receive a Fobbe T-shirt.

· $35 was raised for the Salvation Army.

· Zimmerman thanked Mary Pettit for all her work with the students.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· The December 6th Holiday Program that Mrs. Kalvig directed was a great success. There was standing room only for both performances.

· Mrs. Kalvig applied for a grant from Central MN Arts Board. The $1,000 grant was awarded to Mrs. Kalvig.

· Winsted Elementary raised $75.18 and Howard Lake Elementary raised $179.32 for the Salvation Army.

· Thank you to Mr. Kleese, from the Sate Revenue Department, who donated ten IBM computers and two printers.

· Thank you to Barbara Koch who donated $500 to Mrs. Untiedt's classroom


· MSBA 2002 Leadership Conference on November 20, 2001.

· Howard Lake Business Association submitted a letter, but was not read due to the fact that it was not signed.

· Burkhardt & Burkhardt submitted a letter that a peer review was conducted and that they passed.

· Resource Training & Solutions submitted a letter requesting two new Board members for their Board of Directors.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel updated the board on buildings and grounds projects. He stated that with the melting and nice weather that there were no leaks in the roofs that were repaired. The fencing around the Greenhouse would take place in the next two days. The sink in the center boys' lavatory has been completed. Climate Makers should be finished up in the next two weeks with the digital control system. Mr. Decker will replace the Gym pads in the high school. Humphrey Elementary Bleachers will be modified to comply by January. Hoheisel requested that the B & G tour take place while school is in session. The date was then set for Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 10:00 a.m.

(Item 2) We had an Ag Committee Meeting on December 13, 2001. Hoheisel stated that three to four items not budgeted. A consideration will be whether to employ Colette Thorson, part-time to assist Mr. Weninger second semester as did Linda Groos a year ago. This has not been budgeted and grant monies expire on December 31, 2001.

Colette Thorson reported that there are many ag department grants to come through and will be ending spring quarter. She also reported that Mr. Weninger needed help in the classroom because he is so involved with all banquets, projects, and fundraising. Mr. Weninger is very interested in the BioTech Grant that would include training and materials. The USDA has a Grant available for connectivity, for ITV, and Internet to the University of MN and Ag/Science Academy.

The Planning Grant that we have been working on with Johnny Kvasnicka will be a great opportunity. It is 50 million dollars biannually, for environment, wildlife, and habitat. JK will charge only $1200 to help C.Thorson write the grant. The money is from LCMR scratch alls and they decide who would get the money and how much. The government can't touch the money. Eagle Bluff is an example where they used this kind of money.

Zimmerman asked Thorson what she thought of JK; she responded that he was great. Zimmerman asked if we needed a bridge until this grant money became available?

Hoheisel said to write the planning grant, hands on experience and to see the final product for only $1200 is a great opportunity. Hoheisel also recommended that we cap the grant for travel, supply, etc. up to $5,000 for the planning process. However the money will not be available until July 2003 through June 2005.

Zimmerman said we are at a crossroads now. We should try for both grants.

Hoheisel said to follow up to 5,000; 2,000 for USDA; and 1,000 for C. Thorson; 6,500 for classroom assistance; $14,500 we would have invested time and money. The overall opportunities for students and the community are extremely important. The only negative is that it is not in the budget.

Heuer motioned that we create the bridge needed up to $14,500 to get the grants written and to provide the support to the Ag Program; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Raymond moved to approve the Financial Audit Report for 2000-2001 School Year; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reported that the tax levy had a huge reduction of approx. 75% from one year ago as the State took over the General Ed Levy. He proposed an adjustment in School Age Care, with a max levy of $10,000 not $26,000. Hoheisel also reported that we are debt free, and in excellent condition compared to other districts. Open enrollment is costing more now than before.

Raymond moved to certify the Final 2001 Payable 2002 Property Tax Levy; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) School Census is a survey that is done by Community Ed each summer. This year is close to last year with a slight decrease. Lammers moved to approve the School Census report; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) L. Weber moved to approve employment recommendations; Kathy Deidrick will be assuming the L&D responsibilities for Winsted grade 2 as Sandy Pomijie has assumed additional Special Education responsibilities through the end of the year. Sandy Pomijie's additional time will be paid with Federal dollars; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Heuer proposed the Paraprofessionals contract. The contract compares with non licensed staff, and is similar to the support staff manual, with a 4.5% increase. The contract will be up in June 2002. However this contract will be retro to the 2000-2001 school year. Heuer moved to approve the Paraprofessional Contract; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel also reported that the district would need to send in a resolution form that is required by a new statute. Hoheisel reported that the Paras did ratify the contract. Lorentz thanked all Negotiating Committee members.

RESIGNATIONS; Lorentz read the following resignations:

Ramona Wedeen: Heuer moved to approve her resignation; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

Riley Hoheisel: Lorentz read the resignation of Superintendent Hoheisel with regrets; C Weber moved to approve with regrets; L Weber seconded with regrets; passed unanimously.

L Weber expressed much regret, and thanked Hoheisel for his service to the district and School Board.

Zimmerman said Hoheisel has done more for this school than any others before him, the school looks very nice and he would be sorry to see him go.

Heuer said it was fun working together, as a young board member he appreciated his long hours and time he put in. He hoped who ever replaces him will see the same type of goals for the school district, and hopes he will still call often, he also expressed a heartfelt thank you.

Hoheisel thanked all the Board Members for the last 10 1/2 years to let him do the job as he saw fit. Hoheisel said he has had excellent support from the principals, teachers, and staff. "I will still be here for the next six months and look forward to seeing and working with all of you," Hoheisel said.

Lorentz then opened the position of Superintendent to start receiving applications until March 15, 2002. He hopes to have someone in place by July 1, 2002. Heuer moved to open the position of Superintendent; L Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lorentz Recognized Leo & Mavis Weber who were named Grand Marshals for the Winter Parade. Leo and Mavis have been residents of Winsted for the past 30 years. They have three children, Warren, Wanda and Wendy. Leo has served as a School Board Member for the past 20 years. Mavis has an in home beauty shop she has been running for the past 35 years. They hope to stay involved in the community in the future. Raymond moved to recognizeLeo & Mavis Weber; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Superintendent Hoheisel Reported:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 8:00 p.m.,

HLWW High School Media Center.

· Laker Pride Web Site should be up and running in about 60 days. Cindy Decker is working with Dale Kovar from the newspaper.

· No Gymnastics Coach at this time, an option could be that we use Community Ed's program, and pay the instructor for her time, or just have the students go through the Community Ed program.

· Bus Specifications

· Pay Equity Compliance Report is due the end of January 2002.

· Federal Mileage Rate Increase from 34.5 cents/mile to 36.5 cents/mile-January 1, 2002

· Sue Napper was involved in the receipt of Computers that were donated from the State Revenue Department; Duane Lichy also said that the computers were in great shape.

· Budget Update for ISD 2687

· State of MN Revenue Projection-Budget Problems

· Crisis Management Policy; the State requires the school district to have a policy in place, will bring it to the policy committee.

· Thank You to Board Members Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Richard Lammers, & Leo Weber for Service as School Board Members.

(Item10) Committee Reports

(Item 11) Other Business:

Fowler requested that the district evaluate the Community Education School Age Child Care Program. C Weber inquired about the reorganization meeting. Heuer said the negotiations meeting for the teachers will be Thursday. Heuer also thanked the principals for all their hard work. L Weber expressed the same thanks to the principals, as did Lammers. Raymond suggested that we send out a list of the committees in the mid meeting update.

Raymond moved to adjourn the meeting; L. Weber seconded; adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

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