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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Monday, March 11, 2002 8:00 P.M.


The Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on March 11, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, Charlie Borrell, James Fowler, John Lideen. Absent Eugene Lorentz. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Julie Millerbernd, Mike Day and Dean Wessman.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the March 11, 2002 Special School Board Meeting. Hoheisel stated that an item three be added, Weber moved to approve the agenda of the March 11, 2002 Special School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

The FFA Team and Mr. Weninger presented the FFA Parliamentary Procedures.

Bob Buresh, Facilities Specialist from the CFL, made a presentation of district facility needs. Buresh has been with the CFL for 18 years. In 1996 he assumed a New Role, (Review and Comment) at the CFL. Last year outstate had a better percentage of passing a Bond Issue than Metro, said Buresh. The role of the State regarding facilities is to provide a review and comment in response to Bond Issue proposals. Mr. Buresh referenced the State GuideBook, which is utilized by the CFL. Mr. Buresh indicated the updated 1999 guide for facilities reflects changes such as exploring areas of technology, girls sports, special ed, air quality, acoustics, and lighting. Some guidelines for looking at projects: Site size-10-15 acres for elementary, 25-35 acres for middle school, 35-40 acres plus one acre per 100 students small high school. The new suggested square footage for classrooms is 850-950 sq. ft. for grades 1-12, 1100-1500 sq. ft. for preschool and kindergarten. "When the cost of remodeling reaches 60% of replacement, you should replace", said Buresh. Humphrey Elementary site is a nice site with a good gym, but undersized classrooms, lacks storage and support areas, major investment to upgrade. Most one block High School sites are closed, or converted to middle schools. "Our site at Howard Lake would be best used as an elementary building", said Buresh. We have a good gym, but support space inadequate, labs and shop area undersized at the Howard Lake location. Buresh said he has never seen a high school in which the majority of spaces are so undersized.

"We need a Long-Range Plan", said Buresh, "which could ultimately be done in stages." "In some communities the adults are the problem, not the kids", said Buresh. Over $500,000 needs review and commitment. The communities need to get behind a plan.

Buresh commended the District on its well-maintained buildings.

Borrell had an idea that Waverly be an Elementary, add onto Winsted, and the Howard Lake site be the high school. He also said if we build a new high school now, we still need to upgrade the Elementary. Zimmerman commented that Waverly would be very tight with land. Weber said we would be throwing good money after bad. Borrell responded, "Not true". Borrell said we are not remodeling. "But you are", said some board members.

Buresh also commented that most elementary buildings are now in pods. We would not be able to do this with remodeling. With as many current classrooms that are undersized; Buresh suggested remodeling three classrooms into two, or utilize the third room for a resource area, i.e. computers/service with art. We need a creative plan. With such a preliminary plan, the CFL would give their advisory opinion, and we would be required to work with an architect, who would provide cost estimates.

Public comments; Rob Merritt asked Buresh what other districts have done in similar situations. Buresh responded that it was up to the community, however perhaps the most cost-effective approach would be to address the high school issue first.

Fowler moved to approve the Life Skills change from required to elective; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

The School Board had discussion on the Superintendent Search and Process. Lideen suggested that the new Superintendent have input on the future of our District's vision and goals. Lideen talked with Mike Torkelson from MSBA; he recommended a book from NSBA. Lideen asked Board members to review the information and process in the book.

Fowler reviewed the process and reminded all the Board Members that they had an opportunity to make any changes they felt necessary. If Borrell had concerns, he should have brought them to the committee or separately prior to the School Board Meeting. Lideen said he thought that the motion was to provide a process.

It was agreed that the Superintendent's office would send out the Superintendent job description and a list of all the candidates, in alphabetical and numerical order to protect confidentiality.

Weber moved to adjourn the meeting; Zimmerman seconded; adjourned at 9:31 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk

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