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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, April 15, 2002 8:00 P.M.

HLWW Media Center

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on April 15, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, Charlie Borrell, James Fowler, and John Lideen. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principal Julie Millerbernd, Dean Wessman, Mike Day, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the April 15, 2002 Regular School Board Meeting. Raymond stated that item 8A be added; approval of new Superintendent, George Ladd. Weber moved to approve the agenda of the April 15, 2002 Regular School Board meeting with the addition; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Lorentz moved to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2002 Special School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber moved to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2002 Regular School Board meeting; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Borrell moved to approve the minutes of the March 21, 2002 Special School Board meeting; Lorentz seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen moved to approve the April bills; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Lorentz moved to approve the April Treasurer's report; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reviewed April enrollment. Hoheisel stated that was an increase in High School, and no change in Elementary.

Principal Mike Day reported:

* Day reported the hiring of two new paraprofessionals, C. Lancaster, and P. Battko. This was to replace two who had resigned.

* Day thanked Rosalie Padden for donating 50 college bobble heads for us to use at our discretion.

* Day thanked Dick Borrell for donating big rolls of paper. The teachers are making good use of it.

* Day also thanked Dura Supreme for donating a box of paper. We have been using it in our copier and printers, said Day.

* Thank you to Rita Grimm and Bridgett Borner for job shadowing of the ninth graders, so they can see life after high school.

* The FFA Banquet was a great success. Several people attended. The food was great, and many people stayed late for the award ceremony. Thank you to Mr. Weninger, and all who helped put this together.

* There will be a Mock Crash on Friday, April 19, 2002. This will involve several emergency agencies. Thank you to Denny Bobrowske who had the idea and was the main organizer. We will have a speaker afterwards and counselors on hand for students with any concerns or comments.

* The Spring Play will be April 25-27.

* Spring Sports have started. The JV and Varsity both won their games tonight. We have a new Baseball Coach this year, and he is very excited about the season.

* Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Bakeberg are planning the Post Prom Party. We will have a speaker on Wednesday, Tasha Nelson.

* We have selected Herf Jones, a new vendor for our yearbooks. We will be saving $200 to $400. At the end of the year we will evaluate to determine whether or not the savings was worth it.

* One Senior is in danger of not passing the Basic Skills Test. They have taken the test, but we have not heard the results.

* Please look at the handbook, we have the same format for next year with minor corrections.

* Day also reported on the third quarter students, whom he will be taking out to lunch, and they will receive a free video rental.

* The Welcome Home Celebration was a great success. Thanks to all who helped pull it together. A special thanks to the Letter club.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

* March 21 was "American's All" musical by 4th and 5th grade students, and Jane Stritesky.

* April 4th was the "Vision for Success" Dakota Assembly

* April 8-12 was the IOWA Basic Skills Tests for 4th & 6th grades.

* April 18 will be a Statewide Tornado Drill and the 6th grade Science Fair.

* April 20 will be "Celebration of Young Musicians" 35, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are involved. Thanks to Jane Stritesky and Chris Starr.

* Wessman is presently meeting with the following curriculum departments to organize the purchase of curriculum materials: K-6 Health, 7-12 Ag, 7-12 Science, 9-12 Math.

* Wessman said they are currently working on writing curriculum for Family & Consumer Sciences. New Science Curriculum is being studied for K-6, to possibly be used as a pilot program.

* April 9-11 were Basic Standard Tests in writing, math, and reading for seniors.

* April 16 will be Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for 10th and 11th grades.

* June 10-13 is scheduled for Graduation Standards Make-up week for juniors. Lideen asked if only the juniors will be able to make up Grad Standards.

Wessman said only the juniors and seniors will be able to make up Grad Standards. Wessman also commented that the schools across the state are not expecting to do well in math.

* April 24th late start for staff development will be looking at K-3 school enrichment, 4-5 clustering and looking to 2002-2003 school year, and 6-12 recognizing substance abuse.

* The HL Elementary & Winsted Elementary submitted an application & received funds from the ISD 2687 Staff Development Best Practice Grant Fund. They will be learning about the School-Wide Enrichment Program.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

* We will be having a school wide enrichment model. Thursday will be a joint faculty meeting; there will be a total of nine videos to review. Then we will break up into study groups. This will be after school from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, the money will go to pay for the teachers time.

* The School of Excellence application is due the end of June 2002.

* The second grades will be taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills from April 22 to April 26.

* April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week. Millerbernd thanked all the volunteers who helped.

* Wednesday, April 24th is Secretary's Day; Millerbernd thanked Terry Knuth, and Julie Stifter.

* A third grade student in Winsted Elementary is very sick. Winsted Elementary will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, April 29-May3, with all the proceeds going directly to Jason Fern's family.

* The PTA spring fundraiser was a great success.

* April 22-28 is TV Turnoff week.

* May 7th will be the HL Elementary Spring Musical, "Colors: We're Better Together", 1:00pm & 7:00pm HLWW High School Auditorium


There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel updated the board on buildings and grounds projects. Raymond commented that the new building in Caledonia was interesting, and that we should interview the architect who designed it. Raymond also said there was another firm he would like to interview.

Lideen said that all the firms commented that we would need a new survey and new demographer report.

Fowler asked if anyone stood out of the crowd. Raymond replied that neither Abendroth or ARY gave new ideas. However, KKE built a new school in Rogers using natural lighting, and heating. Raymond said that all firms would be willing to work with the district for a consensus and then go to the community. Zimmerman also said that now is the best time to build because all estimates are coming in under bid. Raymond indicated that we need a vision as to where we want to be in years to come. Borrell suggested that the committee hear from Kraus-Anderson, and a construction management firm before they decide on a firm. Weber commented that Caledonia had a construction manager.

Lideen said they would talk to other places and then bring something back to the next meeting. Borrell asked how many were on the Buildings and Grounds committee. Raymond responded that there were three. Borrell said he would like to be more involved, but that it may not be possible. Lideen said that both he and Hoheisel had very detailed notes if Borrell would want to look at them. Hoheisel also commented that any Board Member could talk to the committee members to get more information. Hoheisel also said that if Borrell wanted to attend as a spectator, that would be fine, but he would have no input on the meeting. Lideen asked if a special meeting would be best. Borrell said he would just like to learn things. Hoheisel said that the Caledonia construction firm called and asked if we had a construction manager in mind. Raymond said that he knew of a firm.

(Item 2) Hoheisel reported on the Ag Planning Grant. Hoheisel said the final grant application was hand carried to the Capital. Hoheisel said that in May to early June the applications will be prioritized, then the top ones are selected to testify. They will allow four people at the table, one or two should be from the task force, said Hoheisel. Hoheisel thanked all the volunteers, Mr. Weninger, Mr. Day, Mr. Wessman, the county and students.

(Item 3) Hoheisel said he would be calling two other firms in the near future to discuss the district's facility needs. Lideen asked what the possibility would be for a work session to discuss goals and to see what everyone is thinking about facility needs. Raymond said members should go to the different town meetings and ask to be put on the agenda to see what the businessmen's opinions are. Then we as a Board can sit down and discuss what ideas we presented to us, said Raymond. Borrell said if we build a high school, one building would have to close. Raymond said that we should discuss at Buildings & Grounds Committee what information to give the public. Lideen said we should discuss ahead of time what the ground rules are, so we all understand. Raymond said we should promote the same idea. Fowler said we should all have the same idea and goal. Hoheisel suggested having a few meetings as to what message to send to the public. Raymond said that Buildings & Grounds would bring some information back to the Board at the next meeting.

(Item 4) Hoheisel updated budgets for 2002-2003. Hoheisel stated that there was an increase in textbooks. We will network Winsted Elementary lab, and Howard Lake Elementary will have a new networked lab. The electronic sign in Waverly is working, and Laker Pride will recommend the district contribute to the sign as they did to the Howard Lake sign. Borrell asked if we could bring water to the ball fields. Hoheisel said he would bring that to Buildings & Grounds Committee. Hoheisel said he and Day would meet with the Security Company next week, and would bring any information to the next meeting. Hoheisel asked for Board action to give him permission to go ahead with a few projects: cabinets, Waverly athletic fence, Howard Lake Elementary rooftop unit, proposed remodeling of the 2nd floor for MMI population, and Winsted roof repair. Zimmerman motioned to approve; Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Raymond authorized Hoheisel to go ahead with those projects. Borrell asked why the Auditorium Dividers needed removal. Raymond responded that Metcalf asked them to be removed ten years ago.

(Item 5) Hoheisel reported that the 2002-2003 calendar had some slight changes, and would like to table the approval until next months meeting, so everyone would have a chance to review the changes.

(Item 6) Hoheisel stated this was the second reading of the Crisis Management Policy. Hoheisel said that the High School Student Handbook, see pages 8 & 9, reference student and staff relationships. All Principals are to infuse this into all Student Handbooks said Hoheisel. Lorentz motioned to accept the Crisis Management Policy; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Lorentz motioned to accept letters of resignation; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Hoheisel said a special thank you to Nancy Main for her many years of service.

(Item 8) Raymond read the employment recommendations of Paula Bottko, Connie Lancaster as Special Education Management Aids; Lorentz motioned to accept the recommendations; Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Raymond also read the recommendation of Vivian Mahlstedt as Laker Pride Coordinator; Zimmerman motioned to accept the recommendation; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8A) Borrell motioned to accept the new Superintendent Contract with George Ladd; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Lideen thanked the negotiation committee members for the great work. Lideen suggested that we have a written procedure on hiring a Superintendent.

(Item 9) Lorentz motioned to consider custodial dismissal; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes Dura Supreme and Roy Scherer for $100 donation toward a bus for the State Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Board recognizes Darrell Smith for setting up the donation of computers from Stillwater Correctional Facility.

The Board recognizes David Pettit for a Certificate of Membership 2001-2002 All-State Men's Choir, from the MMEA.

The Board recognizes the Letterclub for contributions made to school with money earned during the tournament games held at Howard Lake. From profits they were able to contribute:

* $800 to Wrestling Team for new singlets.

* $800 to Boy's Basketball for new white (traveling uniforms) for B-Squad boys.

* $300 to Merrill Skinner to feed the team at the State Tournament.

* $200 for cookies and decorations for the Welcome Home Celebration.

Weber moved to approve recognitions; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Superintendent Hoheisel Reported:

* Next Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, May 21, 2002, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

* The Employee Recognition Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at the Waverly KC Hall.

* Hoheisel reported that we are going to be sending out a Fine Arts Brochure, which would be only music, in the next couple weeks.

* Hoheisel stated that we would be hosting the Howard Lake Business Ass'n Meeting Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at noon.

* Hoheisel reported that the Peer Review Committee would have a recommendation next month.

* Hoheisel also reported that there is no legislative update.

* Hoheisel reported that we needed to pay an annual membership fee of $500, to be able to use the State Bus Bid.

* Hoheisel commented on a letter in the paper on the High School parking lot noise problems. Hoheisel said he had several discussions with a resident liaison. Many issues were discussed and followed up on.

(Item12) Committee Reports:

(Item 13) Other Business: Lorentz said he received a thank you from D. Kalvig and D. Sonstegard for letting them take part in the Superintendent interview process.

Lorentz moved to adjourn the meeting; Fowler seconded; adjourned at 10:01 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk

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