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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Monday, June 17, 2002 7:03 P.M.


The Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:03 p.m. on June 17, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, James Fowler, John Lideen. Members absent: Eugene Lorentz, and Charlie Borrell. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

There were two architect firms, KKE and SGN, that were interviewed. Raymond said a final decision will not be made until site visitations on projects that each firm is currently working on are made. The Board would like to have a decision made by the next School Board Meeting which is July 15, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk


Monday, June 17, 2002 8:22 P.M.


After the Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 on June 17, 2002, the School Board continued with the Regular Meeting at 8:22 p.m. Members present: James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, John Lideen, James Fowler; absent: Charlie Borrell, and Eugene Lorentz. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, Mike Day, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the June 17, 2002 Regular School Board Meeting, with the addition of Item 10A-Board Member Resignation. Fowler moved to approve the agenda of the June 17, 2002 Regular School Board meeting with the addition; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2002 Regular School Board meeting; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel stated that check #12105 was voided. Zimmerman moved to approve the June bills with the exception of check # 12105; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the June Treasurer's report; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Mike Day reported:

· Graduation went very well. "This was a great year, and I am very proud of all the students", said Day. Day thanked all the staff who helped put it all together.

· The new report card system is working well, 'we sent out the report cards one week ahead of time', said Day.

· Day reported that he had two positions, EBD and Para, still open. The others will be filled with the Board's approval tonight.

· There is some difficulty with the scheduling for next year said Day. Things are very tight, said Day. Day invited anyone who thinks we have enough room to come into the classes the first few days of school. There is a phy ed class that will have 40-45 students.

· The Letter Club is sponsoring the One Block Run this year.

· Day thanked all the Board members for attending graduation.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· Josh Westling will be helping with 1 high school phy ed class.

· All year end celebrations, track & field day, and award ceremonies, went very well.

· Summer school starts this week.

· Last week Title I application was mailed, this is federal money to be used for all children in the district, public & private schools.

· Millerbernd said she will be working on the School of Excellence application all this week.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· BMW, discipline rewards, on May 31 students went to Delano Theatre; AR reading reward was 2 hours at Waverly Park; and all students who met their AR goal each quarter went to a Twins game on June 6th, said Wessman.

· Wessman proposed a few student handbook changes, that are similar to the high school handbook. Wessman asked for Board approval for the addition of the Level System. This is to inform the students that there are consequences for their actions.

Weber motioned to approve the handbook change, Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

· Wessman said the curriculum budget should be right on if not below the budgeted amount.

· June 7th was a staff development day with a breakfast, goal setting, committee meetings, voting on Grad Standard Plan for 2002, and individual work. The next staff development day will be August 29.

· August 13-14 will be a K-6 writing workshop (six traits of writing).

· Wessman also talked about doing a pilot program with K-6 Science in preparation for next year. Hoheisel said that would need to be approved. Zimmerman motioned to approve being a pilot for Science K-6, Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Fowler asked how much it would cost to pilot the program. Wessman said approximately $5,000 to $6,000. Raymond suggested that Wessman come back with specific information on what he wanted to do. Wessman said ok.

Request from the Public:

Lona Jose, Director of Special Ed, and she works in six other districts, made the following comments:

HLWW School District has a procedure if a student doesn't complete high school in four years, they can't participate in the graduation ceremony the year they complete high school. Jose said she was here on behalf of all special ed students, and it was not very often that she differs from administration. Jose also said that some students have various mental and emotional problems that may cause them to need extra time/years to complete high school. Jose asked the Board to please consider reviewing this procedure to see if it is the best for all the kids in HLWW.

Zimmerman asked who set the level of graduation. Jose replied that a team of teachers evaluates each special ed student. Jose also said the HLWW never turned down a student to receive a diploma. But, she also commented that it was very important to the students to walk through the graduation ceremony. No other surrounding districts are denying students to cross the stage for graduation, said Jose. Raymond said he was not aware that we had a situation like this in the district. Day responded that there is no policy, just past practice. Day also said that the class was surveyed, and they were split 50-50. Day also commented that if we change the standard, we are lowering the bar. Day also said he would do whatever the Board decided, but wanted to make sure we keep it a 'top notch' ceremony for the kids who have worked hard to get there. Day also said that if it was written into the student's IEP, we have no choice but to allow student to take part in the graduation ceremony. If this was important enough, it should be written into the IEP, said Day. Raymond said we will look into the situation.

(Item 1) Hoheisel inquired about follow up of the Special Board Meeting timeline for selection of an Architect and Construction Management firm. Lideen reported on the two Construction Management firms, Kraus Anderson and Amcon, that were interviewed. Lideen said they both had great attributes, however he felt that Amcon would be more effective for what we are looking for. Zimmerman also felt the same way. Raymond also felt that Amcon would be better suited for our District, and recommended that we hire them.

Lideen motioned to hire Amcon as our Construction Management firm; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond commented that he would like to look at the buildings that KKE & SGN are working on before he makes a decision on an Architect firm.

Hoheisel stated that rooftop bids are coming in. Hoheisel reported that the City of HL needs new lightbulbs for the electronic sign. Lideen commented that in light of what was in the paper, regarding the future of the sign, should we continue to buy lightbulbs. Raymond suggested we need to know the future of the electronic sign. Raymond suggested we need to convey interest in cooperating with the city, however we need knowledge of the cities long range plan for the electronic sign. Hoheisel said he would call, and then get back to the Board and Mr. Ladd.

(Item 2) Hoheisel reported that he was to meet with Grant Writer, John K, however he had to reschedule due to the flooding in the State. Hoheisel said he had set another meeting for tomorrow, and would let the Board know in a mid meeting update.

(Item 3) Wessman updated the Board on Curriculum.

Zimmerman moved to accept the 2002-2003 Graduation Standards Placement implementation; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Wessman updated the Board on the concept of Hold Harmless Waivers. These waivers are available for graduating classes, to students if the school has had difficulty in providing the necessary standards in a timely manner.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reported on Education Related Legislation.

(Item 5) Zimmerman moved to approve the Health and Safety Plan; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Zimmerman moved to approve the Final 2002-2003 Budget; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Weber moved to approve the agreement with Adult Training & Habilitation Center, Inc.; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Zimmerman moved to authorize calling for Bakery, Dairy, Snowplowing & Waste Removal Bids for 2002-2003; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Weber moved to accept letters of resignation; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Hoheisel made the following employment recommendations:

Britta Barth as (.5) Special Ed Instructor.

Vivian Mahlstedt as High School Secretary to replace Sharon Jones. The High School Secretary and Laker Pride Coordinator positions will be combined on a probationary status. The Laker Pride Committee, Mike Day, Superintendent George Ladd, and Vivian will review this position on how well it works as a combined position. The Laker Pride Coordinator piece is not to exceed 10 hours per week, said Hoheisel.

Jodi Woyke as Chemical Health to replace Gloria Wheeler. She will be hired as C-4-2, step 5, for her seven years of experience as a probation officer.

Zimmerman moved to approve the employment recommendations; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10A) Raymond read the resignation of School Board Member, Eugene Lorentz.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the resignation, and commented that Lorentz was a very good Board member; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Weber asked if we are staying a seven man Board? Hoheisel said that we have to. Raymond called for advertising for applications, and if we exceed four, he would appoint a committee to review the applications. Zimmerman moved to advertise for applications; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes Chad Gagnon who will be honored by the Minnesota Twins, 3M, and the Hennepin County Community Health Department, for the "Totally Awesome Coaches Award." He will be honored at a pre-game ceremony Tuesday, June 25 before the Twins play the Chicago White Sox.

The Board recognizes volunteers who helped moving gymnastics equipment from Mound-Westonka Schools. We will pay half from the Athletics Capital Outlay budget and half from Community Ed. Recreation. The following is a list of the equipment along with the volunteers to help move such equipment:

· Equipment ­ spring horse, spring boards, balance beams, beam replacement cover, misc. mats-landing & placement, spring floor, award stands, port-a pits, uneven bars, and several spotting belts.

· Volunteers ­ Margaret Marketon; Stacy, Aaron, Adam & Noah Horsch; Marilyn, Ron & Heidi Greeley; Kevin & Karen Erickson; Dan Kleve; David Peterson; Sheila Asleson; Teresa Kappi-Kohn; Jerome Decker; Jim Weninger & Ag students; and Amanda DeLude. Lideen moved to approve the recognitions; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) Superintendent Hoheisel Reported:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting ­ Monday, July 15, 2002, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

· The new Superintendent, George Ladd, will be here for an admin retreat this Thursday.

· Hoheisel said that the admin retreat scheduled for this Thursday, will only be 1/2 day this year.

· Hoheisel thanked the Board for the opportunity to work with them, the students, and staff. Zimmerman thanked Hoheisel for all that he had done for the district.

(Item 13) Committee Reports: Weber reported that Wednesday negotiations will start.

(Item 14) Other Business:

Weber moved to adjourn the meeting; Fowler seconded; adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk

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