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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, August 19, 2002 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 August 19, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, John Lideen, and Charlie Borrell; absent: Jim Fowler. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Julie Millerbernd, Dean Wessman, Mike Day, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond read the Oath of Office; Al Doering accepted.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the August 19, 2002 Regular School Board Meeting, with the addition of high school para Kris Couchy. Zimmerman moved to approve the agenda of the August 19, 2002 Regular School Board meeting with the addition; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen moved to approve the minutes of the July 29, 2002 Special School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the minutes of the July 15, 2002 Regular School Board meeting; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the August bills; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

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

Principal Day reported:

· Day thanked Mary Robinson for all the work she has done with the new student handbook.

· Day reported that several positions have been filled in the high school.

· The new security cameras are up and running, we are still waiting for training on how to use it.

· Fall sports will be starting.

· We have several things planned for Staff Development week.

· Day reported that Mary & Viv had attended a TIES workshop and returned with a lot of useful information that will be implemented.

Principal Wessman reported:

· Grad Standards report will be sent to CFL August 15th. Wessman will have reports ready for the next meeting.

· Wessman stated that in June we passed a motion if we had 81 or more 4th grade students, he could hire another 4th grade teacher. As of August 1st, we had 82, and so he hired Josh Klenken as the additional teacher.

· Wessman also reported that there were several teachers who had to move their classrooms.

· Wessman reported that he is still interviewing for a para position.

· The Deep Portage pop sales raised $2,000.

· Wessman also reported that he would like to make a name change from Humphrey Elementary to Humphrey Intermediate School. Raymond suggested to bring the name change to buildings & grounds committee.

· Wessman invited all board members to the staff development workshop day, August 29, starting with an all staff breakfast at 7:30am.

Principal Millerbernd reported:

· Millerbernd reported she was still interviewing for a few positions.

· Computer labs are being updated in Winsted & Howard Lake.

· Millerbernd reported we will be having two student teachers from Crown College one will be in 1st grade in HL, the other will be in Kindergarten in Winsted.

· Winsted cooler room remodeling to a classroom is almost complete.


Ladd explained the report about school finance.

Requests from the public:

Cynthia Heuer thanked the School Board for their support on the over crowding of the 4th grade.

(Item 1) Ladd reported that the Buildings & Grounds committee met with KKE. KKE submitted a proposed project schedule.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the project schedule; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen commented that he didn't like to set a rigid schedule. He would like a schedule that could be modified if needed. Ladd responded that this would be a working document.

(Item 2) Zimmerman motioned to approve the fourth grade position; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Laker Pride Coordinator, Vivian Mahlstedt gave a presentation on the progress of Lake Pride. The Outreach would now be referred to as "The Laker". "We would like to use 'The Laker' as much as possible, to show the support of all the communities", said Mahlstedt.

Lideen commented that on the next meetings agenda he would like to discuss what are important issues that need to be addressed, and how much the district would be willing to spend to accomplish those goals.

Mahlstedt asked for approval of a communications plan, she would design something short and easy to understand to bring to the next meeting.

(Item 4) Zimmerman motioned to approve the Fall Coaching Staff; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Ladd reported that the Annual Bus Driver Training was scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday, and a copy of the agenda was attached. Borrell moved to approve the Bus Driver Training agenda; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Millerbernd presented a few Elementary Handbook changes for approval. Zimmerman moved to approve the Elementary Handbook changes; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Zimmerman moved to accept letters of resignation; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Ladd made the following employment recommendations:

Consider Employment Recommendations from Principals. Josh Klenken for 4th grade position at Waverly, Terri Collins for the High School counselors position, Lance Wurm as EBD at the High School, and Kris Couchey as a para at the High School.

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

(Item 9) Ladd reported he talked with MREA and they are meeting this week to see what they could do for our district. However, for now we need to be a member of either SEE or MREA, so Ladd recommended to be a part of SEE and look into participating in a few of MREA's workshops.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the membership with SEE; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes April Johnson who was named 'Fairest of the Fair', congratulations, April, and best wishes.

The School Board recognizes Kelly Brose who was crowned Aquatennial Princess. Congratulations, Kelly, and best wishes for an exciting and rewarding year as Aquatennial Royalty.

The School Board recognizes Helen Guggemos who was named Grand Marshal for this years Winsted Summer Festival.

Zimmerman moved to approve the recognitions; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Superintendent Ladd Reported:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, September 16, 2002, 8:00 p.m., Humphrey Elementary Gymnasium.

· Ladd reported Insurance increase for 2002-03 would be 8%.

· Ladd reported Community Education is back in their offices. Ladd thanked the custodians who did a wonderful job moving Community Ed back and forth during the clean up process.

· Ladd reported the Indoor Air Quality report was good, and Waverly will be receiving an air unit.

· Ladd reported Football was ready to be played in Winsted. The City of Winsted will lease us the use of the field as they do for Holy Trinity.

Ladd said Mr. Decker will have the press box and shed removed, and replaces the scoreboard at the current field in Howard Lake.

· Ladd stated he is still waiting to hear from FEMA, for public assistance with the cost of repair and replacement for flood damages.

· Ladd stated the annual Employee Breakfast will be held on August 29, 2002 at 7:30 a.m., and welcomed all board members to attend. "You may be surprised who will be serving", said Ladd.

(Item 12) Committee Reports:

Weber reported that he would like to change Thursday's negotiation meeting time to 3:00 p.m. Raymond reported on Wright Tech Center meeting was very good. They have an automotive class that looks great, and many students are interested in taking. Zimmerman commented that everyone should go to an open house at Wright Tech Center, they would be surprised at what they all have to offer.

(Item 13) Other Business:

Lideen asked about an annual donation for the sign in Howard Lake, it normally has been $500. Raymond asked for suggestions. Ladd commented that the sign does advertise many events for the school, and it would be beneficial to the district to maintain a good working relationship with the City.

Lideen motioned to approve a $500 contribution to the electronic sign in Howard Lake; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Borrell asked about a contribution toward the Waverly electronic sign. Raymond said we need a request from the City of Waverly before we can commit to anything.

Weber moved to adjourn the meeting; Lideen seconded; adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James Raymond, Chairman

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