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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, October 21, 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 October 21, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, John Lideen, Charlie Borrell, Jim Fowler, and Al Doering. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Julie Millerbernd, Dean Wessman, Mike Day, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the October 21, 2002 Regular School Board Meeting, with the addition of an employment recommendation for Fran Roux, and the removal of an employment recommendation of Sharon Lind; a resignation of Kris Couchey, high school special ed para; and snowplowing bids. Zimmerman moved to approve the agenda of the October 21, 2002 Regular School Board meeting with the additions; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the minutes of the September 16, 2002 Regular School Board meeting; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

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

Zimmerman moved to approve the October Treasurer's report; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved for a short break so that a yearbook picture could be taken.

Ladd reported enrollment was slightly down from last year, but was up from the start of the school year.

Jim Weninger, and Eric Sawatzke (chapter president) reported on the FFA/AG Department. Weninger gave a brief description of the department, and some future plans which included information and the three components of the Ag education program. Weninger reported the students do many community service projects through out the year. Some examples are: retaining wall at Joes Sport shop, replacing windows in the horse barn at the fairgrounds, and miscellaneous lawn mowing and landscaping projects. Eric Sawatzke continued the presentation. Sawatzke commented the FFA has 73 members as of today, and at last months meeting 53 members were in attendance. This was the highest number in attendance to date. They meet every second Monday of the month. FFA promotes healthy life styles. They will be starting new programs for mentoring, web page, and personal safety.

Zimmerman thanked Weninger and Sawatzke for their presentation.

Principal Day reported:

· Day thanked Weninger and Sawatzke for their presentation.

· Day invited all the board members to the November 11th Veterans program at 10:05 am.

· November 4th is the end of the first quarter. The musical will be November 17-19, and high school conferences will be in the gym from 4-8 pm. November 18th.

Principal Millerbernd reported:

· The goal setting conferences were a big success with almost 100% participation.

· The book fair was very successful, Winsted Elementary raised $297 in free books, and Howard Lake raised $480.

· Millerbernd thanked Winsted & Howard Lake Fire Departments for there participation in Fire Prevention week. First, second, and third grades won 1-3 place in poster contests.

· October 22 will be Peer Review, which is new this year.

· LEEA awards will be given to Jane Bayerl, Sandy Petterson, George Montgomery, and Jeff Granrud.

Principal Wessman reported:

· Peer Review today, six teachers were involved. So many teachers signed up for peer review that we had to cut the list down, said Wessman.

· The Systems Accountability Report was published in the October Laker.

· The 3rd and 5th grade MCAs results are in. Wessman reported that we have done very well this year.

· 10th and 11th grade MCAs results are in. We are a little below the state average, but we are doing ok.

· September 18 was a staff development late start. October 23 will be an early release with a representative from TIES available.

Public Requests: none

(Item 1) Weber moved to approve the Structural Balance of the Principals; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the Structural Balance of the Bus Drivers; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber moved to approve the Structural Balance of the Custodians; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the Structural Balance overall; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 2) Weber moved to approve the Bus Driver Contract; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Weber moved to approve the Principal Contract; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Zimmerman moved to approve the Assurance of Compliance; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Dave Sherman, from Midland Insurance gave a brief presentation. Sherman did not have final numbers to approve. Raymond recommended tabling the Property and Causality Insurance proposal until next board meeting.

(Item 6) Dale Decker, Athletic Director, gave a brief presentation. Raymond suggested tabling the approval of the Vending Proposal until we receive information from Coke.

(Item 7) Ladd recommended suspending the Truth and Taxation Hearing. Borrell moved to suspend the Truth and Taxation Hearing; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Ladd made the following employment recommendations:

Remove Sharon Lind as the new 2 hr. Cleaner/Sweeper; and approve Gary Schmidt and Dulce Palomares as a new regular route bus drivers.

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

(Item 8A) Lideen moved to approve the resignation of Kris Couchey as high school special ed para; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8B) Fowler moved to approve D&D Plowing as Humphrey Intermediate School snowplowing; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

Ladd reported that Oltman resigned as the Howard Lake site snow removal, and that we are in the process of obtaining new bids. Ladd asked for approval to select a snow removal company, if needed, before the next board meeting. Borrell said to use his discretion.

(Item 9) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes Clark Ostvig (8th grade), who has been selected for the Minnesota Jr. High Honor Choir. He will rehearse and perform in November in Wayzata and also in February at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the MMEA Convention. He was selected thru an audition tape process. Congratulations Clark, for receiving this exceptional achievement.

The School Board recognizes three elementary students who were selected for Minnesota Elementary Honor Choir. They are: Crystal Jones (6th grade), Natalie Borrell (5th grade), and Cassie Houston (5th grade). Crystal and Natalie are both in our production of Oliver so they won't be able to participate in the Honor Choir Experience, but we would like to honor them for being chosen. Cassie will be participating November 22 & 23 in Wayzata.

The School Board recognizes Dan Ollila for completing the Twin City Marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The School Board recognizes Tom Hammer for donating two portable aluminum bleachers.

The School Board recognizes the City of Winsted for allowing us to play on their football field while ours is being repaired due to flood damage.

The School Board recognizes Cody Long who was crowned King, Jo Decker who was crowned Queen, Pat Salonek who was crowned Prince, and JoAnn Gatz who was crowned Princess. Congratulations and best wishes for an exciting and rewarding year.

Borrell also suggested recognizing Holy Trinity schools for their cooperation for the Football field. Borrell also suggested recognizing the entire teaching staff for getting the testing scores up in all the schools.

Lideen moved to accept the recognitions; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Superintendent Ladd Reported:

Next Regular School Board Meeting Monday, November 18, 2002, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

Ladd reported the Audit would be completed by the next board meeting.

The Board retreat is scheduled for November 23rd at 8:00am, in the High School Media Center, with a speaker from MSBA.

Ladd, Lideen, and Brad Robinson will be attending a MREA conference in Alexandria this Wednesday thru Friday.

If anyone is interested in attending the MSBA annual conference please let Marilyn know so you can be registered.

The HVAC unit was installed in Howard Lake Elementary over MEA.

The High School offices carpet was installed over MEA.

The check valve is on hold because of some problems the contractor ran into.

The Winsted Elementary boiler needs repair; the approximate cost will be $1,000.

Resource & Training is looking for a Board member to serve on their Board. Please let us know if you are interested.

(Item 11) Committee Reports:

Lideen reported on the fall regional SEE meeting in Dassel. It was a very interesting meeting with other schools in our area.

Lideen reported on a Laker Pride meeting. Laker Pride is trying to update the school color brochure and hope to have it printed by January of 2003. We are also looking into an elementary brochure which we will be working with Principal Millerbernd on, with the possibility of publishing in house. The new communication plan would be another brochure, said Lideen. Vivian may have a rough draft by the next meeting.

Borrell asked if preschool would be apart of elementary.

(Item 12) Other Business:

Weber reported the Paras would be negotiating on Monday, October 28, 2002 at 4:00pm. Ladd commented that we need to set another meeting with Community Ed to finish up negotiations.

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

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk

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