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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, August 18, 2003 8:00 P.M.

Winsted Elementary Gym

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on August 18, 2003.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Ken Zimmerman, Jim Raymond, Al Doering, Charles Weber, and John Lideen; absent: Charlie Borrell.  Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman, Julie Millerbernd and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the August 18, 2003, Regular School Board meeting.  Ladd requested that item 2B-a calendar change be added to the agenda; 3B-a Resolution to establish a procedure for reimbursement; 4B-consider a board meeting date change.  Weber motioned to approve the agenda with the addition; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen motioned to approve the minutes of the July 21, 2003 Regular School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen motioned to approve the August bills; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber motioned to approve the August Treasurer's report; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Communications:  Ladd reviewed communications.

Principal Day reported:

· We have a new handbook this year and it will be passed out Wednesday. 

· Lunch schedules will change slightly this year.  We need to add an extra lunch period with the large 9th grade class this year.  The elementary will help with this changing their lunch and recess periods around. 

· We are up about 15-20 kids from last year.

· Only one position remains to be filled for the high school it is the German position, which Mr. Ollila left last spring, we have advertised again, and Mr. Ollila is still interested, the State will give us a 3 yr. Waiver; he would be under the 3rd yr.

· We will be moving the conference scheduled for Oct. 2nd to Oct 6th.

Principal Wessman reported:

· Staff Development day is on the 28th, please come if you can. We will also be changing lunch and recess around this year, on a trial basis.  Research shows kids eat better if they go to recess and then eat lunch. Humphrey Elementary will have an EBD teacher that will have a contract thru MAWSECO.  This teacher will only have one very high maintenance student.  The teacher will sign the contract soon, and will use the small music office for the one on one student. Jan Fitzpatrick is on a medical leave for a couple weeks.  Sharon Jones will be substituting until Jan is able to come back. We have about 206 students in our building this year.

Principal Millerbernd reported: This year we have a planner, just like Humphrey Elementary and the High School.  We will be paying for the planners through petty cash this year, so it will be free to our students. We will be using the discipline policy of "Above the line/below the line. Mrs. Hanson will be back 1/2 time 1st semester, and we will need a part time teacher. We have approximately 22-23 students per class; Lisa Jennissen is 1/2 time teacher reduction in Howard Lake; and Kathleen Diedrick is 1/2 time teacher reduction in Winsted.

Requests from the public: none

(Item 1) Ladd reported nothing was new at this time but we are working with the Buildings &Grounds committee on land purchase updates.  We will need to have a late September special board meeting to discuss the results.

(Item 2) Weber motioned to approve the Resolution Calling for General Election; Fowler seconded; Ladd pointed out that we will need to hold elections at least from 10am to 8pm.  Ladd suggested we hold the polls open from 7am to 8pm.  Fowler motioned to have the polls open from 7am to 8pm; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Voted in favor: Lideen, Zimmerman, Weber, Fowler, Doering, Raymond; absent: Borrell.

(Item 2B) Ladd recommended a calendar change of November 3 & 4, workshop day on November 4th, student day November 3rd. Weber motioned to accept the calendar change; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Weber motioned to approve the Resolution Relating to Increasing General Education revenue, authorizing issuance of school building bonds and calling an election; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.  Voted in favor: Doering, Fowler, Weber, Zimmerman, Lideen, and Raymond; absent: Borrell.

(Item 3B) Lideen motioned to approve the Resolution establishing procedures for reimbursement; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.  Voted in Favor: Lideen, Zimmerman, Weber, Fowler, Doering, and Raymond; absent: Borrell

(Item 4)  Lideen motioned to approve the public open house referendum dates as follows: October 16 at Howard Lake High School Auditorium, October 20 at Winsted Elementary gym, and October 23 at Humphrey Elementary gym; Weber seconded; passed unanimously. 

(Item 4B) Lideen motioned to change the board meeting date from Monday, October 20 to Tuesday, October 21st; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5)  Ladd extended an invitation to the public for the school district to present the referendum.  Ladd said the district would be available from September 2 through November 3.

(Item 6) Lideen motioned to approve the fall coaching assignments; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously. 

(Item 7) Dean Wessman presented a Grad Standards plan.  Wessman also requested the Board to abolish the profiles of learning.  Zimmerman motioned to abolish the profiles of learning; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen motioned to accept all requirements as listed by Wessman for the Grad Standards plan; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lideen motioned to approve the change of Life/LTD Insurance provider; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Weber motioned to accept the resignation of Rita Clark; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Zimmerman motioned to approve the employment recommendations of Cindy Bowman for speech/language pathologist at MA step 0; Fran Roux for a full time AEP/504/at risk; Britta Barth for full time Special Ed & remedial reading; there will be an EBD position at Waverly that will be paid thru the MAWSECO contract; Kathleen Diedrick for an additional one hour Title I position; Renee Wesa for the Special Education position in Winsted Elementary for 03-04; and Gene Main for the A.M. bus driving position; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Weber motioned to approve the handbook changes; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously. 

(Item 12) Ladd suggested we send the policy's back to staff to recommend what we should have.  If we need to put some parts of the old with new we can.  We need to have these in place by the start of school.  Raymond said we will have the number system, and be in line with the State. 

(Item 13) Lideen motioned to approve the 2nd reading of the Pledge of allegiance policy; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 14) Lideen motioned to approve the 2nd reading of the School Weapons Policy; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 15) Ladd reported the Goals that were set up last year are now in place, and the principals and directors will come back throughout the year and update us on the progress of the goals.  Doering motioned to reaffirm the district goals for 2003-2004; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 16) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes HLWW student, Rachael Quast, who was recently crowned Miss Congeniality and Princess at the Winsted Summer Festival.  Congratulations Rachael and best of luck in the future.

The School Board recognizes Nellie Bliss, Hayley Witcomb, Crystal Greeley, Bria Day, and Hunter Day for helping collate the 700 back to school family packets that were sent to each student family in the district.  We appreciate you helping out during your last few days of summer vacation.

Lideen also thanked Rita Clark for her years in the district.  Principal Millerbernd commented that she was excellent in the elementary!  And she will help with the transition.

Lideen motioned to accept the recognitions; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 17) Superintendent Reports:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting ­ September 15, 2003

· Annual bus driver training set for August 19 and 20

· Back to school workshop August 26-28 Teacher Negotiations, August 25, September 18 Building and Grounds August 25 Employee breakfast-August 28, 7:45 a.m. Employee referendum presentation-August 28, 10:15 a.m. First day of School-September 2  

(Item 18) Committee reports: none

(Item 19) Other business: none

Weber motioned to adjourn the meeting; all seconded; adjourned at 9:43pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk

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