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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday, September 15, 2003 8:00 P.M.

Humphrey Elementary Music Room

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on September 15, 2003.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Ken Zimmerman, Jim Raymond, Al Doering, Charles Weber, John Lideen, and 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 September 15, 2003, Regular School Board meeting.  Borrell asked Item 2 to be tabled until the budget committee has time to review it.  Borrell motioned to remove Item 2 from the agenda; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.  Borrell motioned to approve the agenda with the subtraction of Item 2; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2003 Regular School Board meeting; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the September bills; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the September Treasurer's report; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Reports: Ladd said we hear the system accountability report.  Ladd reported that enrollment is up this year compared to last year.

Principal Millerbernd reported:

· We are up in enrollment in the elementary. 

· Terrific start to the school year.

· Attendance was not as high in the parent meetings as expected.

· Homecoming parade will be at 2:30 pm on Friday.

· School pictures are September 24, 2003.

· School wide enrichment, K-3 will be attending a play at St. Johns University.  Transportation will be paid for through Elementary Petty Cash.

Principal Wessman reported:

· Many parents came out for open house.  Great parental support.

· Just for your information we don't have 32 kids in any class in this building. 217 total kids this year, about 15 more than last year.

· Cookie dough sales for Deep Portage went very well.

· Happenings Books go on sale tomorrow with 4th and 5th graders.

· School shut down on September 8th went very well.

· 5th grade field trip to Ney Park tomorrow.

· 2hr late start on Wednesday September 17.

· Wessman reviewed summer test scores.

· Since we have started Basic Standard Tests all our students have passed and graduated.

Communications:  Ladd reviewed the SEE platform.

Requests from the public:

Dan Schaible spoke about a fundraiser for Marching Band.  Schaible presented the School Board a proposal asking for a "loan" from the school so the kids can get the uniforms now.  It will be approximately $20,000 to $25,000 for new uniforms, now we have about $12,000 in the bank.  We are having someone come by September 25th to discuss the details.  Zimmerman motioned to provide a loan for the Marching Band to be repaid by the Marching Band at a later date; Doering said we can front the money, and then discuss further options as needed; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.  

Bob Sherman spoke about the State of MN closing our facility if we don't build a new school.  Mr. Sherman said he would like it clarified what the State actually said.  Lideen stated that Burush, from the State of MN, said if HLWW can't come together to decide, the district should consider disbanding and going with surrounding communities.  Mr. Sherman asked what survey the district is referring to in the Referendum Brochure.  Mr. Sherman powerfully spoke about the 65% overage of remodeling.  Borrell responded that the editorials in the paper, that are incorrect.  Mr. Sherman said the School Board needed to clarify why it's been said that the district will be shut down if the operating levy is defeated.  Lideen recited some possibilities that the board reviewed.  Ladd said at this point it would be a district decision if district would shut down.  Doering said the State would not support a remodeling of the current school buildings. 

Mr. Sherman asked what % of schools in the area are able to maintain their buildings.  Ladd said the State will not go passed a 2 years prediction. 

Borrell said when interviewing the architects he asked if we, the architect, design it, it will pass.

Mr. Sherman thanked the board for clearing up the concern regarding the district closing.

Weber said if you look at 1.2 million in Winsted Elementary that is only a boiler in Winsted Elementary.  Lideen said you have to understand the renovation is one aspect, building is another.

Lideen said there are other options available; however this is what we are presenting to the district at this time.  Lideen said the operating levy is the most important aspect of this vote. 

Weber said he motioned to let the people vote on it to tell us what they want us as a board to do.

(Item 1) Ladd reported that the consultants would have information for the Board to review land purchase options.  Zimmerman motioned to set a date for a Special Board Meeting for October 6, 2003; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Ladd reviewed the fundraising report, and said this is for your information only.

Principal Day reported:

· We have 35 new students in the high school.

· Classrooms are very crowded with the excess of 34 students.  Please stop by anytime to see the overcrowding in the high school.

· Homecoming parade will be Friday at 2:30pm., congratulations to King Luke Gagnon, Queen Breanna Westrup, Prince Mitch Montgomery, and Princess Sandy Decker.

· Jr. /Sr. High Breakfast will be tomorrow and Thursday mornings.

· Just to be thinking ahead I'd like to propose 2 portable classrooms for next year.  Raymond suggested Superintendent Ladd check in to the costs, etc. of portable classrooms.

(Item 4) Wessman reported on the System Accountability Report.  Wessman said it is a report of tests from the last year.  MEEP and DCAC have met regarding this report.  It gives us a picture of how things are getting better in the district.  I'm very happy about this report, said Wessman; it has improvements in almost every area. 

Zimmerman motioned to approve the System Accountability Report (SAR) as presented by Wessman; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5)  Weber motioned to approve the proposed 2003 payable 2004 property levy at maximum level; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.  Ladd said if it stays the same, we will not need to have a truth in taxation hearing.

(Item 6) First reading of policies.

(Item 7) Lideen motioned to approve the resignation of Connie Lanchaster, para at Howard Lake High School; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Zimmerman motioned to approve the employment recommendations of Trina Haas as the 6hr. cleaner/sweeper at Howard Lake; Cathy Rufer as SACC supervisor; Rhonda Schuler as a 5.5 hour para; Jody Woyke as an instructor (1hr FTE for 1 semester) for the one semester class on "Horsemanship"; Michelle Forsberg for a full time (1 FTE) position of German language instructor and Social Studies; Joleen Fashing for the Early Childhood Special Ed Management Asst. at Winsted Elementary (B22, step 0); Tanya Lachermeier as .5 long term sub teacher for Kindergarten (August 26-January 16) at Howard Lake; Tanya Lachermeier as special ed management asst. at Winsted Elementary (2.5 hrs); Bernice Pehl as title 1/district para at Winsted Elementary (5hrs / 45 min.); Victoria Entinger as special ed management asst. at Winsted Elementary (5.5 hrs); Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Ladd expressed his congratulations to the following lane changes.  Weber motioned to approve lane changes for Jeff Grangud to a BA15; Jolene Davidson from a BA to a BA15; Kathy Wilson from BA15 to a BA 30; Andrea Travis from a BA30 to a BA45; Jeff Kyllonen from BA to a MA; and Britta Barth from a BA15 to a BA30; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Lideen commented on the model policies are very generalized, and we may need to add to fit our school situation.  Lideen motioned to approve the second reading of the mandatory policies, however review a few at a time to be adjusted to our needs; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11)  Weber motioned to approve the recognitions as read; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.  Borrell motioned to approve the Jensens  recognition; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12)  Superintendent report:

a) Next Regular School Board Meeting ­ October 21, 2003

b) Special School Board Meeting ­October 6, 2003 at 7:30 pm.

c) MSBA fall meeting at Monticello on September 16, 2003.

d) Teacher Negotiations, September 18, 2003, with the committee meeting 1 hr. earlier.

e) Honors Breakfast scheduled for September 16 & 18, 2003

f) SEE fall regional meeting at Dassel on October 7, 2003

g) MN. Education Summit September 19, @ Edina

h) Winsted Chamber presentation-September 18, noon

i) Budget committee meeting September 24, 3-5 pm.

(Item 13) Committee Reports:

Borrell said nothing new at this time.

Raymond reported on the Wright Tech Center meeting.

(Item 14) Other business:

Borrell said we need to change our policy on fundraising.  Borrell motioned to give our principals a little more latitude to ok fundraisers at there own discretion; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen asked for an update on the Pepsi mini grants.

Lideen asked for costs to date on the referendum.

Borrell motioned to adjourn at 9:45 p.m.; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk

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