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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Monday December 15, 2003 8:02 P.M. Howard Lake High SchoolMedia Center

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:02 p.m. on December 15, 2003.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Jim Raymond, Al Doering, Charles Weber, John Lideen, and Charlie Borrell, Ken Zimmerman.  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 December 15, 2003, Regular School Board meeting.  Lideen asked to postpone approval of the teacher contract until the board members have time to review all information regarding the contract.  Ladd said the committee felt it was acceptable and ready to ask the board for approval.  Borrell said he agreed with Lideen.  Zimmerman suggested that the new board approve the contract.  Fowler commented that the teachers and the committee negotiated in good faith that what was brought before the board would be approved.  Weber said we would be going through the contract tonight point by point.  Raymond indicated in the past if the negotiations committee made a recommendation to the board it would be approved.  Lideen said it was difficult to vote on something if we don’t have all the information. 

Lideen motioned to change Item 4 from approval to discussion of the teacher contract.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the agenda with the change of Item 4 to discussion of the tentative teacher contract; Doering seconded; Raymond asked for a show of hands, 4 voted in favor of the change (Borrell, Lideen, Zimmerman, and Doering), 3 voted against (Weber, Fowler, Raymond); passed by majority vote.

Fowler said the school board was dysfunctional and that he would not participate in the rest of the meeting, and left.

Lideen motioned to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2003 Regular School Board meeting; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen motioned to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2003 Special School Board meeting; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

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

Ladd reviewed the December treasurer’s report.  Ladd reported we are spending down, and we are getting close to the amount where the board said we should have on hand.  We are down in interest rates and fund balance.  Doering motioned to approve the December Treasurer’s report; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Day introduced Mr. Granrud, a Math teacher at the High School, who gave a brief presentation on a teacher on line grading system through TIES.

Wessman reported:

• This Wednesday the whole school is going to Murphy’s Landing to learn about holidays, and Thursday grade 4 will have a festival of nations.

• Day, Millerbernd, Wessman involved in a survey called TAGLIT-taking a good look at instructional technology, how teachers look at curriculum in our district

• Mr. Day and I went to a MAWSECO meeting, student performances with IEP’s have improved, all students have improved, students of color have improved, and SLD students are not progressing as well as others.

• DCAC will meet tomorrow, and will be looking at registrations.  Trying to find out what other districts have that we don’t have, and working with K-12 on Language Arts study.

Lideen asked if the DCAC would have info available to bring to Thursday nights meeting.  Wessman said it was too early, but he would bring what we have.

Millerbernd reported:

• The Elementary is working on a year book, the students and parents really enjoyed the year book from last year.

• Millerbernd asked the board to review the December newsletter.

• Each classroom in Winsted El. Donated a basket to the silent auction with proceeds going for AR books

• Title I, II, and V grants have been approved.

• Holiday program will be December 18 at 1 & 7 pm; last week we went to Holy Trinity’s program which is a tradition.

• On Friday we will be having a holiday sing along with a drawing at the end of the day.

Communications: Ladd reported the board would have new bill readers starting in January.

Requests from public:

Dan Schaible gave an update on the band uniforms that he requested a loan from the district for at the September 2003 meeting. Schaible said the uniforms are more expensive that originally thought, the cost of the loan amount will be about $15,000.  

(Item 1) Rob Cavanna and Dan Wier gave a brief presentation on Resource and Training programs that are offered to our district. The district received discounted rates on workshops.  Resource and Training is not State funded. Resource and Training Board members are elected by the region. 

(Item 2) Mike Berkhardt presented the 2002-2003 final financial audit.  Burkhardt recommended the board making a resolution that the Debt Service Fund should be closed and moved to the general fund.

Zimmerman motioned to accept the 2002-2003 financial audit; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously. 

(Item 3) Raymond explained the Wright Technical Resolution.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the Wright Technical Resolution; Lideen seconded; discussion followed; Lideen said they are just asking for permission to go to the state to support them; passed unanimously.

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

(Item 4) Weber gave a presentation on the teacher tentative settlement for 2003-2005.

Borrell said he was going to vote for the settlement, but agreed the whole board should have had time to review the tentative settlement.  Borrell complemented Weber for his work on the negotiation team.

(Item 5) Lideen asked to change Policy 406 wording from the CFL to the Department of Education.  Lideen motioned to approve second readings of policies 402 (Disability Nondiscrimination) and 406(Public and Private Personnel Data); Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.  

(Item 6) Have first readings on of policies 407 (Employee Right to Know) and 410 (Family and Medical Leave)

(Item 7) Ladd gave a brief overview on the final levy certification.

Zimmerman motioned to approve the Final Levy Certification; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously

(Item 8) Weber motioned to approve the resignation of Don Thiemann as HL 8 hr. cleaner/sweeper, and by doctors request a 1/2 time medical leave for Joan Hanson, Howard Lake Elementary Kindergarten teacher for the remainder of the school year; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Zimmerman motioned to approve employment recommendation of Steve Nelson as 8hr. cleaner/sweeper at HL (A-1-2) this is to replace Don Thiemann. Approve the extension of Tanya Lachermeier as the long term sub for Joanie Hanson for the remainder of the school year for afternoon Kindergarten at HL; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Zimmerman motioned to approve lane changes of Britta Barth from a BA30 to a BA45, Kim Jones from a BA to a BA15; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Raymond read the following recognition:

The Board recognizes the following students for earning a place on the Central Minnesota Conference Fall All-Academic team by compiling at least a 3.7 Grade Point Average: LukeGagnon, Anna Merritt, Emily Horstmann, Steve Bobrowske, Samantha Painschab, Amber Cardinal, Christe Young, Trent Zachmann, Aaron Briesemeister, Kristal Sawatzke, David Youngren, Brian Pettit, and Daniel Kubasch.  Congratulations to all of you, and best of luck in the future.

Raymond also recognized Ken Zimmerman Sr. for 16 years of service on the School Board.  Raymond also recognized Jim Fowler for his years of service on the School Board.

Doering motioned to approve the recognitions as read; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) Supt. Reports

• Community meeting, Thursday, December 18, 2003 at High School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

• Ladd reported that the district’s paging system is not working at the high school and it will continue to look at how we can update or replace it.

• Next Regular School Board Meeting, Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at Howard Lake High School Media Center. 8:00 p.m.

(Item 13) Committee Reports:

Weber asked for committee schedule to be sent in the mid level report.

Borrell reported on the MAWSECO meetings.

Ladd reported on a Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committee meetings with Siemens, and that they could not save us enough money to make it worthwhile for us.  Ladd reported on building scenarios for next year.

Zimmerman suggested that the new board should make the decision.  Ladd said we need to make a decision in January 2004 so the high school can plan schedules for the next school year.

Ladd said this is a very smooth change for students and parents.  Weber said my concern is making sure that we keep in mind what the parents want.

(Item 14) Other Business: none

(Item 15) Zimmerman motioned to adjourn at 10:45pm; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk

Published in the Herald Journal March 8, 2004.


TUESDAY, December 30, 200312:00 p.m.


The December 30, 2003 Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District #2687 was called to order at 12:00 p.m.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: James Raymond, Ken Zimmerman, Charlie Borrell, John Lideen, Al Doering, and Charles Weber.  Member James Fowler was absent.  Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the December 30, 2003 Special School Board meeting. Borrell motioned to approve the agenda; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Borrell motioned to approve the Structural Balance; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.  Roll call vote, those in favor: Lideen, Zimmerman, Weber, Borrell, Doering, and Raymond; none opposed.

(Item 2) Lideen motioned to approve a two year contract with EMHLWW; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond thanked the negotiation committee for their time and work, and reported that the district is within the state guidelines.

Weber motion to wave the board members costs for today’s meeting; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3)  Superintendent’s Report

Next Regular School Board Meeting – Tuesday, January 20 , 2004, 8:00 p.m., Howard Lake Media Center January 15-16 MSBA workshop

Lideen commented that the sub committee meetings will start on January 6, 2004 at 6:30pm.

Public comments: Lisa Jennissen asked if the sub committee times and dates are set?  Lideen responded that each sub committee will determine when they will be meeting.  Addie Mucha asked when are the meetings?  Lideen responded the meetings are set for January 6 at 6:30pm, January 15 at 7:00pm., and February 9 at 7:00pm.  There were no other questions.

Raymond said he will not be returning to the school board.

Doering thanked Raymond for serving many years on the school board.

Borrell motioned to adjourn at 12:09 p.m.; all seconded; carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,


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