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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


April 5, 2004

7:00 P.M.

HLWW High School Media Center

The School Board Work Session Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:01 p.m. on April 5, 2004. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Al Doering, Charles Weber, John Lideen, Tom Hammer, Dan Schaible, and Lori Custer; arrived at 7:03: Charlie Borrell. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Lideen opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the April 5, 2004, School Board Work Session Meeting. Hammer asked if the board could discuss the time line of long range planning; Ladd and Lideen said they could tie that question into item 5. Hammer also inquired about updates on the notes from Ladd. Weber motioned to approve the agenda as amended; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen reviewed communications.

Hammer asked if there would be a report on roof repair. Ladd responded, “Yes, and I hope to have that information by the next meeting.”

Ladd also talked about the upcoming request of pairing of the wrestling program with Lester Prairie. Coach Granrud also commented on the pairing of the wrestling program with Lester Prairie.

(Item 1) Kent Johnson from PMA gave a brief presentation on anticipated borrowing for the district. PMA works with districts on a cash flow basis only. Johnson recommended that the board pass a resolution for the sale of TAN (Tax Anticipation Notes) at the June Board meeting.

(Item 2) Shirley Olson-Collaborative Coordinator gave an update on the district goals as it pertains to collaborative programs.

Dan Boeson-Bus Supervisor gave an update on the district goals as it pertains to transportation.

Hammer asked what issues the facility changes for the district for next year will cause with transportation. Boeson said the district may need to add another bus route next year to make sure that all the kids get to Waverly and Winsted. Boeson also commented that he will be trying to keep bus rides within a one-hour time frame.

(Item 3) Ladd reported that we may have an RFP for the portable classrooms by tomorrow. Ladd also reported that he and the architect, SGN, hope to be able to make a decision for the April Regular Board Meeting.

(Item 4) Board Committee reports:

Weber reported that Paraprofessional negotiations will start on April 29th.

Hammer reported on Community Ed, they approved the summer programs.

Hammer also reported on MEEP.

Hammer also commented about the FFA banquet and commended Mr. Weninger on a wonderful program.

Hammer reported that Laker Pride will bring information to the next meeting on welcome packets, budget, web site update, and volunteers within our school district to communicate a positive image.

Borrell reported that MAWSECO had a staff recognition dinner, and approved contracts with Education Minnesota for MAWSECO teachers. Ladd added that MAWSECO uses the average of all the districts.

(Item 5) Ladd reported he recommended at the last meeting that the district should look at a $600 Operating Levy. Ladd requested that the Board let him know if they needed more information, and when they wanted to start a campaign. Doering suggested that the Budget Committee meet before the next meeting to determine what would happen if it passes or not and what budget cuts we would need to make. Ladd suggested setting budget meetings in the next two weeks, from 3:30-5 p.m. Schaible asked if the Budget Committee could give future costs on operating levy for two or three years, instead of 10 years. Ladd said when he arrived; Riley and the Board said we needed to run an operating levy within a year. Ladd said the district should determine by July to run an operating levy or not, so when school starts we can tell people what we are going to do. Ladd said if you give direction to the budget committee that you want to run an operating levy in November, the budget committee can work back from there. Ladd also said that you can run an operating levy in November of any year. Weber said the architects will most likely say not to do a building referendum this fall. Ladd agreed.

(Item 6) Architects will be discussed at the April Board Meeting.

(Item 7) Ladd said he and the board will leave at 7:30 a.m. for architectural site visits on April 6 and April 13.

(Item 8) Land options for the next phase were discussed within item 5.

(Item 9) Ladd reviewed the first reading of policies 418 (Drug Free Workplace/Drug Free School) and 419 (Tobacco-Free Environment).

(Item 10) Bill Readers

The board discussed how to handle bill reading for the future. Lideen said the board members should think about it some more, and we will put this on the agenda for the next meeting.

(Item 11) Community of the whole/sub committee reports

Lideen sent minutes last week on the summary on the March 19th meeting.

Borrell asked Lynda, from the paper if she felt that the school was getting information out to the paper. Lynda replied more is always better.

(Item 12) CW motioned to adjourn at 9:40 p.m.; Borrell seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk

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