HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday October 18, 2004, 7:00 p.m.

Winsted Elementary Gym

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:01 p.m. on September 20, 2004. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Al Doering, Charles Weber, Tom Hammer, Dan Schaible, Lori Custer, and John Lideen; Charlie Borrell arrived at 7:08 p.m. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman, Becky Gerdes, and Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Lideen opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the October 18, 2004 Regular School Board Meeting. Hammer asked if he could speak under Principal reports regarding curriculum and under other business if the Board Chair could give and update on the Superintendent Evaluation, and the web site. Hammer motioned to approve the agenda with the additions; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Schaible motioned to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2004 Regular School Board meeting; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber motioned to approve the minutes of the October 4, 2004 School Board work session; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously.

Hammer motioned to approve the October bills; Schaible seconded; passed unanimously.

Ladd reviewed the October treasurers report. Weber motioned to approve the October treasurers report; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

Ladd reviewed enrollment and capital improvement project reports.

Principal Wessman reported:

• SAR report came out in today’s paper. Wessman thanked Evelyn Fowler and Vivian Mahlstedt for their help.

• Susan Lee, a Middle School teacher from Buffalo, was here as a speaker for the late start on September 22nd.

• We are currently looking for a DCD teacher, but are having difficultly finding someone for this position. We also need two special ed para’s that go with the DCD teacher.

• Cookie dough was delivered last week; this is a fundraiser for the Deep Portage trip for 6th graders.

Hammer presented Wessman with curriculum from Lake Ann Improvement Association and the Howard Lake Sportsman’s Club. Wessman thanked them and said it could be applied to 6th grade curriculum in conjunction with Deep Portage.

Principal Gerdes reported:

• Gerdes reviewed the program when Miss Minnesota attended the district. Many parents and staff volunteers made this a huge success

• We are having goal setting conferences, and have received many positives from parents.

• We are trying to do report cards on the computer this year; and we are working on making them uniform for all grade levels, but somewhat different for each grade.

• We are working on teacher observations. Teachers are also working on PEER observations.

• Early Release day October 27th we will be working on report cards and classroom management strategies.

Hammer thanked Gerdes for the wonderful job on the Miss Minnesota program.

Principal Day reported:

• Homecoming went very well and we won the game.

• 40 students took PSAT tests-TC able to restructure and be a more hands on counselor, and it shows.

• Day reviewed the district goals.

Borrell expressed concern on how the high school is measuring the goals.

Ladd reviewed communications.

Requests from the public: none

(Item 1) Schaible motioned to approve the annual Assurance of Compliance report; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 2) Dave Sherman gave a brief presentation on property and liability insurance.

Weber motioned to approve the property and liability insurance as presented; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Schaible motioned to move the November work session to November 8th to canvass the results of the election and make motions as needed; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Ladd stated that the district has not received the signed contract back from the union, and wasn’t sure how the board wanted to proceed. Doering motioned to approve the Resolution of Structural Balance of the Bus Driver Contract; Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Roll call vote in favor: Hammer, Schaible, Weber, Lideen, Custer, Doering, and Borrell; none opposed.

(Item 5) Weber suggested tabling action until the district received a signed contract from the union. The consensus of the board was to table this action.

(Item 6) Schaible motioned to approve the Lane Changes; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Hammer motioned to approve the resignations; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Schaible motioned to approve Julie Heinen, Michelle Sperle-Berg, and Krista Looft because they are replacements, the others were held back until they can be reviewed as to how they pertain to the budget; Hammer seconded; Weber opposed; motion passes by majority vote.

(Item 9) Hammer motioned to approve the Winter Coaching Staff; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Chair Lideen read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes Grant Wickesburg who was crowned King, Camie Bernick who was crowned Queen, Adam Loch who was crowned Prince, and Hayley Whitcomb who was crowned Princess. Congratulations and best wishes for an exciting and rewarding year.

The School Board recognizes the staff and students at Humphrey Elementary and to the Mill Pond at Montrose for donating Cypress colored mulch for the gardens surrounding the school. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.

The School Board recognizes the Howard Lake Sinclair Station for their generosity for giving the Drama Club the opportunity to generate funds, providing a place to hold a car wash during their grand opening, free advertising, and matching our earnings. The grand total, earned and donated, was $510.84. The money will be used to offset the cost of “team” shirts currently being designed for and by the students in Drama Club. Thanks to the community members and Sinclair Station.

The School Board recognizes Eric Sawatzke of Waverly who was asked recently to represent Minnesota as a candidate for one of six national FFA offices, to be named at the end of the month. Congratulations and good luck.

Lideen added recognizing the Lake Ann Association and the Howard Lake Sportsman’s Club for their donation of curriculum for the middle school.

Schaible motioned to approve the recognitions as read and amended; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Superintendent’s Report

a) Next Regular School Board Meeting Monday, November 15, 2003 at Howard Lake Media Center.

b) Next School Board Work Session Monday, November 8

c) Public Open House October 23, 10 a.m.; October 30, 7 pm

d) Move date-back into portables, November 4th at 3 p.m.

e) Levy Presentation-October 20, 2004 Senior High Students @ 8:30 a.m. (9th & 10th grades) and 9:30 a.m. (11th & 12th grades)

f) Committee of the Whole -November 16, 2004 7 p.m. High School Media Center

(Item 12) Lideen gave a brief update on the Superintendent Evaluation and indicated that this will be discussed more after the operating levy at a closed meeting.

Lideen gave a brief update on the progress of the web site. Lideen suggested that each board member write a brief statement about the operating levy to be posted on the district web site.

Weber asked if the negotiations committee could set a meeting for Superintendent negotiations. Lideen suggested that the negotiations and budget committee get together after the board meeting to set meeting dates.

Weber motioned to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk