HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday December 20, 2004

7:00 P.M.

Howard Lake High School

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The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on December 20, 2004. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Lideen, Doering, Schaible, Weber, Hammer, Borrell, and Custer. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman, Becky Gerdes and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Lideen opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the December 20, 2004 Regular School Board Meeting. Lideen indicated that item 1 would not be discussed this evening, and under Superintendent reports add item D-budget committee meeting. Schaible motioned to approve the agenda; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber motioned to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2004 Regular School Board meeting; Schaible seconded; passed unanimously.

Hammer motioned to approve the minutes of the December 6, 2004 School Board Work Session; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

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

Ladd reviewed the December treasurers report. Weber motioned to approve the December treasurers report; Doering seconded; passed unanimously.

Ladd reviewed enrollment and capital improvement project reports.

Principal Gerdes reported:

• Teachers Scott Klavetter and Josh Klenken are working with the Adult Training Center of Winsted on a mentoring program. Klavetter and Klenken gave a brief presentation on what they are working on.

• A survey will be sent home to kindergarten students

Principal Wessman reported:

• There will be a middle school yearbook this year.

• We will be working on second semester scheduling over winter break.

• Deep Portage trip is scheduled for January 19, 20, and 21st.

• 8th grade girls basketball are tournament champions.

Lideen reviewed communications.

Committee Reports: Borrell reported on MAWSECO. Negotiations has not met. Ladd said Budget Committee needs to set a meeting tonight. Custer reported on Community Ed. Buildings and grounds has not met. Hammer reported DCAC/MEEP discussed the failure of the operating levy. Lideen indicated Wright Tech had a resolution. Schaible reported Wright Tech has a meeting in January. Ladd reported that SEE is still dealing with equity on our platform, basic funding, and there will be a meeting in mid January. Hammer reported that Laker Pride has not met in a while, they will have a mailer going out this week. Ladd said Wellness will meet after the first of the year. Ladd said Labor Management will be scheduled for February.

Requests from the public: Mayor Bush suggested the board reconsider the cuts that have been listed. Kendell Kubash, from the LEARN Committee, said the next meeting will be January 4th at Winsted Fire Hall at 6:15 p.m..

(Item 2) Schaible reviewed the request for Wright Tech Centers resolution. Weber motioned to approve the Resolution for Wright Tech Center to ask for legislation; Schaible seconded; those in favor: Custer, Doering, Weber, Schaible, and Lideen; opposed: Borrell and Hammer; motion carries by majority vote.

(Item 3) Borrell motioned approving lowering the Final Levy Certification 2004 payable 2005; Hammer seconded; passes unanimously.

(Item 4) The board discussed the operating levy mail in ballot. Lideen asked for a motion. Borrell motioned to approve a $500 per pupil unit levy for 7 year, and a second question for $50 per pupil unit for bus purchases for 5 years; Custer seconded; discussion continued. Doering amended the motion as approving $500 per pupil unit for 5 years and a $50 per pupil unit for technology for 7 years; Custer seconded; those in favor: Custer, Doering, Borrell; opposed: Hammer, Schaible, Weber, and Lideen; motion fails.

Hammer motioned to approve a $500 per pupil unit for 5 years, and a $50 per pupil unit for transportation/bus purchases for 7 years; Borrell seconded; those in favor: Borrell, Doering, Custer, Hammer and Lideen; opposed: Weber, Schaible; motion passed by majority vote.

Ladd suggested showing this as a unanimous vote. Thus Lideen reintroduced the motion of $500 per pupil unit for 5 years, and the second question of $50 per pupil unit for transportation including bus purchases for 7 year. All members voted in favor, none opposed, passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Doering reviewed incentives for retirement. Each board member discussed their concerns about this. Lideen suggested continuing this discussion at the January 3rd work session.

(Item 6) Weber motioned to approve the resignation of Julie Heinen as HL 8 hr. cleaner/sweeper; Schaible seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Borrell motioned to approve the employment recommendation of Kim Spudic as the Middle School DCD teacher, and Cindy Decker as Special Ed Para at the Middle School; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lideen read the following recognitions:

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: Anna Merritt, Emily Horstmann, Steve Bobrowske, Samantha Painschab, Amber Cardinal, Trent Zachmann, Aaron Briesemeister, Kristal Sawatzke, Zack Crowley, Maddie Kaye, Brian Pettit, Daniel Kubasch, Josh Remer, Clark Ostvig, Robert Westmann, Kacie Carlsted, and Karl Schliep. This is the largest number of students that have received this honor in a number of years. Congratulations to all of you, and best of luck in the future.

The Board recognizes Alex Schlueter, who was named CMC male athlete of the week on December 8, 2004. Congratulations Alex on being named athlete of the week, and best of luck in the future.

The Board recognizes Jodi Sanken for being nominated for the 2005 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Jodi, and best of luck in the future.

Weber also recognized the girls basketball players for winning the tournament at Litchfield.

Schabile motioned to approve the recognitions as read with the addition; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Superintendent’s Report

A) A request for a committee for student handbooks, the district should have two board members on this committee. We could have the policy committee become active.

B) The next work session is on January 3, 2005

C) The next regular school board meeting is on January 18, 2005, this is the reorganizational meeting.

D) We need to set a budget committee meeting to discuss teacher retirement incentives.

Hammer asked how we will provide feedback on the budget reductions. Lideen said the board has approved the reductions, and sent it back to the administration to work on. Ladd said some suggestions may not be able to be done, we will discuss with the administration and budget committee and then bring this back to the board.

(Item 10) Borrell mentioned a situation regarding a teacher quitting abruptly, and the parents were not aware of this. Ladd said we would handle this type of situation differently in the future, but hopefully it won’t happen again.

Ladd said the auditor will be at the meeting on January 3rd, and asked if they can approve the audit then. Schaible motioned to approve the budget if we so choose at the January 3rd meeting; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Schaible motioned to adjourn at 9:51 pm; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk