HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



Monday June 20, 2005, 7:00 pm.

HLWW High School Media Center

The June 20, 2005, Regular Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:02 pm by Chairman John Lideen. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Lideen, Weber, Custer, Hammer, Doering, Schaible, and Borrell. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman, and Becky Gerdes; and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Schaible motioned to approve the agenda; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item V) No requests from the public.

(Item VI, Subd. A) Principal Day reported:

• We will have 4 or more foreign exchange students for the upcoming year.

• Dassel/Cokato Play Director has invited us to join them this year for the musical Oklahoma.

• Graduation went very well. Thank you to the custodians, and middle school staff and students for helping clean up for graduation.

Principal Wessman reported:

• We have successfully completed our first year at the middle school, and we have learned a lot.

• On June 1st we took 140 students to Valley Fair who earned the right to go.

• We are in need of more money for curriculum ordering for next year.

Principal Gerdes reported:

• We sent out supply list and a school calendar with report cards.

• Thank you to the volunteers who helped rearrange classrooms on June 10th.

• The awards program on the last day of school went well.

(Item VI, Subd. B) Each Board member gave a brief report on committee’s.

Custer-nothing to report

Doering-nothing to report

Borrell-nothing at this time, but we will schedule a Buildings & Grounds meeting every month; starting with July.

Hammer-Laker Pride reviewed the web site; regarding open enrollment letters, we will not do follow up phone calls, however we may send a 2nd letter.

Schaible-Wright Tech Center will have a Cosmetology program

(Item VI, Subd. C) Superintendent reports:

• Judi & I attended a MSBA conference all of last week

• MSBA summer schedule for early bird session August 4-5

• The Legislature is at deadlock right now with a small chance of settlement by June 30th

• As of now we have about 48 candidates for the elementary principal position, we have narrowed it down to 11 and will interview the top 6.

(Item VII) Custer motioned to approve the Consent agenda; Borrell seconded; passes unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. A) Brent Mareck, City Administrator from the City of Winsted, reviewed the JOBZ program and asked for the school districts approval. The board discussed each of the JOBZ requests, and expressed concern about existing companies using this program.

Doering motioned to approve JOBZ Resolution authorizing the transfer for Millerbernd Design; Borrell seconded; all voted in favor, none opposed; passed unanimously.

Weber motioned to approve JOBZ Resolution authorizing the transfer for Millerbernd Manufacturing; Schaible seconded; all voted in favor, none opposed; passed unanimously.

Custer motioned to approve JOBZ Resolution authorizing the transfer for Five Star Holding; Weber seconded; Borrell abstained; Weber, Schaible, Hammer, Doering, Custer and Lideen voted in favor, none opposed; passed by majority.

(Item VIII, Subd. B) Michelle Johnson, Food Service Director, gave a brief report. Johnson is recommending a breakfast program at all sites.

Schaible motioned to accept the recommendation with the reimbursable breakfast at the elementaries, and a la cart at the middle and high school; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously. Johnson said we would charge $1 for breakfast. Lideen asked for Johnson to report back after the end of the first month.

(Item VIII, Subd. C) Lideen reviewed the facility committee’s recommendation. Each board member gave their opinion.

Schaible motioned to accept the Facility Committee recommendation with future information from SGN; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

Lideen called for a Special Board Meeting to be set for July 6, 2005 at 7pm in the high school media center.

(Item VIII, Subd. D) Custer gave an update on the land committee.

(Item VIII, Subd. E) Doering gave an update on the negotiation committee. The committee recommends hiring Knutson & Flynn, who are also our district attorney’s, to assist us with negotiations. Lideen agreed for the negotiations committee to use Knutson & Flynn for negotiations unless otherwise reported.

(Item VIII, Subd. F) Kent Johnson, from PMA, gave a brief presentation on borrowing with a potential borrowing amount approximately $1.6 million.

Hammer motioned to approve the Resolution providing for the sale of General Obligation Aid Anticipation not to exceed one million 618 thousand dollars; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. G) Ladd reviewed treasurer’s report. Weber motioned to approve the treasurers report; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. H) Custer motioned to accept the resignations of Britta Barth as high school yearbook adviser; Emily Ryherd as .5 elementary instructor; Laura Smallbrock as ECSE teacher; and Shirley Olson as Collaborative Coordinator; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Gerdes explained her request for a leave of absence. The board discussed this option and decided not to make a motion to accept the leave. At this time Principal Gerdes submitted her letter of resignation. Lideen read the resignation. Schaible motioned to accept Gerdes resignation; Doering seconded; Weber abstained; motion passes.

(Item VIII, Subd. I) Lideen reviewed the following recommendations:

Jennifer Brandt as the Language Arts Teacher at the middle school at BA step 2; Amanda Cacka as .5 English Teacher at the high school at BA step 0; Cassie Danielson as Special Ed Instructor at Winsted Elementary at BA step 0; and Daina Penny as Special Ed Instructor at Humphrey Elementary at BA step 1.

Weber motioned to approve the employment recommendations; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item IX, Subd. A) Wessman reviewed the Middle School handbook, noting there are some changes to be made. As being reviewed there were more suggested changes by board members.

Borrell motioned to approve the middle school handbook with the changes; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item IX, Subd. B) Principal Gerdes and Title I Coordinator Robin Day wrote this together as a team. Gerdes gave brief overview of the grant.

Weber motioned to approve the grant; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item IX, Subd. C) Custer motioned to authorize calling for bakery, dairy, snowplowing, and waste removal bids; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item IX, Subd. D) Lideen read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes this years Athletes of the Year: Brad Ogle, and Hayley Whitcomb; Scholar/Athlete Award: Nathan Clark, and Zach Arvidson; Jostens Leadership Award: Samantha Painschab, Emily Horstmann, Clark Ostvig, and Josh Remer; ExCel Award: Steve Bobrowske, and Anna Merritt; Distinguished Athlete Award: Trent Zachmann, and Amber Cardinal; Triple A Award: Nathan Clark, and Chelsea Streich. Congratulations to all of this years athletes, and to the athletic council and coaching staff on a very successful year.

The School Board recognizes Beth Horn, Linda Tassinari, Rita Clark, Kay Quast, and Bernice Pehl for volunteering to help move classrooms at Winsted Elementary on June 10th; and Christine Bobrowske and Patty Lehner for helping to move classrooms at Humphrey Elemen-tary on June 3rd. Thank you very much for your continued support of our school district.

The School Board recognizes the girls State Track competitors: Jolene Smith took third place in the 800 individual, and competed in the 4 x 800 relay, with Anna Merritt, Brittany Drew, and Natalie Smith. Congratulations on a great year.

The School Board recognizes Mr. Sonstegard for being named Region 5AA Coach of the year, in Boys Track. Congratulations Mr. Sonstegard on a great year.

The School Board recognizes the following staff, students and parents that were part of DCAC this past year: Becky Gerdes, Pam Halverson, Pat Weseloh, Addie Mucha, Karen Ready, Tom Hammer, Marylou Swedberg, Jenna Untiedt, Viv Mahlstedt, Pam Klima, Mike Day, Dean Wessman, George Ladd, Angie Granrud, Rob Merritt, Jodi Sanken, Sue Untiedt, Kristen Cheney, Terri Collins, and Dan Schaible. Thank you for your input and support.

The School Board recognizes the following students and parents who contributed to Laker Pride Committee this past year on such projects as the Open House, Laker Pride Mailers, Clean Up Days, etc. - Erica Jacobson, Wyatt Kern, Joanna Schaible, Marylou Swedberg, Mary Jo Painschab, Jennifer Ahrens and Jason Kuehn. Thanks also to various staff and administration that provided inputs to these projects and meetings. Lastly, thank you to our Laker Pride Coordinator, Vivian Mahlstedt for her efforts!

Hammer motioned to approve the recognitions as read; Schaible seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item X) Hammer motioned to approve the Superintendent Contract; Schaible seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item XI) Next meeting dates as follows:

• Land Committee: June 20, 2005 at 7:30 am

• Work Session: July 5, 2005, High School Media Center

• Special Board Meeting: July 6, 2005 at 7 pm.

• Regular Board meeting: July 18, 2005 High School Media Center

(Item XII) Items for work session:

• Student Council presentation

• Preliminary Budget

• Retreat

• Operating dollars with new building

• Supt. Goals

• Wright Tech

• Consider school board standards

• Family max for activity fees

Hammer asked Michelle Johnson if there would be a way to allow the students more time for lunch. Principal Day, Wessman, and Johnson will look into this concern.

Johnson also indicated the district needed to have a Wellness Policy in place by the start of the 2006 school year.

Schaible motioned to adjourn at 9:55 pm; Hammer seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Allen Doering, Clerk

Published in the Herald Journal July 25, 2005.