HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Monday, March 17, 2008

HLWW Board Room

The March 17, 2008 Regular School Board meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 7:01pm by Chairman Schaible. After the pledge of allegiance; roll was taken with the following members present: Schaible, Weber, Weibel, Heuer, Custer, Doering, and Wiech. Also present were Superintendent George Ladd, Principals, Brad Sellner, Jennifer Olson, and Mike Day; Financial Consultant Bill Holmgren, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

(Item IV) Schaible reported there is an additional resignation of Merrill Skinner.

Weber motioned to approve the agenda with the addition; Custer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VI) Weber read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes Winsted Elementary families, the Winsted Library Board and Thrivent Financial for their support at Winsted Elementary. The baskets donated by our families for the 2007 Silent Auction were a huge success, and thanks to our community support of the auction, generated $736.20 for our Elementary School library. Thank you for supporting our schools and programs, as well as providing more opportunities to spark the interest of reading.

The School Board recognizes the following middle school students of the month for February: Brady Schmidt, Jake Anderson, Chantel Newton, Jon Post, Marie Hayes, Ryan Gailey, and Taylor Moynagh. The theme was “School Involvement was the theme.” They are role models for other students to follow their examples of self-awareness and control. As Students of the Month they were invited to have breakfast with the principal, Mr. Sellner. They also received a certificate and have their pictures displayed on the Middle School bulletin board. Congratulations to everyone!

The School Board recognizes Katie Pettit as the all time leading scorer in Laker basketball history with a score of 1,497 and counting. Congratulations Katie!!!!

The School Board recognizes Brittany Drew on scoring 1000 points for Laker Basketball! Congratulation Brittany!

The School Board recognizes Emmett Lynch on being selected to play on the Outstate Team in the All-Star Football game in June. Congratulation Emmett!

Wiech also recognized Judy and Michelle in the kitchen for all their help during the open house for the high school. Wiech also recognized Julie, high school custodian, for her help during the dinner theater.

Heuer motioned to approve the recognitions as read and with the additions; Weibel seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VII) Doering motioned to approve the consent agenda which consisted of February 20, 2008 Regular Board Meeting minutes; March 3, 2008 Work Session Meeting minutes; March Bills; March Enrollment; the resignation of Breanne Adickes as middle school para, and Caroline Newsom as elementary para; hiring Alissa Amland at the High School; and the second reading of policies 507- Corporal Punishment, 509-Enrollment of Nonresident Students, 510-School Activities, 512-School-Sponsored Student Publications and Activities, 513-Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design, 521-Student Disability Nondiscrimination, 902-Use of school district facilities and equipment; and communications of Elementary Laker News; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. B) Bill Holmgren, financial consultant from SMS, reviewed the treasurer’s report. Wiech motioned to approve the treasurer’s report; Weibel seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. A) Middle School teachers Valerie Haldy and Jolene Davidson gave a presentation on the middle school AVID program.

(Item VIII, Subd. C) Doering reviewed the fund six expenditures. Weber motioned to approve the fund six expenditures; Weibel seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. D) Brent Mareck, City Administrator at Winsted, reviewed the JOBZ resolution for Millerbernd Manufacturing. Weber motioned to approve the JOBZ resolution for Millerbernd Manufacturing; Heuer seconded; those in favor: Wiech, Doering, Custer, Heuer, Weibel, Weber, and Schaible; none opposed; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. E) Heuer asked why this resolution refers to student enrollment. Ladd explained that we are down in student enrollment from what was projected. Ladd also reviewed some reasons why the district needs to make reductions.

Weber motioned to approve the resolution discontinuing and or reducing programs and positions; Doering seconded; those in favor: Weber, Weibel, Heuer, Custer, Doering, Wiech, and Schaible; none opposed; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. F) Ladd reviewed the 2008-2009 school calendar. Ladd said late starts and early releases can cause problems with young families. Principal Sellner said the late starts are important.

Weber motioned to approve the 2008-2009 school calendar; Wiech seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. G) Principal Olson reviewed the elementary handbook changes. Principal Sellner reviewed the middle school handbook changes. Principal Day reviewed the high school handbook changes.

Doering motioned to approve all three handbooks subject to Custer reviewing and making any updates as needed; Heuer asked if they are going to wait to put in the change in class times. Olson and Sellner said we can put something in subject to change; Wiech seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item VIII, Subd. H) Custer reviewed the first reading of policies 517-Student Recruiting; 518-DNR-DNI Orders; 519-Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies; 520-Student Surveys; 523-Policies Incorporated by reference; 526-Hazing Prohibition; 528-Student Parents, Family, and Marital Status Nondiscrimination; 529-Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students; and 531-The Pledge of Allegiance.

(Item IX, Subd. A) Principal Olson reported:

* Family fun night was the end of February, and attendance has improved. Approximately 200 students and families attended.
* During Kindergarten round up we saw 60 families; which 17 families interested in extend day.
* There will be a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade music program at Winsted and Humphrey Elementary.

Principal Sellner reported:

* The theme of the month is “Leadership”
* The end of 3rd quarter is April 4th
* The future move is going smoothly
* Benson & Sellner have started planning 5th and 6th grade orientation night
* We’ve received some Special Ed reading curriculum.

Principal Day reported:

* There will be a lot of testing in April
* It was a GREAT decision to move during the middle of the year
* Concerts were wonderful, as was the play and dinner theatre
* Open house was overwhelming
* NHS students will be leaving tomorrow for Europe, they will be gone 7 days, but only missing 2 1⁄2 days of school
* The 8th grade will be coming out in May for orientation at the high school

(Item IX, Subd. B) Each board member gave an update on their committees.

Schaible commented those that are alternates can fill in if needed.

Custer reported there will be a Wellness meeting April 2nd; community ed has not met, but they were saddened at the passing of Mae Stifter.

Wiech reported Laker Pride had a pancake breakfast at Applebees as a fundraiser; open house at the high school went very well; they are revisiting the education foundation information; and the Laker Store will be taken over by Laker Pride.

Heuer reported at the DCAC meeting on March 10th Terri Collins and Elizabeth Benson gave a presentation on counseling.

Weibel reported DCAC met and the buildings and grounds committee will bring info to next meeting.

Weber reported negotiations will start on the 10th with Paras; and also with Principals; and possibly info at next meeting on Superintendent contract.

Schaible reported the buildings and grounds committee had a walk thru with the architects for the elementary buildings. There were some small issues; TV brackets need to be redone as there is not enough support in the walls; heating issues are slowing being correcting; but until some things are fixed we will not approve final payment. Schaible also indicated that when the middle school moves to the old high school, maybe the gymnastics program could move to that site.

(Item IX, Subd. C) Superintendent Ladd reported:

* Note the next meeting dates at the end of the appendix
* Tuesday night public meeting 6-8pm HS Commons
* Brochure is on CD and is already showing in Howard Lake
* We will be Canvassing the operating levy vote April 10th at 5pm.

(Item X) Next Meeting Dates:

* Public Meeting – March 18, 2008 6-8pm HS Commons
* Work Session Meeting –TBD
* Canvass election – April 10, 2008 5pm Board Room
* Regular Board Meeting – Monday April 21, 2008 7pm Board Room

(Item XI) Items for Work session

· No work session is needed at this time, but if we need to discuss anything we can do so at the April 10th meeting.

Items for regular board meeting

· Approve placement of non-tenured staff on Unrequested Leave of Absence

· Adopt Resolution authorizing LEA Representative

· Resolution discontinuing and/or reducing programs & positions

· Parent Involvement Compact

· Lane Changes

· First reading of policies

· Second reading of policies

· Leave/Resignations/retirements

· Employment Recommendation

· Recognitions

Doering motioned to adjourn at 8:47 pm; Weibel seconded; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Charles Weber, clerk