HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Monday February 23, 2015
HLWW HS Media Center
The February 23, 2015 School Board Work Session meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Chairperson Wiech. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Wiech, Heuer, Tintes, Bush, Diers and Kocher. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Jennifer Olson, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Heuer motioned to approve the agenda; Tintes seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item V) A member of the public, Ruth Dalbec, requested the School Board to address a personnel matter that was not on the agenda. She provided a letter, containing private personnel data, expressing her concerns to the School Board about the personnel matter. Due to data privacy issues, the School Board denied the request but offered Dalbec the opportunity to express her concerns to the Superintendent the following day.
(Item VI, Subd. A) Jesse Robertson, Technology teacher, reviewed technology etiquette and usage. Bush indicated he would like to see students not use it at lunch time, and would like the district to have a lyceum at the middle and high school on the etiquette and usage of technology. Robertson indicated he reviews tips of etiquette with his students and asks them to share it with their parents. Heuer indicated information is in the handbooks about use of technology.
(Item VI, Subd. B) Superintendent Sellner reviewed the proposed revised 2014-15 budget and reductions. Sellner also indicated that Donna Wilson, SMS Financial Consultant, will be available at the March meeting to present the revised budget, and we will approve the 2015-16 budget at the April meeting. Heuer indicated she would like to see the budget reflect a 10% reserve.
(Item VI, Subd. C) Principal Schimelpfenig reviewed the new middle school addition 3D model and class schedule, and indicated they will implement the new schedule starting fourth quarter this year. Principal Mix reviewed the proposed bell schedule for the high school for next year, and also indicated they are going to start the new schedule starting fourth quarter. Sellner also indicated the district is looking into purchasing lunchroom tables with the chairs attached for easy set up and set down. Sellner also indicated there are some historic items that will be moved to the new location such as the old bell, book cases, and some trophies. Bush asked what will happen to some of the other items in the building. Sellner said we are not going to throw things away, they could be sent to the Historical Society or perhaps some old sporting items could be sold at a silent auction during a sporting event, however more planning needs to happen. Wiech asked Bush to put together his ideas.
(Item VI, Subd. D) Each principal reviewed their handbook changes for the 2015-16 school year.
(Item VI, Subd. E) Superintendent Sellner reviewed information about the CEO Class (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) funded through Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship at no cost to the district.
(Item VI, Subd. F) Wiech indicated in the interest of time; we will table the Facility Use Policy discussion and move it to the March Work Session.
(Item VI, Subd. G) Principal Mix reported April 28, 2015 is ACT Testing Day at the High School. Mix also indicated the freshman and sophomore advisors are looking into their students being out of the building that day, and we may also have the seniors not attend as well.
(Item VI, Subd. H) Bush asked the school board to consider having senior citizens come into the high school commons area once a month for coffee and to talk to each other and students.
(Item VII, Subd. A) Principal Mix reported:
• Mix met with the Winsted City Council and talked about the CEO Program.
• April 9th from 12-7 p.m., we will be showcasing local business from the area.
Principal Olson reported:
• We held “Ready Set Whoa” for students and parents who are eligible for Kindergarten.
• We are changing things up for kindergarten registration this year and having registration on Saturday. Letters were sent home to parents in January.
Principal Schimelpfenig reported:
• Student lead conferences were Thursday night and tonight.
• The Art crawl will be in April.
(Item VII, Subd. B) Upcoming Board Member Event Appearances:
FFA Week – Community Potluck – February 27 (lunch) Kocher, Diers
Community Ed Carnival – March 6 @ 6:30 p.m. - Wiech
Winsted-Elementary Musical – March 12 @ 1 & 7 p.m. - Kocher @ 1pm; 7pm-
Battle of the Books (@ HL Expo) – March 21 @ 9 a.m. - Bravinder
National Honor Society Banquet – March 24 @ 7 p.m. - Kocher
(Item VII, Subd. C) Superintendent report:
Sellner asked the board to review the proposed resolution by area superintendents asking for support to put funding on the education formula. Sellner indicated the resolution can be approved at the March Board meeting.
(Item VIII) Next Meeting Dates:
• Special School Board Meeting - Tuesday March 3, 2015 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
•Regular Board Meeting - Monday March 9, 2015 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
• Work Session Meeting - Monday March 23, 2015 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
Sellner indicated we will try to schedule a building tour for the March 9th board meeting. Tintes asked when Bravinder would be appointed. Wiech indicated it Bravinder would be appointed at the March regular meeting.
Heuer reminded board members that committee reports are due on Monday.
Bush asked if the following items can be put on the work session agenda: concert fees, student recognitions for other areas outside of academics and activities. Heuer expressed concern about recognizing students in other areas that are not under the schools control.
(Item IX) Items for next meeting
Regular Meeting:
• Leave/Resignations
• Employment Recommendation
• Recognitions
• First Reading of Policies
• Second Reading of Policies
• Approve revised/adjusted 2014-15 Budget
• Approve Handbook Changes
• Approve 2015-16 Reductions
• Other
Work Session:
• Department Reports-
• Review Preliminary 2015-16 Budget
• Discuss the Facility Use Policy
• Discuss Concert Fees
• Discuss recognitions for other than academics and athletics
Diers motioned to adjourn at 8:55 p.m.; Bush seconded; passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted,
Michelle Heuer, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal March 23, 2015.

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