HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes
|BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, December 14, 2015
HLWW HS Media Center
The December 14, 2015 Regular School Board meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairperson Wiech.
After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Wiech, Heuer, Bush, Diers, and Bravinder. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Donna Wilson, SMS Financial Consultant, gave the Truth in Taxation presentation. Wilson reported the levy will increase 7.44% to $4,558,234.95; this is due mostly to the asbestos costs.
(Item V) Heuer motioned to approve the agenda; Kocher seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VI) There were no questions or comments from visitors
(Item VII) Heuer motioned to approve the consent agenda which included the November 9, 2015 Regular Board meeting minutes, December bills, enrollment, the leave request for Mark Nelson November 30, 2015 thru January 31, 2016; and the resignation of Gary Olson as a van driver effective November 30, 2015, the following employment recommendations: Leisha Diers as a 5th grade teacher effective January 18, 2016; James Carr as a morning Facility Supervisor for 2 days a week effective November 30, 2015; Rhonda Rae as a morning Facility Supervisor for 3 days a week effective November 30, 2015; Chad Christians as 9th Grade Girls Softball Coach effective the spring of 2016; and Bernie Lueck as Head Girls Golf Coach effective the spring of 2016, the second reading of the following policies: 602-Organization of School Calendar and day, 603-Curriculum Development, 604-Instructional Curriculum, 605-Alternative Programs, 608-Instructional Services -Special Ed, 609-Religion, 613-Graduation Requirements, 614-School District Testing Plan & Procedure, 615-Basic Standards Testing, Accommodations, Modification & Exemptions for IEP, Section 504, and LEP Students, the following communications: Elementary Laker News, Star Tribune Article, Teaching Today-Fall 2015 volume 2, Resource Training & Solutions Communicator, and Resource Train & Solutions Board of Director Election ballot, and the following recognitions:
The School Board recognizes the cast, crew, director and Drama Club for their performance of “Children of Eden” by John Caird. Congratulations on your successful performances at the HLWW Laker Theater.
The School Board recognizes Logan Iverson, Chase Lange, Hope Cornelius, and Laura Steffer for receiving the HLWW Courtesy and Respect Award. This award is designed to acknowledge students who are overall “good citizens” of HLWW. Students are nominated one per grade and chosen quarterly by HLWW High School staff. Students are chosen who display some or all of the following: demonstrates sincere courtesy and respect in relationships with all other persons, demonstrates common sense and good judgement when making decisions affecting him/her or others, learns and demonstrates extra and co-curricular skills to the best of his/her ability, and learns and demonstrates acquired academic knowledge to the best of his/her ability. Congratulations on being chosen for this award.
Bravinder seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. A) Superintendent Sellner reviewed the Fitness Center information.
(Item VIII, Subd. B) Donna Wilson, SMS Financial Consultant, reviewed the treasurer’s report, and recommend its approval.
Diers motioned to approve the treasurer’s report; Kocher seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. C) Donna Wilson, SMS Financial Consultant, reviewed the information regarding the final levy certification of 2015 payable 2016.
Bush motioned to not increase the levy, to leave it as is; there was no second; motion failed.
Heuer motioned to approve the Final Levy Limitation & Certification of 2015 Payable 2016 for $4,558,234.95; Diers seconded.
Bush expressed concern of the increase and asked to spend down the reserve. Heuer commented our reserve is at the minimum of what the auditors and our financial consultants suggest.
Bravinder indicated it is part of being fiscally responsible to have a reserve. Bravinder also responded that we rely on our financial experts to give us information.
Wiech reported we have a motion and a second; those in favor: Heuer, Bravinder, Diers, Kocher and Wiech; opposed: Bush; motion passed by majority.
(Item VIII, Subd. D) Superintendent Sellner indicated the Activities Director, Scott Berning, recommends hiring an additional speech coach due to the increase in the number of students participating. Heuer motioned to approve an additional speech coach; Bravinder seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. E) Superintendent Sellner reviewed the request for a DCD teacher position at the middle school. Heuer motioned to approve a DCD teacher position at the middle school; Kocher seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. F) Superintendent Sellner reviewed the request for an additional 4-4.5 hour per week paraprofessional to support the ECSE program. Bravinder motioned to approve the additional 4-4.5 hr paraprofessional; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
Kocher left at 7:25 p.m.
(Item VIII, Subd. G) Superintendent Sellner reviewed the transportation study. Wiech read the resolution. Heuer motioned to adopt the resolution authorizing notice to be given to the union regarding possible subcontracting of work; Diers seconded; those in favor: Diers, Bravinder, Bush, Heuer, and Wiech; opposed: none; passed unanimously.
Bravinder motioned to approve the letter to SEIU; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. H) Heuer motioned to approve the letter of support to the City of Howard Lake; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. I) Bravinder motioned to approve the student overnight trip for the senior choir students to Luther College in Decorah Iowa January 10-11 2016; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII, Subd. J) The Policy Committee recommends the first reading of the following policies: 701-Establish/Adopt School Budget, 701.1-Modification of School Budget, 702-Accounting, 703-Annual Audit, 705-Investments, 706-Acceptance of Gifts, 707-Transportation of Public School Students, 708-Transportation of Nonpublic School Students, 711-Videotaping on School Buses, 712-Video Surveillance other than on Buses, 713-Student Activity Accounting, 720-Vending Machines.
(Item IX, Subd. A) Principal Schimelpfenig gave a report.
Principal Mix gave a report.
(Item IX, Subd. B) Superintendent Sellner gave a report.
(Item IX, Subd. C) Wiech reported the School Board Committee reports are attached to review.
(Item IX, Subd. D) Upcoming Board Member Event Appearances:
HS Winter Choir Concert December 14 @ 7:30 p.m.- Bravinder,
MS Choir Concert-December 17 @ 7 p.m.,
HS Winter Band Concert December 21 @ 7:30 p.m. -Bravinder,
Snow Fest Coronation February 19 (afternoon),
HS Honors Breakfast (9 & 12) February 17 (morning),
HS Band-Choir Concert-February 23 @ 7:30 p.m.,
FFA Week Community Potluck February 26 (lunch)
(Item X) Next Meeting Dates:
• Work Session Meeting - Monday December 21, 2015 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
• Regular Board Meeting - Monday January 11, 2016 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
(Item XI) Items for next meeting
• Organizational Meeting
• Employment Recommendations
• Approve Second Reading of Policies
• Approve First Reading of Policies
• Adopt Resolution directing Superintendent to make recommendations for adjustments in curriculum, programs, and staff for the following school year
• Discussion about Valedictorian and Salutatorian
• Information regarding a punch card system for facility usage
Heuer motioned to adjourn at 8:17 p.m.; Bravinder seconded; passed unanimously.
Michelle Heuer, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 8, 2016.