HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK SESSION MEETING
Monday, January 25, 2016
HLWW HS Media Center
The January 25, 2016 School Board Work Session meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:02 p.m.. by Chairperson Wiech. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Wiech, Heuer, Bush, Diers, and Kocher; absent: Bravinder. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Jennifer Olson, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Diers motioned to approve the agenda; Kocher seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item V, Subd. A) Elizabeth Benson and Deb Peterson counselors from Solace Counseling Associates reviewed their counseling services and their partnership with the district.
(Item V, Subd. B) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss newspapers in the commons. Bush suggested having copies of the papers in the commons for students to read. Mix said the Star Tribune and the Herald Journal are in the media center. Wiech reported the media center is where the students go to get that information. Mix reported if students are reading it they are looking at the on line version. Kocher reported we are giving the students what they want in the way they want it.
(Item V, Subd. C) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss vending machine revenue. Bush said that it is not much revenue. Sellner reported we have more restrictions now due to Federal guidelines.
(Item V, Subd. D) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss extra-curricular participation numbers. Bush asked about the triple A selection because he received a couple of phone calls this week about it. Sellner reported history has been that one person looked at the information and made a selection; however that doesn’t mean that we have to continue doing that.
Bush suggested issuing two free passes to a family of a student who is enrolled in a sport. Sellner indicated we lowered the activity pass fees so if you purchased it ahead of time you would save money. Sellner also reported the conference is asking us to go to three officials next year; so that will be an addition to the budget.
(Item V, Subd. E) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss the bell curve-honor roll. The board discussed the bell curve and honor roll.
(Item V, Subd. F) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss what should students know by age 15 and 18. Bush indicated he would like to see more lyceums. Sellner reported we have speakers come.
(Item V, Subd. G) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss block scheduling. Bush said he heard the district was looking at block scheduling and hoped there is more input from parents and staff. Mix reported this was brought forward from the staff to make things better for students. Mix indicated there is a committee that meets and has been exploring many different options. Sellner indicated we are going to thoroughly explore this and bring information back to the board.
Principal Schimelpfenig gave a report.
(Item V, Subd. H) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss Sunday scheduling. Bush expressed concern over the school having things on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Sellner reported Community Ed has things offered Sunday and Wednesday nights; it is nothing school related. Diers reported things on Sundays typically have parents with kids doing family things together.
(Item V, Subd. I) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss e-mail shutdown. Bush expressed concern over all the e-mails in society today. Heuer indicated e-mail is an expectation today.
(Item VI, Subd. A) Principal Olson gave a report.
Principal Mix gave a report.
(Item VI, Subd. B) Superintendent gave a report.
(Item VI, Subd. C) Upcoming Board Member Event Appearances:
HS Honors Breakfast (9-12) – February 17 (morning) Diers
Snow Fest Coronation – February 19 (afternoon)
HS Band-Choir Concert-February 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
FFA Week – Community Potluck – February 26 (lunch) Diers
Elementary Musical – March 3 (afternoon or evening)
Community Ed Carnival – March 4 (evening) Wiech
Battle of the Books (@ HL Expo) – March 19 (morning)
National Honor Society Banquet – March 29 (evening)
Middle School Art Crawl – April 8 -1 p.m. (afternoon)
Spring Play – April 29-30(evening)
(Item VI, Subd. D) Heuer reported the MAWSECO open house was very well attended.
(Item VII) Next Meeting Dates:
• Regular Board Meeting - Monday February 8, 2016 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
• Work Session Meeting - Monday February 22, 2016 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
(Item VII) Items for next meeting
Regular Meeting:
• Leave/Resignations
• Employment Recommendation
• Recognition’s
• First Reading of Policies
• Second Reading of Policies
• Approve Treasurer Report
• Approve School Board Committee Assignments
• Approve 2016-17, and 2017-18 School Calendars
• Present Handbook Changes-approve at March meeting
• Other
Work Session:
• Department Reports
Sellner reported the Minnesota State High School League is proposing to have an amendment to approve having two superintendents on the board, and we will be required to designate two staff from our district to vote on the issue. Sellner indicated this will be brought to the next meeting.
Heuer motioned to adjourn at 8:37 pm; Kocher seconded; passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted,
Michelle Heuer, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal March 7, 2016.

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