HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK SESSION MEETING
Monday, February 22, 2016
HLWW MS Community Room
The February 22, 2016 School Board Work Session meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:01 pm. by Chairperson Wiech. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Wiech, Heuer, Bush, Diers, and Bravinder; Kocher arrived at 6:02 p.m. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Jennifer Olson, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Superintendent Sellner asked the board to consider moving the handbook changes until later when Principal Olson arrives. Diers motioned to approve the agenda with the change; Bravinder seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item V, Subd. A) Special Ed Coordinator, Linda Wharrum, reviewed the Special Education services and programs.
(Item V, Subd. B) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss additional recognitions of people who make donations. Bush reported that he would like to see something in each building recognizing people who make donations. Sellner reported everyone who donates is recognized by the board and receives a recognition letter from the superintendent. Schimelpfenig also indicated, for example, we invited Dura Supreme to come and see the equipment we purchased with the help of their donation and it was featured in an article in the paper. Sellner indicated when we can we do recognitions with an article in the paper, and on face book. Schimelpfenig also indicated if there is a specific donation to a department the staff usually sends a thank you letter as well. Bravinder asked Bush who he wanted to see the recognitions. Bush said he wanted the students to see the recognitions; they should know who donated. Sellner indicated the administration team will discuss it.
(Item V, Subd. C) Wiech indicated we will table the discussion of handbook changes until Principal Olson arrives.
(Item V, Subd. D) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss the senior class picture. Bush indicated the senior picture is a tradition and would like to see it left up year after year. Diers indicated there are other schools who have senior class pictures but they are done on a much smaller scale. Principal Mix indicated he has been working with Zahler Photography to get something that would be uniform for all the classes. Heuer asked if it would be individual or a group picture. Mix said it would be the individual student picture from the yearbook photos submitted.
(Item V, Subd. E) Principal Mix reported the leadership team is still in favor of moving to the Cum Laude status. Bush indicated there has been a lot of conversation in the community about this topic. Bush expressed concern that this is a tradition and that we are entitling students if we move to the cum laude status. Student Wyatt Determan asked Bush if he was in favor of sticking with tradition if it’s not moving forward. Bush responded that we should have respect for history. Bravinder indicated we should look at both sides of the issue. Bravinder indicated he received some feedback about the timing and they suggested phasing it in over three years. Schimelpfenig reported the one thing we are missing is education is not the same as it was many years ago, we are working on collaboration; thus why continue to have a system that is competitive. Kocher reported colleges are looking for the more rounded person. Heuer reported this is four years’ worth of efforts, and it just segmenting the honor students not labeling them. Diers indicated he would like to see it moved back another year or two and phase it in with a hybrid year so not to affect those in the mix now. Sellner indicated the idea is proposed to be phased in, and not that we are just getting rid of it. Sellner asked if there are other things the members want the leadership team to do before this comes back to the board. Bravinder asked for the pros and cons and to educate the board if we left it as is or if we change it what is the positive and negative of both.
(Item V, Subd. C) Principal Mix indicated there isn’t many changes to the handbook this year; just to add information about Laker space. Mix also indicated that we have purchased the MSBA model of the student handbook and will be using it to make changes to ours for next year.
Principal Schimelpfenig indicated there are only minor changes which include tardiness, extended school day program, Saturday school, library and media center references, and conference changes.
Principal Olson indicated there are only minor changes which include younger siblings attending class, volunteer information, food service, special education clarifications, and date changes.
Superintendent Sellner thanked the principals for reviewing the handbooks and asked the board members to reach out to the principals if you have questions or suggestions.
(Item V, Subd. F) Superintendent Sellner gave an update on the Fitness center.
(Item V, Subd. G) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss lyceums. Bush said he was impressed with the presentation from Solace Counseling and would like to have more lyceums for the student body. Mix indicated the students advisory time is where they talk about concerns or issues students are having. Mix also indicated there are many classes that have speakers come in during their class time with students. Bush indicated he would like to have presentations to everyone in the auditorium. Sellner indicated that he recommended Bush attend the Advisory Committee meetings to give his suggestions. Bush indicated he never heard that recommendation. Wyatt Determan indicated during the advisory time students get to talk about everything including college, and jobs. Mix indicated the advisory time is about career, not just about college. Wiech asked if Bush was interested in sitting in on the advisory meetings and he should contact Principals Mix and Schimelpfenig for the dates of the meetings. Mix indicated the next meeting will be March 9th at 7:15 a.m. in Terri Collins office and Schimelpfenig indicated his meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 7:15am in Heidi Smith’s office.
(Item V, Subd. H) Wiech indicated the board should discuss which appearances should be compensated and which should not and what the per diem should be. Sellner indicated MSBA recommended that we discuss and make a decision if we want to compensate for the additional appearances. Bravinder indicated he was just at a workshop with MSBA and said the idea for compensation was if it is a meeting. Heuer indicated it is different if you are there as a spectator of a performance or an open house. Diers and Kocher both indicated they feel uncomfortable getting paid for the appearances, that it is a privilege to represent the board. Wiech asked the board to take the next few weeks to review the info and think about it. Sellner reported the list of appearances came from wanting a more organized effort for board members to attend events.
(Item V, Subd. I) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss the trophy auction. Bush asked to table the discussion to the next work session.
(Item V, Subd. J) Wiech indicated Bush wanted to discuss recognizing current military who are graduates of HLWW. Bush asked to table the discussion to the next work session.
(Item VI, Subd. A) Principal Olson gave a report
Principal Schimelpfenig gave a report
Principal Mix gave a report
(Item VI, Subd. B)
 Superintendent Sellner gave a report
(Item VI, Subd. C) Upcoming Board Member Event Appearances:
• 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)
• 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) There were no updates from the board members.
(Item VII) Next Meeting Dates:
• Regular Board Meeting - Monday March 14, 2016 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
• Work Session Meeting - Monday March 28, 2016 6 p.m. HLWW HS Media Center
(Item VIII) Items for next meeting
Regular Meeting:
• Leave/Resignations
• Employment Recommendation
• Recognition’s
• First Reading of Policies
• Second Reading of Policies
• Approve Treasurer Report
• Approve Revised Budget
• Approve Handbook Changes
• Discuss Solar Gardens
• Other
Work Session:
• Department Reports-
• Discuss Trophy Auction
• Discussion regarding recognizing current military who are graduates of HLWW
• Discuss 2016-17 Preliminary Budget
Diers motioned to adjourn at 8:28 p.m.; Bravinder seconded; passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted,
Michelle Heuer, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal March 21, 2016.

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