HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


8:00 P.M.



The Regular January 19, 1999, School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m., by Chairperson James Raymond. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken with the following members present: James Fowler, Gene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Members absent: Carol Fury. Also present were: Superintendent Hoheisel; and Principals Wessman, Millerbernd and Day; and School Board Secretary Bonnie Nylin. Several students were present to observe the meeting as part of the graduation standard packet.

Lammers made a motion to approve the agenda for the Jan. 19, 1999, Regular School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the minutes of the Dec. 7, 1998, Special School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Pettit; passed unanimously.

L. Weber made a motion to approve the minutes of the Dec. 21, 1998, Regular School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Fowler; passed unanimously.

C. Weber made a motion to approve the Jan. bills; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

Fowler made a motion to approve the Jan. Treasurer's Report; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Principals' Reports:

High School Principal Michael Day reported the following:

- Jan. 22, 1999, is the end of the 2nd quarter.

- Basic Skills will be given as follows: Jan. 20 - writing; Feb. 2 - reading; Feb. 4 - math. Tests will be scored by the State of Minnesota and the school will be notified of results.

- The annual Music Listening Contest was held at HL-W-W with several area schools participating. HL-W-W did very well and placed third.

- As class size allows, Holy Trinity students who would like to participate in a particular class at the public school, will do so on a trial basis for the coming quarter.

- As part of an NHS project, high school student Wade Fowler has done an excellent job of researching and developing a bird aviary in the commons area at the high school.

- High school staff has been instructed as to procedure to be followed in case of emergency situations that may arise.

- On Jan. 28 & 29, Mr. Day will attend the Principals Convention.

- Many activities are planned for Snow Fest (Feb. 7-13) and FFA Week (Feb. 21-27).

- Naomi Flick has completed a grant application to fund the PIC V summer work program.

Elementary Principal Julie Millerbernd reported the following:

- Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Feb. 4.

- The elementary students received a thank you from the Salvation Army for participating in the 'Cents for Salvation' fundraiser.

- Students will participate in 'Valentines for Vets', coordinated by Pam Henry-Neaton.

- Thanks to the excellent leadership of Curriculum/Staff Development Coordinator Dean Wessman teachers and students are working hard toward full implementation of the graduation standards.

Elementary Principal Wessman reported the following:

- 5th graders are participating in the DARE Program, facilitated by Officer Darsow.

- 5th grader Adam Painschab placed first in the Geography Bee and 4th grader Jordon Hoff placed second. The Geography Bee was organized by teacher, Chad Gagnon.

- Parent volunteers will work at Humphrey Elem. all day Fridays and on Wed. evenings.

- Paraprofessional Angie Grangrud is assisting 6th graders in publishing a newsletter, Humphrey Highlights. The first edition was distributed to Board Members.

- Beginning Jan. 19, instructor, Teresa Diers will be teaching two ELC classes for 4th graders - Jr. Great Books and Dinosaurs.

- 6th graders are looking forward to their Deep Portage Adventure which begins Jan. 20. Seven chaperones (parents) will be accompanying the students.

- A Planning Room (formerly the boys locker room) is now available as a quiet setting for students to complete assignments or to discuss inappropriate behavior.

Mr. Wessman also reported on curriculum and graduation standards:

- The Guidance Department report will be given tonight and the Media and Technology report will be given at the February 16 School Board Meeting.

- Mr. Wessman is working on a 1 to 1 basis with 9th grade teachers to assist in delivery of performance packages.

- Work is in progress relative to the recording of student scores on the performance packages and reporting the results to parents.

Requests from the public:

- Mr. Robert Williams addressed the Board relative to cultural diversity instruction.

- Agnes and Paul Schmitz addressed the Board relative to an incident involving their son.

Committee report updates:

Superintendent Hoheisel gave the Buildings and Grounds report

- The first draft of the Capital Outlay Budget is completed.

- Quotes are being received for potential 1999 summer projects.

Mary Pettit gave a Laker Pride report: - It was agreed to delay advertising for a part time person to be in charge of P.R. within the district relative to new families, new babies, welcome packet distribution, etc.

- Currently, welcome packets will continue to be available at City Hall.

Board Members received the Task Force Report for their review before the formal presentation on Jan. 25, 1999. James Raymond encouraged the Board to thoroughly study the report in preparation for the presentation.

Mr. Wessman gave the Guidance and Counseling Department Report, reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the department. The report was followed by Board discussion and Mr. Baumann and Mr. Wessman answered questions from the Board.

The Comparable Worth Consultant continues to prepare his report and will be back in the district the week of the 25th.

Mr. Hoheisel reviewed the School Board Goals for 1998-99.

C. Weber made a motion to approve posting the Teacher Seniority Lists; second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs; second by Zimmerman; followed by a roll call vote, with all members voting in favor of the resolution.

Lammers made a motion to accept a letter of resignation from preschool management aide Felicity Ostvig; Heuer seconded the motion; passed unanimously.

Pettit made a motion to approve the following employment recommendations: Elaine Luhman, 8th grade girls basketball coach; Peggy Adamson, instructor at Waverly Group Home; Kay Quast, preschool management aide; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve the Resolution Relative to 457 Deferred Compensation Plan; second by Heuer; a roll call vote was heard with each Member voting in favor of the resolution.

L. Weber made a motion to recognize Kathy Lillehei for volunteering to facilitate the Junior Great Books program and Ray Ristow, Margaret Marketon and Merle Riddle for their quick action in dealing with a flooding problem in the elementary area; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

Superintendent's Report:

- Next School Board Meeting: Special School Board Meeting - Mon., Jan. 25, 1999, 7:30 p.m, HL-W-W High School Auditorium.

- Next Regular School Board Meeting - Tues., Feb.16, 199, 8:00 p.m., Humphrey Elem. Music Room.

- A Crown College student teacher will be teaching in the English department at the high school.

- Lorentz updated the Board regarding the upcoming Wellness Program to begin Mar.-May. He encouraged Board Members to participate.

- Mr. Hoheisel will keep the Board updated as to presentation of the Bill to be presented in the legislature relative to the statutory operating debt levy.

- Steckelberg and C. Weber commented that the MSBA Annual Leadership Conference provided excellent information and was well worth attending.

- The Superintendent's Cost Report has been submitted.

Committee Reports:

Steckelberg reported that the DCAC met last week and Labor Management is scheduled to meet Jan. 27.

With no further business to discuss, Lammers made a motion to adjourn, second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously and meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Steckelberg

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