HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Monday, January 25, 1999

HL-W-W High School Auditorium

7:30 P.M.

A Special School Board Meeting was called to order on Monday, January 25, 1999; at 7:30 P.M., by Chairman James Raymond. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken, with all School Board Members present. Superintendent Hoheisel was also present, along with many of the Long Range Facilities Task Force Members, and approximately fifty or sixty community members. Bob Abendroth, ARY, Inc., the District's Architect, and Carolyn Drude, Ehlers & Associates, The District's Financial Consultant were present.

Chairman James Raymond explained that the purpose of the meeting was to present the Long Range Facilities Task Force Report. Mr. Raymond asked the Task Force Members to stand and recognized them for their commitment and excellent work. Chairman Raymond turned the meeting over to Co-Chairman of the Task Force, Mr. Joe Campbell. Mr. Campbell revised the Executive Summary of the Task Force Report.

Mr. Campbell then turned the meeting over to Mr. Robert Abendroth, Architect, who explained the process utilized in reviewing potential sites. Mr. Abendroth explained that the Task Force utilized this process in reviewing sites in a corridor between Howard Lake and Winsted, and determined that a number of sites were eliminated because of wetlands. A while later in the meeting, Mr. Abendroth indicated that the cities of Howard Lake, Waverly, and Winsted had been asked to make proposals and feasibility presentations to the Task Force. At the time of this meeting the Winsted proposal has been presented, Waverly passed, and we are waiting for the Howard Lake proposal.

Mr. Abendroth also reviewed a proposed project cost of 14.15 million dollars, with additional options, including wrestling room, swimming pool, auditorium, and site enhancements.

Mr. Abendroth then reviewed a projected timeline which included a vote in September and October, 1999 with moving into the building in January of 2002.

Carolyn Drude also presented information relative to the Education Homestead Credit.

A fairly lengthy discussion period followed with questions asked by School Board Members.

Following the discussion, Board member Gene Lorentz made a motion to accept The Task Force Report, with a second by Ken Zimmerman. Board member Charles Weber expressed a concern that the recommended 450 student building was too small. Co-Chair Littfin and Campbell explained that the core structure of the building would be built to allow for additions.

There was then discussion relative to site selection. Superintendent Hoheisel explained that because of the knowledge base of The Task Force that he recommended the Board delegate The Task Force to continue with site analysis. It was noted that perhaps The Task Force could be polled relative to interest in continuing on The Task Force and that perhaps The Task Force could be split with one group working on site analysis, and another group working on program (curriculum) and space refinement.

Mary Pettit made a motion, seconded by Mike Steckelberg that The Task Force be approved to continue to study site analysis, and that the School Board Chairman be given the authority to appoint any new members to The Task Force.

Board Member Randy Heuer indicated that he felt uncomfortable having The Task Force going any further with site analysis, and that he felt that was a Board responsibility. Discussion ensued with the Board approving Mary Pettit's motion, and with Randy Heuer opposing the motion.

Board Chairman, James Raymond asked Mr. Heuer if he would want to serve on The Task Force to work on site analysis. Randy Heuer accepted the appointment.

Board member Leo Weber asked if Lester Prairie should be contacted again regarding a possible cooperative venture. Discussion was held and a motion was made by Mike Steckelberg to authorize the Superintendent of Schools and the School Chairman to contact the Lester Prairie Superintendent of Schools and to give them a copy of The Task Force Report, and to request a response back relative to cooperation, within a certain amount of time. The motion was seconded by Randy Heuer, and unanimously approved.

The School Board Chair thanked everyone in attendance, and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Steckelberg

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