HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



The Regular February 16, 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: Gene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Members absent: Carol Fury and Jim Fowler. Also present were: Superintendent Hoheisel; and Principals Wessman and Day (Principal Millerbernd arrived later in the evening); 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 February 16, 1999 School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

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

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the January 25, 1999 Special School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687;second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the February bills, noting that check #5876 is approved for payment once Merle Riddle rechecks the work done and gives the ok for payment, and approval to pay the invoice for the new trophy cases, following installation, was also included in the motion; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

Pettit made a motion to approve the February Treasurer's Report; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Principals' Reports -

High School Principal Day reported the following:

- Snowfest Week was a great success. Special thanks to Laura Williamson (student) and Mary Pettit (advisor) for doing a terrific job in coordinating the week.

- Mid quarters will be mailed to parents on Wed., Feb. 24th. (One week later than usual.)

- Parent/teacher conferences went fairly well, although more parents are encouraged to attend. Perhaps another night of the week would work better next year.

- The week of Feb. 21 is FFA Week.

- Alternative class scheduling is being considered for the 1999-2000 school year.

- The Jazz Band will play for "Prom Again" on Feb. 27.

- Feb. 24 classes will be released one hour early to accommodate teacher workshops.

- Tenth graders will attend/tour WTC on Mar. 3.

- Pre registration for next year's classes begins Mar. 8.

- Students will use a DUI simulator on Feb. 17 as part of a statewide effort to educate young people about the dangers of drinking and driving.

- Math competition

- Star Students

- Athletes of the Week: Trevor Berg, Jan. 21 and Katie Gruenhagen, Feb. 2.

Elementary Principal Wessman reported the following:

- Representatives of each classroom at Humphrey Elem. participated in a Spelling Bee on Feb. 10. Winners were Michael Entinger, 1st place and Beth Custer, 2nd place.

- On Feb. 11 & 12, Mr. Wessman attended the MESPA Convention and reported that it was excellent.

- Teachers are working hard to avoid students falling through the cracks, especially in the area of reading.

- Humphrey Museum representative, Mari Pokornowski, will be visiting Humphrey Elem.to establish a partnership between students and the museum.

Curriculum/Staff Development Report -

- Mr. Wessman reported that our district will continue to move ahead in implementing the graduation standards as currently mandated.

- Reading testing was done Feb. 2 & 4 and the next round of testing will be in July.

- Board Member Pettit inquired as to the Accelerated Reading Program and its effect on reading levels. Mr. Wessman responded that results have been very positive, but it will take a full year of implementation to make an accurate determination as to the impact the program has had on improving reading levels.

There were no requests from the public.

Mr. Hoheisel reported that budget work is being done and the second draft of the Capital Outlay Budget will be considered by the Building and Grounds Committee at the next meeting on Wed., Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Long Range Facilities Site Task Force is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the HL-W-W Auditorium. The meeting is open to the public.

Shirley Olson, Collaborative Facilitator, reported to the Board relative to collaborative vision, activities, events and grants. Mr. Hoheisel and the Board thanked Shirley for her presentation and Mr. Hoheisel congratulated her for the excellent job she is doing.

Media Coordinator Duane Lichy presented the curriculum report for the Media and Technology Department, highlighting the many areas of improvement from 1992 to the present. (Board Members received the written report with the Feb.16 Board Agenda.) The Board thanked Duane for the presentation and Steckelberg made a motion to approve the report; second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Bus Supervisor Dan Boeson was present to answer any questions the Board may have in reviewing the bus specs. C. Weber made a motion to call for bus bids for a 2000 77-passenger diesel school bus; second by Lammers; passed unanimously. Mr. Hoheisel thanked Dan for being present and commended him for his expertise and the great job he is doing.

Supt. Hoheisel updated the Board relative to the Comparative Worth Study that has been submitted to the state. The Consultant commended the district for the process that is in place. He recommended that all job descriptions be reviewed and updated in a timely manner.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported that budget work for 1999-2000 is well underway.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the spring coaching staff; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve the Teachers' Seniority List and the Probationary List; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

The Board decided to use the same Superintendent's Evaluation forms as last year. Board Members will complete and return to Carol Fury and James Raymond at the March meeting.

Pettit made a motion to accept letters of resignation from Virginia Lewis (elementary music instructor currently on leave of absence), Ken Stottlemire (cleaner/sweeper at Humphrey Elementary), Eva Anderson (food service assistant and van driver), and Melissa Lemke (van driver); second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve new hires Pam Hinde (food service assistant -2.75 hrs/day) and Eric Papke (van driver - 3 hrs/day); second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Elementary Principal Millerbernd gave the following report:

- The MESPA Conference was very informative - good conference.

- February is 'I Love to Read' Month at the elementary level. Board Members are invited to come in and read to classes.

- Third graders will hold a reading fair.

- Music instructor Dawn Kalvig is directing the musical, "Tales of Temples and Tombs," to be presented by Howard Lake first through third graders.

- Funds from Boxtops for Education will be used for a field trip to the 'Egypt' exhibit.

- Fitness Fever, organized by the physical education teachers, has hit the elementary. An emphasis will be put on the importance of exercise and eating fruits and vegetables.

- Plans are underway for Kindergarten Round Up which is set for Mar. 7.

- Crown College is placing one student teacher in the kindergarten class and one in a third grade classroom.

Lorentz made a motion to recognize the following: Director David Metcalf and the cast and crew of the One Act Play; the FFA students who have achieved 1998-99 proficiencies and State Degrees; the Waverly Lions for their part in donating the new LAKERS flag; Wade Fowler and the NHS for the aviary in the commons area in the high school; and Leah Jensen for the supply of floppy disks she has donated for student use. Lammers seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported on the following:

- Next Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, March 15, 1999, 8:00 p.m., Winsted, Elementary School Gymnasium.

- Re: technology - work is underway with a different firm and they are developing a realistic plan that would include two-way interactive possibilities and possibly a 56KB line at Waverly. Also, an omni-directional antennae may be considered for Howard Lake and would be funded with TAG dollars.

- MSBA Day at the Capitol is set for March 8. Board members are encouraged to attend.

- The first draft of the school calendar for 1999-2000 will be discussed with area superintendents at the next Wright Technical Center Meeting.

- A $5000 grant has been received to fund the job shadowing program for students and also to provide the students' portfolio files.

- Several Board Members attended the MSBA Negotiations Seminar. Steckelberg reported it was an excellent seminar.

- The Waverly Lions and the Howard Lake Lions have provided funds for a beautiful LAKERS flag to be used at school functions/events.

- On Feb. 1, school was closed due to icy roads. That day will be made up on March 29.

On February 11, students who had made it to school were returned home at 10 a.m. due to severe weather. The recommendation is to not make this day up because of having had students in the building until nearly lunch time.

- State Representative Tony Kielkucki will present a bill requiring special legislation relative to Unreserved Operating Fund Balance in the near future. He will notify the district of the date the Superintendent and a Board Member should attend to testify.

- Board Members are encouraged to review the A&M Finance Study.

- A letter has been sent to the Winsted Karate Club to clarify questions regarding liability insurance coverage as related to the karate club and like organizations.

Committee Reports:

Steckelberg - the Labor Management Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Lorentz - the Spring Wellness Program begins March 1.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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