HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 8:00 P.M.


The Regular February 22, 2000 School Board meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 pm by Board Chair Gene Lorentz. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Jim Fowler, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Lammers made a motion to approve the February 22 agenda; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2000 Organizational Special School Board Meeting; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Lammers moved to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2000 Regular School Board Meeting minutes; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Chair Lorentz opened the floor to consider the February bills. Superintendent Hoheisel stated that the school has been asked to contribute $500 toward the cost of replacement light bulbs in the electronic sign on the east end of Howard Lake. Fowler made a motion to approve the bills, including the additional $500 for the light bulbs; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the Treasurer's report; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed February enrollment figures.

Principal Julie Millerbernd's report included:

· The month of February is very busy with a number of special activities and events planned for "I Love to Read" Month, such as guest readers, "Drop Everything and Read," and the Accelerated Reader program. Other activities have been February 8, the 100th day of school, "Fitness Fever," Dental Health Month.

· The Elementary play is "Bugs," which will be presented on March 2.

· Ms. Dawn Kalvig is serving as Composition Chair of the Board of Directors for Minnesota Elementary Music Educators, which is a special honor for her and our school.

· Kindergarten registration will be on March 9 at Howard Lake, and March 16 at Winsted.

Principal Mike Day reported:

· A number of awards have been won in the High School, which will be read during the meeting recognitions.

· Parent/Teacher conferences held on 2/7 in the classrooms were quite well attended.

· Early release on 2/16 was devoted to Grad Standards; Mike thanked Dean Wessman for coordinating the speaker and the sessions with teachers.

· Audiences enjoyed the winter concert on 2/17

· Snowfest Week was 3/14-3/18; Day extended thanks and appreciation to the Student Council and their Advisor, Mary Pettit, for their work in making a fun week for all.

· FFA week is 2/22 - 2/25, with a fun variety of events all week.

· HLWW will host several basketball play-off games in March.

· The Junior and Senior High Honors Breakfasts will be 2/23 and 2/24.

· The Minnesota Math League competition will be 2/29.

· Dean Wessman, Guidance Counselor Deb Dragseth, and Day are working together to integrate grad standards into registration materials.

Humphrey Elementary Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· Deep Portage was 1/19 for 6th graders. One of the many benefits of this experience is the opportunity for relationship-building between students, parent-chaperones and teachers.

· Humphrey will host two student teachers from Crown College who will work with Joan Johnson and Sue Winge.

· Winner of the recent Spelling Bee is 6th grader Rene Oliva; runner up is 5th grader Jordan Hoff.

· During recent Parent-Teacher conferences, John McIntosh and Gloria Grant-Wynnemer provided Grad Standards information to parents.

· The 6th Grade ski trip was on 2/9.

· As part of the Accelerated Reader program, 500 new books were purchased for the Media Center Basic Standards tests (reading, math, writing) were given at the end of January and early February. Thanks to Deb Dragseth and Mike Day for their assistance in administering the tests.

· A Reptile Program will be presented to students on 3/1.

· 3/11 will be a Celebration of Young Musicians.

· Humphrey is also celebrating "I Love to Read Month" with activities such as "Stop, Drop and Read."

Communication items were reviewed, including MSBA School Board Member Day at the Capitol on February 28; the legislative auditor's evaluation report on School District finances; Notices of Union Representatives from the Service Employees International Union stating that Konrad J. Stroh is the School District representative for both the Bus Driver and Custodian units; a letter from the Minnesota Elementary Music Educators, informing and thanking the school for the appointment of elementary music teacher, Dawn Kalvig, to the Composition Chair of the Board of Directors.

There were no requests from the Public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported that the Buildings and Grounds committee will continue getting work quotes and will meet again soon.

(Item 2) Chair Lorentz opened the floor to consider bus specifications and call for bids. Bus Supervisor Dan Boeson stated that he was recently informed of a new dealer, Superior Freightliner Thomas Buses in Becker. Heuer asked if there were significant changes in our specifications since the last time; Boeson said no. Hoheisel stated that we need to start considering replacing the food-transport van and his recommendation is that we shift one of the Special Ed vans to food service next fall, and then replace the Special Ed van. He said that if the Board approved, we could start getting quotes now, and that it didn't need to be on same bid-cycle as the 77 passenger bus. Another question was whether air brakes are required; Boeson said they are not required on less than 84 passenger vehicles. Heuer moved to call for bids on the 77 passenger bus and a Special Ed van; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Laker Pride Coordinator Cindy Decker told the Board about her calls and visits to local families as part of her communication efforts. She calls new families in the district and meets with them if they're interested so she can provide information specific to the ages of their children as well as athletic event passes, community material, a school staff directory, and curriculum and special activity information such as Deep Portage and Spelling Bees. The Howard Lake-Waverly Herald and Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal provide one-month free subscriptions. Decker said that feedback from the families is positive, in that they generally like the community, the school and school activities. She said that in the next month she will work with Julie Millerbernd on Kindergarten Roundup and that she is working with Dean Wessman on diversity training for staff, with an April target date. In addition, she provides Laker Pride brochures to area realtors.

Hoheisel thanked Ms. Decker for her work and this update, and reminded the Board that in April or May they will need to consider if this position will be funded in the future.

(Item 4) Lorentz asked if there were questions or comments regarding the Facilities Task Force Recommendation. Raymond moved to accept the recommendation; Fowler seconded. C. Weber stated that he felt the recommendation reflected a good compromise between all three towns; others agreed. Passed unanimously.

Chair Lorentz pointed out the copy of the Purchase Agreement with Gordon and Malvina Dalbec (including addendum) and stated that the purchase price is $450,000 with $10,000 earnest money. Raymond stated that it is for the 80 acre plot and that this was a big decision on Dalbec's part, since this is their home. He noted that the land will be paid for when the bond issue passes and that the site will not be up for vote. Raymond moved to approve the purchase agreement; seconded by C. Weber. Motion includes the addendum. Hoheisel stated that another contingency is the zoning issue. Some of the board members met with Wright County Planning and Zoning, and they are also meeting with Victor Township on 3/7, to talk with the township residents and adjoining landowners.

The motion passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel publicly thanked Jim Raymond for negotiating this agreement with Dalbecs.

(Item 5) Hoheisel stated that the Employee Handbook is ready for final review and approval; the only change since last month is the "per statute" wording under Meals and Breaks. Lammers moved to approve the Employee Handbook; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Hoheisel recommended approving the Seniority List as shown, noting that one teacher, Teresa Diers, has been moved to seniority from probationary status. Steckelberg moved to approve the seniority list; seconded by Fowler; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Hoheisel provided an update on budgeting for the next year, stating that projections are being completed now. He will continue to update the Board as the process continues.

(Item 8) Lammers moved to approve the Spring coaching assignments, noting that the head softball coach position is still open at this time; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Hoheisel suggested that the Board Members could use the Superintendent's Evaluation form included in their packets. Raymond stated that this form has worked well in the past, and recommended that the Board members should each complete the form and send it the central office Lammers and Raymond volunteered to be the superintendent evaluation committee.

(Item 10) Employment recommendations include Pat Hanson as Long Term Substitute for Carol Nelson, and Dan Bauman as High School para-professional for 4.5 hours a day at B21, Step 0 (to replace Mr. Ken Amundson). Heuer moved to approve the recommendations; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Heuer recognized the following Ag students:

Pat Bakeberg, Tony Bakeberg, Andy Hirsch, Pat Lorentz, Tiffany Olson and Andrew Sorsoleil interviewed for awards based on their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs and will be receiving their Regional Degrees. Tony Lorentz will receive his State FFA Degree at the State Convention - only 3% of members in the state receive this honor. Students who moved on to state competition in their respective proficiency award areas are Pat Lorentz, Tony Lorentz and Tiffany Olson. Their teacher is Jim Weninger.

Chair Lorentz recognized the following people:

The HLWW Music Listening team of Christy Colpitts, Tabitha Smith and Sarah Swenson took first place out of 21 teams in the regional music listening contest held January 28. They will compete at the state level on February 17. Their director is Chris Starr.

HLWW's One Act play placed second in the sub-section and second in the section competition with their presentation of "Macbeth." Congratulations to all the Drama students and their director, David Metcalf.

Our local Triple A winners are Beth Stueven and Derek Fogarty. Beth and Derek were chosen because of their achievements in academics, athletics and arts.

All of our boys basketball teams continue to do very well, and two individuals, Joey Graczyk and Pat Salonek, have won wrestling tournament championships so far this season in their respective weight classes. Congratulations to the students and coaching staff.

We recognize the Facilities Site Task Force Committee Members for their hard work over the last two years in researching and finalizing a site recommendation for a new 9-12 school. Their work has included many hours of studying population and educational needs, site analysis, resident questionnaire results, and other information critical to presenting a viable site recommendation. Committee members are: Co-Chairs Joe Campbell and Jack Littfin, Jim Fowler, Deb Gatz, Sean Groos, Randy Heuer, Catherine Jackson, Janet Perry, Jim Raymond, Gerry Smith and Riley Hoheisel.

We also congratulate and recognize Bob and Gloria Wynnemer of Howard Lake for winning the "Environmental Act of Kindness" Award given by the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District of Buffalo. This award is given to landowners who practice conservation on their own, and the Wynnemer's were recognized for nurturing a native prairie stand on their Lake Mary property. The native prairie filters nutrients and sediments from runoff prior to reaching water bodies and provides nesting and winter cover for pheasants, deer, turkey, and other wildlife.

Fowler moved to approve the recognitions as given; Heuer seconded, passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported the following:

· ITV/Technology Update Grant Monies - he continues to work with engineers including Gary Lentz of Winsted. There is much to be done on this yet, including some hard decisions that will have to be made.

· 2000 Time Capsule - it had previously been suggested to open it during Good Neighbor Days, but he now recommends it be opened as part of a student activity before the end of the school year. Some type of follow-up activity could also be done at GND, if desired. It's a significant event and Hoheisel would like board involvement so this topic will be on the March agenda. Mayor Gerry Smith was in attendance at the meeting and agreed with the recommendation to make it a school event.

· Charter Behavioral Center has been reopened and renamed New Beginnings.

· Hoheisel will attend the National Superintendent's Convention in San Francisco on 3/3-3/7.

· The Winsted Business Retention and Expansion group continues to meet; one of their goals is to establish school/business partnership, and he will report more on that in the future. Fowler stated that the educational component came out as a strong message in their goal setting process. The U of M sponsors this process, and Hoheisel suggested that Waverly and Howard Lake may want to take a look at it for the future.

· We have been given a $10,000 grant under School to Work which is to be used for a career center to purchase books/pamphlets/software (not equipment). "ECOS" is software that students can use to research careers. It is very in-depth, and students can store their test scores and portfolio individually. The Career Center will be open to the public, too.

Committee reports:

Lammers - Wright Technical held an Open House which was well attended. Different programs were showcased by instructors giving demonstrations in their classrooms. Things are going well over all.

Steckelberg - Labor Management meets tomorrow at 3:30.

On 1/31, Steckelberg reported to the DCAC committee regarding grad standards and the related paperwork, and steps being considered and taken to alleviate current problems. Maintaining and updating records will continue to be important concerns as we progress with grad standards.

Zimmerman - The Booster Club trailer is still in need of funds, and the club reminds the community that donations are always appreciated.

C. Weber - MAWSECO is reviewing job description bands and grades now.

Raymond asked if it had been determined who should serve on various subcommittees to continue work on the site recommendation. Heuer, C. Weber and Raymond are meeting with Victor Township, and could continue as a committee. Other committees could be developing the plan for the new building and curriculum, and communications. (Steckelberg volunteered for the building/curriculum committee.) Board members should let Chair Lorentz know of their committee preference.

L. Weber moved to adjourn the meeting; Steckelberg seconded; passed and adjourned at 9:30.

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