HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

MARCH 20, 2000

The March 20, 2000 regular school board meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Board Chair Eugene Lorentz. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken with these members present: Jim Fowler, Randy Heuer, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Leo Weber was absent; Richard Lammers arrived about 9:00. Also in attendance were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Hoheisel stated two items to be added to the agenda; a resignation and a request for lane change (copies given to Board members). Raymond moved to approve the March 20 agenda with the additions; seconded by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the February 7, 2000 Special School Board Meeting; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

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

Fowler moved to approve the March bills; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved to approve the Treasurer's Report; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the enrollment report. Superintendent Hoheisel noted that enrollment has decreased from the first of the year, particularly in the secondary grades. He said that often these are due to alternative schooling and group home moves.

Elementary Principal Julie Millerbernd reported: Kindergarten registration has taken place with excellent turnout at both locations. Cindy Decker called all parents of prospective kindergartners to facilitate registration. Forty registered at Howard Lake and 16 at Winsted, which will likely result in 4 sections, the same as this year. All-day kindergarten has been considered but is probably not possible due to space limitations.

First through third grades are going to see "Fantasia" at the Minnesota Zoo. Tickets totalled $800.00, which was supported by money earned through the Target charge and Box Tops for Education programs. She thanked parents for using Target and saving boxtops. Winsted elementary students will learn about archery with the local archery club. Minnesota Comprehensive tests have been completed. "BUGS" the spring musical was a great hit, with "standing room only" audiences. Two students from St. Cloud State University are currently volunteering in the elementary. Julie is helping with "mock interviews" with Crown College students.

Secondary Principal Mike Day reported: On March 8, the Minnesota Department of Labor presented to 11th and 12th graders a very informative session on current and future job opportunities. HLWW hosted a number of basketball playoffs last month, which went very smoothly. We will host wrestling regionals next year. Students of the Quarter were named for second quarter and were published in the paper. Junior High and Senior High Honors breakfasts were held in March and were very well attended. Nathan Miller of Wright County Court Services is offering a program for volunteer students to view court cases; more information to follow.

On March 23, a "DUI simulator" will be available to 11th and 12th graders so they can see what happens to reaction time when drivers are under the influence. Results are in for seniors basic skills test; retakes will be available in April for those who need them. Class scheduling is underway; Mike has been working with Dean Wessman on incorporating Grad Standards. All will be ready by the end of April so students can register for next year. The school received calls from the Annandale Schools Athletic Director and Superintendent complimenting several HLWW students for their enthusiasm and good behavior at a tournament game in Annandale. Students mentioned were Derek Fogarty, Ryan Muldoon, Jason Ogle and Adam Koch.

Elementary Principal Dean Wessman reported: Extensive student testing is taking place in the district and state right now, which means a great deal of activity for both students and staff. He distributed copies of current Humphrey activities. Grad Standards are being incorporated with class registration, as reported by Mike Day. Process is going well.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel stated that the Buildings and Grounds committee will meet in the next month. He also asked the Board for their reaction to a new soft drink contract proposal. Board members agreed that the current contract should be honored but that we should probably not enter into another one after this one expires.

(Item 9) Hoheisel reviewed the rough draft of the Capital Outlay budget, noting in particular:

Weather station - Kirby Klingelhofer is reviewing this proposal to see if it might work with a grad standard. A Howard Lake business person is willing to go half with the school in purchasing a weather station.

Technology - recommendations have been made for upgrades, additions and priorities including additional Internet connections, printers, software, hardware upgrades, Accelerated Reader computers and voice mail. Technology continues to be a critical need for the district; Hoheisel feels that we are keeping current right now but that we need to continue to upgrade.

Regarding cement work, Heuer noted a continued concern of FFA alumni that the FFA students don't end up as a primary work force. Hoheisel said he and Vo Ag instructor Jim Weninger agreed that we may hire outside help for the cement work and have the FFA lay bricks. They will continue to ensure that there is a clear learning component in any project.

Buildings and Grounds committee needs to review an inquiry about the lot of land just east of the school.

(Item 2) The Athletic Director, Dale Decker, was not able to attend the meeting but Hoheisel shared his recommendation with the Board to withdraw the cooperative venture with Lester Prairie and Holy Trinity for Cross Country due to lack of participation, which made it very expensive for HLWW. Steckelberg moved to withdraw the cooperative venture; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) Hoheisel noted that Chad Burau was added to the Spring Coaching staff, as head softball coach. Heuer moved to approve the list; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Hoheisel asked for comments on the proposed 2000-01 calendar. He noted that graduation could be either 6/3 or 6/10 but that it is better to have it earlier. The Board will need to decide on the final date. The calendar will be reviewed again next month.

(Item 5) Hoheisel referred to bid comparisons for a new school bus. Based on the comparisons, he and Bus Supervisor Dan Boeson recommend the North Central Blue Bird bus be purchased at a bid price of up to $54,766 (depending on options included). The school will get formal bids or quotes on a special ed van over next months, so the current van can replace the food service van. Raymond moved to accept the bus bid for the North Central Blue Bird bus, up to $54,766; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Raymond gave an update on the Long Range Facilities Site Task Force; they met recently and Raymond and Heuer met with Victor Township representatives. Next steps will be to reassemble the Task Force and invite representatives from all 3 communities and Victor Township to discuss concerns voiced by the Victor residents. Raymond said there is only one recommendation for a site at this time and that we'll continue working on that site for now. Heuer said the main focus of the Victor meeting was that we continue to pursue this site, while attempting to address questions people have surrounding safety issues on the road, etc. Steckelberg asked if it would be possible to get a list of their concerns. Heuer agreed that it would be good to have a formal list so they will try to develop one for the Board as they go forward. Zimmerman moved to reassemble the Task Force; seconded by Lammers; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Chair Lorentz recommended the following Facilities Task Force structure:

Structure and Zoning: Fowler, Raymond, Heuer, C. Weber. (Also Bob Abendroth, Architect).

Building Design and Plan - Steckelberg, Lammers, L. Weber. (Also Bob Abendroth and Mike Day). Communications - Fowler, Raymond, Zimmerman, Heuer. (Also Linda Schroeder and Superintendent Hoheisel.) Chair Lorentz will be ex officio; committee members should call him if they're unable to attend a meeting.

(Item 8) Steckelberg moved to approve the Resolution for Federal Programs; Lammers seconded; passed by roll call vote of 8 in favor, none opposed (one absent).

(Item 9) Hoheisel recommended that we start looking at possible cuts in expenses to meet budget constraints.

(Item 10) Raymond requested that Board members complete the Superintendent evaluations by next meeting if they haven't already and send them to him. Then he and Lammers will meet with Superintendent Hoheisel in April.

(Item 11) Hoheisel referred the Board to updates in several Job Descriptions regarding administering medications to students by school secretaries (in the absence of and under supervision by the School Nurse). The specific language was suggested by the comparable worth consultant. Hoheisel recommended taking action tonight to approve the changes. Heuer moved to approve the changes; C. Weber seconded. Steckelberg asked if there was any additional training needed for the secretaries to handle this; Hoheisel said they follow procedures developed by the nurse and that they also take the blood-borne pathogens training. Approved unanimously.

(Item 12) Hoheisel pointed out lane change requests from Kim Jones (BA 15 to BA 30), and James Scheeringa (BA 45 to MA). He recommended approval; Fowler moved to approve both lane changes; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 13) Hoheisel noted the new Veterans Hiring Preference policy, and a minor change to the overtime wording in the Support Staff manual, and recommended approval by the Board. Zimmerman moved to approve these changes; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Added Item 13a) Hoheisel distributed a copy of a letter of resignation from Ms. Inga Judd. Heuer moved to accept it; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Added Item 13b) Hoheisel explained a special education need in Winsted Elementary which resulted in the need to hire a person who could serve half-time as teacher and 3 hours a day as a special education para. The person recommended for hire is Josh Klenken. Noting that the Board wants to provide the best service possible for this student, Zimmerman moved to approve the employment request; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 14) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball team, Coach Merrill Skinner and the coaching staff for a very successful season. The team finished on top of the Central Minnesota Conference, and achieved a 21-3 winning record. Thanks, team, for an exciting and rewarding season.

Congratulations to State Wrestling Meet participants Pat Salonek and Joey Graczyk. The Wrestling Team successfully reached many individual and team goals during the season, and Pat and Joe won trips to the state meet. Pat finished with a 6th place at 103 pounds, and Joe, at 189 pounds, won one match. Congratulations to the team and coaches Jeff Granrud and George Montgomery.

Congratulations to Knowledge Bowl participants who have had a very good season, winning several meets and trophies. The team of Tabitha Smith,Travis Kotila, Michael Jackson and Jeff Brand placed 2nd of 22 teams at sub-region and will advance to region finals in April. Other team members are Julie Quast, Pete Leiferman, Ben Halverson and Brandon Horstman. Thank you for representing HLWW so well in these meets.

Congratulations to Dale Decker and an extensive team of tournament workers for hosting Girls and Boys Basketball play-off games over the last weeks. Dale recruited very capable teams of workers for each event, and Addie Mucha, Dick Sonstegard and others managed the hot-selling concessions. Thanks and congratulations to all who helped host these events.

Steckelberg moved to approve the recognitions as read; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reported the following:

The next Regular School Board meeting will be 8:00 p.m., April 17 at the HLWW Media Center.

Raymond is coordinating the Employee Recognition Dinner, which is tentatively set for April 13. More to come on this.

The National Superintendent's Convention was a fantastic experience; he made many good contacts and learned a lot, including the growing importance of "distance learning" opportunities for students. He brought a number of ideas to share with the administration and will also give the Board more information if they're interested.

2000 Time Capsule will be opened at school sometime before graduation; the Administration team is deciding how it will be done.

The School will host the Howard Lake Business Association meeting on April 19. Snow make up days are June 7 and 8. The School was awarded a near-$10,000 Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services grant. The grant to expand our current SAC program has been written, collaborating with Rockford and Dassel-Cokato. A copy of the grant will be included in the mid meeting update.

Committee reports:

Steckelberg: Labor Management - will meet at 3:30 on March 22. DCAC - continue to discuss concerns about 10th graders completing required standards. The committee reviewed the form developed by Dean Wessman and others to facilitate class registration and felt it should be very helpful to students and parents.

Lammers: The second meeting for long range planning for Wright Technical was held. He will keep the Board apprised of developments regarding vocational funding.

Lorentz: Will set a date for Principals negotiations; 4/6, 4/11 or 4/18.

Zimmerman: Booster Club continues to work on the trailer purchase and continues to need new members. He also complimented High School students he saw while visiting the school recently, as they were well behaved, courteous and interested in their classes.

It was noted by several Board members that this is the first meeting Leo Weber has ever missed. The Board wishes him a speedy recovery.

Raymond moved to adjourn the meeting; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously and adjourned at 9:45.

Published in the Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal May 8, 2000.


MARCH 20, 2000

At the end of the regular school board meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district #2687, the meeting was closed so the Board could consider the question of a student expulsion. In attendance were Board Chair Gene Lorentz and members Jim Fowler, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Jim Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber and Ken Zimmerman. Also in attendance were superintendent Riley Hoheisel and Principals Mike Day and Julie Millerbernd.

Principal Day related information surrounding the question of student expulsion, including legal issues. After discussion, Zimmerman moved to proceed with an expulsion hearing; seconded by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Lammers; passed unanimously and adjourned at approximately 10:35 p.m.

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