HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

April 17, 2000

The April 17, 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 all members present: Jim Fowler, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Also in attendance were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Heuer moved to approve the agenda of the April 17 meeting. Hoheisel stated that one item, 6A, should be added. Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2000 Regular School Board Meeting; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

C. Weber moved to approve April bills; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously.

Lammers moved to approve the Treasurer's Report; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the enrollment report.

Elementary Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· Elementaries participated in state wide tornado drill.

· Presentation "Too Smart to Smoke" sponsored by Allina for elementary students.

· Students toured Ridgeview Hospital.

· Students enjoyed a Karate presentation.

· April 22 is Earth Day; related activities are in the Elementary News. Mr. Weninger and the Vo Ag students will teach elementary kids about planting trees.

· April 28 is Kindergarten visitation.

· Iowa Basic Tests will be given soon.

· May will be busy with various elementary field trips.

· Bike Safety will be featured.

· Current 3rd graders will visit Humphrey Elementary soon, to prepare them for next year.

· Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated.

Secondary Principal Mike Day reported:

· High School class scheduling began today; Dean Wessman, Guidance Counselor Deb Dragseth and Day are meeting with students to help them develop their schedules. Grad Standards are an important part of each plan.

· FFA Banquet went well.

· 9th Grade Job Shadow took place on 4/13. It is a grad standard package, and was well received by students.

· The Tornado drill went well, but the city's alarm didn't sound, which is being checked.

· Spring sports are in full swing and the community is heartily invited to come watch and cheer.

· The Spring Play will be 4/27-28-29; everyone is invited to attend.

· April 26 is a late start.

· May 6 is Prom.

Elementary Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· On March 20 4th graders were given a personal safety presentation.

· Crown College student teacher recently started with Sue Winge.

· 4th and 6th graders recently completed Iowa Basic tests.

· April 13 was National Dare Day at Circus Pizza in Brooklyn Center; 5th graders attended and had a great time. Wessman stated his appreciation for Officer Butch Darsow's leadership in the DARE program throughout the year.

· Two students will retest in math basic skills tomorrow.

· Wessman related his vision for Humphrey Elementary regarding alternative educational delivery system. Particular concerns include: the need to provide alternative reading learning for 6th graders who need it; behavior management; additional opportunities for higher performing students. He will continue to update the board on progress.

Chair Lorentz opened the floor to requests from the Public.

A member of the audience asked about student discipline and van driver ads, which were directed to Mr. Day and Mr. Hoheisel, respectively.

Steckelberg moved that agenda Item 4 be changed to Item 1; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Hoheisel updated the Board on the 2000-2001 proposed budget, including Debt Service, Food Service and Transportation. Any shortages will need to be made up from general fund.

The General Fund projection shows a short fall of about $200,000. The principals and Board negotiating committee worked together to suggest possible cuts for Fall, 2000. He stated that while cuts of any kind are never a positive task for anyone, the superintendent is charged by the school board and tax payers to handle finances soundly. The Legislature hasn't completed their work yet, but the District still needs to plan now, and find creative, efficient ways to cut expenses while maintaining high quality education.

Chair Lorentz asked each Principal to outline their recommendations, which included staffing and program changes. With an audience of about 50 interested students and adults, there was lengthy discussion about the various proposed program cuts, particularly Speech, Spring Play and Cheerleading. Hoheisel stated that the budget must be approved in June because of the 7/1 due date. He also stated that while $200,000 is a relatively small part of the overall budget, it's still significant. It's possible that the District will receive more help from the Legislature in the fall, but we need to work with what we know now. He said that student/staff ratios are still very good and that they will continue to be acceptable, but will certainly be effected by the proposed cuts.

It was suggested by the public that programs should not be cut, even though they may be lower-attended or lower-participation activities, and that the students and public should join forces in more fund-raising and ticket sales to support such programs. Zimmerman suggested that the students work toward selling all the tickets to the spring play, and Hoheisel encouraged the audience to work together to follow through on ideas regarding financially supporting these and other school programs.

Lorentz pointed out that the suggested program cuts could be offset by only 3 or 4 open enrolled students returning to HLWW. He also stated that the Board is charged with maintaining a balanced budget, and that these cuts could be approved now and then reinstated later if the Legislature comes through with funding. Hoheisel suggested that the Board go forward on the other proposed cuts, while the various groups represented at the meeting look at how to financially support the Spring Play, Cheerleading, and Speech. They can work with parent groups and the administration in determining how to do so.

Heuer stated that he would speak strongly in favor of eliminating these three cuts off the list and, as difficult as it is to infringe on careers, it sometimes is less difficult to eliminate a position rather than programs. He encouraged the public to come back with creative ideas, but also cautioned that generally the community is reluctant to do more fundraising.

Zimmerman moved to remove the 3 programs from budget reduction list; Steckelberg seconded. L. Weber asked how the difference would be made up. Hoheisel answered that possibly the Legislature will be done by the next meeting, and that we will continue to review the situation. Passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to accept the remaining proposed cuts; Steckelberg seconded.

Hoheisel stated that the Board committee had discussed the remaining reductions and felt it was most fair for the people involved to know as early as possible about the proposed changes so they can look at other options. He then stated that the Board needs to review the resolutions; Chair Lorentz read the resolutions.

Raymond moved to adopt the resolution to terminate and non-renew the teaching contract of James Scheeringa; Fowler seconded; passed by unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor and none opposed.

Steckelberg moved to adopt the resolution to terminate and non-renew the teaching contract of Robin Day; Zimmerman seconded; passed by unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor and none opposed.

Steckelberg moved to adopt the resolution to terminate and non-renew the teaching contract of Renee Ringold; C. Weber seconded; passed by unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor and none opposed.

Lammers moved to adopt the resolution to terminate and non-renew the teaching contract of Carol Nelson; Zimmerman seconded; passed by unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor and none opposed.

Raymond moved to adopt the resolution to terminate and non-renew the teaching contract of Andrew Grover; Heuer seconded; passed by unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor and none opposed.

(Item 1) Hoheisel stated that the Buildings and Grounds committee met last week. They're revising the capital outlay budget to include needed tuckpointing and the new remodeling proposal for Humphrey Elementary.

(Item 2) Heuer reported that 19 people representing the communities of Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted and Victor Township met to discuss the recommended Dalbec site for a new school. He thanked all who had participated and stated that the overwhelming consensus was that Victor should maintain its land-use plan, which precludes building a school there.

They now need to identify a site closer to Winsted, Howard Lake or Waverly. Most everyone was positive about a new school, realizing that we need a new building, but they want something that won't conflict with Victor's land-use plan. He recommended that the task force be reinstated and made a motion to do so; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 3) 2000-2001 Calendar. The first snow make-up day has been moved to March. Heuer moved to approve the calendar; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Lammers and Raymond will meet with Hoheisel in the next 2-3 weeks to complete the superintendent's evaluation. Board members need to complete evaluations immediately if they haven't already.

(Item 6) The Board considered letters of resignation from School Social Worker Naomi Flick, Business Teacher Tara Craig and Special Education teacher Chuck Strand. Lammers moved to accept the resignations; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Added Item 6a) Hoheisel stated that the Board had reviewed confidential data regarding the termination of an employee. Chair Lorentz read the resolution relating to the immediate termination of Timothy Oberpriller. Steckelberg moved to adopt the resolution; Heuer seconded. The employee stated that there had been no indication from the doctor involved that he could not go back to work. Hoheisel stated that he hadn't complied with the Board's request, that there was no question as to what was required, but he hadn't complied. Resolution passed with a unanimous roll call vote of nine in favor, none opposed.

A person in the audience stated that punishment was different for different people. Hoheisel disagreed and said that the county attorney had made the decision regarding how to handle the incident mentioned.

(Item 7) Chair Lorentz read the following Board recognitions:

We want to recognize and congratulate the HLWW Music Department for very successful music contest results. The Department, headed by instructors Chris Starr and Charles Roux, hosted both the Instrumental and Vocal Solo and Ensemble contests at the HLWW High School this spring.

Other schools competing were Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos, Maple Lake and Kimball. At the Instrumental contest, each of the three judges chose a best performance of the day ("Best of Site"). HLWW received two of those honors; Candice Berg and Liz Kegler for their solos. At the Vocal contest, we received three of the four honors for "Best of Site" ­ Michael Kelley, solo; Brooks Borrell, solo; and the senior girls trio, Miranda Painschab, Beth Stueven and Christy Colpitts.

HLWW also had an excellent showing at the Large Group Contest in New London-Spicer: both Choirs received 6 out of 6 superior ratings, and the Concert Band received 5 superiors and 1 excellent. Congratulations to each member of the music department for your outstanding individual and group achievements, and for representing our school so well.

We recognize the HLWW Speech Team for their hard work and good results at meets this year. Special congratulations to Melina Schuster, Extemporaneous Reading, who placed fifth at the Sub Section contest, qualifying her to compete at Sectionals in St. Cloud. Thank you to the whole team and their coach, Jim Scheeringa, and to all who supported Speech this year.

Congratulations to FFA award winners, all the FFA students, and Vo Ag teacher Jim Weninger for a very successful banquet held earlier in April. The awards and banquet help celebrate your efforts and many successes of the year, and the Board congratulates each of you.

The Board also thanks those community representatives who met with the Facilities Site Task Force in reviewing the school site selection process and recommendations. The Representatives were: Shelly Reddeman, Jerry Pettit, Dennis Bobrowske, Sam Gruenhagen, Pete Gagnon, Dan Graham, Charlie Bush, Tom Ogle, Ken Borrell, Dave Sherman, Don Guggemos, Tom Ollig, Floyd Sneer, Dick Genty, Dave Hoover, Greg Bakeberg, Burton Horsch, Cindy Heuer, Tom Hammer. The Board appreciates their willingness to participate in this very important process.

Steckelberg moved to approve the recognitions as read; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Hoheisel added that, in addition to these recognitions, FFA would have the highest number of students attending the State Convention in May that the school has ever had.

(Item 8) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

· Next meeting will be on May 15 at HLWW High School Media Center.

· Employee Recognition - Raymond and Lorentz are discussing.

· Time Capsule - Mr. Day has scheduled a student program for 5/17, 2:40 to 3:00. Adults who are interested will be invited to stay after that for discussion and light refreshments.

· Food van bids - reviewing.

· Legislative updates - in conference committee, money for schools and grad standards are still under discussion, unlikely to be decided before Easter break.

(Item 9) Committee Reports -

Steckelberg: DCAC has reviewed registration materials and graduation credits. They have discussed vision for next year - what students need to learn applicable to jobs. Next year they may invite speakers to address this.

Labor Management met in March, will meet again on May 10. Members are completing questionnaires to be tallied by the May meeting.

Fowler: Community Ed will be meeting this week.

Zimmerman: Booster Club needs more participants to help keep it going.

Heuer: Negotiations committee will meet with principals this week.

No other business.

Raymond moved to adjourn; Fowler seconded; adjourned at 10:05.

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