HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

MONDAY, MAY 17, 1999


The Regular May 17, 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, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Mary Pettit, Richard Lammers, Michael Steckelberg, Randy Heuer, Ken Zimmerman, Jim Fowler and James Raymond. Members absent: Carol Fury. Also present were Supt. Hoheisel; and Principals Day, Millerbernd and Wessman.

Following the addition of agenda item 3a. (counseling position), Lammers made a motion to approve the agenda; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

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

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

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the May bills; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

L. Weber made a motion to approve the May Treasurer's Report; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported the following:

- Section planning for the next school year is nearing completion for K - 2 grades.

- Letters have been sent to teachers and parents relative to the teaching/classroom assignments for the upcoming school year.

- The 'looping concept' (same teacher stays with students for two years) is being discussed'

- The elementary positions open at this time for the upcoming school year are: Special Ed. Instructor, Title I para educator and a management assistant.

- There will be a four week summer school program offered to students in grades 1-3 with 18 students in each section.

- Kindergarten students will present a special program for their parents during their graduation party on May 28.

- Pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House are being collected by students.

- End of year events include field trips, track and field day and an awards program.

- When the results from the Iowa Tests are received they will be sent to parents.

- The most recent elementary newsletter contains a "school report card" for parents to complete and return.

- In recognition of Earth Day, students decorated grocery bags with a variety of artwork for Glenn's Super Value in Winsted. Mrs. Loren Johnson had written to express how much she appreciated the wonderful project.

Principal Dean Wessman reported the following:

- Humphrey Elem. students competing at the state level of 'Gear Your Ear' music event were Bria Day, Crystal Sawatzke, Joey Decker, and runner up, Alex Evenski.

- Thank you to the PTA for providing $50 per class for field trip expenses.

- Graduation exercises were held for students completing the D.A.R.E. Program.

- Results from the Iowa Basics have been sent to parents.

- Fourth graders enjoyed fishing during the annual Woitala Memorial Fishing Expo.

- Thank you to the Letter Club for providing popcorn and supplies for the Accelerated Reader Program.

- The MEEP Team (Michael Bates, Marelene Bresnahan, Jolene Davidson, Mike Day, Jeff Granrud, Pam Halverson, Joanne Hanson, Riley Hoheisel, Julie Millerbernd, Addie Mucha, Karen Ready, Chuck Strand, Pat Weseloh, Dean Wessman) and DCAC Committee (Vivian Mahlstedt, Gloria Wynnemer, Liz Paetow, Faye Bakeberg, Mike Steckelberg, Karen Ready, Addie Mucha, Michael Day, Riley Hoheisel, Julie Millerbernd, Tabitha Smith, Sarah Swenson, Dean Wessman) are to be commended for their dedication and hard work throughout this past year. They have done a terrific job!

- Results of the Basic Skills Tests were reviewed by Mr. Wessman for the Boards information.

The Board reviewed the communications items presented in their Board packets.

Requests from the Public:

- Parent, Bob Williams, presented information relative to the structural concept used by the Grand Meadow School. Mr. Williams also commented on the National Day of Prayer and his desire to see various religions included in school curriculum.

- Comment from public: "People are involved in the community."

Supt. Hoheisel gave a Buildings and Grounds update.

Jim Raymond reported that the Task Force continues to discuss site selection and Mr. Hoheisel reminded the Board of the upcoming joint meeting with the Lester Prairie School Board.

Mr. Wessman introduced elementary teacher, Pam Halverson, who presented the Curriculum Report for Social Studies K-12. Pettit made a motion to approve the Social Studies Curriculum Report; second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the resolution requiring 10th and 11th graders who have not passed the Basic Skills Tests to attend summer school classes; second by Steckelberg; motion passed on a roll call vote with all members voting in favor of approving the resolution.

Mr. Wessman distributed copies of the job description for a K-12 Guidance Counselor to the Board. Discussion ensued relative to the need for a counselor to teach a psychology class as part of the counselor's responsibilities. No action was taken at this time.

Supt. Hoheisel reviewed the 1999-2000 budgets with the Board.

Steckelberg made a motion to approve the 1999-2000 school year calendar; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to accept letters of resignation from Special Education Instructor Karen Wojciak and EBD Instructor Michael Bates; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to place support staff on a seasonal lay-off; second by Pettit; followed by an unanimous roll call vote.

Lorentz made a motion to authorize membership in the Minnesota State High School League for 1999-2000; second by Fowler; passed unanimously.

Pettit made a motion to approve membership in the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation for 1999-2000; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

The following were recognized on a motion by Lorentz; seconded by Pettit; and passed unanimously:

- Pat Bakeberg, Mike Broll, Emma Fowler and Wade Fowler for their participation in the State FFA Awards Program at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, on April 27.

- Recipients of State FFA Awards - Rachel Bakeberg, Mary Bakeberg and Nicholas Workman, were recognized.

- The Board also recognized FFA Instructor Jim Weninger and the FFA Alumni for running a great FFA program.

- HL-W-W eighth grader, Tom Bobrowske was recognized for achieving a perfect score on both the Math and Reading Basic Standards Tests. Tom and his parents, Dennis and Marianne Bobrowske, were presented with a certificate of achievement by the Board.

- Pat Bakeberg, Mike Broll, Emma Fowler and Wade Fowler were recognized for participating in the State FFA Awards Program, held at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, on April 27. Also receiving special recognition were - Mary Bakeberg, Rachel Bakeberg and Nicholas Workman for achieving State FFA Degree Awards and other awards. The Board also expressed their appreciation to FFA Instructor James Weninger, for directing and maintaining an excellent FFA program, and the FFA Alumni for their active support of the FFA program.

- Also recognized were the HL-W-W Students of Excellence - Krista Gustad, Catherine Padden, Benjamin Shaffer and Emmy Swanson - who were honored during the Twelfth Annual Central MN Service Cooperative Students of Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, in St. Cloud, on April 28, 1999, for their academic accomplishments and leadership skills.

- Director David Metcalf and the cast and crew of "Charley's Aunt" were recognized for doing an encore performance as a fundraiser for the Kosovo refugees. Admission was on a donation basis, and the drama students raised $1181 for the refugees of Kosovo.

- High school teacher, Jeff Granrud, was recognized for the hours of help and support he put in on Prom preparations.

- Mike Day has maintained an 'open door' policy to students, all year. The Board recognized him for this and for the help and support he has provided, particularly to the Student Council.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported the following:

- The next Regular School Board Meeting for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 will be held on Monday, June 21, 1999, in the HL-W-W High School Media Center.

- A reminder that the 1999 High School Graduation will be held Sun., May 30, 1999.

- The request for special legislation is included in the K-12 Omnibus Bill.

- HL-W-W Schools hosted the Howard Lake Business Assoc. Meeting in April.

- HL-W-W Schools will chair the Central MN Athletic Conference for 1999-2000.

- The Superintendent's Evaluation has been rescheduled.

- On a motion by Pettit; seconded by Zimmerman, the Board voted on whether a moment of silence should be recognized by students and staff on the World of Day of Prayer - which is the first Thursday of each May. A roll call vote was taken - Steckelberg, no; all others, yes.

- Beginning this year, HL-W-W School Board elections will take place in November. The Board discussed which items covered during the annual reorganization meeting should be approved in July.

- The Board was updated regarding the TIES Student Management System.

- There was a bus accident this afternoon - no injuries. A vehicle failed to stop behind Tim Oberpriller's bus which was stopped to let a student off. The car rear-ended the bus.

- A grievance has been filed by an elementary teacher relative to a change in class assignment for the upcoming year.

Committee Reports:

- Lammers gave a Wright Technical Center update - Two flagpoles were donated to WTC by the American Legion. The Center is very appreciative to groups that support the school.

- Steckelberg gave a DCAC report.

- Pettit reported on Laker Pride.

- Fowler updated the Board relative to business retention in the City of Winsted.

- Zimmerman reported funds are being raised by the Booster Club to purchase a trailer.

- School Board and Teacher Negotiators have met together to begin the negotiations process. They will meet again on June 3.

With no further business to discuss, Zimmerman made a motion to adjourn; second by Heuer; passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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