HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

June 19, 2000

The June 19, 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 members present: Jim Fowler, Randy Heuer, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman.

Richard Lammers was absent. 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 June 19, 2000 Regular School Board meeting; seconded by Raymond; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2000 Regular School Board meeting; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved to approve the June bills; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

L. Weber moved to approve the June Treasurer's report; C Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· Projected Kindergarten enrollment for September is now 71 students. Classes will remain equalized at 17-18 each, which means that some Howard Lake students will go to Winsted Elementary; students living North of Howard Lake and from Waverly will attend Howard Lake. In their subsequent years, the Howard Lake students will attend Howard Lake Elementary.

· Total projected enrollment is up at Howard Lake and is the same as last year in Winsted.

· Two employment recommendations: Michelle Russell, Special Education at Holy Trinity, and Catherine Fasching, Early Childhood Special Education. Currently interviewing for an elementary Music Teacher, and considering a 5.5 hour special education paraprofessional.

· Summer school for primary grades started 6/19 for 4 weeks.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

The month of May was busy with -

· 4th grade fishing expo.

· 6th grade band and choir concerts.

· DARE graduation; special thanks go to Officer Butch Darsow for his work with DARE all year.

· Track and Field event coordinated by Roger Rosin.

· Field Trips.

· "Lock In" for Accelerated Reader students who met their goals.

· 6th grade graduation.

He expressed appreciation to families for good attendance at student events.

High School Principal Mike Day reported:

· High School Graduation went well.

· The last day of school was uneventful, and he thanked students for cooperating in ending the year so positively.

· Summer school will be 2 weeks each on basic skills of reading and math.

· Remedial help will also be available on basic skills, and some students will attend vocational school to make up missed classes.

· Employment recommendation for English teacher Pam Klima; remaining to be hired are the AEP and Business Education positions.

· Working with Cambridge Community College and Southwest State to provide college English class on a one-year commitment.

· TIES processing transition will be in July, which includes grades, student records and report cards.

There were no requests from the Public.

(Item 1) Buildings and Grounds: Hoheisel described summer projects underway, including 4 classrooms getting new flooring. Also some Howard Lake Elementary floor tiles installed last year need replacing and he's working with the manufacturer to rectify. Remodeling at Humphrey hasn't been firmed with a contractor yet. He stated that all projects should be ready for start of school this fall.

(Item 2) Heuer reported that the Long-Range Facilities Task Force met last week and discussed continuing to pursue the Victor township site. Raymond said there are strong feelings all around this issue, and that the most positive reaction continues to be for a site between Winsted and Howard Lake.

A member of the public asked if there has been discussion with town supervisors. Raymond answered that the Task Force is still gathering information relative to other possible sites so have not yet discussed with town supervisors.

Another question was if a "mock vote" could be done to see the results. Heuer stated that the original community survey indicated that a site in either town would generally not be acceptable to voters.

Raymond stated that they've witnessed a "split" in the Task Force recently, after having spent two years together as a cohesive, cooperative committee, and they're afraid that the same thing could happen to our communities if agreement isn't reached.

(Item 3) Hoheisel reviewed the Legislative session communication.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reviewed the final budgets, highlighting most recent revisions. Raymond moved to approve the final budgets; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Hoheisel updated the Board on the Ag Partnership concept. He has attended a number of meetings with U of M and other Minnesota organization representatives, as well as legislators, and will host a meeting at school on 6/22 for further discussion and planning.

(Item 6) Wessman reported on Grad Standards changes resulting from recent legislation. The MEEP committee met for several hours to determine our district's plan. Teaching staff voted on the plan and the DCAC subsequently voted to support it. Now it's the Board's turn to vote.

The proposed plan slows implementation of grad standards somewhat, while still progressing to full implementation. The plan will be reaffirmed each year, so if unforeseen problems arise, there is opportunity to revise the plan.

The committees feel the plan is realistic, particularly as it relates to what can be done for the 10th grade and younger students. Steckelberg said the DCAC was comfortable that a lot of thought went into the plan and that it is appropriate. Wessman noted that only items 1, 2, and 3 are up for vote at this time; number 4 will be reviewed at the July meeting. Steckelberg moved to accept the plan; C. Weber seconded; passed with 8 in favor and 1 opposed.

(Heuer opposed because of his general position against implementation of the grad standards and profiles of learning.)

Wessman stated his appreciation for Mike Steckelberg as the board representative on the DCAC.

(Item 7) Hoheisel reviewed the Health and Safety Plan, asking the Board to approve it. He said that in July they need to consider purchased time for review of our specific Health and Safety components and to ensure that we're in compliance. Zimmerman moved to approve the Health and Safety plan; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Chair Lorentz summarized the proposed salary and benefit packages for the three principals. Heuer moved to ratify the contracts; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Heuer moved to approve the Temperature Control Contract for 2000-01; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Zimmerman moved to accept letters of resignation from Kim Helmbrecht (Food Service in Waverly), Sue Huhnerkock (PreSchool in Winsted), Eldora Miller and Joann Wuollet (paraprofessionals in Waverly). Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) C. Weber moved to approve employment recommendations Robin Day ­Elementary Teacher, Pam Klima ­ English Teacher, Emily Berg ­ Social Worker, Michelle Russell ­ Special Ed, Katherine Fasching ­ Early Childhood Special Ed, Doris Huston ­ Food service in Waverly at A-1-1, Step 0, Stefanie Noga ­ Cleaner/Sweeper at Howard Lake.

Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) Steckelberg moved to authorize calling for bids for bakery, dairy, snowplowing, and waste removal for the coming year; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 13) Raymond stated that the Superintendent's Evaluation will be completed in the next month.

(Item 14) Heuer introduced the resolution to terminate the contract of Joshua Klenken, L&D teacher in Winsted; L. Weber seconded; passed by roll call vote of 9 in favor, none opposed.

(Item 15) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes the HLWW Varsity Baseball team and coaching staff for an outstanding season. The Lakers finished first in the Central Minnesota Conference with an 11-3 record. Congratulations to each team member for your good season and for winning the first conference title since 1975.

The Board recognizes the HLWW Varsity Softball team and coaching staff for an excellent winning season. Congratulations on finishing the season as runner-up in the sub-section and for qualifying for the regional tournament.

The Board recognizes sophomore Cassie Ogle for advancing to Sections in Track. Congratulations, Cassie, on your individual development and achievement this year.

The Board recognizes and congratulates Anna Millerbernd and Michael Jackson, juniors at HLWW High School, on their selection for Girls and Boys State by the Waverly Legion Post 305. Anna and Michael will participate in various programs to learn more about government and to encourage life-long civic responsibility. Congratulations to both for being selected for this honor.

The Board recognizes and thanks Dean Wessman, Jan Fitzpatrick, and parent volunteers who organized and chaperoned the recent Humphrey Elementary lock-in for students who achieved their Accelerated Reader goals. Thank you for your willingness to hold this special event for students.

Heuer moved to approve; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 16) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

· Next Board meeting will be Monday, July 17, 2000 at 8:00 p.m., HLWW HS Media Center

· The principals and Hoheisel held an administrative retreat (all day meeting) at Kamp Koinonia on 6/12.

· Bids are being solicited to replace the food service van.

· He and several others visited the Charter School Program in Henderson, MN on 6/13. It,s a very unique program, owned by a cooperative. Curriculum is project-oriented, with students completing projects to meet their grad standards and to accomplish goals. It was a good visit, prompting new thinking and ideas, particularly as related to the Ag partnership.

· The Fire Marshall completed his inspection and as a result, we need to complete a couple of things this summer that will incur expense.

(Item 17) Committee reports:

Steckelberg, DCAC: In addition to grad standards, they also reviewed MN comprehensive test results, and are currently looking historically to identify any possible patterns.

Zimmerman, Booster Club: The Boosters need additional families to participate in this worthwhile committee. Thanks to those who have served.

Heuer, Negotiations: Upcoming meetings include Support Staff (6/12) and Custodians (7/12, 7/19).

Steckelberg moved to adjourn the meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

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