HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1999


The Regular June 21, 1999, School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m., by Vice Chairperson Mary Pettit.

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 Carol Fury. Members absent: James Raymond. Also present were Supt. Hoheisel; and Principals Day, Millerbernd and Wessman; and Board Secretary Bonnie Nylin.

Following the addition of agenda item 12a., L. Weber made a motion to approve the agenda for the June 21, 1999 Regular School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the May 17, 1999 Regular School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the May 19, 1999 Special School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 and Lester Prairie ISD #424; second by L. Weber; following corrections, the Minutes were approved unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve the June bills; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

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

The Board reviewed the final 1998-99 Enrollment Report.

Principal Mike Day gave the following report:

- Due to the help and assistance of so many, the graduation ceremony for the class of 1998-99 went very well. Thank you to each of you who helped make the ceremony such a success. The students were mature in their behavior - we can be very proud of this class. Thank you Board Members for participating in the day.

- The teachers and support staff did a great job throughout this entire year. Thank you to each of them for their hard work and dedication.

- Interviews continue for a special education teacher, a guidance counselor, a business computer teacher and a social studies teacher. By the July meeting, there should be recommendations to the School Board for these positions.

- Plans are in place to implement an advisor/advisee program for high school students beginning the 1999-2000 school year.

- Summer school - classes are underway at Wright Technical Center; the summer work program (Central MN Jobs and Training Services - formerly PIC 5) for at-risk high school students is underway and summer remedial classes at the high school begin July 12.

- Thank you to the Howard Lake Lions, Waverly Lions, and Howard Lake Legion Post 145 for the funds they have provided to the high school STAR Program. Students and parents have expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the prizes awarded through this program. (Students are recognized for displaying good citizenship.)

Board Member Zimmerman acknowledged the nice thank you received from Luke Long in appreciation of the scholarship he received during graduation.

Principal Dean Wessman reported the following:

- On May 19, 84 fourth graders participated in the third annual Woitala Fishing Day. The students had a great time and we appreciate the many volunteers who helped make the day such a success.

- On May 26, the Charles Claessen Post 305 American Legion and Auxiliary presented a program for the students, Americanism and Respect for the Flag. each student was presented with their own flag and encouraged to observe Memorial Day ceremonies in their communities.

- June 2, students participated in "Enrichment Morning for Everyone". Each student was allowed to select three classes of their choice - choices included, model building, stilt walking, easy snacks, memory boards, card making, making bubbles, making sidewalk chalk, playing baseball, learning fundamentals of football, non-contemporary games, music of the 60's, card games, etc.

- Approximately 200 people attended the 6th grade graduation. The PTA presented savings bond awards to Jenna Jones, Jenna Untiedt, Nathan Clark, David Confeld and Marissa Hanus for their leadership and citizenship to their class. Mary Pettit awarded Jenna Jones, Nick Karels and Sarah Burtt the academic and citizenship award. Each of these students had submitted an essay entitled "What Humphrey Elem. Means to Me."

- One hundred five Humphrey Elementary students who had completed their Accelerated Reading goals participated in an End of Year Lock-In (7 p.m.-7 a.m.), on June 4. Special thank you to Jan Fitzpatrick for her ideas, hard work, and assistance in organizing the lock in! Thank you, too, to the 35 volunteers (including 13 National Honor Society students) who helped at various times throughout the night.

- A recognition program was held on June 4 to honor students for a variety of accomplishments throughout the year.

- As of June 14, thirty six students are attending summer school for the next six weeks.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported the following:

- Thank you to the Board and to Superintendent Hoheisel for all the support they provided the administrators throughout the year.

- The end-of-year events (track and field; field trips, etc.) went very well. They provided a great wrap up for a very successful year.

- A report will be submitted to the Board relative to the "report card" type survey that was sent home with students before the end of the school year.

- Interviews are underway for elementary para-educators.

- Summer school classes are underway for special ed. students and 1st - 3rd graders. Classes will be offered through August 13. After talking with students and checking with summer school teachers, summer school is off to a great start and the students are enjoying it.

- Due to grant funding, a number of teachers will be attending workshops throughout the summer.

Superintendent Hoheisel reviewed communication items with the Board. Lammers made a motion to award honorary high school diplomas to local World War II Veterans who had been unable to finish high school in order to serve in the war; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously. Our district will now wait for MN Department of Children, Families and Learning to give direction as to procedure.

Vice Chair Pettit called for requests from the public. Steven Smock asked to address the Board regarding his termination, but would wait until the Board addressed agenda item #12.

Superintendent Hoheisel updated the Board regarding the following Buildings and Grounds projects: floor tile replacement in several areas, roof repair, new sidewalk at Humphrey Elem., paving blocks to be laid outside the high school entrance, bleacher safety issues are being addressed, the new FFA lawnmower and skid loader have arrived.

Heuer updated the Board as to Long Range Facilities Planning and Task Force, referring to the summary in the Board information. Heuer made a motion to hire Schroeder Communications to work with the direction of the Facilities Task Force to secure public opinion, analyze input and data gathered, and assist in maintaining ongoing communications. Included in the motion was authorization of a total not to exceed $12,000 to retain the services of Schroeder Communications; plus printing and mailing costs of a comprehensive informational brochure and follow-up survey; second by Steckelberg. Following Board discussion and comments the Board approved the motion unanimously. Consultant Linda Schroeder will proceed and will assist the Task Force in getting the information out to the public as quickly as possible.

Superintendent Hoheisel reviewed the 1999 Legislative Summary. The recent legislative action was fairly successful and Hoheisel thanked our local legislators, especially Representative Kielkucki and Senator Dille, for their good work and representation.

Carol Fury presented the Superintendent's Evaluation Report and thanked the Board for their participation. Results of the evaluation surveys were very positive. The MSBA is revising the format for the evaluation form, and another format will be used next year.

Due to School Board elections now being conducted in November, the Board discussed which reorganizational items need to be acted upon during the July School Board Meeting and which ones should be acted upon during the January Board Meeting, as the new Board Members take office. According to Board consensus, establishing fees and School Board Goals would be done in July and the Board will review the other items and determine which ones need to be acted upon in July - the other will wait until January.

Lammers made a motion to accept letters of resignation from John Mikel (social studies teacher), Darren Sheggerud (business/math teacher), Erin Valenta (special education), Marlene Bresnahan (work experience handicap), and Karla Farrier (cleaner/sweeper); Lorentz seconded the motion; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve new hires Thomas Hoeg (special ed.instructor), and Cassie Danielson (summer custodial help at Humphrey Elementary), as well as a few hours for summer help at Winsted Elementary and additional summer hours for Cindy Hausladen at the Howard Lake facility;

Zimmerman seconded the motion; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to call for bakery, dairy, snowplowing and waste removal bids for 1999-2000.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the Joint Powers Agreement with MAWSECO; second by Steckelberg; motion passed on a roll call vote with all members voting in favor of approval.

Lammers made a motion to approve the resolution regarding Wright Technical Center Adjacent Property Purchase Agreement; second by Lorentz; motion passed on a roll call vote with Charles Weber voting against, and all other members voting in favor of the resolution. Funding will be added to the annual levy as part of the local levy, for the next 10 years.

Steven Smock addressed the Board relative to the recommendation his employment as head custodian at the Howard Lake facility be terminated. Following discussion, Steckelberg made a motion to approve termination of employment of Steven Smock; seconded by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Steckelberg made a motion to approve the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan with Valic and discontinue the plan with New York Life; second by Fury; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to recognize the following: Representatives Tony Kielkucki and Bob Ness and Senator Dille for their assistance in getting special legislation passed; Tom Ogle for his participation in rewarding the D.A.R.E. Program graduates; and Dean Wessman, Jan Fitzpatrick and 35 other volunteers for their leadership in organizing and supervising the End of Year Lock-In for 4-6 grade students who completed the Accelerated Reading Program. Motion was seconded by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel gave the following report:

- The next Regular School Board Meeting will be Monday, July 19, 1999, 8 p.m., in the HL-W-W Media Center.

- Our district should receive a sizable federal rebate as a means of lowering long distance telephone rates.

- The School-to-Work Board has met to lay out a two to three year plan under the direction of the new coordinator, Bill Zimmerman.

- Administration has met with ag. instructor, James Weninger, and he is comfortable dealing with the numbers of new students coming into the program.

- We will have the district's first foster grandparent working within the district at the preschool level.

- For safety reasons, the district has notified the city of our desire to have a 20 mile an hour speed limit posted on the east, west and south sides of the school.

- Plans continue for a part time public relations position. It is hoped that this position will tie into the collaborative grant and that within the next 2 to 3 months, a mini-job description will be developed.

- Board Chair and/or Board negotiators are invited to be involved with the level III grievance that has been filed. A meeting date will be scheduled as soon as possible. A level I grievance has also been submitted and will be addressed very soon. (Level I does not require Board involvement.)

- Superintendent Hoheisel and the principals met at Camp Koinonia for an all day work retreat, on June 18. Mr. Hoheisel thanked the principals for the leadership they have provided throughout this past year - it has been a good year and we look forward to the coming school year.

Committee Reports:

- Zimmerman updated the Board relative to the Booster Club.

- Lorentz gave a negotiations update.

- Lammers commented on the 2001 Ed. District

- Steckelberg reported that the Regional SEE Meeting was held in Dassel. Lorentz attended the meeting with Mr. Hoheisel.

With no further business to discuss, Steckelberg made a motion to adjourn; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

Published in the Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 26, 1999.

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