HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

July 17, 2000

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

Lammers moved to approve the agenda of the July 17, 2000 Regular School Board meeting with the addition of the election of a Board Clerk to replace Michael Steckelberg who resigned due to his move out of the District; seconded by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the June 19, 2000 Regular School Board meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the July bills; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously. Superintendent Hoheisel stated that he is reviewing the Shelter Tech bill with the company.

L. Weber moved to approve the July Treasurer's report; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

High School Principal Mike Day reported:

· Open positions at this time are Business Education teacher and AEP supervisor.

· Summer school went well; Pat Hanson instructed. Basic Skills schooling is also in session.

· CMJTS (Central MN Job Training) summer program is in session; Naomi Flick is coordinator.

· Preparations are in progress for the start of the school year, including the new data management system.

Elementary Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· He is advertising for a 5th grade teacher to replace Mr. Bleth, who has retired. Many applications have already been submitted. He has also advertised for two paraprofessionals.

· The three sessions of summer school at Humphrey have gone well, including the "pre med" class and remedial lessons.

Communications: Hoheisel reviewed the MSBA Outreach which stated that regional meetings are scheduled and that federal medical assistance dollars will possibly be available to fund special needs. He'll update the Board as needed.

There were no requests from the Public.

(Item 1 - amended) Chair Lorentz stated the need to elect a new clerk due to the resignation of Michael Steckelberg who moved to Becker, Minnesota.

Lorentz read Mike's letter of resignation and opened the floor to nominations for clerk. L. Weber nominated Richard Lammers; Heuer seconded.

There were no other nominations so nominations closed. Heuer moved for a unanimous vote to be cast for Lammers; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

Several board members and the superintendent voiced their appreciation and respect for Mike's years of service on the Board and various committees.

(Item 1) Other organizational items:

Annual fees (Policy DFDA) ­ Raymond asked if the bus rental rate is adequate in light of increased fuel costs. (It's currently .90/mile.) Hoheisel will gather additional information for the August meeting. Another question regarded driver's education, the cost of which is calculated annually to break even. Heuer moved to table this issue until August; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the proposed Regular School Board Meeting schedule; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously. Raymond moved to continue membership in the Minnesota School Boards Association; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 2) Hoheisel highlighted capital improvements, noting a recent meeting with Armstrong Flooring representatives regarding the tile in HL Elementary.

They reached a compromise agreement, and will change some of the furniture casters and floor care to accommodate the agreement. Armstrong will replace some tiles and refinish the floor in Mrs. Untiedt's room. Building and Grounds will assess the floor wear in December.

(Item 3) Raymond updated the Board regarding the Site Task Force, which is currently reviewing additional possible sites. The Task Force work is progressing, but slowly.

(Item 4) Hoheisel updated the Board on the Ag Partnership, including recent contacts with grant agencies and individuals. The first meeting of the local planning/design committee will be Thursday, July 20, including FFA Alumni from the community and several faculty members. He will recommend a time line with target date of 6/15/01.

(Item 5) Day reviewed proposed changes to the High School Handbook. The major addition is the grievance procedure, which is state-required. 2000-01 Handbooks will be different than in years past in that the students will retain them all year because they include a planner, student passes and calendar.

Discussion regarding wording to prohibit cell phones followed; agreement was reached that cell phone use in the classroom constituted "distractions" which are already addressed in the handbook so no additional wording is needed at this time. Lammers moved to approve both the High School and the HL/Winsted Elementary books; C. Weber seconded. Passed with 7 in favor, one opposed. Heuer opposed because he wanted to see the completed HS manual, rather than only the proposed changes.

(Item 6) Zimmerman moved to approve the Student Teaching Agreements with St. Cloud State U, Crown College and River Falls, WI; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Hoheisel suggested the Board review the School Board Goals document prepared in 1999 for any needed revisions. Lorentz asked Day for his thoughts on Number 7, the Advisor/Advisee program; Day said it is in place and has received mixed reactions from the staff. It will be discussed with Department Heads in the fall.

Discussion followed regarding the appropriateness of the Goals in their current format, and possible improvements. It was suggested that the Board complete a major review of the goals and determine if they meet the needs of the District as far as directing the Board's work.

Hoheisel suggested that Board members identify specific goal areas they might want incorporated into the document. He will compile the ideas to review at the August meeting.

(Item 8) Raymond moved to approve the agreement with McLeod County Public Health Nursing Service; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Principal Wessman thanked the Phy. Ed. committee for completing the curriculum report, which was distributed to the Board. He reviewed program strengths, including the District's commitment to daily phy. ed. in elementary school, and recommendations for improvement. He then thanked the Health committee for their report, and read its strengths and recommendations.

Wessman also recommended that the 3 student contact days added to the school calendar for 2000-01 be changed to staff development days devoted to continued training for teachers on grad standards, curriculum and related issues. He strongly supports this change, especially in light of the aggressive plan teachers developed to complete grad standard implementation (requiring 17 standards for graduates of 2002). Heuer voiced concern due to teacher negotiations having been completed based on the current number of contact days, and that the calendar has been approved already with the 3 student days.

He suggested possibly exchanging late starts/early releases for development days; although he would oppose making changes for the upcoming year at this point. Wessman stated the value of early release/late starts from the standpoint of teacher development. Raymond suggested checking into the legality of this change related to the teacher contract, as well as getting approval from the HLWWEA. Hoheisel and Wessman will perform those checks before the next meeting, as well as ask neighboring districts how many teacher and student contact days they have related to number of standards and implementation schedule.

Raymond moved to approve the Phy. Ed. and Health curriculum reports; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Truth in Taxation hearing dates were set for Tuesday 12/5 and, for continuation hearing if needed, Monday, 12/18. Heuer moved to approve these dates; C. Weber seconded. Passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Heuer moved to approve letters of resignation; Zimmerman seconded. Hoheisel added another resignation; that of Greg Lammers, who requested a change to part-time bus driving. Motion passed with 7 in favor, 1 abstained (Lammers).

(Item 12) Employment recommendations considered were all for bus drivers: Char Hillmeyer change status from Van Driver to regular route driver; Sharlene Remer, regular route driver; Harold Engle, regular route driver; Susan Brown, substitute driver. Heuer moved to approve the recommendations; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 13) Heuer moved to accept the following bids:

Snowplowing ­ Oltmann Trucking, Howard Lake School and Bus Garage JCD Landscape, Waverly

Dairy ­ Oak Grove Dairy

Bakery ­ Pan O' Gold Bakeries

Sanitation ­ Kubasch & Sons, Winsted, Mumford, Howard Lake and Waverly.

Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 14) Lammers moved to approve membership in Central Minnesota Service Cooperative for 2000-01; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 15) Zimmerman moved to approve membership in the Central MN Educational Research & Development Council (CMERDC); Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 16) Raymond moved to approve membership in Schools for Equity in Education (SEE); L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 17) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

The School Board recognizes Tony Bakeberg and Pat Lorentz, HLWW students who will be seniors the coming year, for their attendance at the 2000 FFA Washington D.C. Leadership Conference June 19-26. The purpose of the conference is to help members hone leadership skills needed in their local chapters and communities. Congratulations, Tony and Pat.

The Board also recognizes HLWW students recently crowned in local city celebrations: Waverly, Queen Anna Millerbernd and Princess Jennifer Sawatzke; Howard Lake, Queen Michelle Confeld and Princesses Heather Ostvig and Miranda Painschab. Congratulations to all of you and best wishes for the upcoming year.

Raymond moved to accept the recognitions as read; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 18) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

· ITV connectivity - hopefully will have additional connection by the start of the school year.

· No van bid yet.

(Item 19) Committee reports:

Lorentz ­ Negotiations: Meeting 7/19 with custodians. Tentatively, second round support staff meetings will be early August.

Heuer stated that the Board needed to consider how to fill the vacancy created by Michael Steckelberg's resignation, possibly with the goal of being appointed in time for the August meeting. Lorentz suggested the Board advertise in the paper and it was decided to publish a notice requesting that anyone interested let the superintendent know by 8/11.

The term will be about 1 1/2 years. Board representatives to the various committees that Steckelberg served on will also need to be determined. Heuer moved to place an ad in the paper; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

No other business. C. Weber moved to adjourn; L.Weber seconded; adjourned at 10:25.

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