HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



The Regular August 16, 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, Randy Heuer, James Fowler, Ken Zimmerman, Rick Lammers, Leo Weber, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber and Carol Fury (arrived at 8:20). Also present were Superintendent Hoheisel, Principals Dean Wessman and Julie Millerbernd, and Board Secretary Bonnie Nylin.

Lammers made a motion to approve the Agenda of the August 16, 1999 Regular School Board Meeting of HL-W-W ISD #2687; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Pettit made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 19, 1999 Regular School Board Meeting of HL-W-W ISD #2687; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the August bills; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the August 1999 Treasurer's Report; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Jim Raymond updated the Board relative to the easement request from the City of Winsted to run a new waterline through a portion of the Winsted School property. District architect, Bob Abendroth, determined the waterline would not affect future expansion. Zimmerman made a motion to approve the easement request, second by Fowler; followed by Board discussion. A vote was called - motion passed with all members in favor with the exception of Leo Weber, opposed.

Principal Millerbernd reported the following:

- Howard Lake Elementary student, Kayla Hess, presented the school with a $250 check she had received from KARE 11 and McDonald's as a winner in the "Color the Weather" Contest. Kayla's entry was one of eight winners selected from hundreds of entries. Among the eight winners was another Howard Lake Elementary student, Raechel Gustafson, who also received a $250 check to be presented to the school. The money will be used to purchase outdoor picnic tables for Howard Lake elementary.

- Handbooks were distributed to Board Members. The only changes were staff updates and the addition of the Discipline Policy.

- Darlene Yager, para educator at Winsted Elementary, submitted her letter of resignation for Board approval.

- Each elementary student will receive a letter from their teacher, this week.

- Current enrollment figures at Winsted and Howard Lake Elementary were reviewed.

- Open House is set for August 31.

- Facilities are cleaned and shined - look great!

Principal Wessman reported the following:

- The remedial summer school program, 1999 Summer Extravaganza, had 18 students enrolled. Of the 18 students, 3 did not test at the end of the session, 8 students tested above grade level and 7 tested below grade level. The 1999 Voyager Program (remedial assistance in language arts) had 18 students enrolled - testing data is not yet available.

- Staffing changes at Humphrey Elementary include - Jim Nygard will teach 5th grade; Bill McCarty will teach 6th grade; and Angela Granrud is the new special ed. teacher. Para educators will be added as needs indicate and an additional physical education instruction time will be added.

- The Deep Portage Fundraiser at the Wright County Fair raised approx. $4,000.

As Curriculum Director, Mr. Wessman reported the following:

- Curriculum materials have been ordered for Social Studies (7-10th gr.), K-6th grade map and globe skills and special education remedial materials.

- Goals for 1999-2000 include ordering materials for K-6 and 11-12 social studies materials, order additional special education remediation materials, study and evaluate curriculum areas for physical education, health, chemical health, family/life science and inclusive education.

- Several teacher workshops relative to graduation standards are scheduled throughout the month of August.

There were no requests from the public.

Supt. Hoheisel reviewed the progress of the facilities improvements. He congratulated the custodial team for the great job they have done in preparing the buildings for the new school year. They have worked very hard and the buildings look great.

Heuer gave a Site Task Force Committee update relative to the brochure/questionnaire that is being prepared for postal patrons of all three communities. Pettit commented that several people have commented to her that they were impressed with the first flyer that was mailed out.

Other than staff changes and date changes, there are no major changes to the Humphrey Elementary Handbook and Mr. Wessman will distribute a copy to each Board member during the September Board meeting. Steckelberg made a motion to approve the handbooks for all three elementary schools; second by C. Weber; there was Board discussion and the motion passed by a majority vote, with Heuer abstaining.

The proposed Board Goals for 1999-2000 were reviewed and discussed. The refined goals will be submitted for approval during the September 20 Board Meeting.

Lammers explained the upcoming bomb threat training to be presented in Buffalo for area districts. The training will be presented by a bomb squad from the metro area.

Raymond recommended the Board convene for an early session prior to the September 20 Regular School Board Meeting to review school procedures relative to emergency issues/situations that may arise at school.

Pettit addressed the Board relative to encouraging student representatives to participate in School Board meetings. Pettit is working with Mr. Day to find students who would like to become involved in this way.

Lammers made a motion to approve the bus training procedures to be presented on August 25th & 26th; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve Fall Coaching Staff; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Fury made a motion to accept letters of resignation from Darlene Yager (para) and Ann Diers (para); second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Steckelberg made a motion to accept a letter of resignation from Sue Rootes (elementary music instructor) contingent upon finding a suitable replacement; second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

The bid for snow removal at Humphrey Elementary was tabled as no bid has been received.

Lorentz made a motion to approve employment recommendations (Angela Granrud - special education at Humphrey Elem.; Andy Grover - special education at Holy Trinity; Melanie Schmitz - special education para); second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Supt. Hoheisel updated the Board relative to the new legislative funding formula to be used to reduce class size. The dollars provided through the funding will be used to employ additional staff as classes are reduced and Mr. Hoheisel recommended hiring Teresa Diers for an additional half day to begin the process. (She would then be a full time elementary instructor.) A question and answer time followed with Board discussion relative to moving ahead on class size reduction. Fury made a motion to hire Teresa Diers for an additional .5 FTE; second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel reviewed the job description for a Communication Specialist position. He recommend the District hire the specialist to promote ISD 2687 and the three communities. The recommended salary for this part time position (approx. 20 hrs/week for 38 weeks) would be approximately $10,000 annually (C-4-3). Following Board discussion, Zimmerman made a motion to approve the job description for the Communication Specialist position; second by Fowler; passed unanimously. Mr. Hoheisel will begin advertising immediately.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported on his meeting with Father Paul of Holy Trinity regarding renting special education space at Holy Trinity. Submitted for Board approval was a 5 year lease agreement at a fixed rate of twelve monthly payments in the amount of $416.43, per year; Holy Trinity will clean the space; if new carpet is installed, it will be at the expense of ISD 2687. Heuer made a motion to approve the agreement as submitted; second by Pettit; followed by Board discussion. As a result of Board discussion, Fowler made a motion to amend the original motion to include the statement that, "if both parties agree, the length of the agreement could be changed to more than or less than the five years." Steckelberg seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel discussed the recent legislative action regarding class size reductions and introduced the resolution and its impact on the District. Zimmerman made a motion to approve the resolution; second by Lammers; a roll call vote was taken with all Board members voting in favor of the resolution.

Lorentz made a motion to adopt the Resolution Calling for Annual School Board Election (Tuesday, November 2, 1999); second by Steckelberg; a roll call vote followed with all voting in favor of adopting the resolution.

Lammers made a motion to adopt the Resolution Establishing Dates for filing of Affidavits of Candidacy for the School Board (August 24-September 7, 1999); second by L. Weber; a roll call vote followed with all voting in favor of adopting the resolution.

Lorentz made a motion to recognize Mr. Weninger and the crew of summer students along with FFA Alumni members for the super job they did in laying the walkway bricks outside the northeast entrance at the high school; and Mike and Carol Wren and children for their hard work in providing a float for Humphrey Elementary students to ride on during the Waverly Daze Parade. Pettit seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Superintendent's report included the following:

- Next Regular School Board Meeting - 7:30 p.m. (early meeting) followed by the 8:00 p.m. Regular Meeting at the Humphrey Elementary School, Waverly.

- The MSBA Summer Seminar (August 12-13) was great! Supt. Hoheisel, Board Members Steckelberg (Thurs. only) and Zimmerman attended.

- We are waiting to hear from the engineer relative to ITV technology.

- Relative to the teacher grievance - we are awaiting word from the District's lawyer as to which arbitrator will hear the case.

- The Employee Breakfast is scheduled for Tues., Aug.31. Please plan to join the staff.

- Financial auditors, Burkhardt & Burkhardt, will be here the end of Sept. Every effort will be made to submit a draft of the audit for the October School Board Meeting.

- The custodial and bus driving staff are in place. We have an excellent crew!

- The annual inspection of our bus fleet is scheduled for August 24.

- The MN Dept. of Children, Families and Learning received the Comparable Worth Report submitted last spring, two days late - therefore, they are requiring that we resubmit the report again. There is no additional cost to the District.

- We have received a letter from HLWWEA stating their acknowledgment and agreement relative to granting Chuck Strand's one year leave of absence.

Committee Reports:

- Community Education Committee rep., Jim Fowler, updated the Board:

> Committee met prior to the School Board Meeting - SAC Program is successful with increase in numbers, however, not viable as yet. The summer program was very successful!

> Over 200 people participated as adult volunteers this past year. Numbers from all communities are way up.

- FFA Alumni rep., Randy Heuer, reported that the annual FFA Auction will be held on on Aug. 19, with the proceeds to benefit the FFA program.

With no further business to discuss, Steckelberg made a motion to adjourn; second by Pettit; passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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