HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes





The Regular August 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: Mary Pettit, Carol Fury, Michael Steckelberg, Leo Weber, Richard Lammers, James Raymond, Randy Heuer, Gene Lorentz, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman and James Fowler. Absent: none. Others present were Supt. Hoheisel; Principals Day, Millerbernd and Wessman; and Board Secretary Bonnie Nylin.

Following the addition of agenda item 14a., Leo Weber made a motion to approve the agenda; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the July 20, 1998, Special, Organizational and Regular School Board Meetings of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Fury; unanimous.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the August Bills; second by Fowler; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the July Treasurer's Report; second by Leo Weber; passed unanimously.

Principals' Reports -

Principal Day reported that he will be interviewing for the three positions that remain open.

Principal Millerbernd reported the following:

- Thanks to the hard work of several volunteers, Phase II of the playground at Winsted Elementary was completed Sat., Aug. 17, 1998.

- The elementary cabinets in the elementary at Howard Lake are just great and we thank the Board for their decision to have the work done.

- Although there is a need for further computer updates, there are now computer stations available in each classroom.

- There are a.m. and p.m. sections of kindergarten at both Winsted and Howard Lake, with an enrollment of 17-20 per class.

- Elem. teachers have sent letters to each of their new students.

- Staffing changes: Susan Rootes has been hired as the music teacher for Winsted to replace Jane Stritesky who will do music at Humphrey Elem. while Virginia Lewis is on a one year leave. Special Ed. Instructor, Chuck Strand, will work with Winsted students this year , and Sandy Petterson will be teaching elementary students at Howard Lake rather than in Winsted. Sandy replaces Linda Bleth who will now be teaching fifth grade at Humphrey Elem.

- The new handbook was presented to the Board along with samples of the folders students will receive at the start of the new year school year.

Principal Wessman's report included the following:

- Eighteen students participated in Summer School Adventure '98 (6/15-7/30) and 18 participated in the Voyager Program (6/15-7/15) at Humphrey Elem. Both programs were very successful.

- Fourth grade teacher, Joan Johnson, competed against 9700 educators and was selected runner-up in the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award contest. She received the Golden Apple Award. Congratulations, Joan!

- The Accelerated Reader reading program will be initiated at Humphrey Elem. during the 1998-99 school year.

- An increase in enrollment is expected at Humphrey Elem. for 1998-99.

- The media center is still being worked on.

- The dates for the Deep Portage Advantage for sixth graders is Jan. 20-22, 1999.

- Pop was sold at the Wright County Fair and a Spaghetti Dinner will be held in the Howard Lake cafeteria during the Open House on Tues., Sept. 1, in order to raise funds for Deep Portage.

Mr. Wessman updated the Board relative to Staff Development and Graduation Standards:

- Thirty-two HL-W-W teachers will have completed formal Graduation Standards training of Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3, by the end of the summer.

- Charon Tierney, MEEP Regional Coordinator, has provided training for HL-W-W teachers throughout the summer.

- Dr. Harry Wong, nationally known educator, will be the keynote speaker at Buffalo Senior High School on August 31 - HL-W-W staff will have the opportunity to attend.

- An Accelerated Reader consultant will provide training for teachers on Sept. 23.

- HL-W-W will fully implement the graduation standards during the 1998-99 school year, as will all schools in the state of Minnesota.

- Addie Mucha and Robin Day provided instruction during the summer for high school students who have not yet passed the Basic Standards Test.

- Addie Mucha and Pam Halverson will represent HL-W-W on a regional committee that will approve any performance packages written by teachers.

- Areas of curriculum improvement for 1998-99 will be Media & Technology, Guidance, Special Education, and Gifted and Talented.

There were no requests from the public.

Mr. Hoheisel gave the following Buildings and Grounds update:

Howard Lake Facility - Bulk of cabinetry work is done; media center has been painted; trophy cases are in progress; the band practice room has been painted.

Waverly Facility - Floor tile replacement is complete; cracks being filled on playground; tree trimming will be done on boundary perimeter.

Winsted Facility - Kindergarten room has received new floor tiles, carpet and paint - looks great!; playground - phase II looks really great!; door trim yet to be painted; good summer of accomplishments.

Jim Fowler updated the Board relative to Long Range Facilities Planning and Task Force activities:

- An outline has been prepared in preparation of compiling the report to be presented to the School Board.

- Meetings with the architect are scheduled.

- Lester Prairie School Superintendent and School Board Chair have requested a meeting of the school board members from HL-W-W, Holy Trinity and Lester Prairie. (Following discussion, it is the consensus of the HL-W-W Board to schedule a joint meeting in September or October.)

- Supt. Hoheisel, Jack Littfin and Bob Abendroth, architect, met and site/location is an issue that must be addressed. (The Board began discussion as to the responsibilities of the Task Force relative to site/location. It is the consensus of the Board that the Task Force will provide an initial preliminary report before dealing with specific site/location.)

Lammers made a motion to approve the Convent Rental Agreement with Holy Trinity; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Principals Millerbernd and Day reviewed handbook changes. There were no changes in the Humphrey Elem. handbook.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the 1998-99 Bus Driver Training by Brad Ward; second by Fury; passed unanimously. Mr. Hoheisel commented that the annual bus inspection has gone very well and the new buses are here and ready to roll.

Fury made a motion to approve the 1998-99 School Board Goals; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

The Board discussed current athletic fees. Board Member Pettit would like to see increase - but not this year. Pettit made a motion to approve the current athletic fees for 1998-99; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to accept letters of resignation from Jan Boyce (Preschool Instructor) and Marcella Gebhardt (Food Service Assistant); second by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to accept a letter of resignation from new hire Michael LaPorte (Special Ed. Instructor) contingent upon finding a suitable replacement; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the following staffing updates: Susan Rootes (Music Instructor - Winsted Elem.), Teresa Diers (.5 FTE Learning and Development Instructor - Winsted Elem.), Karen Ready (additional p.m. kindergarten class at Winsted), Shirley Olson (Chemical Health Coordinator and Community Collaborative Facilitator), and Ken Stottlemire (6 hr. cleaner/sweeper at Waverly); second by Pettit; passed unanimously.

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

C. Weber made a motion to approve the contract with the Adult Training and Habilitation Center at Winsted for a 2 hour, per day, worker at the Winsted Elementary Lunchroom, at the rate of $7.12/hr.; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve an increase in pay for substitute teachers from $70 per day to $85 per day, in order to remain competitive with area districts; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Due to the additional responsibilities Jan Fitzpatrick (Secretary in the Humphrey Elementary Office) has been performing for Mr. Wessman as Staff Development/Curriculum Coordinator, Principal Wessman requested increasing the daily hours and annual number of days for the secretary from 7.5 hrs. per day for 189 days to 8 hrs. per day for 200 days, per year. Lammers made a motion to approve the additional hours and days; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Negotiations information was presented to the Board for their review and the subject was tabled until the Regular September 21 School Board Meeting.

Pettit made a motion to approve a joint participation agreement between HL-W-W and St. James Lutheran School that would allow 7th and 8th graders from St. James to participate with HL-W-W in golf; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Steckelberg made a motion to recognize Joe Campbell for receiving the President's Club Award awarded him by his employer, Sunny Fresh Foods, for outstanding and superior performance; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Superintendent's Report:

- The next Regular School Board Meeting is scheduled for September 21, 1998, 8:00 p.m. in the Humphrey Elementary Gymnasium.

- The MSBA Summer Seminars were excellent - high powered - continued to emphasize how competitive providing public education has become.

- All Board Members are invited to attend the Employees Breakfast on Tues., 9/1/98.

- State Representative Kielkucki continues to work for the District relative to the reorganization operating debt.

- We should soon receive the ITV Technology Connectivity quotes.

- WTC continues to make good progress on the new addition to their building.

- Irene Bender, Humphrey Museum Director, continues to work with the District in implementing student participation at the museum.

- The boiler burner at Winsted Elementary will cost less than $1000 to replace.

- Wright-Hennepin has changed the manner in which they will be awarding the Roundup Grant monies.

- The response from students attending Summer School sessions was very positive.

- Athletic helmets are inspected annually by Ridel Helmet Co.

- Financial auditors will be in the District the middle of September.

- Ron Otto and Robert Gueningsman will once again make up the Winsted Elementary custodial team.

Other Business:

Mr. Hoheisel will write a letter to the City of Howard Lake indicating concern/awareness of the desire of the owners of the mobile home park to purchase the land occupied by the bus garage.

Combination Committee Reports:

Negotiations Committee - Lorentz updated the Board regarding negotiations and upcoming meeting times with groups principals and bus drivers.

MAWSECO - Fury reported that everything is on track.

Lammers made a motion to adjourn; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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