HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

August 21, 2000

The August 21, 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: Randy Heuer, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. James Fowler was absent.

Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Raymond moved to approve the agenda of the August 21, 2000 Regular School Board meeting; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the July 17, 2000 Regular School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

L. Weber moved to approve the August bills; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Raymond moved to approve the August Treasurer's report; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Mike Day reported:

­ High School Open House scheduled for 8/30

­ Hiring is in progress for AEP/504 and Business Instructors.

Dean Wessman reported:

­ Jeff Kyllonen was selected out of 130 applicants for the Grade 5 teaching position at Humphrey.

­ Deep Portage volunteers sold pop at the County Fair again for a fund raiser; he thanked Sue Jagodzinski and all the parents and students who participated.

­ Several teachers recently completed "Quest" training.

­ Hiring is in progress for two paraprofessionals.

­ Construction on the Special Ed room is nearing completion.

Julie Millerbernd reported:

­ Thank you to the Howard Lake, Waverly, and Winsted Lions for sponsoring Quest training; 32 staff participated in the training for classroom use.

­ MAWSECO is sponsoring training for paraprofessionals and teachers on 8/22.

­ On 8/28 a meeting will be held for paraprofessionals on topics such as employee handbook, data privacy, etc.

­ Open House will be 8/30.

­ A letter was sent to every student in grades K-6 welcoming them to school and listing needed supplies.

­ Enrollment appears to have fluctuated since last June; she will report final numbers in September.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported on progress of capital improvement projects scheduled for the summer. Everything is headed for completion by the start of school. He also commented on how hard the custodial staff has worked to complete all of these projects, thanking them for their good work.

(Item 2) Raymond reported that the next step of the Task Force is to call one last meeting, and then come back to the Board with a final recommendation, hopefully within the next 2 weeks. Heuer added that the Task Force goal is to have a final report in September.

(Item 3) Hoheisel reported on the July 20 meeting held with local FFA Alumni and others. It was decided to hire a person to help with grant writing. He is currently working on securing such a person so they can progress with grants.

(Item 4) Chair Lorentz reviewed agreed-upon compensation changes for Community Ed, Food Service, Secretaries, Central Office and Custodians. He reported that the Paraprofessionals will meet with the Board representatives again on 8/23 as they have not yet finalized their agreement. Heuer moved to approve the agreements with these groups; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Wessman reviewed changes to the Humphrey Elementary Handbook. Raymond moved to approve the book; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Hoheisel reported that he surveyed neighboring schools and checked with the school's attorney regarding converting up to 3 student-contact days to staff development days for the 2000-01 school year. He recommended converting up to 2 student contact days to staff development days.

Wessman reviewed the reasoning for the request. Zimmerman moved to allow 3 days be converted to staff development; it was not seconded. Lorentz asked if the Board allowed 2 days, which days would be converted. Wessman recommended November 21 and June 7. Raymond asked if it would be possible to have some of the training for the next year (2001-2002) in June, 2001.

Wessman responded that that was not as effective in helping teachers transition their learning to the classroom. Heuer restated his concerns from last month - that the calendar and teacher contracts have already been approved. L Weber moved to approve converting 2 days to staff development (November 21, June 7); C. Weber seconded.

Heuer moved to amend the motion to include wording to eliminate an early release. There was no second for the amended motion. Motion passed with majority 6 for and 1 against (Heuer).

(Item 7) Raymond moved to accept the letters of resignation from Eric Kritzeck, Coach, and Lavonne Schrupp and Marry Pettit, Paraprofessionals; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Hoheisel reviewed employment recommendations: Felicity Ostvig as Preschool teacher; Jeff Kyllonen as Grade 5 teacher at Humphrey; Angie Granrud to Special Ed teacher; Sarah Mielke for Home Visits; Fran Roux as part-time music and part-time English as Second Language; and Sara Mortag, increasing her hours as a paraprofessional in Waverly.

Also, one bus driver approved last month, Sue Brown, is changing from sub driver to half-time driver. Zimmerman moved to approve all the recommendations; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Chair Lorentz referred the Board to the applications received in response to the Board vacancy. He suggested possibly turning the applications over to a committee for a short interview process; or they could do a secret ballot tonight. Raymond stated he would agree to an interview process. Heuer moved to have the Negotiating committee meet with the interested individuals and make a recommendation to the Board in September; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Heuer moved to adopt the 2000-01 School Board goals; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Chair Lorentz reviewed policy DFDA. Hoheisel said that the charge for buses on field trips is based on a state formula. He also talked with local bus contractors and found that they have raised their rates to $1.00+. He said we would never allow the cost of a field trip bus to eliminate a student from a field trip, but he recommended increasing the rate to $1.00. Zimmerman moved to approve the increase to $1.00; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) Heuer moved to approve the Adult Training and Habilitation Center, Inc. (ATHC) contract for 2000-01; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 13) Zimmerman moved to approve the fall coaching staff; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously. Day noted changes to the Volleyball coaching staff: Deb Dragseth will coach 8th grade and Janet Perry will do 7th grade.

(Item 14) C. Weber moved to approve the Transportation training; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 15) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:The Board recognizes Mary Robinson, Athletic Director Secretary, for her work in developing the Activity Calendar, and also producing and obtaining advertising support for the new High School Student Handbooks. Thank you, Mary, for your hard work and such professional results!

The Board recognizes the summer FFA students and their advisor, Mr. Jim Weninger, for completing improvement projects for the school this summer. In particular, the clearing work done at the Waverly complex was much needed, and we appreciate your work.

C. Weber moved to approve the recognitions; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 16) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

­ He attended the MSBA summer meeting this month.

­ The employee breakfast will be 8/31, 7:30 a.m.

­ Teachers will hear Roger Taylor in Monticello on 8/30. He is a nationally recognized speaker on at-risk and gifted students.

­ The financial audit will be September 12-14.

­ Bus Inspection will be August 30.

­ A new calendar for parents will be handed out at the Open Houses.

­ MAWSECO is currently looking for ways to transition work that the business manager formerly handled. Not sure what this will mean to our district yet, but will keep the Board posted.

­ Van bids - no bids at this time, so the school will use the current food van until something suitable is found.

­ The school is completing recommendations made by the State Fire Marshall.

­ An evaluation was completed on the superintendent. Board Member Raymond reported that the evaluation was very positive, and that they are truly comfortable confirming that Superintendent Hoheisel is doing a good job.

­ Laurie and John Lideen were in attendance at the Board meeting, and Hoheisel thanked them and the others on their committee for their work in the Boosters group, including the recently acquired trailer given to the school.

(Item 17) Committee reports: Lorentz: Wellness committee will meet 8/22 regarding Health Insurance. Paraprofessional negotiations will be 8/23.

Heuer: Thanks to everyone who helped at the FFA Alumni auction. There was a good turn out, and all the profit goes to support the Ag program.

Zimmerman moved to adjourn the meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously and adjourned at 9:30.

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