HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes





The Regular September 21, 1998, 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: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Gene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Members absent: Carol Fury. Also present were: Supt. Hoheisel; Principals Day, Wessman and Millerbernd; as well as members of the Long Range Facilities Task Force.

Pettit made a motion to approve the agenda; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular August 17, 1998, School Board Meeting; second by Fowler; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve September bills; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve the September Treasurer's Report; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Superintendent reviewed reports with the Board, referencing the Enrollment Report which is lower than anticipated.

Principal Reports:

- High School Principal Mike Day reported the following:

- Mary Pettit has agreed to be the Student Council Advisor.

- A busy Homecoming Week begins September 28th, with many activities planned.

- Knowledge Bowl Advisor, Rita Grimm, has requested that high school students participating in Knowledge Bowl be eligible to receive a "letter" - criteria has been met.

- Mr. Day is Region 5 rep. for the State High School League.

- Members of the Jr. Class will attend a college fair in St. Cloud.

- Jr. and Sr. High Honor Breakfasts are scheduled for 9/29 and 9/30/98.

- The FFA Corn Drive begins Oct. 6th.

- Teachers/administrators will attend the annual LEEA Banquet on Oct. 7th, in St. Cloud.

- Elementary Principal Julie Millerbernd reported the following:

- Open House was a tremendous success with 90% of the parents and students attending.

- On Sept. 18, students in grades K-6 attended a special program as part of the safe and drug free schools programs, which coordinates with the POPS and good citizenship programs. Students signed pledges.

- A media specialist from the Montevideo School District will provide an inservice for teachers on 9/23/98 relative to using the accelerated reading program.

- Students are being tested on bus safety.

- School pictures will be taken Oct. 6 & 7.

- Dawn Kalvig will have a student teacher from Crown College in her music classes.

- Humphrey Elementary Principal Dean Wessman reported the following:

- Fifth grader, Kelly Doroff, won an NSP calendar contest and her drawing is included in the 1998 NSP calendar (September).

- Staff has set goals relative to accelerated reading.

- A homework club meets after school.

- The school climate continues to improve.

- Attendance during the Open House on Sept. 1, was very good.

Mr. Wessman gave the following Curriculum Director's report.

- On Sept. 23 (late start for students), teachers will receive accelerated reading training.

- Mr. Wessman will spend Tues. and Thurs. on curriculum development and will be in his office at the high school.

- Test results of the Basic Skills Tests, administered during the summer, will be available on Sept. 25.

Superintendent Hoheisel updated the Board on the following: Fall Legislative Meetings (in Monticello on Sept. 24); TIES Annual Meeting (Oct. 21); uniform purchase rotation information.

There were no requests from the public.

Several members of the Long Range Facilities Task Force Committee (Jack Littfin, Joe Campbell, Gerry Smith, Janet Perry, Deb Gatz) were present to update the Board relative to the progress of the committee. Co-chair Joe Campbell related some of the 'road blocks' the Task Force has encountered which will require Board input/direction, along with information the committee has compiled during the several meetings they have held since their initial meeting on February 2, 1998. The formal Task Force Report is near completion and will most likely be presented to the School Board in November. The Task Force is requesting Board approval to contract with the district's architect to conduct a cursory review of the mechanical, electrical and structural condition of current facilities in order to fully complete the Report.

Steckelberg made a motion to enter into a contract with the architect, providing that the architect understands that such contract is for facility analysis and site analysis; seconded by Lorentz, followed by Board discussion. An amendment to the motion was made by Heuer to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to enter into a contract for $14,000 + $3,000 (engineer costs) with the architect, provided we get specific details from the architect on exiting the contract prior to the bond issue; the amended motion was seconded by Fowler; passed unanimously.

Following discussion, a decision was made to hold a special November Board Meeting in order to discuss the Task Force Report after it is submitted.

Superintendent Hoheisel updated the Board relative to the progress of capital improvement projects throughout the district.

Lorentz made a motion to certify (maximum amount) the Proposed 1998 Payable 1999 Property Tax Levy; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously.

Lorentz updated the Board relative to negotiations for the 1998-2000 custodial contract and the principals' contract. Lorentz also presented the Resolution Relating to Special Assignment of Dean Wessman to perform duties of graduation standards technician. Pettit made a motion to approve the salary contracts as presented; second by Lammers; passed unanimously. Lorentz made a motion to approve the Resolution Relating to Special Assignment for Dean Wessman with the salary being $10,000 per academic year, commencing July 1, 1998 and terminating on June 30, 2000; second by Heuer; a roll call vote was taken with all voting in favor of the Resolution.

Lammers made a motion to approve the following:

- Sue Huhnerkoch as the preschool teacher at Winsted Elementary;

- Teaching contracts for Jolene Davidson (Chemistry/Science), Marlene Bresnahan (Special Ed. Work Experience Coordinator), and Michael Paul Bates (Special Ed.;

-The 1998-2000 Supervisory Contract for Community Ed. Director, Margaret Marketon. The motion was seconded by L. Weber and passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Assurance of Compliance with State/Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lammers made a motion to approve the lane change for Andrea Travis from BA+15 to BA+30; second by Pettit; passed unanimously.

Curriculum/Staff Development Coordinator Dean Wessman reviewed the System Accountability Report and requested Board approval. Steckelberg made a motion to approve the Report; second by Heuer; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to recognize 4th Grade Teacher Joan Johnson for receiving the Golden Apple Award in connection with the 1998 Ashland, Inc., Teacher Achievement Program and the Howard Lake Orphans Baseball Team for advancing to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament.

Pettit seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported on the following:

- District health insurance premiums will be increasing by 16%, however, the average increase experienced by districts, as a whole, was 18%.

- An additional kindergarten route has been added due to increased ridership.

- The school age child care program (SACC) is doing well with a consistent enrollment of 4-5 children.

- Tutoring services will be provided after school in the high school for Charter Behavioral students. This will allow them access to computers, etc. Mary Robinson is the instructor.

- The group home, located south of Waverly, will be opening soon and Child Study Coordinator Linda Malmberg and Superintendent Hoheisel have met with the new owners to discuss how to meet the educational needs of students who will be living there.

Committee Reports:

- Booster Club - the Club continues to be active and membership dues are single, $10 and couples, $15.

- Negotiations - Board reps. meet with bus driver negotiators on Mon., Oct. 5, 1998

- Mary Pettit is the Student Council advisor.

With no other business to discuss, Pettit made a motion to adjourn; second by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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