HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


8:00 P.M.


The Regular October 18, 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: James Fowler, Carol Fury, Randy Heuer, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Kenneth Zimmerman. Also present were Superintendent Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Dave Sherman briefly addressed the Board regarding the Winsted community meeting held immediately prior to the Board meeting, saying it had been a positive meeting at which the community had been invited to ask questions and learn more about the potential for a new school in the HLWW District.

Pettit made a motion to approve the November agenda; seconded by Steckelberg; passed unanimously.

September minutes were approved by C. Weber motion, seconded by Fowler, passed unanimously.

October bills were approved by Lammers motion, seconded by Heuer, passed unanimously.

Fury made a motion to approve the Treasurer's Report, seconded by L. Weber, passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed October enrollment numbers.

Julie Millerbernd reported various activities in Winsted and Howard Lake Elementaries, including their recent Global Games assembly, Pizza Hut and McDonald's Reading programs, and National Day of Concern on October 21. Parent-Teacher conferences will be in November.

Dean Wessman reported that the 6th graders continue to raise money for Deep Portage, including "Bowling for Dollars. " He thanked the Kleve's for donating the use of the bowling alley for this event.

Wessman also reported:

- The Systems Accountability Report (SAR) is scheduled to be published on November 1.

- Wessman and Deb Dragseth, Guidance Counselor, met with 9th and 10th graders to review graduation standards. Grad standards will also be included in discussions with parents at Parent-Teacher conferences in November.

Heuer asked about fund raising for Deep Portage as a concerned parent had called him. Wessman explained that the two fund-raisers so far for Deep Portage have been pop sales at the fair and Bowling for Dollars.

Mike Day reported:

- Homecoming went well, lots of participation; he thanked the Student Council and their advisor, Mary Pettit, for coordinating successful events.

- Honors Breakfasts were held October 7 and 8.

- FFA Corn Drive will be October 19.

- October 27 will be early release; teachers will work on special education.

- End of first quarter is November 5.

- HLWW will again have a Veterans Program in November, and will award diplomas to local WWII vets who did not graduate.

- The fall musical will be the weekends of November 11 and 18.

- Conferences will be November 18 and 22.

- A new Physical Fitness Class will begin second quarter, at 0 hour, taught by Brian Barth and available to senior high students who have passed required Health classes.

- Letter Club sweatshirts are on sale; thanks to Addie Mucha for handling.

Communications pointed out by Superintendent Hoheisel were the revised levy report and the MSBA Conference.

Raymond opened the floor to requests from the Public. A parent read a prepared statement regarding student safety and discipline. She requested that the Board review the Student Handbook to ensure that guidelines are adequate. Raymond asked if Day had any additional comments; he did not so Raymond thanked the parent for voicing her concerns. Lammers encouraged her to continue to work with Day as needed; Steckelberg requested frequent status on this particular concern from Day; Hoheisel will determine how status will be communicated.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported there were no major changes to Buildings and Grounds September report, except for:

- 120 refurbished computers were received from the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility and are currently being installed.

- Bleachers are being worked on as needed; compliance with new guidelines is not required for another year, but HLWW goal is to have all completed before the required date.

- He continues to work with Howard Lake regarding the trailer park egress.

(Item 2) The Site Task Force is waiting for survey results; 929 responses were received out of 3522 mailed. Linda Schroeder (Schroeder Communication) is currently compiling responses and is targeting 2 to 3 weeks to have information ready for the Board.

(Item 3) Millerbernd opened discussion of alternative elementary education delivery systems. She, Wessman and Hoheisel request Board approval to start researching various options. Considerations include student needs, parent needs and concerns, staff collaboration, classroom alternatives such as looping, all day kindergarten, transitional programs ("bridging" for students not yet ready to go from Kindergarten to first grade), etc. Their research will include results and cost data, as well as opportunity to visit other schools and programs, and will target recommendations for action in about 1 to 1 1/2 years. Steckelberg noted that basic skills should continue to be priorities for learning. Hoheisel agreed, stating that any alternate methods would have to ensure success in basic skills.

Lorentz asked if there is room in the buildings to facilitate alternative methods. Wessman said we would definitely have to do some moving around to accommodate changes in the current buildings.

Millerbernd recommended that a committee be formed, consisting of parents, teachers and a board representative. C. Weber made a motion to move forward with researching alternative elementary educational delivery systems; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Lammers made a motion to approve the annual Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination; Fury seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Hoheisel stated that the formal audit report should be completed in time for the November meeting.

(Item 6) Pettit made a motion to approve employment for Brian Barth; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) C. Weber made a motion to accept resignations of Joanne Busch, Tracy Strub and Eric Papke; Lorentz seconded, passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Raymond recognized teachers Karen Ready, Brad Robinson, Charlie Roux and Merrill Skinner for being honored for their accomplishments, dedication to education, professional attitude and commitment to excellence by the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative at the LEEA banquet on September 22. Raymond thanked the teachers on behalf of the Board, and congratulated them on this award.

Duane Lichy, Media Specialist, was recognized for initiating the request and successfully procuring 120 free computers refurbished by the Minnesota Corrections Facility at Lino Lakes.

Students David Peterson and Ben Halverson were also recognized and thanked for the time and effort they've spent on creating videos for school pepfests. The videos show highlights from Laker sporting events set to music, and the students very much enjoy them. These boys are to be commended for their talents and for their fine display of Laker Spirit.

HLWW Elementary Music Students are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 1999 Minnesota Elementary Music Educator's Composition Contest. Once again, HLWW students received the greatest number of awards of any single school district that participated in the contest. Congratulations to all of the students, who should be proud of their accomplishment, as well as encouraged to continue studying music. Students and classes are: Frank Doering, Kristal Sawatzke, Bria Day, Annie MacIntosh, Hunter Day, Mrs. Pettit's 3rd grade, Mrs. Lutter's 2nd grade, and Mrs. Sanken's 2nd grade.

Andrew Sorsoleil, HLWW 11th grader, is recognized for being elected president of the 4-H Wright County Federation officers. The officer team is elected by teen and adult leaders, and they serve in roles of leadership, budgeting and program and policy development for the county 4-H.

Zimmerman made a motion to recognize the people named; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

- The Personnel Handbook is currently being reviewed by the school's attorney.

- Hoheisel and Steckelberg will attend a TIES meeting on October 27.

- Teacher grievance meeting scheduled for November 11 at the High School.

- Confirmed that snow plow bid accepted at September meeting is for time spent on site.

- Hoheisel and others will be interviewing Winsted businesses as part of the Winsted Business Retention process; he will work with Jane Bayerl. Also participating from school board and staff are Jim Fowler, Margaret Marketon, Stacy Horsch, Julie Millerbernd and Julie Stifter.

(Item 10) Committee reports were as follows:

Steckelberg - Labor Management is developing a process to handle communications. DCAC met last week; they're reviewing test results (the SAR report). Parents are very interested in these results, particularly reading and math scores.

Pettit - attended WAVE meeting last week; their goal is to get other organizations involved. She suggested that the board continue to be represented at future meetings.

Fury - MAWSECO finished para training; they've reviewed mentorship program and will put together a plan for further discussion.

Lammers - nothing to report on Wright Technical at this time.

Lorentz - bus driver negotiations will begin October 28.

Zimmerman - Booster Club continues to work on purchasing a trailer for the school.

(Item 11) Fowler asked if there were any comments about the Winsted community meeting held earlier in the evening. Heuer stated it had been a good meeting, and encouraged the other communities to begin a similar process.

Steckelberg made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Heuer seconded, passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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