HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


MONDAY, November 15, 1999



The Regular November 15, 1999 School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Board Chair James Raymond. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken with the following members present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Eugene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Kenneth Zimmerman. Absent were Carol Fury and Richard Lammers. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

L. Weber made a motion to approve the November agenda; seconded by Lorentz; passed unanimously.

October minutes were approved by Pettit motion, Heuer second, passed unanimously.

Heuer made a motion to approve November bills; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Pettit made a motion to approve the Treasurer's Report; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed November enrollment figures.

Principal Mike Day reported excellent reception to the November 11 Veterans Day program held in the High School, and he thanked the Howard Lake Legion for arranging for the speaker; Winsted for the flag presentation; and the Legion Posts from all three towns for their excellent support and attendance. Kenneth Conrad, veteran from Biscay, Minnesota received his High School Diploma at the presentation. Mike also thanked the HLWW Band and Choir for their special performances.

Mike also noted:

Performances of the fall musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," are scheduled for weekends of 11/11 and 11/18.

· Parent Teacher conferences will be 11/18 and 11/22 in the Gym (spring conferences will be in teacher's rooms).

Various high school tests are being conducted through Deb Dragseth, Guidance Counselor.

· 186 Laker sweatshirts have been sold so far; thanks to Addie Mucha for coordinating.

· Winter concerts will be 12/9 (junior high) and 12/16 (senior high). The fall concert was in October and was very well attended and received.

Julie Millerbernd reported activities for Education Week, including the theme of "Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow," and Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom scheduled for 11/16.

In addition:

· 11/17 will be Educational Personnel Day - thank you to all support staff.

· Parent Teacher conferences were 11/11 and 11/15 in Winsted. Inga Judd will be out until mid-January; a temporary substitute is in place while advertisements are out for a long-term substitute. Winsted's music program will be 12/7.

· "Cents for the Salvation Army" will take place during the holidays.

· Thanks to Gary Weber for informing the school of technology and conservation programs.

Dean Wessman reported on the $2000 award recently won by Humphrey Elementary in recognition of excellence in arts program, stating that Humphrey was the smallest school in the four counties considered for the award. The money will be used to purchase a set of three-octave hand bells for use in the elementary school.

He also reviewed recommendations made by a task force comprised of Ellen Sivright, Pat Weseloh, Sue Untiedt, Joan Hanson, Karen Ready, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman regarding the elementary Spanish program. Their conclusion is to continue video Spanish instruction in grades 1-3, but to discontinue the course in grades 4-6. Mike Steckelberg, Board representative on the District Curriculum Advisory Committee, endorsed the task force's recommendations and made a motion to accept it. Pettit seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel stated that nominations are open for the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative Board of Directors. Interested board members should see him.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 1) Hoheisel reported that the bus garage property has been staked. He said that the Buildings and Grounds Committee should be aware that the Mobile Home Park owners and the City may want to discuss the property and any easements with the District in the near future. He also noted that possibilities for cabinetry to accommodate the recently acquired computers are under review, and that the District is positioned well regarding bleacher safety, and progressing on needed improvements.

(Item 2) Raymond provided an update on the Long Range Facilities Planning and Task Force, stating that Linda Schroeder (Schroeder Communications) is currently working on the survey results and will meet with them for initial review. They're targeting December for further update to the Board.

(Item 3) Mike Burkhardt, District Auditor, reviewed in detail the District's financial picture.

(Item 4) Hoheisel reviewed the 1999-2000 School Board Goals and suggested that he will periodically review progress with the Board. Pettit asked how the "Advisors/Advisees" concept was going; Day reported that there have been some expected growing pains but in general has gone well.

(Item 5) Hoheisel stated that the Employee Handbook has been revised according to attorney review, and asked for questions. Final version will be ready shortly.

(Item 6) Pettit made a motion to approve the Winter Coaching Staff; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Lorentz made a motion to approve employment of Payroll Manager, Amy Carlson; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Raymond presented the following recognitions:

We want to recognize Bill Hoffman for donating black dirt, sod and seed for the Waverly Athletic Complex. His donations have helped to improve the area, making it even more useful and attractive for students and community to enjoy.

We recognize and thank Matt Ollig for his outstanding graphic design that will be painted on the new school trailer that the Booster Club is donating to the school. Matt's design signifies HLWW's emphasis on academics, arts and athletics, and will be a meaningful symbol for our school.

We thank and recognize Mike Graczyk for donating five maple trees for the Waverly grounds. The maple trees are welcome additions to the schoolyard and will be enjoyed by Waverly students and the community for years to come.

The Board recognizes Angie Bakeberg and Dan Glessing for receiving American FFA Degrees at the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky recently. Only one-half of one percent of all FFA members are recognized by the National organization with this honor, so Angie and Dan have achieved a very special and unique status in the FFA. Congratulations to both of them for this award.

We want to recognize HLWW's Head Football Coach, George Montgomery, for being named Central Minnesota Conference co-Coach of the Year. George and his staff led the varsity football team to the best season record since 1971, and into conference play-offs. Congratulations and thanks to George for a very successful season.

The Board recognizes Bria Day and Clark Ostvig for being selected to the Minnesota Elementary Honor Choir. They were selected from over 400 audition tapes to be members of the 100 voice choir. They will rehearse and perform at the University of Minnesota on November 19-20. They will also perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference in February in Minneapolis. Bria is a sixth grader at Humphrey Elementary and Clark is in the fifth grade. This is Clark's second year in the Honor Choir. We are very proud of these fine representatives from our school!

We also recognize and thank Jeff Lehner, Dean Gagnon and Chad Burau for serving as Volunteer football coaches this season. As a group, they contributed several hundred hours in coaching, helping the HLWW football team achieve its very successful season. Their hard work and dedication to the team and school are sincerely appreciated.

(Item 9) Hoheisel stated that the next Regular School Board meeting will be December 20 at Howard Lake, and that a Special Meeting for Truth in Taxation will be on December 6 at Howard Lake. Also noted:

· At the November 11 teacher grievance arbitration hearing it was agreed that briefs will be submitted by 12/3.

Current review of the use of biodegradable Styrofoam lunch trays shows that they are not yet cost effective but there may be something better to consider next year.

· Hoheisel suggested that a member of the Board continue to be responsible for the annual Employee Recognition Dinner as Mary Pettit, who has done that previously, will be leaving the Board after December. Anyone interested should volunteer by next meeting, and then the date can be set for the event.

· Teacher Negotiations meetings set for 11/23 must be rescheduled due to the mediator's schedule; dates will be set soon.

Committee Reports included: Steckelberg stated that the DCAC reviewed the Spanish program as earlier reported.

· Pettit reported that the Laker Pride group will meet 11/16.

· Zimmerman reported that the Booster Club could use more members.

· Lorentz reported that negotiations will continue as needed; the Board will be updated as soon as possible.

· Heuer reminded the Board of the upcoming FFA Alumni Banquet on 12/2, and that tickets would be available soon.

Fowler made a motion to adjourn the meeting; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:35.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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