HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



8:00 P.M.


The Regular December 20, 1999 School Board meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 pm by Board Chair James Raymond. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken with the following members present: Randy Heuer, Eugene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Carol Fury and Jim Fowler were absent; Richard Lammers arrived at 8:45. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Pettit made a motion to approve the December 20 agenda; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 2, 1999 Special "Truth in Taxation" Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Steckelberg made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 15, 1999 Regular School Board meeting; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman made a motion to approve the December bills; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Treasurer's Report; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed enrollment numbers.

Principal Dean Wessman reported an 85% participation rate in recent Parent-Teacher conferences held at Humphrey Elementary. He also thanked teachers and students for their participation in Lieutenant Governor Mae Schunk's visit, which occurred on December 13, noting that it had been a very positive experience for the school.

Wessman also highlighted sponsorship by the Humphrey Museum of an "Artist in Residency" for Humphrey Elementary, made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board through the State Legislature. Charlie Maguire, "The Singing Park Ranger," will be at Humphrey Elementary from January 10 through January 14.

On November 18 and 22, Wessman and Guidance Counselor Deb Dragseth met with parents of 8th, 9th and 10th graders regarding Graduation Standards. Parents expressed the need for additional communication on this topic, and the MEEP Team and administration will work to provide it.

Principal Julie Millerbernd also reported on the Mae Schunk visit, as well as other events occurring at Winsted and Howard Lake Elementaries, including:

· Concerts on December 7.

· School trip to St. John's University to see Charlotte's Web on December 14.

· Every classroom now has a computer for Accelerated Reader testing.

· Remember to designate HLWW on Target charge accounts; Howard Lake Elementary recently received $400 as a result of the "Target Take Charge" program that gives a percentage of charge-card purchases to schools.

· Thanks to the Dell's for donating 80 books to the 1st grade.

Mike Day reported activities in the High School:

­ 300 students participated in "Super Stars;" thanks to Paul Fobbe and all others who helped organize this event.

· FFA banquet was held on December 2.

· Wright County Attorney, Tom Kelly, visited 10th and 11th grade classes on December 6, which was very well received by students.

· Students of the Quarter were announced in the paper, and pictures were posted at school. These students are selected by each department based on student achievement as well as participation in class and how they contribute to the department as a whole.

· The FFA fruit drive has been completed.

· Concerts on December 9 (junior high) and December 16 (senior high) were again excellent and well attended; thanks to parents and the community for continuing good support of the music program.

· The Howard Lake American Legion sponsored a choir trip and performance at the St. Cloud Veteran's Hospital on December 17.

· Mae Schunk's visit to the High School included the reading program, ag, science, and 9th grade choir.

· Financial aid workshop for seniors and parents will be held in January.

· WTC visit for 10th graders will be in January.

Superintendent Hoheisel noted the Minnesota School Boards Association Convention will be January 13 and 14; registrations need to be completed by January 5. He also distributed a document for review, "Governor's Workforce Development Framework," and a letter from Commissioner Christine Jax regarding General Education Formula Change.

There were no requests from the public.

(Item 2) Attending the meeting from the Long Range Facilities Task Force were co-chairs Joe Campbell and Jack Littfin, Gerry Smith, and consultant Linda Schroeder. Campbell presented an overview of the results compiled from the District Resident Questionnaires and distributed summaries. He noted that there was a 16% to 20% respondent response rate, an excellent return, indicating generally good support for the School District and the potential for building a 9-12 High School. The Task Force will now continue with their work in finalizing a site recommendation.

(Item 10) Raymond recognized Joe Campbell for the 1999 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Service Category, won by his employer, Sunny Fresh of Monticello. Sunny Fresh won one of only four such awards given to American businesses this year, and is the first food manufacturer to receive this honor. We want to congratulate Joe and his associates for their parts in this very successful achievement for their company.

(Item 5) Athletic Director Dale Decker reported on the cooperative Cross-Country program held the last 4 years with Lester Prairie and Holy Trinity. A total of 3 students from HLWW participated, with 3 from Holy Trinity and 10 from Lester Prairie. Our cost based on the agreed upon formula (each school pays a third) was $2800. Decker's recommendation is to discontinue cross country program because of the high cost and low participation. Lester Prairie has indicated they will conduct their own program for one year and then evaluate; Holy Trinity is undecided at this point. We will continue pairing with Lester Prairie for Track and evaluate it at the end of the year; we know of 16 students from HLWW and 9 from Lester Prairie. Decker stated that High School League rules state that pairing/sharing can be started or dropped at any time in the year, so we have flexibility in that regard; Dassel/Cokato has expressed interest in possibly sharing a gymnastics program, which Decker will discuss with them after this season. Hoheisel suggested that this topic be included in a future Outreach publication, so parents and the community are made aware of the situation; Heuer encouraged Decker and Hoheisel to continue to investigate possibilities for pairing/sharing with other districts and reporting those opportunities to the Board.

(Item 7) Decker reported the addition of Dale Burau to the winter coaching staff. Because of the number of boys in basketball, JV scheduled extra games and required an additional coach. Lorentz made a motion to approve; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 1) Hoheisel updated the board on Buildings and Grounds, including continued bleacher improvements, Central Office cabinetry, ITV connectivity.

He noted that the Buildings and Grounds committee will tour buildings on December 28.

(Item 3) Lorentz made a motion to approve the Financial Audit Report (distributed and discussed at the November 18 Board Meeting); Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 4) Lammers made a motion to certify the Fiscal 1999 Payable 2000 Property Tax Levy; Steckelberg seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Hoheisel reported on the school census of 0 to 21 year olds for 1999 that the Community Education department completes yearly. He noted a trend of growth in these ages, compared to 1998.

(Item 8) Steckelberg made a motion to accept letters of resignation from Cherish Luhman, Para Professional in Winsted Elementary, and Peggy Adamson, Group Home teacher; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Hoheisel stated that the School District's attorney reviewed the Employee Handbook; his suggested changes have been made. He also noted one change to the Support Staff manual, deletion of a statement regarding overtime. It was also recommended that we add a formal veteran's hiring policy, which has been prepared. Hoheisel suggested the Board review for comments at the January meeting.

(Added Item 9b) Hoheisel added a leave request from Rande Sue Diers, who is currently job sharing as Lunch Clerical. The request will be considered at the January meeting.

(Item 10) Raymond recognized and thanked teachers and students who participated in Mae Schunk's visit to our schools on December 13, 1999. Everyone was well prepared and helped provide an interesting and enlightening visit for Lt. Governor Schunk and her staff. Teachers who participated in specific program highlights or the round table discussion were: Joan Johnson, Pam Halverson, Dawn Kalvig, Chris Starr, Kirby Klingelhofer, Karen Borrell, Jodi Sanken, Joanie Hanson, Teresa Diers, Kelly Sauer, Jim Weninger, George Montgomery, Addie Mucha, Dave Metcalf. Students included the various classes Ms. Schunk visited, as well as student representatives Michelle Confeld, Sarah Swenson, Jake Fitzpatrick and Heather Ostvig. Thanks to everyone for helping to create a memorable visit.

Hoheisel also thanked the board members, principals, custodial staff and everyone who helped put the visit together. Raymond also congratulated those who organized it.

Pettit made a motion to approve recognitions; C Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reported:

· Note the January Board Meeting will be on Tuesday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

· Teacher Grievance ­ the attorney expects some response on it after the holidays.

· Teacher recognition volunteer ­ Mary Pettit, who has served in this capacity before, will no longer be on the Board; Raymond agreed to take it.

· Alternative education delivery system ­ he will continue to update the board often as this progresses.

· Student hearing potential litigation has been resolved and agreement reached. The District's insurance company has been involved and Hoheisel will relate financial impact as soon as it's finalized.

· Hoheisel will attend the 2000 Superintendent's Convention in March in San Francisco.

· The Booster Club is looking at collecting donations at music and drama events to fund a drama scholarship. The Board is asked to consider this and let them know their recommendation.

· Hoheisel has been working with the Board Chair on resolving the Bus Garage easement question; at this time, the City of Howard Lake plans to conduct a title search and advise the school of findings.

· With current Board Member terms expiring on January 1, 2000, Hoheisel reminded the Board of the need for an organizational meeting; Board Members should let Hoheisel know of specific committees in which they're interested. Also, with two board members leaving, remember that the board quorum will reduce to five members, so only four members may be present at any committee meeting.

Raymond presented recognition of retiring board members, Mary Pettit and Carol Fury, thanking them for their years of faithful and concerned membership on the School Board.

Committee reports:

· DCAC ­ Steckelberg reported continued discussion surrounding Grad Standards, particularly current 10th graders and required paperwork. He, Dean Wessman and a parent representative will meet with Hoheisel to discuss concerns and possible actions. In addition, Charon Tierney, regional representative, will meet with MEEP and DCAC committee members on January 11.

· Negotiations ­ Lorentz reported the next meeting will be December 27.

· Booster Club ­ Zimmerman said they plan to purchase the trailer soon; and they always welcome more members.

Hoheisel displayed a new pre-school age book as an example of books that the School will send to children in the District at their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd birthdays with birthday cards. The new books were purchased through the Collaborative.

Steckelberg made a motion to adjourn; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously; adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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