HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes



8:00 P.M.




The Regular December 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, Gene Lorentz, Mary Pettit, James Raymond, Michael Steckelberg, Charles Weber, Carol Fury, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Members absent: Randy Heuer and Richard Lammers. Also present were: Superintendent Hoheisel; and Principals Wessman, Millerbernd and Day; and School Board Secretary Bonnie Nylin. Several Civics Class students were present to observe the meeting as part of the graduation standard packet.

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

Lorentz made a motion to approve the Minutes of the November 16, 1998, Regular School Board Meeting of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the December bills; second by Fowler; passed unanimously.

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

Humphrey Elem. Principal Wessman distributed his report, highlighting the following:

­ On Dec. 15, elementary music instructor, Dawn Kalvig, directed her first 6th grade choir concert and music instructor, Jane Stritesky, directed her first 6th grade band concert.

­ Both concerts went extremely well! Good job students and directors.

­ Congratulations to Humphrey Elementary students, Clark Ostvig and Hope Horstmann, who participated in the All-State Elementary School choir on Friday, November 20.

Mr. Wessman updated the Board regarding curriculum reports to be presented to the School Board by the following departments: Guidance Dept. (Jan.); Media & Technology (Feb.); Gifted & Talented (Mar.); Special Education (April); Social Studies (May).

Mr. Wessman updated the Board relative to Graduation Standards: Members of the MEEP Team received good information during the MEEP Conference they attended; Members of DCAC staffed a booth during Parent/Teacher Conferences to provide information about the Graduation Standards; Kirby Klingelhofer, Addie Mucha, Pam Halverson, Michael Steckelberg, Julie Millerbernd, and Dean Wessman have received training on the evaluation of performance packages and will be responsible for evaluating any performance packages written by HL-W-W staff members.

Elementary Principal Millerbernd reported the following:

­ Discussed changes/updates to the handbook, "Discipline For Building A School Community", which was distributed to Board Members.

­ Howard Lake and Winsted elementary students participated in "Cents for Salvation Army" and "Project Caring".

­ Winsted Elementary students participated in a concert directed by Susan Rootes. The concert was great and well attended.

­ Winsted Elementary students will be singing in nursing homes in Winsted.

­ Many parents have been actively involved in helping out in classrooms.

­ The book fair was a great success! Howard Lake Elementary will receive $900 worth of free books and Winsted Elementary will receive $400 worth of free books.

­ Other funds received for students have come from Wal Mart and Box Tops for Education.

­ In January, Nancy Main will participate in the Title I Conference.

High School Principal Day reported on the following:

­ A big "thank you" to Cathy Rufer and the PTA for providing a meal for staff during Parent/Teacher conferences.

­ Students took the ASFAB (aptitude test) on Nov. 24.

­ The Jr. and Sr. High concerts were fantastic! Directors Chris Starr and Charles Roux did a super job of directing before a 'standing-room-only' crowd.

­ Congratulations to Jim Weninger for the fine job he did of organizing the FFA Alumni Banquet.

­ Mr. Fobbe and Mr. Weninger did a great job organizing the All Star events held last week. What great participation by so many students - good work Fobbe, Weninger and crew!.

­ Announcement of high school students who received the STAR Student of the Month Students of the Quarter.

­ Thank you to Mr. Metcalf and the Drama Club for organizing Project Caring again this year. This is a great way to help meet the needs within our communities.

­ The Student Council has had an ice cream machine installed on a trial basis in the commons area at the high school. They are hoping ice cream sales will help to eliminate the need for so many fundraisers.

­ Each Social Studies class will plan activities in recognition of Martin Luther King on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18).

­ A Crash Team is in place to handle emergency situations should one arise when administrators are out of the building. An emergency procedure has been established by the staff.

Superintendent Hoheisel reviewed communication items, encouraging Board Members to take advantage of the MSBA Leadership Conference to be held in January.

There were no requests from the public.

Superintendent Hoheisel updated the Board regarding the Buildings and Grounds Committee:

­ Committee members will tour District facilities on Tues., Dec. 29 at 10:00 a.m.

­ Information regarding wireless technology should be received very soon.

Lorentz made a motion to approve the 1997-98 School Year Financial Audit Report; second by Zimmerman; passed unanimously.

Fowler gave a Task Force update:

­ A Task Force Meeting held Dec. 7, included architect, Bob Abendroth, and financial consultant, Carolyn Drude. Discussion focused on funding availability.

­ On Dec. 14, the Task Force met again with the architect to continue working toward finalizing the Task Force Report to be submitted to the School Board on Jan. 19, 1999.

­ A core group meeting will be held Monday afternoon, Dec. 28 and a full Task Force Meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 11, to finalize the Task Force Report.

The Task Force has requested a Special School Board Meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the HL-W-W High School Auditorium, at which time the Board will hear the formal presentation of the Task Force Report. Steckelberg made a motion to approve the Jan. 25th Special Meeting; second by Pettit; passed unanimously.

Following the second reading of policy JEAB Developmental Delay for Early Childhood, Lorentz made a motion to approve the policy; second by Fury; passed unanimously.

Fury made a motion to approve the revisions to the Support Staff Manual; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously. ("for just cause" will be added to the first sentence in section 'Discipline and Discharge of Support Staff Employees' on page 4).

Zimmerman made a motion to ratify the Master Agreement with Bus Drivers; second by C. Weber; passed unanimously. The Board thanked the Chief Negotiator Gene Lorentz and the Negotiations Committee for their good work in preparing this Master Agreement.

Lorentz made a motion to certify the Final 1998 Payable 1999 Property Tax Levy; second by Fury; passed unanimously.

L. Weber made a motion to recognize Bob Bakeberg, recipient of the FFA Alumni of the Year Award; Superstars Coordinators Paul Fobbe and Jim Weninger and the students who helped with the recent and very successful Superstars Event; and Humphrey Elementary students, Clark Ostvig and Hope Horstmann, for being selected to sing in the All-State Elementary Honor Choir Member. Steckelberg seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Superintendent Hoheisel reported on the following:

­ The next Regular School Board Meeting will be Tues., Jan. 19, 1999, at 8:00 p.m., in the HL-W-W High School Media Center.

­ By-laws for the School-To-Work Program are being finalized. Mr. Wessman and Mr. Day have done a great job of organizing our local program.

­ A tutor is being hired to tutor students at the recently reopened group home located south of Waverly. Some of the students attend classes at the high school, however, short term students will be tutored at the group home.

­ The staff has been notified that a Comparable Worth Study will be conducted the first couple of weeks in January. The state requires this study be done every three years. Web will be using a different consultant (Mr. DeSutter) this year. The Board will be updated regarding the report during the Regular January 19 School Board Meeting.

­ The district's tractor has to be replaced and a bobcat type with a front end loader is being considered by the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

­ For the first time, a statewide school bus procurement is being considered.

­ A Collaborative presentation will be made at the Feb. meeting, rather than Jan.

­ The issue relative to shared time by students not attending classes on a full time basis will be considered further at the January meeting.

­ Mr. Day and the MAWSECO staff are to be congratulated for their good work in resolving a special education situation.

Committee Reports:

Laker Pride - Mary Pettit reported that a recommendation is being considered to hire a very part time public relations person to help promote the District by making contact with new families and/or families with questions relative to the District.

Mr. Hoheisel discussed the need to assure that students of preschool age begin school prepared to learn. Reports nationwide are indicating that approximately 4 students per classroom are already behind before they begin 1st through 3rd grades. Perhaps the person hired to carry out public relations type duties could also help address the issue of students entering school equipped for learning.

Following discussion by Board Members, the Board's consensus is to pursue finding the right person for this part time position.

Booster Club - Ken Zimmerman reported that the Booster Club will purchase a trailer to pull behind the bus when band/athletic groups travel and need to haul instruments/equipment.

DCAC - Mike Steckelberg reported the DCAC Committee continues to work on the Profiles of Learning, questions regarding Goals 2000, etc.

Steckelberg made a motion to adjourn; second by L. Weber; passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Steckelberg, Clerk

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