Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 27, 2004

HLWW enrollment up

By Jenni Sebora

Higher enrollment was given a positive reception by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board at its meeting last Monday.

Enrollment is up 29 students presently from last school year, making the grand total for the 2004-05 school year, 979 students, said Superintendent George Ladd.

The total elementary enrollment is 403, the total middle school enrollment is 206, and the total senior high enrollment is 370.

Operating levy

Three community meetings were set to inform the public about the operating levy.

The meetings will take place at the High School auditorium in Howard Lake for the following dates:

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

These question-and-answer meetings will be a time when the school board will present information about the operating levy, followed by a time when community members can ask questions about the levy.

Board Member Tom Hammer noted that it is very important that the community be informed of the levy and the importance of it passing and that varied times and dates be available for the public to attend informational meetings about it.

A sample brochure about this subject was presented to the rest of the board members.

The brochure was created by the committee of board members Lori Custer, Charles Weber, and Hammer and the district’s financial advisors Ehlers and Associates.

The board reviewed the brochure draft, made some minor edits and hopes to have the final draft mailed out by the beginning of October.

The principals from each school in the HLWW district will propose to the board the most appropriate times and dates that it can meet with each school’s staff to disseminate information regarding the operating levy.

Chair John Lideen conferred with the City of Howard Lake’s web master Neil Sideen regarding the possibility of having him fill the role of web site manager for the HLWW school district.

There are positives to working with Sideen on the school district’s web site because he has links to cable and the city, Lideen said.

The board will continue to discuss this issue.

Board Member Al Doering made a motion to allow the board to make voting decisions regarding the operating levy at its working session as well.

Board Member Charlie Borrell seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.

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