Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 26, 2004

HLWW board to take applications for vacant seat

By Julie Yurek

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board will stay at six members for awhile longer with the lack of an appointment Tuesday.

The board approved a 5 - 1 vote to advertise the position that was vacated by former board member and chair James Raymond in December. Board member Charlie Weber voted against the motion.

Voting in favor were board members Charlie Borrell, Al Doering, Lori Custer, John Lideen, and Dan Schaible.

The idea to open up the appointment to applications came from Borrell.

Weber suggested the board appoint the person who had the next highest votes in the last election. That would be Tom Hammer of Howard Lake.

Written or verbal applications for the position will be taken until Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. Verbal applications are being accepted because of the short time frame.

Questions or verbal applications may be directed to the district office at (320) 543-3521.

Board members will submit candidate questions to Supt. George Ladd.

Interviews will take place Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the high school media center.

Millerbernd to retire

Howard Lake and Winsted Elementary Principal Julie Millerbernd will retire June 30.

She began her career at Winsted Elementary in 1980, teaching second grade.

Lideen named chairman

Lideen was appointed chairman of the board. Lideen was elected in 2001.

Borrell is vice-chair, Doering is clerk, and Weber is treasurer.

Second meeting added

The board approved adding a second meeting date per month.

The added meeting will be a working meeting and take place the first Monday of the month.

The board's regular meeting will stay the third Monday of the month.

The working meeting may be cancelled if the board feels there are not enough issues on the agenda to justify a meeting.

Board members will be paid $15 per hour for the working meetings. Four hours will be the maximum length for those meetings.

Portable classroom idea

The board discussed different options regarding portable classrooms to alleviate overcrowding in the district.

From discussions with various committees such as District Curriculum Advisory Committee (DCAC), Minnesota Effectiveness Education Program (MEEP), budget, buildings and grounds, and administration in recent weeks, ways to solve overcrowding were discussed and four options developed, Ladd said.

The options were presented at the meeting, but no decisions were made.

All options include portable classrooms, remodeling, staffing, and curriculum costs that vary. The options are for the school years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Option one calls for five portable classrooms at Winsted, and seven at Humphrey. The Howard Lake building would house preschool, grades seven through 12, community education, and district offices.

Winsted Elementary would have one section each of grades preschool through fifth.

Humphrey Elementary would house all Howard Lake and Waverly, K through sixth grade.

The approximate first year cost is $325,513.

Option two would place two portables at Winsted and three at Humphrey. The school would continue to have one section of grades, preschool through third.

The Howard Lake building would have preschool, grades eight through 12, community education, and district offices. Howard Lake Elementary would stay the same.

Humphrey would have all district grades four through seven.

The projected cost is $265,670 for the first year.

Option three would keep the same grade configurations at the schools as they currently are, and the Howard Lake building would get four portables, Winsted two, and Humphrey two.

First year estimated cost is $211,559.

Option four is the same as option three, however, the portables would be used for different classes, which reduces the first-year cost in the curriculum area.

The approximate first-year cost is $115,709.

Lideen encourages the public to call board members with their thoughts on the issue, he said.

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