Tom Hammer resigns from HLWW School Board

November 26, 2007

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

Tom Hammer announced his resignation from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board at Monday’s meeting.

Hammer said he is resigning for personal reasons, but also because he is missing out on too many of his children’s activities.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made together,” Hammer told the school board. He also thanked the district’s residents for their support, as well as Supt. George Ladd for his personal support.

“It’s unreal how many issues that come across your desk,” he said to Ladd.

Hammer told the board that he feels there are two significant issues that exist, open enrollment and unity between the three cities in the district.

Open enrollment appears to be hurting the district, according to Hammer, because he says there are far more students leaving the district than entering.

He challenges every district resident to take a second look at HLWW instead of looking for “greener grass.” Many positive changes have been made in recent years, he said.

As for unity issues amongst the three cities in the district, Hammer said we should be an example for our children.

Hammer’s resignation was accepted by the board “with regrets.”

SAC and WAC agreement with Howard Lake signed

The long-standing sewer access charge and water access charge agreement dispute between the City of Howard Lake and the school district has been resolved.

Although the school did not agree with the charge, it did sign the agreement with the understanding that future developments that will tie into the improvements will reimburse the school for their ability to access those lines.

“For the record, I think it’s a terrible agreement,” Hammer said.

School Board Member Al Doering agreed with Hammer and said it was “awful.”

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• accepted the 2006-07 audit report from Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing. The report said that the district has made great improvements in cash reporting, but still needs improvement. The district’s expenditures were less than its revenues.

The report stated that the district is heavily dependent on the state for its revenue stream in passing future operating referendums to maintain existing programs.

As a result of the recent levy failure, the district becomes more dependent on the state for its revenue stream and faces many obstacles in its budgeting process and operational decisions, according to the report.

• approved the teacher contract at a 2 percent increase for the first year and a 2 percent increase the second year.

• accepted the resignation of Kay Quast as Winsted Elementary para.

• accepted the retirement of Mary Waalen from the Middle School Health/PE/Adapted PE position as to the school year end.