HLWW may try for mail-in ballot

December 10, 2007

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board hosted two separate meetings in one night Tuesday. The first was the required truth-in-taxation hearing, and the second was the school board’s work session.

At the truth-in-taxation hearing, business financial consultant Bill Holmgren spoke to the board and gave a brief presentation, as well as reviewed some spreadsheets with the group, according to Supt. George Ladd. There were no members of the public in attendance.

The work session also had no members of the public in attendance.

During the work session, the board agreed to give administration permission to act on advertising for the board-seat vacancy. It decided to place an ad in the paper requesting interested individuals to submit a resume, letter of interest, and answer the following question: What two major issues have inspired you to seek the board position?

The term for the vacant seat expires Jan. 5, 2009 and is up for election in the November 2008 election, Ladd said.

Next, board members took turns sharing their opinions about a special-election operating levy. Ladd explained that the board was polled, and all were in consensus of running a mail-in ballot operating levy, possibly in February 2008.

This issue will be brought back at the next regular-session school board meeting.

Finally, the budget committee introduced the list of reductions because of November’s failed operating levy. The board agreed to move forward with the targeted reductions, and directed administration to do this, according to Ladd.