By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN As part of a $300,000 district-wide budget cut at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted schools, the HLWW school board unanimously approved the reduction or elimination of several staff positions at its meeting Tuesday.
The contracts for four probationary teachers will not be renewed, and three tenured teachers will have reduced hours for the 2009-10 school year. Summer secretary hours will also be eliminated.
The reductions, along with transfers and retirees, account for the needed $300,000 in cuts, superintendent’s secretary Marilyn Greeley said.
Eighth grade language arts teacher Kim Looman, Humphrey Elementary ECSE teacher Heidi Joy-Bursch, middle school special education teacher Rachelle Schmitt, and elementary special education teacher Heather Bakke were the non-tenured teachers the board voted to eliminate.
Hours were reduced for high school business education teacher Darrell Smith, middle school industrial arts teacher Daniel Kyllonen, and extension teacher Kathy Deidrick.
Starting this summer, secretary summer hours for Mary Robinson will also be eliminated.
By law, two percent of basic state funding is set aside for staff development.
Teachers decided to give the district a portion of that money to be spent on general operating costs, instead of using the full amount for staff development. This money helped to save the district from further reductions.
New principal approved
Jim Schimelpfenig, assistant principal for Annandale schools, has been recommended to fill the position of middle school principal at HLWW for a salary of $76,000.
The position will start for the 2009-10 school year.
The current principal, Brad Sellner, will be moving to the position of superintendent when George Ladd retires.
New boilers to come
It’s out with the old and in with the new when it comes to boilers at the middle school.
At its meeting last Monday, the board unanimously approved a bid for a maximum cost of $142,000 from Paul Lemke & Sons, Inc.
One of the current boilers will be removed, and two or three smaller, highly efficient boilers will be installed.
Currently, annual heating costs for the building are about $90,000, board member Alan Doering said. With the new boilers, Lemke & Sons, Inc. President Jonathan Lemke estimated a five- to six-year return on investments, with as much as 25 percent in annual savings.
The current boilers are aging, and have been patched several times. At a previous meeting, Ladd stated that the reason for replacing the boiler is because of concern that the boiler may go out.
The second boiler will be left in place for backup, Ladd said. “It costs to take it out, so you might as well leave it in,” he said.
The new boilers will be rotated in a lead-lag system, giving them all equal run time, Lemke noted in a letter to the board. The system will also be sized to handle the school’s hot water needs in the future, Lemke noted.
The bid price includes removal of the old boiler and condensate system, installation of condensate system, new boilers and related piping, a chemical feed system, and insulation.
The council discussed the possibility of a maintenance agreement with HVAC systems repair company, AIR-ON.
AIR-ON proposed a contract for $3,900 per month to maintain the current rooftop, air conditioning, and heating equipment, with up to 20 hours of labor each week.
Emergencies would be billed at $65 per hour plus materials, with a $15 service charge. “We’re hoping we get on a cycle where we have less of that,” Ladd said. “This would be a huge savings,” board member Alan Doering said.
“We promised our taxpayers we’d keep the building running efficiently,” Ladd added. “This would present us with an opportunity to do that.” The agreement will be further discussed at the next meeting.
The elementary schools will have a Title 1 parent-child event Tuesday, April 28. There will be food and a Twins ticket drawing, Principal Jen Olson said.
The Humphrey Elementary K-2 spring music program will be Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The board also recognized 2009 valedictorian Andrew Broscoff and salutatorian Katherine Pettit.