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HLWW School Board ratifies teachers’ contract
March 17, 2014

By Tara Mathews
Staff Writer

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED-MN–Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted District School Board approved its 2014-15 teacher contract during its meeting last Monday.

The contract includes 2 percent increases plus steps in year one, and 2.25 percent increases with steps in year two.

For example, if a teacher’s starting salary was $33,805 in 2012-13, it is $34,481 for 2013-14, and will be $35,257 for 2014-15.

A teacher with a master’s degree and 10 years experience was $48,022 in 2012-13, is $48,932 in 2013-14, and will be $50,085 in 2014-15.

An increase in insurance benefits of $300 additional for single plans, and $600 additional for family plans in year one; and $200 additional for single plans, and $400 for family plans in year two is also included in the contract.

The total increased cost to the district as a result of the new contract will be $152,429 in year one, and $164,498 in year two for salaries; and $26,864 in year one, and $16,050 in year two for benefits, according to Superintendent Brad Sellner.

Other changes in the contract include:

• increasing FFA head advisor from 9 percent to 12 percent for the year, and adding an assistant FFA advisor at 6 percent for the year based on the step they’re at on the experience level of the salary schedule for their position;

• eliminating detention monitor pay;

• defining travel times between all district buildings; and

• adding opportunity for extended professional leave for education and staff development purposes.

HLWW FFA receives $2,500 check

Dan Smith of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities, presented a $2,500 check to HLWW FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is a program designed to support local farming families, which allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for a non-profit organization of their choice.

One winner is selected in each of 1,289 eligible counties.

Wendy Jost, of Annandale, is the winner chosen for Wright County, and she designated the funds to HLWW FFA.

James Weninger, the HLWW FFA advisor, expressed appreciation to Jost for designating the money to the HLWW FFA.

He also expressed appreciation to America’s Farmers Grow Communities, and Monsanto for beginning the program.

The FFA plans to use the money to fund a new walk-in floral cooler, which will serve as storage for vegetables, floriculture, and horticulture.

2014-15 preliminary budget

The board reviewed the preliminary budget for 2014-15.

The elementary schools are requesting two additional kindergarten teachers ($90,000); a gifted and talented teacher ($16,055); a supply budget increase ($150); a planner account ($2,000); secured entryways ($30,000); flooring in Winsted ($14,500); and additional lunch tables ($2,000).

The middle school is requesting the assignment of an additional teaching hour per day ($2,000); art supplies ($500); a planner account ($1,500); and a SADD chapter fund ($1,000).

The high school is requesting two additional College in the Schools classes ($5,000); supply accounts ($2,500); Google staff training ($3,000); media center blinds ($3,000); and the addition of Chromebooks for 10th and 11th grades ($65,000).

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved an adjustment to the 2013-14 annual budget.

• approved an additional 6.5 paraprofessional hours per day, for Winsted and Humphrey elementaries. Winsted will have an additional hour added to a current paraprofessional’s schedule, and Humphrey will have an additional paraprofessional designated to 5.5 hours per day.

• heard reports from the elementary, middle, and high school principals.

Elementary Principal Jennifer Olson was not present, but reported in writing that the “I Love to Read” month, and Humphrey Elementary’s musical, “I Need a Vacation” were successful. Winsted Elementary’s musical “The Tree in Tappen Wood” will take place Thursday, March 14, she said.

Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig reported the middle school’s “I Love to Read” month was also a success, and expressed his appreciation to the Partners In Education (PIE) group for sponsoring the event.

The seventh- and eighth-grade semi-formal dance went well, and the students emphasized the formal in semi-formal, Schimelpfenig said.

• High School Principal Jason Mix reported that winter sports are nearing the end of the season, and expressed congratulations to the boys’ basketball team for a good season.

FFA week was successful, and giving report cards to the parents during conferences worked well, he said.

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