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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Feb. 20, 2001

Humphrey Elementary Gymnasium

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on February 20, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with all members present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Richard Lammers, Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Vivian Mahlstedt.

Lammers moved to approve the agenda of the February 20, 2001 agenda.

Hoheisel said that two items needed to be added: Item 9A, letter of resignation; and 9B, agreement with Howard Lake to use ball fields. L. Weber seconded the motion, including the additions; passed unanimously.

C. Weber moved to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2001 Organizational meeting; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2001 Regular School Board meeting; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmermann moved to approve the February bills. Hoheisel commented that the gas bill increased 40% over last year due to increased fuel charges. He also said that boiler repairs had been estimated at $8000 but the actual cost was $20,000. Because the higher costs than the board gave approval for last month, he recommended that the additional capital outlay expenditure for voicemail be delayed for now, probably until July. He pointed out that the district no longer has any debt.

Following the additional comments, L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the February Treasurer's report; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Principal Day reported:

­ FFA Week is 2/20-23, with many activities planned.

­ The new German teacher started; Dan Ollila, hired by Wright Technical. His time continues to be shared with Maple Lake. Dan replaces Mary Swenson.

­ Snofest last week was successful and fun; thanks to the Student Council and their advisor, Jolene Davidson for a good week.

­ A number of playoff games and meets are scheduled for the next few weeks at HLWW, including Region 5A Wrestling on 2/23-24.

­ Mid quarters were completed today.

­ Star Students for January: Ryan Otterness, Loren Helmbrecht, Henry Loebertmann, Nick Nygaard, Becky Decker.

­ Students of (2nd) Quarter: Jason Menden, Keith Fasching, Ezra Lideen, Adam Painschab, Sarah Arlien, Brianna Day, Loren Helmbrecht, Anna Schliep, Mike Jackson, Kari Krohn, Mike Broll, Jo Decker, Artyom Anikyev, Amy Kozitka.

­ Honors breakfasts are 2/21 (junior high) and 2/22 (senior high).

­ The senior high winter concert will be 2/22.

­ The State Math Contest will be 2/22, with several HLWW students participating.

­ HLWW is hosting Knowledge Bowl on 3/1; Rita Grimm is the local advisor.

­ Day will attend the National Principal's Convention in Phoenix from 3/9-14.

Zimmermann noted that the Board should recognize those parents who loaned their tractors to be driven to school for FFA week.

Principal Wessman reported:

­ Training for Conflict Resolution trainers Josh Klenken, Gloria Wheeler, Shirley Olson, Linda Bleth and Wessman was 1/23.

­ 6th graders attended Deep Portage 1/24-26. He thanked parents and teachers who worked to organize and chaperone this event.

­ The Basic Skills 10th grade Writing test was 1/30.

­ EBD Team Training was 2/1-2; Andrea Travis, Josh Klenken, Nancy Deiter, Wessman.

­ Parent Teacher conferences were 2/5.

­ 8th Grade Basic Skills Reading was 2/6.

­ Winners of the 2/8 Humphrey school Spelling Bee were Kacie Carlsted, first, and Amanda Weber, second.

­ 8th Grade Basic Skills Math test was 2/9. He thanked counselor Deb Dragseth for coordinating all the Basic Skills testing, and Julie Stifter for processing completed tests.

­ Wessman attended the Minnesota Elementary Principals Association meeting 2/7-9.

­ On 2/11 a bowling fundraiser was held for Brett Relander. Thanks to all who participated, and to Janet Perry for providing prizes.

Approximately $7000 was raised. Sixth grade teacher Chad Gagnon is tutoring Brett as he recuperates.

­ Teachers Chad Gagnon and Pat Wesoloh, and counselor Gloria Wheeler attended Project Northland training on 2/13.

­ Linda Jensen of the Herald and Jim Vrhkota, Citizens Bank of Waverly, read to Humphrey students for "I Love to Read" month.

­ As a result of parent concerns raised during parent-teacher conferences, teachers and staff have been reminded of the need for tight security on Internet access. Students and staff have received a copy of the District policy; signatures are required to use the Internet. Wessman also called area schools regarding their Internet policies. Three of nine neighboring schools have installed filters to block certain Internet access; six of the nine have signature-required policies like HLWW's. In response to Raymond's question about filters, Hoheisel stated that the district had decided not to install them routinely because they also block positive Internet sites and also because of the cost of $15/month per computer.

Lorentz opened the floor to requests from the public. Bob Williams presented a document he obtained from the Department of Children, Families and Learning regarding Internet security.

Kent Confeld reported on fundraising efforts for the spring play. Performances are scheduled for 4/26-28. He said the students want to do another show on 5/3 and donate ticket receipts to Sharing and Caring Hands of Minneapolis. Hoheisel will contact the Minnesota School Board Association to make sure there are no rules against donating ticket income. Confeld requested Board approval for scheduling the extra performance and to donate the money. They also have other fundraising plans for the spring play, including possibly giving door prizes, a "vaudeville" show, and a bowlathon. Money raised, if over $3000, would be split $1000 each to ISD 2687 and stage lighting, with the remainder to the drama department to be spent at their discretion.

Funds less than $3000 would be split in thirds between ISD 2687, stage and drama. Lammers asked if donating to a local charitable organization might be preferable; Confeld will bring that question back to the students.

(Item 1) Hoheisel said he will have a capital outlay budget prepared for the next meeting, based on Buildings and Grounds recommendations.

(Item 2) Lorentz reported that information has been received from Winsted and Howard Lake regarding possible school sites. The Long Range Facilities Site Committee will meet with the architect this week, and then will have additional information for the Board.

(Item 3) Hoheisel updated the Board on the Ag Partnership, saying that the committee is working on proposed curriculum. Ag student teacher, Becky Polzin, is on board; Linda Groos is working as substitute Ag teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hoheisel is working with legislators on the plan and expects to hear soon regarding a proposed legislative hearing. Lammers moved to approve the long term substitute contract with Linda Groos; Zimmermann seconded; passed unanimously. Consensus was also reached to accept the Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation Grant for the Ag program.

(Item 4) Hoheisel laid out the proposed 2001-02 budget timeline through June, which is the required adoption date. He said the Governor,s proposal is no increase the first year and 2% to 2.5% the second year. Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) is one organization that will be lobbying for an increase in the formula. L. Weber said that many people feel the increase should at least keep up with inflation.

(Item 5) Bus bids Bus Supervisor Dan Boeson recommended the low bid, Superior Thomas; Hoheisel agreed. Lammers moved to accept the low bid; Heuer seconded. C. Weber said that he will vote yes but with reservations because of some past problems with Thomas buses; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) C. Weber moved to approve the seniority list; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Lammers moved to approve the spring coaching staff; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lorentz asked the board members to complete the superintendent's evaluation form and send it to him or the Central office. C. Weber distributed copies of the MAWSECO evaluation form. Heuer moved to use the current form; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously. The evaluation committee is Lorentz and Raymond.

(Item 9) Lammers moved to approve Kristy Mahlstedt as part time paraprofessional in the high school (3.75 hours/day, B-2-1 Step 0); Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9a) Heuer moved to accept the resignation of Andy Grover as head volleyball coach; L. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9b) Heuer moved to approve the agreement with Howard Lake to use the ball fields; Raymond seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Chair Lorentz read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes HLWW One Act Play cast, crew and director, David Metcalf, for their production of "Domino Court," which took first place in the sub sections and fifth in Section 5A competition. Congratulations to everyone involved in the One Act Play.

The Board recognizes HLWW 2000-2001 Triple A winners Kari Krohn and Andy Gagnon. Students are selected for this award based on achievement in academics, athletics and arts. Andy was also selected as subsection male Triple A winner. Congratulations Kari and Andy.

The Board recognizes HLWW Music Listening Contest participants Emma Fowler,Lindsey Kubasch and Sarah Arlien, and their coach, Chris Starr. They competed with 18 Class A teams from Central Minnesota in January, and placed 9th in the Regional competition. Over 200 teams competed state wide in this event.

The Board recognizes HLWW students Michael Leifson and Mitchell Montgomery for their participation in the Junior High Honor Choir. They will be performing at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference on February 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Congratulations and best wishes on your performance.

The Board recognizes HLWW teacher and coach Merrill Skinner on his 25 years of coaching boys basketball at HLWW. Mr. Skinner has accomplished a winning record while setting an outstanding example to the students and community. Congratulations on this important anniversary.

Raymond moved to approve the recognitions as read; C. Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

­ The next Regular School Board meeting will be Monday, March 19 at 8:00 in the Winsted Elementary Gym.

­ Extended hours in the media center have gone well and will continue. It will be publicized more broadly to encourage community members to also make use of the resource.

­ MSBA Day at the Capitol will be March 5. Lammers, L. Weber and Lorentz plan to attend with Hoheisel.

­ HLWW will host the School to Work county board meeting on 2/21.

­ 21st Century Grant the Collaborative will hire a project coordinator to start in June.

Committee reports:

Lorentz reported that the Negotiations committee will meet with the paraprofessionals on 2/22 at 6:30 p.m.Jensen reported that, according to the Minnesota State High School League, HLWW will be moved down one class next year based on enrollment.

Hoheisel stated that he will set a Laker Pride meeting soon.

Lammers moved to adjourn; Heuer seconded; passed unanimously. Adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard Lammers, Clerk


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