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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2001

8:00 P.M.

HLWW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:03 p.m. on November 19, 2001. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll was taken with members present: James Fowler, Randy Heuer, Kirk Jensen, Leo Weber, Ken Zimmerman, Charles Weber, Eugene Lorentz. Richard Lammers arrived at 8:06, James Raymond arrived at 8:11; none were absent. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Mike Day, Dean Wessman and Julie Millerbernd; and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Lorentz opened the floor to consider approving the agenda of the November 19, 2001 school board meeting. Zimmerman moved to approve the agenda; C Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the October 15, 2001 Regular School Board meeting; Lammers seconded; passed unanimously.

Heuer moved to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2001 Special School Board meeting; L Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Zimmerman moved to approve the November bills; C Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

C Weber moved to approve the November Treasurer's report; L Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reviewed November enrollment.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· The past week was very busy with American Education Week, Chemical Health Week and Veterans Day. In conjunction with those celebrations, parents were invited to both elementary schools to visit the classrooms. In Winsted Elementary, parents were invited for the annual lunch and in Howard Lake, parents were invited in for Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad. Both events were successful, with approx. 90% of parents in attendance.

· On Monday, November 12, both elementary schools held a Veterans Day Program. In Winsted, Chip Guggemos spoke to the students and in Howard Lake; Denny Frey spoke to the boys and girls.

· Joe Carlson from KRWC spoke with the 2nd grade and will be airing in December on a program called the "Child Holiday Outlook".

· She also said the holiday concert for Winsted will be held twice on December 6th, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and welcomed any that could attend.

· She publicly thanked Chip Guggemos and Denny Frey for speaking to the elementary students during the Veterans Day Program.

Dean Wessman reported:

· Thanked all the students who participated in the Afghan Children's Fund.

· Parents were invited in for Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad on November 16th. Parents were also invited to visit the classrooms and stay for activities.

· On November 3rd the students participated in a hand bell choir with special thanks to Joan Johnson, Dawn Kalvig and Karen Ready who orchestrated the event.

· He also recognized the LEEA recipients from the November 14th banquet; Jolene Davidson, Dale Decker, Chad Gagnon, and Linda Mensing.

· On November 14th DCAC had a speaker on How to Better Communicate with Members of the Community, and Grad Standards.

· On November 20th there will be a staff development speaker talking about ADHD, and how teachers can better help students. K-12 teachers will be studying about reading, math, writing with teachers from Delano. 7-12 teachers will also be learning more about Grad Standards.

Mike Day reported:

· Thanked those who attended the Veterans Day program. It was well attended by Howard Lake, Waverly, and Winsted. Also, thanked Gary Whitcomb for speaking. They also gave flowers to all the veterans who attended, and sent flowers to the retirement homes in Howard Lake and Winsted. Students were very well behaved.

· The group home New Beginnings is doing well, flexible numbers throughout the year with 3-4 students that we service.

· Cheerleading going well, very proud of the students, well behaved at the games. The teams are playing well also. The play "Guys and Dolls", directed by Mr. Metcalf was a success.

· The Ties system for grading and attendance is helping speed up the process.

· Mrs. Borner, school counselor, has been testing students to get them set. She has been doing a great job her first year. January 6, 2002 will be career night.

· Many parents attended teacher conferences.

· We have good participation in the winter sports of Wrestling, and Boys Basketball.

· December 6, 2001 will be the FFA alumni banquet.

Heuer moved to elect the Building and Grounds committee to oversee the Waverly Electronic Sign; C Weber seconded; passed unanimously. Heuer also commented on a letter received regarding a scholarship, from former alumni Doris M Rod, they will postpone giving a scholarship.

John Lideen spoke under the requests from the public. He voiced some concerns he had about the current board, and he also cited a recent situation on November 12, 2001 at the Joint Facility Committee meeting with Lester Prairie. Lideen expressed concern about comments made from current board member Randy Heuer. Jammie Remer, a former graduate of 1992, expressed that she was happy to be involved, but disappointed in the school boards actions and comments.

(Item 1) Hoheisel updated the board on buildings and grounds projects. He stated that the cabinet projects would be finished up in the next few weeks.

There was a delay due to an injury Mr. Schauer had.

(Item 2) Hoheisel reported on his meetings with Colette Thorson. Thorson is only part time and has helped extend a grant through the end of December.

She has also prepared legislative bonding information. She will be working with Mr. Weninger the second semester, pending Board approval. Hoheisel has also had meetings with Dr. Cardwell from the U of MN along with conversations with Dr. Muscoplat and Pat Plonski, MAELC relative to initiating the USDA Rural Development Grant. He is recommending an Ag Committee Meeting to decide how to move forward. Heheisel recommended deferring to the December board meeting to discuss hiring C. Thorson, for second semester, as there will be no more grant money available after December 31, 2001. The district would need to make a decision at that time. Zimmernan suggested subsidizing the program to keep it going.

(Item 3) Heuer reported on the 11/12 meeting with Lester Prairie representatives regarding possible cooperation or consolidation. He said discussion centered on finances, budgets, transportation and where each school was at with new school board members being elected. He reported that the curriculum outcome would be more students, more choices. Heuer said the financial results were mixed, some gain, but not as glowing as he had hoped. Transportation was about a wash. Lester Prairie is less willing to consider consolidation at this time, so Heuer recommended a meeting again in February. Fowler said he agreed it would be best to contact LP in February.

(Item 4) Financial Auditor Mike Burkhardt presented the Financial Audit Report for 2000-2001 School Year. Burkhardt reported nothing materially wrong; finances were clean and clear. Hoheisel reported that the increase in lunch prices should balance food service this year. Burkhardt also indicated that the district needs to have a fixed asset system in place in the next few years. Fowler expressed concern, Burkhardt recommended the GASBY 34 program. Burkhardt said the district sets the bottom amount to use for the process, and said it can have a wide range. Heuer asked if we need official action, and Hoheisel responded that we did not at this time.

(Item 5) Hoheisel reviewed the School District Goals for the 2001-2002 school year and reported that good progress is being made.

(Item 6) Raymond moved to approve the Winter Coaching Staff; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Heuer moved to approve employment recommendations; Irene Bruce as a regular route bus driver to replace Deb Hanson; Martin Ostrig as tutor at New Beginnings to replace Mary Robinson; and Angela Klingelhoets as paraprofessional at the high school; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lorentz read the following recognition: The Board recognizes HLWW teachers honored recently at the 10th annual Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) banquet: Jolene Davidson, Dale Decker, Chad Gagnon, and Linda Mensing. This annual event, sponsored by Resource Training and Solutions, honors educators for their dedication to teaching and inspiring students. We congratulate you on this accomplishment, and thank you for your commitment to students of this District.

The Board recognizes former HLWW student Rachel Bakeberg for receiving her American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY in October. Only 1/2 of 1% of the approximate 450,000 US FFA members are honored in this way, so this is an outstanding achievement.

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

(Item 9) Superintendent Hoheisel reported:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, December 17, 2001, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

· Hoheisel reported on the Laker Pride Web Site; we have the potential to update the web site using a service through the newspaper.

· Employee Recognition Dinner will be scheduled for sometime this spring.

· The Fine Arts department is working on a brochure to be sent to residents later this year.

· Food Service Budget Update; should be fine this year with the increase in the lunch prices and an increase in federal subsidy.

· Hoheisel reported that L Weber and his wife Mavis would be Grand Marshals at the Winter Festival in Winsted this year.

· Concert Admission Charges; the music department didn't agree with the district about charging for the concerts. A Letter from L. Kubash expressed concerns that the school district would be charging for concerts, and would the monies be put back into the music department's budget for other uses. C.Weber asked if we were charging fees if the students participated in the play; Hoheisel replied that we were not charging if the students participated. There is no charge for junior high. Hoheisel reported that athletic admission fees also go back to the General Fund.

(Item 10) Committee Reports:

· Jensen said that TIES should not schedule meeting at 7:00 a.m. most working people have difficulty attending at that time.

· Heuer reported that both teacher and paraprofessional negotiations meetings continue to take place and that they're making progress. The next teacher negotiation meeting is set for 11/29 at 5:30pm and the next paraprofessional meeting is set for 12/10 at 4:00pm.

Fowler moved to adjourn the meeting; L. Weber seconded; adjourned at 9:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard Lammers, Clerk


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