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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 8:00 P.M.

HLWW MEDIA CENTER

The Regular School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on May 21, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, John Lideen, James Fowler; arriving at 8:08pm was Charlie Borrell. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Julie Millerbernd and Dean Wessman, Mike Day, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the May 21, 2002 Regular School Board Meeting. Hoheisel stated that item 5 had an additional letter of resignation to be added. Weber moved to approve the agenda of the May 21, 2002 Regular School Board meeting with the addition; Lorentz seconded; passed unanimously.

Lorentz moved to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2002 Special School Board meeting; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber moved to approve the minutes of the April 15, 2002 Regular School Board meeting; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber moved to approve the May bills with the exception of check # 11987 for Halberg Engineering; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

Weber moved to approve the May Treasurer's report; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel reviewed May enrollment.

Principal Julie Millerbernd reported:

· This Thursday there will be a Kindergarten program in HL at 9:45am; and

1:45pm at Winsted.

· May 29 will be Field Day at Yager Field in HL; there will be 15 events.

· June 4 in HL & June 6 in Winsted will be Award Ceremony.

· We are in the final stages on the School of Excellence reported Millerbernd.

· Millerbernd attended a Title 1 conference, and will let the board know the outcome of Title 1 in June.

· The benefits for Jason Fern went very well, we raised $1400 from book sales, and $387 in candy sales. There is still a raffle going on which we will draw names for on May 31.

· On the back of the newsletter, is a feedback page, to be completed by June 6.

Principal Dean Wessman reported:

· April 18th was 6th grade Science Fair, thank you to Pat Weseloh.

· May 15 is Joe Woitalla Fishing Day for 4th grade students.

· May 16th students who achieved the 200 point club for AR, went to lunch with the Superintendent and Mrs. Hoheisel.

· May 21st will be the 6th & 7th grade Band & Choir Concert.

· May 22nd is track & field day for grades 4-6.

· June 6th, 6th grade graduation.

· Results of the IOWA Basic Skills in 4 & 6 grades show improvements in four out of six categories compared to last year's scores.

· DCAC reviewed texts to be purchased for Vocational Ag, Elementary Health, and 7th grade Science, 9-12 Math Team is still discussing curriculum.

· All Seniors passed the Basic Standard Tests, the scores were a little lower than last year, however the Math scores are still above the state average.

· Wessman will report to the School Board on June 17 concerning waivers and the plan for the 2002-2003 school year.

· Staff Development days-April 24-late start, K-3=School-wide enrichment model, 4-5=Planning for 2002-2003 school year, 6-12=Sgt. Todd Hoffman-Wright Co. Drug Task Force presentation; June 7-Breakfast to recognize retiring staff members, large & small groups evaluating the 2001-2002 school year & planning for 2002-2003 school year.

Principal Mike Day reported:

· Day thanked D. Bobrowske for all his work on the Mock Crash.

· April 24 speaker Todd Hoffman was excellent, and the teachers have asked to have him come back again.

· Day thanked the PTA, PARA's, and Student Council for the lunch for the teachers, and entertainment for the students for Teacher Appreciation Week.

· Day thanked Mucha, Sonstegard, & Decker for all their work on the Athletic Banquet last night, it was a great success.

· Day thanked Klingelhofer on a great job on the NHS Banquet.

· Day thanked Starr & Roux on their concerts and banquets.

· Graduation will be June 2nd at 2:00pm.

· Day asked Board Chair Raymond to be available at the Senior Breakfast for pictures.

· Day reported he was interviewing several positions in the next few weeks.

Requests from the public:

Carol Wren made the following comments: The upcoming 4th grade students will have 28 students in a class if another teacher is not hired. Wessman reported that 26.7 students will be in each 4th grade class, the opportunity room has about 5 students, which we try to get them back into the classroom as soon as possible. Wren asked if we have a surplus of money? Hoheisel responded that we do have a fund balance. Wren said we would have about 21 students per class if we hired 4 teachers. Wren also said, "What are we doing to our teachers?" "Will there be any aids in the classroom", asked Wren. Wessman said only 1 aid in one classroom, nothing in the other 2 classes. Wren said, "Put yourself in my shoes, hire 3 teachers, but 4 teachers would be better, knowing that we have a surplus of money." The number one priority should be teaching our children, said Wren. I have 4 children and want them all to have a good education.

Sheri Klinkner made the following comments: I met with Mr. Hoheisel, Mr. Wessman and several 3rd grade teachers and these are the concerns we have found, said Klinkner.

· Wessman & Millerbernd recommended that 4 teachers/classes for the upcoming 4th grade.

· Hoheisel recommends cut of one teacher to meet the budget, yet there is $1.6 million in the bank. No need for a cut with this kind of reserves.

· Many teachers are concerned with a class this size that has many high needs.

· The current class size is 21-22 students with Title 1 assistance. There will not be any Title 1 at Waverly.

· I like the small class sizes of Howard Lake. Howard Lake prides itself on small class size, if you change that, what is to keep these students here?

· The decision for this teacher should be made soon. If it waits until August, how can a teacher be prepared to teach a class on such short notice?

Mike Wren said 200 homes are going in Waverly. What are you going to do with them? We shouldn't have to wait until August.

Wessman identified what the problems are: 85 3rd graders, 3 4th grade teachers, no Title 1 assistance, and 3rd graders transfer to another building. Hoheisel recommended to wait until August to make a decision. Fowler suggested a 1/2 time reading & math teacher. Wessman said students don't respond well when taken out and put back in class. Raymond asked how many teachers we had in the past. Wessman responded that he was not sure. Zimmerman thanked all those who came to the meeting to voice their opinion. Borrell asked if we are voting on a budget. Hoheisel said, no. Weber asked the public if they like the smaller class sizes, why do we have such a high open enrollment. Zimmerman said if we had another 300 homes and students we could have another teacher. Hoheisel also stated the last several years we have had extremely low class sizes, and we are very proud of that. Even if we don't hire another teacher the class sizes are still low, said Hoheisel. Hoheisel went on to explain the process that the Budget committee goes through every year. Hoheisel thanked the parents who came to the meeting to share their views. We will continue to provide the Board with the facts to make a decision in August, and a teacher can be well prepared between August and September when school starts. Raymond commented that we guard the fund balance very closely. Hoheisel said we will need an excess levy referendum either this fall or next fall to balance future budgets.

Borrell motioned if 81 or more students remain in the fourth grade, on August 1, 2002, we will hire a teacher; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 1) Hoheisel updated the Board on Bldgs. & Grounds projects. The Buildings and Grounds committee recommends interviewing two Architect firms and two Construction Management firms. The Committee is recommending that the entire School Board interviews two Architect firms and that the Blds. & Grounds Committee interviews two Construction Management firms. The Laker Pride Committee met with Coordinator Vivian Mahlstedt and identified priorities through June 30, 2002. Discussion was held on the upcoming Laker Appreciation/Recognition events.

(Item 2) Hoheisel attended the signing of the Partnership Agreement between the U of MN and the Ag Academy. Hoheisel has been calling LCMR Board Members and Citizens Advisory members relative to the Grant applications. Over 260 grant applications have been submitted requesting over $300 million. Forty will be selected. We may know soon whether we have been selected to testify. Colette Thorson is very busy and has discontinued working with the district.

(Item 3) Margaret Marketon presented the Community Education budget. She commented that there was an increase in revenue, 2000 census population increase, and ECFE have a balanced budget. Marketon does have some concerns about the Preschool Budget, which was not balanced. Marketon reported that there was a slight increase in fees this year. Fowler asked where $5000 figure came from. Marketon said that Hoheisel came up with amount for misc. operating costs, including heat, electricity, copying, etc. Fowler commented that we have to be careful on charging Community Ed. for facility usage, they are attracting students & families to our district.

Hoheisel reported we advertised in the Boardcaster for Elementary Lockers. Hoheisel also reported that the cabinets in the Industrial Ed room was $400-$500, and now they will be $1500-$1600. We are still waiting for roofing bids, said Hoheisel. Hoheisel also reported that we are very close to a balancing the Transportation Budget of 2002-2003.

(Item 4) Lorentz moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding relative to Peer Review; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 5) Lorentz moved to accept letters of resignation; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 6) Raymond read the following employment recommendations: Viktor Kazimirov assume a six hour cleaner/sweeper position from the three hour position. Originally the position was a six-hour position and then we divided into two three-hour positions to provide more stability. It appears that Viktor will provide stability for at least some time into the future as a six-hour cleaner/sweeper. Mary Nelson as Food Service Cashier to replace Lois Nichols for 6.25 hrs./day for four days/wk. Mary was a dishwasher.

Lorentz moved to approve the employment recommendations; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 7) Lorentz moved to adopt resolution placing support staff on seasonal layoff; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 8) Lorentz moved to authorize membership in MN State HS League for 2002-2003; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 9) Lorentz moved to authorize membership in MN Academic Excellence Foundation 2002-2003; Weber seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 10) Lorentz moved to adopt school calendar for 2002-2003; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 11) Weber moved to approve the High School Handbook changes; Zimmerman seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 12) Lorentz moved to approve the Resolution relating to the Termination & Nonrenewal of the Teaching Contract of Kim Jones, a Probationary Teacher; Zimmerman seconded; Borrell abstained; passed by majority.

(Item 13) Raymond read the following recognitions:

The Board recognizes HLWW FFA students for achievement at the recent State Convention, including: Pat Bakeberg, Kari Marketon, Mike Broll, Eric Sawatzke- State Degrees; Eric Sawatzke, Tom Bobrowski, Pat Bakeberg, Mike Broll, Bret Butterfass, Tanya Merritt, Kari Marketon - medals in parliamentary procedure.

The Board recognizes HLWW students named to Boys and Girls State by the American Legion Posts of Howard Lake and Waverly: Howard Lake, David Pettit, Rob Painschab, and alternate Tom Bobrowske; Cortney Jensen and alternate Anna Schliep; Waverly, Steve Miller; Deborah Lorentz and alternate Alyssa Youngren.

The Board recognizes HLWW Students of Excellence Candice Berg, Michael Broll, Jacinda Kloss, and Stacy Laxen. One-hundred-sixty-eight students are chosen from among 42 high schools in central Minnesota and are honored with parents and teachers at a banquet sponsored by Resource Training and Solutions. Congratulations to these students for achieving this recognition.

Lorentz moved to approve the recognitions; Fowler seconded; passed unanimously.

(Item 14) Superintendent Hoheisel Reported:

· Next Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, June 17, 2002, 8:00 p.m., HLWW High School Media Center.

· Hoheisel updated the Board on Safe Schools levy, to be used for cameras and security in schools. He also reported that there is no new technology money; no bill for the Pledge of Allegiance; and profiles of learning will remain the same.

· Basic Skills test scores down a little, however Math is still above the average.

· Hoheisel recognized the Fine Arts Brochure, and thanked Ms. Starr for her input.

· Hoheisel reported that he was not able to connect with the person regarding fixed asset inventory.

· Hoheisel reported that the 21st Century Grant is a 3yr. Grant, that Shirley Olson is in charge of. We have a good chance to renew when this one ends.

· Hoheisel reported that Kristen Anderson from Rockford was a part of MN Rural Education Association. We are currently members of SEE. Incoming Superintendent, Mr. Ladd commented that his district was a part of MREA.

· Hoheisel stated that incoming Superintendent, Mr. Ladd is at the meeting tonight, and will be working with him a few days in June.

(Item 15) Committee Reports: Lideen reported on Laker Pride Committee meeting with Vivian Mahlstedt, new coordinator. Lideen stated that they had a basic draft of ideas we should look at, and new ways of communicating. Mahlstedt compiled a power point presentation that she will take to the three town celebrations. Zimmerman suggested that we call our school the Lakers. Weber asked when could negotiations start.

Lideen reported on the SEE meeting. He said they had a video/slide presentation that all school districts could use for the public. Lideen also said they talked about a common set of questions to be used for hiring of administrators and superintendents.

Raymond reminded everyone that June 2, 2002 will be graduation.

(Item 16) Other Business:

Borrell moved to adjourn the meeting; Weber seconded; adjourned at 10:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk


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