HLWW School Board is waiting for answers

At the Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted school board work session last Monday, the board acknowledged its need for input from the community regarding the upcoming decision to either remodel the current middle school building in Howard Lake or to build new. The needed updates are now estimated to cost $9 million, which would exceed the cost of building new.

Some of the updates needed throughout the building apply to lighting, heating, mechanical systems, plumbing, ventilation, and cooling systems and roof updates.

To join or get more information about the community group, call (320) 543-3521, email the superintendent at gladd@hlww.k12.mn.us or contact any other school board members. The board members: Chairman Dan Schaible dschaible@hlww.k12.mn.us, Lori Custer lcuster@hlww.k12.mn.us, Al Doering adoering@hlww.k12.mn.us, Michelle Heuer mheuer@hlww.k12.mn.us, Charles Weber mheuer@hlww.k12.mn.us, Jamie Wiech jwiech@hlww.k12.mn.usand Paul Weibel pweibel@hlww.k12.mn.us

6 comments

  1. The Big Easy says:

    From the Herald/Journal December 12,2005

    What does the bond include?

    The bond includes construction of a proposed new 500-student high school with bus garage and athletic fields, conversion of the middle school and high school building in Howard Lake to a middle school only, and additions to the Waverly and Winsted elementary schools.

    The bond will be paid off in 25 years. The $26.5 million bond also includes all interest and deferred maintenance, health and safety, and ADA costs on all buildings for the next 10 years, expenses that will have to be accounted for, whether or not the bond passes.

    Instead of building a new facility and remodeling for $26
    million, Could we have just remodeled ALL our current facilities at a fraction of that $26 million?

    Here is my 2 cents (or 9 Million) The middle school
    now holds the 5th through 7th grades, it used to be a
    k-12 school. The whole school is not needed. The north
    end of the school is only 30 years old(but probably neglected), figure out how much space is needed to house the 5th – 7th grades plus a little expansion, remodel that portion and tear down the rest. And get 3+ quotes.

  2. Deb says:

    From reading the article above, it looks like middle school improvements were suppose to be included in the last bond that passed (conversion of the middle school and high school building in Howard Lake to a middle school only). Now they want more money???

  3. two detours a day says:

    Instead of slamming the school here or bragging about the school I think what we need to do is go to the next school board meeting and let them hear what we have to say.the next meeting is on Monday 18th at 7 pm in Howard Lake at the board room.I think we need to show up and let our voices be heard.Or we could do an e-mail campaign there email addresses are here., but I think we need to show up at the meeting. do you watch the meetings on cable channel 10 there is never anybody there.

  4. HikingStick says:

    Don’t say never. I was at a recent meeting. Some other guy was there, too.

    Actually, prior to that meeting, I had no idea that the district had a long term growth and development plan. I told them that they can’t assume that everyone heard about it because it was decided on some years ago. They need to keep reminding people of it.

    I’m interested in hearing a reply regarding the cited HJ article posted by The Big Easy. Should these funds already have been available? If so, what happened to them?

  5. Randy Olson says:

    Can someone e-mail me the cost of your new high school & updated athletic facilities? I’m the sports reporter at B-B-E and my e-mail address is = jaguarssports@mchsi.com. I’m excited about seeing your new facilities on Friday night at your home football opener.

  6. CheriLynn says:

    On behalf of the entire school board and HLWW Administration you are invited to attend an informational meeting on the middle school referendum plan.

    What: Informational Meeting on Middle School Referendum

    When: Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00PM

    Where: HLWW High School Commons
    8700 Cty Rd 6 SW
    Howard Lake, MN 55349

    Who: Everyone is welcome to attend.

    We hope you can attend and we look forward to your input on this project!!