SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2003
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
January 13, 2003, in the media center of the Primary building.
President Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The following
board members were present: John Burrell, Tom Farley and Debbie
Miller. Greg Davis was absent. Superintendent Susan Garton, Intermediate
Principal Cindy Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend and
Board Secretary Julie Wilson were in attendance, along with members
of the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Burrell to add a closed session to the agenda.
Motion died for lack of a second. Motion by Miller, seconded by
Farley to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.
VISITORS: Superintendent Garton recognized Julie Wilson with a
certificate of appreciation from the Bureau of Children, Family
and Community Services for the submission of an errorless 2001-02
Web Special Education Supplement to the Certified Annual Report.
Approximately 36% of Iowa districts submitted a 2001-02 Web Special
Education Supplement that did not require any corrections or revisions.
Superintendent Garton also recognized Pauline Ripperger for the
excellent job she did while filling in during Julie Wilson’s
1. Starting out the new year, things have begun on a very good
note. There have been a few changes. Starting January 13th, a student
will be taken to the State Capital where he will be working as
a page in the Senate two days a week. He is attending Southeast
Warren and has been getting picked up by our Superintendent.
2. There are now two vans going to Des Moines on a daily basis
in order to meet the schedules.
3. The other change has been with a student who was injured and
is in a wheel chair. I have been transporting her to school since
December. Starting January 13th, Claire Dittmer will be driving
this route until her surgery, which will be later in January.
4. Last week I had a few problems with bus #6, therefore, I borrowed
a bus from Indianola for two days until repairs were made. I would
like to thank Danny Thede for allowing us to use an Indianola bus.
5. Repairs on buses have been minor. Bus #2 went to Thomas Bus
Sales for warranty repairs during Christmas break.
6. I am working with NAPA on exchanging the district’s inventory
of parts into inventory we can use. They have agreed to make a
dollar for dollar exchange on parts. A list of the parts exchanged
and what the parts were exchanged for will be provided when the
deal is complete.
Intermediate Principal’s report:
1. Honor Roll – B average or better
6th graders – 65%
5th graders – 90%
4th graders – 64%
6th graders – 65%
5th graders – 95%
4th graders – 60%
2. Character Data – 86% of students did not receive any
office referrals or detentions during the 1st semester.
3. Perfect Attendance
6th graders – 11 students
5th graders – 13 students
4th graders – 12 students
25% of student body
4. Constructed Response Supplement to the ITBS – This test
is our alternative assessment in math and reading given to the
5th graders. It has been taken in the spring for the last two years.
This year we gave it in November since the 5th grade did not take
Our math scores have increased, although they are not where we
want them. The reading scores are down slightly. The 5th grade
teachers will share the individual student scores with the parents
at conferences. I will share this information with all staff members
and discuss with them ways to improve instruction so students can
do better on this type of assessment in the future.
Secondary Principal’s report:
1. Our first set of ACT test scores have come in for the 11 students
that took the test. Preliminary results are showing an overall
Composite Eng. Math Read. Sci.
6/2002 21.22 21.77 20 22.77 20.44
11/2002 21.45 21.18 21.09 22.54 20.81
2. REWARDS Program – Reading Excellence Word Attack Rate
Development Strategies. As a result of the Gates-Macginitie reading
test given in October, the seventh grade has initiated the REWARDS
reading program. Through the work of Ms. Chamberlain and Mrs. Mitzelfelt,
the program has been in place for about four weeks. Eight of our
7th grade students scored above the norm and have been placed in
an independent reading program that is based on our district standards
and benchmarks. These students have been given projects to complete
that correlate with the standards and benchmarks.
The remaining 32 students have been divided into two sections
for the REWARDS program. Presently the students are working on
the “Word Attack” section of the program, which deals
with vowel sounds, combination of sounds, and being able to pronounce
words at sight using these concepts. The students work on these
concepts four days a week, and on the fifth day there is a literature
component. Once the “Word Attack” section is completed
the “Rate Development Strategies” will be taught. As
the title implies, the goal is for increased reading rate and comprehension.
Mrs. Mitzelfelt has already indicated that she is noticing an improvement
in student spelling and word usage.
3. Buena Vista University Stock Market Game - The students of Mr.
Ripperger’s Econ class participated with students from six
other schools. Each team was given $100,000 to invest over a period
of weeks. Our team came in first place with a return on their investment
of 17%. Buena Vista University paid our students a visit with a
winning plaque and a pizza lunch.
4. Mentoring Program – Mr. Tigner has begun to use juniors
and seniors to mentor students in grades 7-9. The students are
mentored 2-3 times a week or daily depending on availability and
need. The student’s work is being checked, help for assignments,
and basic organization is being monitored. We are hoping to see
improvement in grades because homework assignments are being completed
and turned in.
5. Organization skills – Because of the amount of homework
being lost, not completed, or not being turned in, the 7th and
8th grade TEAM has implemented a program to help improve organizational
skills. It is based on the program already in use in grade six.
Each student is required to have a notebook with eight dividers
and a grade tabulation sheet for each class. The consistency of
the program is important so that each teacher can readily check
to see if assignments are being completed and grades being recorded.
Our mentors are also being used to check the notebooks for proper
Primary Principal’s report:
1. We continue to expand our professional library here at the
Primary building with books dealing with student behaviors, character
education, teacher leadership, general instructional strategies,
and developmentally appropriate practices in the area of early
2. One of the changes in the new state teacher evaluation system
is the emphasis on evaluators guiding teachers to self-evaluate,
using the teaching standards as a context. Rather than just giving
teachers feedback on the lessons that I observe in the classrooms,
I am now asking teachers to identify their own strengths and weaknesses
and in collaboration with me to develop a goal area for them to
work on during the remainder of the current and the upcoming academic
years until their next formal evaluation. We will together periodically
review their progress toward achieving their goals, based on classroom
observations and collected data.
3. Last week both DIBELS and DORF winter assessments were conducted.
I will provide data regarding the results to the board as soon
as it is available.
4. Character Data: 79% of K-3 students did not receive any office
referrals or detentions during the 1st semester.
5. First semester perfect attendance:
3rd graders – 6 students
2nd graders – 8 students
1st graders – 6 students
Kindergartners – 7 students
19% of K-3 students overall
Legislative report: Tom Farley reported that the legislature convened
today. It is never to early to start contacting legislators for
support of the state wide sales tax and no budget reductions for
Children First Forum – Rod Fridley reported that the Children
First Forum met on January 6th. Agenda topics included homework,
discipline, student motivation, daycare policies and district goals.
The next meeting will be held February 3rd in Milo at 7:00 p.m.
District goals and student motivation will be the topics discussed.
Athletic Boosters – Kevin Smith related that the Athletic
Boosters had a very successful PeeWee Wrestling tournament. Approximately
250 kids registered for the tournament, up 75 kids from last year.
The Athletic Boosters did a fantastic job organizing the tournament.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve December 10, 2002, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Miller, seconded by Farley to include the addition of
a bill from Rudy’s Rendezvous in the amount of $161.50 on
the January payables. Ayes: 4. Motion by Farley, seconded by Burrell
to approve the consent agenda as amended. Ayes: 4.
Fire/Safety Update for Liberty Center
During the winter break, Walsh Door Company installed two new
sets of doors. These doors are at both ends of the junior high
area of the school, near the superintendent’s office. These
doors will be wired for automatic hold-open when the electrician
can get to it.
Walsh Door will be installing doors at two other locations, as
soon as possible. The outside door to the music room and the east
gym doors have been repaired a number of times over the years.
Walsh Door will be providing other door hardware to make corrections
as required by the fire marshal. Denny Hoch will install the hardware,
with assistance from the Walsh rep.
Marty Miller of Miller Electric will coordinate the other fire
safety equipment installations. Fire safety equipment (20 battery
back up exit signs with emergency lighting) will be purchased from
Iowa Fire Safety Equipment Company. Installation will be completed
by Miller Electric. We expect installation to begin in late January.
All of these improvements to the fire safety equipment will be
funded by the $50,000 fire safety grant.
BOARD POLICY 204.10: Motion by Farley, seconded by Miller to approve
the second reading of Board Policy 204.10, “Order of Regular
Business Meeting”. Ayes: 4.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Garton recommended approval
of hiring Carmen Neer, one-on-one aide, at Step 1; Rose Ripperger,
Health Aide, at $9.00 per hour; and increase contract for Mike
Tierney from ¼ time to ½ time for second semester.
Mike is now teaching 4 periods – two periods of math and
two periods of advanced computer classes. Motion by Farley, seconded
by Miller to approve the personnel changes as stated. After discussion
concerning the personnel changes by the board, Farley withdrew
his motion and Miller withdrew her second.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Farley to approve the hiring of
Carmen Neer and Rose Ripperger. Ayes: 4.
Motion by Farley, seconded by Burrell to table the increase in
contract for Mike Tierney until the next board meeting. Ayes: 4.
The Board requested information concerning the number of students
in the classes and a long-range plan.
2003-2004 CALENDAR: Discussion was held to gather input for the
2003-2004 calendar. Suggestions included adding Martin Luther King
Day as a holiday, looking at the number of early dismissals, the
difference in time of the early dismissals, lost instructional
time, and not taking the two days off for the State Wrestling Tournament.
The Board requested research on what other schools do for students
during the State Wrestling Tournament
DAYCARE RECOMMENDATIONS: Superintendent Garton presented the following
Day Care recommendations:
1. The district will develop a brochure highlighting the established
Day Care providers and distribute the brochure to all new families
moving into the district.
2. The district will not provide care for three-year-olds.
3. The district will not provide care for four-year-olds unless
private day care is unavailable in the community or unless a parent
of a four-year-old is an employee of the district.
4. In all other ways, the district will strive to demonstrate cooperation
and appreciation to private day care providers sufficient to maintain
a healthy balance of locally provided care for the children in
the district-wide community.
5. The district will continue to operate it’s before and
after school day care service, as well as the summer day care program.
The summer day care program will also be restricted to children
five and older.
6. Increased fees for School Day Care:
a. Full day (5 days) $85.00
b. AM & PM $45.00
c. Other fees adjusted in proportion to the above increase.
7. All changes will be effective March 15, 2003.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Farley to approve the Day Care recommendations
as presented. A lengthy discussion followed between board members
and community members.
Carla Anders related that she currently has three children enrolled
in day care at Southeast Warren, one of whom is a four-year-old.
She enjoys the convenience of having all three kids at the same
location. She also has the four-year-old enrolled in preschool.
Carla requested that the board continue to allow four-year-olds
to attend the school’s day care.
Merna Becker, Pat Chumbley and Sue Mason were present to represent
the district-wide private day care providers. They related that
local day care providers are concerned that the school’s
day care for 3 and 4 year olds is affecting the balance of their
children and their income. They feel that there is a need for their
services and feel that there will be an undesired impact on future
school enrollment if we do not continue to care for children ages
infant through five. Private day care providers are needed to keep
children in our community.
Matt Anders requested that four-year-olds be allowed to attend
the school’s day care if the child is going to be ready for
kindergarten the next year. It is extremely important to him for
siblings to remain together instead of being separated into different
day care centers. Matt also expressed concern at the amount of
the increase in day care fees.
Motion by Farley, seconded by Miller to amend the previous motion
and add the following to the recommendations:
Add to #3: Parents have the right to choose their own provider.
Change #7: The rate increase will be effective June 1, 2003.
Add #8: Unusual circumstances will be considered on an individual
basis in concert with private day care providers.
The board voted unanimously to approve the original motion as
BOARD POLICY SECIONS 404 AND 410: Motion by Miller, seconded by
Burrell to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Sections
404, “Certified Personnel Leaves” and 410, “Non-Certified
Personnel Absence & Leaves”. Ayes: 4.
President Smith adjourned the meeting at 9:52 p.m.
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