APRIL 7, 2003

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met for a work session on April 7, 2003, at the Junior/Senior High School building. The following board members were present: Tom Farley, Debbie Miller and Greg Davis. President Smith arrived at 7:11 p.m. and John Burrell arrived at 8:00 p.m. Superintendent Garton and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were in attendance, along with members of the community.

Board members met in conjunction with the Children First Forum at 7:05 p.m. Superintendent Garton presented a list of cost saving ideas generated from the last board work session and from ideas contributed during the past weeks. Superintendent Garton has been determining cost savings for each idea. Some of the ideas are currently practiced and some would not result in cost savings.

Superintendent Garton reported that Terry Gladfelter had come up with a way to resolve scheduling problems and make better use of the ICN. The district will be able to offer more classes next year by changing our schedule to match the ICN schedule.

Members of the community were asked for input. The following ideas were generated:

1. Decrease the number of magazines and newspapers purchased.
2. Maintain a wish list for library books - ask for donations
3. Post Warren Pride on web site instead of mailing to each family
4. Combined superintendent/elementary principal position
5. One elementary principal for two buildings
6. Reduce administration - not teachers

At 8:13 the Board moved to the media center for a discussion on budget priorities. The Board discussed several ideas for reducing expenditures. The consensus of the Board is to avoid reducing staff if at all possible.

President Smith adjourned the meeting at 10:00 p.m.

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