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SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
JUNE 9, 2003

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 9, 2003, in the cafeteria of the Junior/Senior High School building. Vice President Tom Farley called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Greg Davis and Debbie Miller. Kevin Smith was absent. Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were in attendance, along with members of the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Davis, seconded by Miller to approve the agenda. Item 9C, “Consider recommendation for termination of an employee” was stricken from the agenda. Ayes: 4.

VISITORS: Pam Ohnemus asked to speak on behalf of Connie Fridley. Pam felt it was a great injustice to let Connie go. In Pam’s opinion, Connie thinks about children first, works above and beyond any employee, and is an excellent role model. Pam also related that Connie puts in time without pay for the daycare. Pam also related that she worked with Bob Schaffer. He was very considerate and is an excellent employee and she also hated to see Bob leave employment.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report:

With the end of school, I’m looking forward to planning next year’s routes and working on a handbook.

Verlin Vos came to Milo Service Center and inspected our bus that was not inspected at our regular time due to a field trip. The bus passed inspection.

I’m working on year end reports to be handed out at the next board meeting.

We still have busses going out for baseball and softball.

I have rented a car from Bob Brown Chevrolet for Driver Ed. Also, the green Windstar van is ready as a backup if needed. Someone hit something with one of the tires and we had to replace it.

Secondary Principal’s Report:

Listed below are the students who have received D’s and F’s for this year minus the final report card. This should be a targeted group for academic consideration. Overall the numbers are higher in the individual categories of D or F, but if this group received assistance at the beginning of next year, overall failure rates would significantly decrease.

 
9/23
10/25
11/19
1/3
2/13
3/28
4/29
Gr 7
9
13
12
7
10
8
5
Gr 8
4
10
9
8
16
8
3
Gr 9
6
10
14
6
15
15
12
Gr 10
1
4
3
3
6
4
4
Gr 11
5
3
5
5
4
3
5
Gr 12
2
0
4
0
1
1
0

Primary Principal’s Report:

· Kindergarten Enrollment – Last year we had 32 kindergartners attending round-up. That enrollment number increased to 37 by August. This year we have 33 students enrolled so far. I am anticipating very similar numbers comparing last year’s final enrollment. It is typical to pick up several over the summer.

Daycare Handbook – Our summer daycare is up and running with approximately twenty students enrolled each day. I am proud of the new, more academic – yet lots of time for fun, direction that our daycare is headed with a certified teacher as supervisor. Please note the description under the “welcome” section of the handbook.

Changes in the handbook are:
· Changes in fees and beginning age as set by the Board in January
· Change in supervisor named
· Adding Labor Day as a holiday closing
· Change in routine discipline procedures – severe discipline to remain the same

Summer School – We will be offering one section of remedial reading and one section of remedial math for first through fifth graders this summer. Ten are enrolled in the reading class and nine in the math class. Kathy Taggart will be teaching both from July 28th through August 8th, individualizing instruction to the needs of these diverse groups. This program is self-supporting this year, with parents to be charged $40 per class.

Intermediate Principal’s Report:

Each grade level took a field trip during May. Fourth grade visited Living History Farms. Fifth grade attended a production at the Des Moines Playhouse in the morning and in the afternoon the Warren County Conservation Department took them through activities at Otter Creek. The sixth grade attended an Iowa Cubs baseball game. In addition, 5th and 6th grade band members visited Adventureland.

Several special events were held this month to which parents and community members were invited. We were pleased at the number of people who were able to attend the following events:

• Spelling Bee, winner of 3 and 4th grade was Evan Gardner (4th)
The winner of the 5th and 6th grade was Sarah Wachter (6th)
These students are eligible to participate in the State Fair Spelling Bee on August 8.

• The third graders visited the Intermediate building. The teachers prepared a printed summary of changes to expect which students were to give to their parents. Mrs. Mead’s class had advice for the new fourth graders and Mr. Harken’s class answered their questions.

• Mrs. Young and the Intermediate students presented a music concert to community members and parents.

• Four teams of students competed in an Academic Bowl. The winning student team competed against a team of staff members. The staff members won, but it was close competition.

• We had a beautiful day for Field Day and Talent Showcase. Mr. Newbury and Mrs. Morhardt were well prepared and the students performed well.

• We concluded the month with our Awards Assembly. Many students earned awards for honor roll and earning A’s all four quarters in specific subjects. In addition, 29 students earned certificates for missing two days or fewer and 10 students had perfect attendance.

90 students earned certificates for no office referrals or detentions all year Kylee Horton, Madison Martin, Dylan Lawler, Cody Ripperger, Kaiti Schnathorst, and Sarah Wachter earned the citizenship awards this year. They showed a positive attitude toward classmates, the school and the community. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.

Our most prestigious award, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence was awarded to sixth graders who have maintained a 90% or higher grade point average all three years in this building, and scored at the 85 percentile or above on ITBS in reading or math. This year’s recipients were: Austin Putz, Ariel Downs, Alex Bruce, Heidi Dittmer, Caitlin Ellingson, Bailey Hembry, Dillon Lamb, Emily Nutting, and Sarah Wachter. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.

Final figures on Office Referrals and Detentions for year.

 
2000-2001
2001-2002
2002-2003
Detentions
632
426
181
Office Referrals
139
114
87


Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell reported that the Warren County Conference Board had scheduled a meting for June 18th.

Children First Forum – Rod Fridley reported that the Children First Forum had met on June 2nd. Items of discussion were Multi Cultural Gender Fair issues and the effectiveness of the programs under the Drug Free Schools initiative. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 2nd, at the Junior/Senior High Media Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. Multi Cultural Gender Fair issues and the schedule for next year will be agenda items.

Fine Arts Boosters – Debbie Miller reported that the Fine Arts Boosters are going to do a fund raiser selling denim shirts around August. Flyers will be sent out advertising the shirts. The Boosters also talked about fund-raisers for the Spanish trip. The boosters are also working with the administration to get a school calendar for the entire year that includes elementary and high school activities. The Boosters are planning a breakfast during Lacona Celebration.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:

1. May 12, 2003, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy Sections 401, “Certified Personnel Selection” and 407, “Non-Certified Personnel Selection”

Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: A written report was submitted explaining the PPEL Fund. (The full PPEL report was printed in the June-July issue of the Warren Pride.) Also included with the PPEL Fund report was an updated District-Wide Infrastructure and Facilities Plan. The Plan outlines infrastructure and facilities projects that have been completed, are in progress or need to be completed district-wide.

DISPOSITION OF OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Motion by Burrell, seconded by Davis to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 4.

SPANISH TRIP: Tim Cerwinske, Spanish Club Advisor, presented information to the Board on the proposed 8 day trip to Mexico during the week of Spring Break. The trip will cost $1672 per student. The fee includes airfare, hotel, daily breakfast and dinner/supper, transportation around Mexico and the cost of getting into attractions. Motion by Burrell, seconded by Davis to approve the Spanish trip to Mexico. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Garton submitted a recommendation to accept the retirement of Rosemary Bauer with appreciation and admiration for her 30 years of service to the district. Recommendations were also received to accept the resignations of Jessie VanderWeerdt, Science; Sharon Isley, ELP aide; Dorothy McCauley, library aide; and Susan Garton, Superintendent.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to accept the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

AFSCME COUNCIL 61 CONTRACT: Motion by Davis, seconded by Miller to approve the contract with AFSCME Council 61. Ayes: 4. The negotiated settlement was for a 3.11% package costing $18,592.88.

NON-UNION SALARIES: Recommendations for salary increases for non-union employees were as follows: LuAnn Ohnemus, 3%; Sue Ellingson $.30/hour; Julie Wilson, 3%; Mark Putz, $15,600 (same as current year); and Mike Tierney, 3% + 30 extended days. Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to approve the salary increases as presented. Ayes: 4.

SUNRISE SUNSET CHILDCARE HANDBOOK: Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 4.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Julie Wilson related that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Student Assistance Program (SAP) have been utilized in the district for over a year. The programs are due to renew July 1 at a cost of $1,470 for the EAP and a cost of $3,468 for the SAP. Motion by Miller, seconded by Burrell to approve the renewal of the Employee Assistance Program and Student Assistance Program. Ayes: 3. Tom Farley abstained from discussion and voting.

ACTIVITY PASS FEES: Discussion was held concerning the possible increase in activity pass fees. Motion by Burrell, seconded by Miller to retain the activity pass fees as they are. Ayes: 4.

SCHOOL ATTORNEY: Motion by Burrell, seconded by Davis to table this item until we hire a new superintendent. Ayes: 4.

DISTRICT-WIDE INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES PLAN: Motion by Davis, seconded by Miller to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY 803.1: Discussion was held concerning Board Policy 803.1, “Purchasing & Bidding”. The policy states that no official may make a purchase or enter into a contract exceeding $5,000 without competitive bidding or quotations. John Burrell requested that this policy be followed as written, otherwise the integrity of the Board could be questioned if the policy is not followed. No action was taken on this item.

REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTION 400: Motion by Davis, seconded by Miller to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 4.

BOARD WORK SESSION: A board work session was scheduled for Monday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the superintendent search.

Vice President Farley adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

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