AUGUST 12, 2002

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session August 12, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the media center of the Lacona intermediate building. The meeting was called to order by President Judkins. The following board members were present: Greg Davis, Kevin Smith and Debbie Miller. Tom Farley was absent. Superintendent Susan Garton, Board Secretary Julie Wilson, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend and Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler were also in attendance, along with members of the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Davis, seconded by Smith to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

VISITORS: Superintendent Garton recognized the high school principal interview committee members who were present: Donna Clay, Rod Fridley and Cindy Butler.


Transportation report (written):
1. One of the spare buses needs brakes and one of the route buses needs brakes on the rear. Two-way radios have been ordered for the new buses. Routes have been set with a few minor changes after registration. The routes are all fairly equal in length, starting at 6:55.
2. All parents are encouraged to ride a bus and report back to Mark Putz, feedback might help us in the future.
3. Mark Putz and Joel Mosher attended the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association (IPTA) conference in Des Moines. There were several topics discussed. One big item will be starting this fall; there will be a $15 charge per unit to be inspected twice a year. The IPTA formed a committee to look into the inspection procedure; Mark Putz will serve on this committee.
4. Also new this year, the physicals bus drivers are required to have will no longer be Department of Education but Department of Transportation physicals. The good thing with this is for most people they will only need to be done every other year, but the doctor could require the driver to have one up to four times a year.
5. At this time all of our drivers have had physicals or will have by the end of this week. Due to Don Schaefer’s health problems, he is stepping down as a regular route driver and will be a substitute only. Terri Brummer has agreed to step in and fill this position. Verle Young has decided, due to his health problems, not to drive for at least the first semester. We do have a prospective driver to Des Moines.

Athletic Boosters report: Kevin Smith reported that the Athletic Boosters have made the commitment of contributing $5,000 to the Activity Fund for the 2002-03 school year. The Athletic Boosters will take over running the junior high and senior high concessions this year to help raise the money for the Activity Fund. The district will need to come up with the remaining $10,000 for the Activity Fund from contributions. The Athletic Boosters are also offering membership packages for a $100.

District Operations Report: Bob West reviewed the projects that have been completed over the summer months at each of the buildings.

Consolidated School Improvement Advisory Committee: Rod Fridley reported that there was a lot of discussion concerning raising the graduation bar and eligibility requirements for extra curricular activities at the last CSIAC meeting. Discussion regarding the minimum requirements for extra circular activities will be continued at the next CSIAC meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Center.

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

1. Approve July 8 and July 16, 2002, minutes
2. Approve financial reports
3. Approve the school nurse and the high school guidance counselor as Level I child abuse investigators and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department as Level II child abuse investigator
4. Approve Peoples Savings Bank and Wells Fargo as bank depositories
5. Approve Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. including Jeff Krausman as school attorney
6. Approve Indianola Record-Herald as official newspaper

Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 3. Kevin Smith abstained from voting.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Garton updated the Board on the grievance concerning the placement of teachers on the salary schedule. An arbitrator has been selected and dates for arbitration have been forwarded to the district. The Board asked if there was a possibility of reaching an agreement with the Association prior to going to arbitration. Donna Clay, Association President, related that she would contact Jim Crotty, UniServ Director, to see if a meeting could be scheduled.

Superintendent Garton reviewed the 2002-2003 class schedule. Several changes have been made to the schedule for next year, including reducing the number of study halls, increasing the number of class offerings and block scheduling for the junior high students.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Garton recommended hiring Terry Gladfelter, High School Principal and Athletic Director; Emily Layton, High School English and Drill Team; Lyndsey Spirek, Intermediate Special Education; Jesse VanderWeerdt, Head HS Girls’ Basketball and Head JH Football; Michelle Fowler, Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball, Aide, Weightlifting Coach; Mike Tierney, JH Boys’ Basketball, ¼ Math; Joel Vos, Emily Layton and Sue Ellingson, Yearbook and Newsletter, 3% each; Debra Franklin, Special Education Aide; Sharon Isley, HS Aide. Motion by Smith, seconded by Miller to approve hiring the personnel as recommended. Ayes: 4.

Superintendent Garton recommended accepting the resignations of Don Schaefer, Regular Route Bus Driver; Chuck Jones, Athletic Director; and Jill Aalsburg, Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball. Motion by Miller, seconded by Smith to accept the resignations. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE BIDS: Motion by Smith, seconded by Miller to accept the AE bid for milk, deleting the orange juice and orange drink from the bid, to accept the low bid from South Central Coop for the propane and to authorize the Superintendent to accept the low bid on bread. Ayes: 3. Greg Davis abstained from voting.

EARLY GRADUATION REQUEST: Heather Davis submitted an early graduation request to the board for consideration. Cindy Butler related that she had visited with Heather and recommended approval of the request. Motion by Smith, seconded by Davis to accept the early graduation request. Ayes: 4.

DATE FOR BOARD WORK SESSION: A board work session was schedule for August 26th.

President Judkins adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

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