SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2002
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
November 11, 2002, in the media center of the junior/senior high
attendance center. President Smith called the meeting to order
at 7:05 p.m.. The following board members were present: John Burrell,
Greg Davis, Tom Farley, and Debbie Miller. Superintendent Garton,
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy
Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, and Pauline Ripperger,
Secretary were in attendance, along with members of the community.
AGENDA: Item 9. “A”, Approve out-of-state trip, was
moved to 4. “C” to accommodate the teachers present.
Motion by Farley, second by Miller to approve the agenda and the
repositioning of item 9. “A”. Ayes: 5.
VISITORS: Mr. VanStrien was present to present the itinerary for
a proposed history trip to the southwest region. Mr. VanStrien
began the history trips ten years ago, scheduling a trip every-other
year. Many students have had the opportunity to visit a number
of historical sites. The 2003 historical educational trip will
take place during spring break, from March 15 through March 23.
Points of interest listed were: Kennedy Memorial, L.B.J. Historical
Park, The Alamo, Carlsbad Caverns, Lincoln, White Sands, Cochise
Stronghold, Old Tucson Studios, Grand Canyon, and Kit Carson Museum.
At the present time 56 students have registered to go on the trip,
however that number may decrease when a deposit is required. The
total cost to each student is $395. There will be no cost to the
District. It was moved by Miller and seconded by Greg to approve
the proposed history trip. Ayes: 5
Mr. Vander Weerdt discussed a proposed biology trip to Yellowstone.
He feels the trip would provide the opportunity for students to
experience firsthand the largest active geothermal area in the
world and the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48. Eighteen
students have verbally committed to go. The cost to participants
is approximately $172.35, which covers hotels and fees. Students
will leave Friday, March 14 and return Sunday, March 23. The cost
to rent a charter bus was prohibitive. Points of interest are:
Little Bighorn Battlefield, Yellowstone National Park, Museum of
the Rockies, National Elk Refuse, Grand Teton National Park and
Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. Motion by Miller, seconded by
Farley to approve the biology Yellow Stone educational trip and
to permit the use of a school bus. Ayes: 5.
Moved by Davis, seconded by Miller to approve the annual F.F.A.
National Convention trip to Kentucky. Ayes: 5
Kelly Hoffman and Derek Hommer reported on the recent FFA National
Convention. Eight students and four chaperones made the trip to
Kentucky. They visited the John Deere Plant in Moline. They also
visited a tobacco farm, and attended various sessions at the National
Convention. Approximately 45,000 F.F.A. students attended the convention.
Superintendent Garton commended Scott Dirkx, F.F.A. advisor for
encouraging students to use their initiative to attain a specific
goal. Providing the opportunity to attend the nationals is one
more way that Mr. Dirkx demonstrates faith in his students.
Superintendent Garton recognized Angie Koenck, Deanna Smith, Karen
Duncan and Renada Crow for completing the certified aide course.
The completion of one more course will certify them as a substitute
teacher, as well as a para-educator. Superintendent Garton, also
recognized Trudy Ernst, Rosemary Bauer, and Doris Gillespie. They
each attended a two-day training session in kitchen management.
They are all an important part of the school system.
1. In addition to the regular extra trips, there were two lengthy
trips. One bus went to Kentucky to transport F.F.A. students
to the National convention and two busses traveled to West Branch
to President Herbert Hoover’s library.
2. Bus repairs, as determined by a recent bus inspection have been
completed. The paper work has been submitted. Mark has also assisted
the Indianola School District in helping to repair four busses.
3. A new special education driver should be certified very shortly.
This should aid in special education route timelines.
4. Work is proceeding on a fair scheduling method for extra trips.
Drivers have been notified to comply with seat belt laws for preschool
Primary Principal: The District has committed to using the reading
program of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).
We are in the third year of utilizing this effective and efficient
program. Research confirms that the probability of remaining a
poor reader at the end of fourth grade, given a child was a poor
reader at the end of first grade, was 88%. The probability of remaining
an average reader in fourth grade, given an average reading ability
in first grade, was 87%. Data from the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002
academic years was reviewed and discussed. Concern was expressed
that seventh grade special needs students have a problem identifying
the parts of a sentence. It will take time to access the problems
and to get a solution in place. The best way to address reading
problems is to prevent them before they happen. Our goal at Southeast
Warren is to have all children reading by the end of first grade.
Intermediate Principal: Science has been added to the assessment
and reporting requirements. State Collaborative on Assessment
and Student Standards (SCASS) is the assessment system selected
to administer to students. Several Modules of assessments are
included so students can be tested as they learn the material
of each science standard. The assessment materials are aligned
with National Science Standards and should be an accurate assessment
of students’ science knowledge and procedural skills.
Secondary Principal: Grades seven through eleven have completed
the Gates – MacGinitie Reading Tests. Students were tested
on vocabulary and comprehension skills. A chart depicting raw scores
and grade levels achieved by each student was reviewed. At first
glance, it appears that vocabulary skills are the weaker of the
two. Test scores will be studied in detail.
Consolidated School Improvement Advisory Committee: Ron Fridley
advised board members that the committee has officially changed
their name to Children First Forum. The chairman was pleased to
report that 18 people attended the November 4th meeting. Following
a discussion, the committee endorsed and recommended acceptance
of the Semester Test Policy. “Raising the bar” of graduation
requirements was discussed. In checking with other area schools,
it appears that Southeast Warren’s graduation requirements
are in line with other schools. A recommendation was temporarily
deferred. Dr. Garton presented a partial copy of the Annual Progress
Report to the committee. Dr. Garton also suggested that possibly
our present courses needed to have higher academic expectations.
Graduation requirements would not have to be increased. It was
also suggested that the master schedule be considered as a tool
to help with academic requirements. Mr. Gladfelter was encouraged
to take the information from the meeting. He will report back to
the committee with suggestions to improve student achievement.
The next meeting is December 2nd, at Liberty Center at 7 p.m. The
board is welcome to submit ideas for discussion. The minutes from
November 4, 2002, Children First Forum were included in the board
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 14, 2002 minutes
2. Financial reports
Bills questioned and discussed were: Midwest Fence & Gate Co.
and Bureau of Education & Research
Motion by Davis, seconded by Farley to add AWS Convergence Technologies
in the amount of $4,315 for a weather station to the November payables
list, and to approve the consent agenda items as amended. Ayes:
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Garton reviewed
the 2001-2002 Annual Progress Report. The district met its goal
of improved reading scores in 4th grade reading, math and science.
The district failed to meets its goal of improvement in 8th grade
reading scores, math and science. The district met its goal of
improvement in 11th grade reading and science, however, failed
to meet its goal of improvement in math. The district must determine
a plan of action to correct the deficiencies in 8th grade reading,
math, and science and 11th grade math.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS: 403, CERTIFIED PERSONNEL CONTRACT TERMINATION
AND 409, NON-CERTIFIED PERSONNEL CONTRACT TERMINATION: Motion by
Miller, seconded by Davis to approve the review of Board Policy
Section 403.1 through 403.5 and 409.1 through 409.4. Ayes: 5
APPROVE SEMESTER TEST POLICY: The proposed test policy was reviewed
and discussed. Concern was expressed regarding resource students
who may not carry a 75% average to qualify for text exemption.
Could this be one more roadblock or a barrier to success to them?
Some students may have a fear of tests and not do well in “test
taking”. A semester test is worth 20% toward a grade. A review
of the policy after a year was requested. Motion by Farley, seconded
by Miller to approve the Semester Test Exemption Policy as submitted.
Ayes: Davis, Farley, Miller, and Smith. Nays: Burrell.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Motion by Burrell, seconded by Miller to approve
the following personnel changes: Bob West, accept resignation,
effective 11-22-02; Jason Walter, Head Junior High Wrestling Coach;
Scott Dirkx, Assistant Junior High Wrestling Coach; and Joel Vos,
Head Junior High Boys’ Basketball Coach. Ayes: 5
APPOINT REPRESENTATIVE TO WARREN COUNTY CONFERENCE BOARD: John
Burrell was appointed representative to serve on the Warren County
REVIEW BOARD POLICIES: 202.1, Code of Ethics; 203.8, Conflict
of Interest; 204.1 Regular Board Meeting; 204.10, Order of Regular
Business Meeting; and 204.11, Grievances; were reviewed by the
board. In order to be more accessible to the community, the board
has established a practice of rotating meetings every three months
to one of the three attendance centers. The board agreed to continue
with this practice. It was suggested that an informative brochure
be compiled and made available to the public. A proposal was received
to put more information on the overhead projector to make it easier
for visitors to follow the subject matter. Davis moved, seconded
by Miller to approve the first reading to amend Policy Code 204.10
by adding A.) Public in-put, and B.) Show recognition under item
four. Ayes: 5
BOARD GOALS: Board goals presented for discussion were: 1.) The
district strives to maintain safe and comfortable facilities to
support instructional goals. 2.) The district will plan to recruit,
train, and retain qualified, talented individuals for teaching
and for the support of staff. 3.) The district will strive to maintain
at least a $500,000 annual cash reserve. 4.) The district will
continue to participate in ISJET and ISCAP as conditions allow
the district to profit from participation.
In discussing the first goal the consensus of the board was to
make the first goal more specific relating to student achievement. “In
the specific areas of reading, math, and science”, was added
to the first goal.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Miller to make the #2 goal a first
priority and move it to number one. Ayes: 5.
The board would like to incorporate the following to goal #3:
Develop a long-range financial plan and strive for self-sustaining
Activity and Food Service Funds. The board will continue to discuss
and develop the proposed goals.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
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