SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
January 12, 2004
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
January 12, 2004, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior
High School building. President Burrell called the meeting to order
at 7:05 p.m. The following board members were present: Jennifer
Birchette, Chris Hardy, Ron Miller and Chris Wadle. Superintendent
John Della Vedova, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, 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 Birchette, seconded by Wadle to approve the
agenda. Ayes: 5.
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We are in full swing in winter activities plus extra trips
for band and vocal music through the holiday season.
2. All of the cameras are installed and working. It took approximately
4 ½ to 5 hours to install and set the programming for the
cameras on each bus.
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
1. Primary teachers are conducting the winter reading tests entitled
DIBELS. These individualized tests measure student growth in basic
reading skills gained since the last testing completed in early
October. These tests are important indicators of areas of strengths
and weaknesses in letter naming fluency, initial sound fluency,
phoneme segmentation fluency (identifying the “sounds” in
a word), nonsense word fluency (sounding out words using basic
phonics clues), and oral reading fluency (measuring the speed and
accuracy at which students read). These tests help teachers group
students for the most efficient instruction in given areas of reading
development. Research has shown that the earlier the reading interventions
are put into place, the more effective they will be over all. As
is the case when children learn to walk or talk, when learning
to read each child develops at his or her own pace. The DIBELS
testing is just another tool that we use to help each child down
the path to reading success at his/her current developmental level,
building on his/her immediate level of skill attainment.
2. Much of the regular staff meeting time at the Primary building
this year is again being devoted to teacher inservicing, with improved
instruction as the goal. Added to our regularly scheduled teacher
inservice times throughout the year, information is shared with
the teachers that is goal oriented and classroom specific. It is
the intention that it will serve to cause teachers to reflect on
their present practices and stretch themselves to grow in their
professions. We are currently reviewing each of the eight Iowa
teaching standards with materials produced by the University of
Northern Iowa College of Education that features real classroom
examples of how Iowa teachers are using innovative measures to
achieve these widely accepted standards that represent good teaching.
These materials, along with others including the highly motivational
work of Harry Wong and the Primary Program, a birth through age
8 developmentally appropriate program of instruction, that was
prepared by the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Area Education
Agencies, Head Start - State Collaboration Offices, and the Nebraska
Department of Education help to keep our teachers focused on the
young child and how best to help each one reach his/her highest
potential. Teachers are often asked to share with their colleagues
new learnings from workshops that they have attended. Several of
our teachers attended the ABC Reading workshop through the AEA
last summer, with several follow-up ICN sessions scheduled throughout
the school year. Much of this information will be shared with both
the Primary and the Intermediate teachers during the January 19th
teacher inservice/workday. Primary teachers will also be reviewing
their new curriculums on that day and mapping the remainder of
the school year to ensure that they are on track to complete what
needs to be covered at their grade level this year. Marcia Williams,
second grade teacher, and I are scheduled to attend a workshop
entitled “Differentiated Instruction” in late January.
We will bring that information regarding how to meet the individual
needs of all students back to share with the rest of the staff.
Professionals’ sharing with fellow professionals is how we
all grow and become the best that we can be.
3. We are excited about a couple of opportunities coming up to
help us promote reading achievement in the elementary schools.
One is the Ronald McDonald assembly that is being presented in
the Intermediate gym beginning at 10:00 a.m. on January 20th. This
presentation is free of charge to the district. The other is a
second family reading night being sponsored by our own Partners
in Education. This “Cat in the Hat” bedtime story themed
party is a follow-up to last September’s “camping out
with a good book” themed party that was overwhelmingly attended
by students, parents, and teachers. We literally filled the multi-purpose
room that evening with many families spilling out into the hallways.
At these family reading events, participants do what they enjoy
most - reading! School board members and community members are
encouraged to attend, borrow a student from their parent for a
short time, and listen to the youngster read. The only requirement
is that you dress casually - preferably in your pajamas - and be
prepared to enjoy yourself.
4. Africa is the spot in the world that we will be celebrating
during our annual building-wide Friendship Fair study during the
weeks of February 16th and 23rd. If you have any memorabilia or
knowledge of that fascinating continent, please consider sharing
them with us during that special time. The students will be presenting
their learnings at the Friendship Fair program on February 27th
in the Primary multi-purpose room.
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Cindy Butler:
1. The 6th grade ELP class is implementing a paper recycling program
at the Intermediate Center. We have received totes from the Iowa
Recycling Association for each classroom. The ELP students, as
part of a service learning project, will be responsible for educating
students and staff about the recycling program and collecting the
paper in a central location.
2. For the last month, one high school student has occasionally
been able to come to the Intermediate Center and work with our
students. After second semester begins, we hope to have two additional
high school students on a more regular basis. The teachers and
students really appreciate the assistance these students provide.
3. The video cameras are installed on the buses. I have viewed
tapes and together with Joel have issued detentions to several
students for the behavior we observed on the tapes. We expect behavior
4. Staff members from the AEA are coming to conduct focus groups
on Jan. 8th and 12th. The purpose is to gather from studennts,
staff, parents, and board members perception information regarding
our school district and its performance. The AEA will consolidate
the information and present it to the administrators and Children
First Forum members. With this information and
assessment data, we will begin to write our Continuous School Improvement
Plan which is due in September.
5. Thursday, Jan. 20th, will be the annual Geography Bee/Social
Studies Night at the Intermediate Center. In addition to the Geography
Bee competition, social studies projects will be on display and
5th grade students will present two readings about early America.
Secondary Principal’s Report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
1. Golden Apple Award – Special congratulations to Ron Van
Strien for being the recipient of a “Golden apple Award.” Channel
13 came on campus December 16th to make the presentation and gather
film for the TV spot. The Channel 13 crew was very complimentary
on the behavior of our students at the assembly. The Record Herald
came and did a story on Mr. Van Strien January 7th. That story
will be in the January 14th Record Herald. All of this came about
because of the essay submitted by senior, Jackie Swim on behalf
of Mr. Van Strien.
2. Technology – We have set up a dedicated server for student
computer folders. Students will have their account to store any
computer-generated material throughout their high school career.
Students can print about anything they have on the account and
teachers can access the account for viewing or grading purposes.
Having all students on a dedicated server will also help make the
rest of our network more secure.
3. Lunch Accounts – Since the beginning of the year the
following has been implemented to help parents understand their
student’s lunch account.
Every parent can access their account through the school website.
All that is needed is a password provided by the parent and availability
of the account is immediate.
Once an account gets close to zero or a negative balance, students
are reminded daily of the account status.
Once an account goes below $3.00 no charging beyond the school
lunch is allowed.
A note is sent home when a negative balance of $10.00 is reached.
At that time Mrs. Jensen also calls or e-mails the parent to inform
them of the deficit.
Mrs. Jensen has been very proactive in keeping accounts current.
Throughout this year we have averaged less than $350 in deficit
accounts district-wide. Last year deficit accounts were close to
$4000.00. I am pleased with the marked improvement in this area
from last year.
4. Football sportsmanship ratings – I received from the
Iowa High School Athletic Association our football rating for the
2003 season. Our ratings are based on 38 returned responses from
the referees. The chart below shows the state averages and our
Children First Forum – Jennifer Birchette reported that the
Children First Forum completed the Needs Assessment this month
during their meeting time.
Athletic Boosters – Ron Miller reported that the Pee Wee
Wrestling Tournament was held last weekend with 210 registered
for the event.
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette reported that preparations
are underway for FAN Night (previously called FAB Night) to be
held in February.
Local Option Sales Tax – The vote for the Local Option Sales
Tax will be held tomorrow (January 13th).
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. December 8, 2003, and January 6, 2004, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 403.5 and 403.5E, “Early
Motion by Miller, seconded by Hardy to approve the items on the
consent agenda. Ayes: 4. John Burrell abstained from voting.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Della Vedova related
that John Burrell, Jennifer Birchette and himself had met with
the Russell Board of Education last Thursday to discuss the possibility
of a shared Superintendent. Representatives from the Russell Board
of Education are also meeting with the Wayne Board of Education
tonight to discuss a shared Superintendent. If the Wayne Board
of Education decides to pursue a shared superintendent position
with Southeast Warren, a special board meeting will be held on
January 26th at 6:00 to continue working out the details of the
arrangement. Superintendent Della Vedova requested permission from
the Board to place an ad in the paper for a part-time superintendent
if things fall apart with the Wayne Community School District.
The consensus of the Board was to share a superintendent with the
Wayne Community School District, but if things fall apart, the
superintendent has permission to advertise for a part-time superintendent.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended
accepting Emily Layton’s resignation as Language Arts teacher
(late resignation fee of $200 will apply). Emily will continue
to coach the Adrenaline Dance Team and Southeast Warren Color Guard
through the Spring Showcase in March. She will also help with the
Student Publications class until another teacher is hired and ready
to take over. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette
to accept Emily Layton’s resignation. Ayes: 5.
RECONSIDERATION COMMITTEE: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by
Ron Miller to approve the Reconsideration Committee membership
as presented. Ayes: 5.
INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT: Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve continuation of the Interim Superintendent
contact with John Della Vedova until the end of May, 2004. Ayes:
TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR POSITION: Superintendent John Della Vedova
recommended extending the Transportation Director contract for
the second semester. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy
to approve the contract for Transportation Director for the second
semester at an annual salary of $18,000 based on 24 hours per week,
additional hours require preapproval of the Superintendent and
will be paid at $16.00/hour. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY 1004.1R: The Board reviewed Board Policy 1004.1R, “Fees
for School Use.” No action was taken.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 504 AND 505: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the review of Board Policy Section
504, “Student Health and Safety Regulations” and Section
505, “Miscellaneous Related Matters.” Ayes: 5.
President John Burrell adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
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