February 9, 2004

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session February 9, 2004, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. President John Burrell called the meeting to order at 7:00 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 Chris Wadle, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

VISITORS: Lori Pearson, School Improvement Consultant with the Heartland Area Education Agency 11, presented a summary of the Needs Assessment Focus Group results. The results of the Needs Assessment will be used as a tool when writing the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan due in September.


Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

1. The cold weather is here and so far we have had no cold weather or snow related problems in transporting students.
2. We have had several extra trips out of the classrooms, ski trips to Sleepy Hollow and Montezuma, Character Education trip to Knoxville Rec Center, all Milo students to Lacona for the Ronald McDonald assembly and the junior high band to Lacona for the awards assembly.
3. The building principals and myself have reviewed several tapes from the buses and are taking care of disciplinary problems.
4. I have started to look at new bus specs and possibly a used van.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

1. On Thursday, February 12, Lane Persey of the Des Moines Menace Soccer team will visit with the Primary students about his experiences on the soccer field, relating those experiences with the six pillars of character. All of this will take place at a special character assembly beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Please note that Mr. Persey will present a second assembly at the Intermediate building immediately following the one at the Primary. At the Primary assembly there will be a surprise presentation of t-shirts featuring the character pillars to all of the primary students and staff members. These t-shirts are a gift from the Peoples Savings Bank. The Record-Herald has been invited, and a bank representative will be present at the Primary assembly to make the presentation following Mr. Persey’s talk. Thanks to Tammy Hall and Lisa Hunter of the Partners In Education for their parts in arranging this memorable day.
2. Preliminary reviews of fall 3rd grade ITBS results indicates mild weaknesses in the areas of spelling, math computation, and reading comprehension – especially in drawing inferences and interpretation of material. We are currently analyzing specific test items and exploring methods of improving instruction in these areas. We are also reviewing how we offer initial instruction, strategic instruction, and intensive instruction, as well as assess, each of the five essential components of reading instruction – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
3. Our teaching staff recently met with Technology Director Mike Tierney to discuss technology options to best complement our instructional programs at the Primary building. Updated computers for teachers and a small computer lab in the media center are strong possibilities as expenditures for an expected grant.
4. February is an exciting month at the Primary with the parent-teacher conferences, “Cat in the Hat” family reading night, reading award party for 2nd and 3rd grade students meeting their Accelerated Reading goals, the Adrenaline Dance Clinic for K-3 students after school in the Primary multi-purpose room on the 19th, the character assembly mentioned above, and the Friendship Fair program mentioned in last month’s report. In addition, Partners in Education has been busy planning the Elementary Carnival to be held in the Primary building on the evening of March 5th.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. Honor Roll – B average or better
1st Semester
6th graders – 62%
5th graders – 91%
4th graders – 69%

2. Character Data
57% of students did not receive any office referrals or detentions during the 1st semester. Many more detentions were issued for bus behavior this year than last year.

To Jan. 16

Office Referrals

3. Perfect Attendance
34% of our students missed 1 or fewer days.

4. Partners in Education helped sponsor a reading night at the Intermediate Center on January 20. We had students from 8th grade to preschool attend. Although the turnout was not large, all attendees had a good time.
5. We had a tremendous turn out for the Geography Bee/Social Studies Night. The fifth graders performed a readers theatre about early America and all other grades had classroom projects on display. Eighth grader Bill Anders won the competition.
6. The Children First Forum meeting scheduled for February 2 was cancelled. The committee will meet at the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 1. Lori Pearson will present the Needs Assessment results to the committee that evening.

Secondary Principal’s Report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Soccer Sharing – Two of our ninth grade boys have requested the opportunity to play soccer. I have contacted the AD from Indianola. The sharing agreement for both boys and girls soccer will go to their February 23 board meeting. We will have the agreement for our March 8 meeting. Practices begin March 15.

State Wrestling – I need some guidance on this issue. Our schedule this year does not have make-up days for state wrestling. There has been a past practice of taking one or two buses of students to state wrestling as a “field trip.” My preference is that students that want to go to state wrestling as a spectator use that as one of their 5 days toward semester exam exemption. The students would also be responsible for their own transportation. I would appreciate your input. (The consensus of the Board was agreement with the recommendation, but allow students who have participated in wrestling during the school year to attend as a team without use of a day towards semester exams.)

CSIP Plan and School wide Leadership Development – I recently had a meeting with the AEA to assist me with the direction we need to be taking as a building to help improve student achievement and the CSIP plan. I will be organizing the teachers into three committees – Academic, Behavior, and Diverse Learners. All three committees will look at data, curriculum alignment, and testing in relation to the committee title. This information will then be moved to a leadership committee that takes the information to develop the CSIP plan and professional development.

New JMC Feature – In our last Warren Pride I mentioned the new opportunity for improved parental communication concerning student grades and assignments. With a password, parents can go to our website and find current student grades and assignments. I’ve already had parent interest, but have also cautioned that as we get the program running to please be patient.

Legislative report – Chris Wadle related from an article that Governor Tom Vilsack has proposed raising minor taxes, closing loop holes in the tax system, and increasing tobacco taxes to generate an additional $130 million for the state, with a portion going to education - a step in the right direction.

Warren County Conference Board: John Burrell reported that the Warren County Conference Board had met on January 21. A presentation was given explaining the duties and responsibilities of the Conference Board and the Assessment process. The proposed 2005 FY budget was presented.

Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette reported that preparations are still being made for FAN Night February 28th. The Fine Arts Boosters have agreed to purchase a baritone for the band.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. January 12, 2004, minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent John Della Vedova related to the Board that an ad had been placed in the paper for a part-time superintendent. The deadline for applications is February 20th. Interviews will be scheduled for February 24th at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. and on February 26th at 6:00 p.m.

BOARD POLICY 1004.1R: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the review and revision of Board Policy 1004.1R, “Fees for School Use.” Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended hiring Kristina Stills, HS Language Arts, BA-Step 3. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve hiring Kristina Stills. Ayes: 5.

CONTRACT WITH ARCHITECT FOR LACONA GYM PROJECT: Superintendent John Della Vedova recommended approving the architect contract with RDG Planning & Design for the Lacona gym project at a contracted amount of $4,900.00. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the contract with the architect for the Lacona gym project. Ayes: 5.

EARLY START DATE FOR THE 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR: A hearing was held to allow community members the opportunity to provide input on the early start to the 2004-2005 school year. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the early start date for the 2004-2005 school year. Ayes: 5.

2004-2005 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the 2004-2005 school calendar as proposed with the addition of snow make-up days at the end of the school year. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 504.13 AND 504.13R: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy 504.13 and 504.13R, “Special Health Services.” Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 802.7: Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the revision of Board Policy 802.7, “Gifts, Grants, & Bequests” as read. Ayes: 5. A recommendation was received from EMC Insurance Company to adopt a policy not to accept donations of paints, solvents, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and any other chemicals. Southeast Warren will not accept these types of donations without first being evaluated and approved the administration.

REVIEW OF BOARD POLICY SECTION 600 AND 601: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the review of Board Policy Section 600, “Educational Program” and Section 601, “General Organization.” Ayes: 5.

WORK SESSION: The Board scheduled a work session for March 2 at 5:00 in Liberty Center to discuss future PPEL projects.

President John Burrell adjourned the meeting at 9:17 p.m.

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