SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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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