SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 8, 2004
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
March 8, 2004, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High
School building. President John Burrell called the meeting to order
at 7:05 p.m. The following board members were present: Jennifer
Birchette, Ron Miller, Chris Hardy 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 Chris Hardy to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
VISITORS: Bart Butler presented an overview of the work to be
done on the Lacona gym using funds from an Iowa Construction Grant.
The exterior of the gym will be covered with a metal panel system,
the roof on the east side will be repaired, and a canopy and concrete
walkway will be added at the cafeteria door. The tentative timeline
is to open bids on May 10th, begin construction when school lets
out and have the project complete by August 11th.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
1. Parent-Teacher conference participation rates 2002-2003 2003-2004
November 94% 95%
January 95% 89% (rescheduled)
2. The soccer/character assembly on February 12th that was discussed
in last month’s repot was both entertaining and educational
for our students. The character t-shirts, a gift from the Peoples
Bank, was a big hit with the students and staff. We have designated
a day each month for everyone to wear their t-shirts to school.
3. The Cat in the Hat reading night was well attended by kindergarten
through third grade students and their parents. A special thank
you to Rachelle Spence and Tammy Hall for their work in organizing
this worthwhile event. We all wore our pj’s and read, read,
4. Thirty-five primary students participated in the Adrenaline
Dance clinic on the 19th. They performed at the Spring Dance Showcase
on the evening of March 6th at the high school. Thanks to sponsor
Emily Layton and to Adrenaline team member Courtney Kimzey, as
well as the other members of the team who taught at our clinic.
The K-3 girls loved it!
5. The Primary students studied the continent of Africa during
their annual two-week Friendship Fair study. Thanks to teachers
and staff for all of their hard work incorporating this important
study of another culture into their regular curriculum. Approximately
one hundred and twenty parents and grandparents attended the Friendship
Fair program on the afternoon of February 27th. A special thanks
to second grade teacher Becky Burgin for chairing the Friendship
Fair committee for yet another year. Also, recognition is offered
to volunteers Mike Msuya, Father Felix, and Natasha Cooper who
met with students to share artifacts and information about Africa.
6. The reorganizational meeting of the Partners in Education group
held on the evening of March 1st produced several new members and
new officers. The group in attendance that evening is positive
about the future of the organization. They extend a heartfelt word
of thanks to former members and encourage anyone interested to
join them on the first and third Monday’s of each month at
alternating elementary sites.
7. The annual Elementary carnival was held at the Primary center
on the evening of March 5th. We appreciate the hard work of Partners
in Education members, as well as all of the other parent and grandparent
volunteers in making this fun evening possible for our youngsters.
They had a ball!
8. The Primary teaching staff will meet with the Intermediate
staff in Lacona on March 10th to analyze the impact of elementary
reading comprehension instruction, review Iowa Teaching Standard
#4 – “uses strategies to deliver instruction that meets
the multiple needs of students”, and learn new ways to differentiate
instruction at the elementary level.
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Cindy Butler:
1. Conferences were scheduled for Feb. 3rd and 5th. The conferences
on the 5th were rescheduled for February 19th because of the weather.
Seventy-eight percent of our parents were able to attend conferences.
This is down from the conferences held earlier this year, but similar
to last year.
2. The architect and a structural engineer were on site this week
to determine the best way to complete the remodeling of the older
section of the building. The architect would like to meet with
the Board in the near future to discuss the plans developed.
3. We are pleased with the results achieved from the 4th grade
reading intervention. Now we are doing a similar intervention with
6th grade students. We assessed the reading fluency (how quickly
a student reads) and their ability to sound out multisyllabic words.
Students who performed below expectations are working with Mrs.
Ripperger in a reading program designed to improve decoding skills.
4. Mr. Jones, Mrs. Ripperger, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Gladfelter and I
continue to meet bimonthly to discuss math strategies learned and
used by the teachers. The teachers are going through a program
designed to improve math instruction and raise the math test scores
of middle school students. Another whole day meeting is scheduled
for Thursday, March 11. Calculators and an overhead calculator
were ordered for each classroom using grant money designated for
technology. Students have used the calculators for a variety of
math tasks. Students have shown improvement in their performance
of daily mental math exercises.
Secondary Principal’s Report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
1. District Leadership/Curriculum – One teacher from each
building, the three principals, and AEA members have been meeting
to evaluate test data district wide. The purpose is to look for
tends whether positive or negative in what our students are doing
academically. This data will help us develop goals for the Comprehensive
School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and guide professional development
of our staff. The data collected from the ITBS/ITED has show that
we need to work on reading comprehension district wide. The data
has also shown that mathematically our scores are comparable to
the state. We are now looking for scientifically based programs
that will improve reading comprehension.
2. Fine Arts Night – I would like to congratulate Ms. Huyette,
Mr. VanderLinden, Mrs. Young, and the Fine Arts Boosters for an
enjoyable fine arts evening on Saturday, February 28. This year
the gym was used instead of the cafeteria. The larger room made
the evening much more enjoyable for those having supper and those
wanting to come and listen.
3. Junior High Chorus Festival – Our junior high chorus
and five other junior high choruses met on Tuesday, March 2 at
Martensdale-St. Marys for a festival. They rehearsed for the day
and performed a concert in the evening. Tristan Gardner, Ariel
Ohnemus, and Wade Young were soloists at the performance.
4. FFA Sub-District Career Development Events – SEW hosted
11 schools on February 12 for this event. Numerous judged events
took place in the afternoon and evening. Mr. Dirkx and his students
are to be commended for hosting and organizing this event. We had
a team that will move on to the district competition at Indianola
on March 6. They will be competing in Parliamentary Procedures.
Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell reported that
the Warren County Conference Board had met on March 3rd. The main
topic of the meeting was the public budget hearing and budget discussion.
Children First Forum – Jennifer Birchette related that the
Children First Forum had met on March 1st. The results of the District
Needs Assessment was shared with the members in attendance. The
group then discussed the lists of strengths and weaknesses. Discussion
was held regarding the transitions between 3rd and 4th grades,
and 6th and 7th grades.
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette related that profits
from FAN night would be split between the band, vocal and art programs.
Next year’s FAN Night has been scheduled for Saturday, November
3rd. There is a junior/senior high vocal and band concert this
Thursday. On March 13th the Art Club will hold an Art-a-Thon at
the high school from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve minutes
2. Approve financial reports
3. Approve second reading of Board Policy 1004.1R, “Fees
for School Use”
4. Approve second reading of Board Policy 504.13 and 504.13R, “Special
5. Approve second reading of Board Policy 802.7, “Gifts,
Grants, and Bequests”
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent John Della Vedova
reported that he would be meeting with a contractor next Monday
to look at possible roof repairs that will be needed in the future.
Based on Monday’s meeting a long-range plan can be developed
to take care of roofing needs. He has authorized the principals
to proceed with the small building projects as discussed at last
week’s work session. Negotiations will be held with the support
staff and certified staff on Wednesday of this week.
ART CLUB TRIP: Lisa Huyette and several Art Club members presented
a power point presentation to the Board on the planned Art Club
trip to Chicago. Fifteen students and four chaperones will be going
on the trip scheduled for April 16th-18th. Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the Art Club trip to Chicago.
SOCCER AGREEMENT: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris
Hardy to approve the soccer agreement with the Indianola Community
School District for 2003-2004. Ayes: 5. Students will be responsible
for the $300 participation fee and their own transportation.
2004-2005 BUDGET: Julie Wilson presented the proposed 2004-2005
budget to the Board. The proposed tax rate is $18.02256 per $1,000
assessed valuation, which compares to this year’s tax rate
of $18.02316 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Motion by Chris Wadle,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2004-2005 budget for publication
as presented and set the hearing date for April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
in the Liberty Center. Ayes: 5.
BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSROOM: Discussion was held concerning the
location of the business education classroom and the need for additional
classroom space. Terry Gladfelter related that he would have the
faculty look at the master schedule and room assignments during
the Wednesday inservice meeting to help come up with ideas for
classroom space. Superintendent Della Vedova gave direction to
check on the use of the ICN room for classroom space. The Board
also suggested looking into dividing the technology center into
two classrooms as had been done in previous years.
BOARD POLICIES: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron
Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Section
602, “Programs of Instruction” and the review of Board
Policy 505.10, “Graduation Requirements.” Ayes: 5.
The Board took a recess at 8:57 p.m. and reconvened at 9:08 p.m.
CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy
to go into closed session for the purpose of screening the superintendent
candidates as authorized by section 21.5(1)(a) of the open meetings
law to review or discuss records that are required or authorized
to be kept confidential. Ayes: 5. The Board entered closed session
at 9:08 p.m.
President John Burrell called the closed session to an end at
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to offer the superintendent
position to Harold Hulleman at an annual salary of $45,000, to
be prorated the first year based on a November 1 start date, plus
single health insurance if needed. Ayes: 5. A contract will be
offered to Harold Hulleman on August 1st if he chooses to accept
employment with a start date of November 1.
President John Burrell adjourned the meeting at 9:52 p.m.
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