SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
April 12, 2004

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session April 12, 2004, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. President John Burrell called the meeting to order at 7:02 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 Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

VISITORS: None

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

1. The winter sports are completed and the spring activities have begun.
2. Bus routes and special education routes are going good. I’m looking for substitute drivers to help cover spring activities.
3. All drivers have completed their required training for the year.
4. I have worked up a new set of specs for a new bus with the help of all the drivers and their input of things they would like to change.
5. I’m working on getting busses ready for the 2nd half of inspections on May 4th.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

1. Report cards were sent home with the Primary students on March 31st. The results of DIBELS testing will be sent to parents as the tests are completed.
2. Kathy Taggart, Stacey Clendenen, and I attended Mandt recertification training on Wednesday, April 7th. Mandt is a system that teaches deescalation and nonphysical, as well as physical restraint techniques to use with students who are out of control. The district now has a team in each building who has undergone the two-day initial Mandt training followed by annual one-day renewal trainings. Mandt teaches: building health relationships, building communication, conflict resolution, behavior support, assisting a person who is unable to stand on his/her own, separating students who are physically fighting, and physical restraint while standing. Physical restraint is to be used only to prevent someone from hurting themselves or others. I am currently developing a form to aid our Mandt teams in documenting instances where they intervened to help with students.
3. PIE kicked off a weeklong fundraiser on April 7th. They are selling spices, soup and dip mixes, and lawn flags.
4. The 2004-2005 Kindergarten Parents’ meeting will be held on the evening of April 15th. Round-up is scheduled for the week of April 26th.
5. The elementary students’ pictures will be taken on April 15th by Lifetouch Photographers. Purchase of the pictures by the parents is optional.
6. Rock-in-Preventions will be visiting our school on April 16th. This program, paid for by federal Drug Free Schools grant money, utilizes senior high students to work with elementary students in delivering a drug free message.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. One of the areas of concern, which came out in the needs assessment conducted in January, was the transition between 6th and 7th grade. The junior high team, the sixth grade teachers, Mr. Gladfelter and I met on March 31 to discuss what can be done to improve the transition. Junior high teachers now use the same binder system and assignment calendar as we do in the intermediate. They have also developed a system where junior high teachers can better monitor assignment completion and contact parents when there is a problem. The sixth grade teachers try to have the students take more responsibility and encourage them to become more independent. We decided to go ahead with the sixth grade shadowing which has been done the last few years. The junior high team came to the intermediate and spoke to both sixth grade classes to explain about junior high and answer questions. The sixth grade teachers and I developed the student shadowing assignments that will begin on April 15th.
2. Our students have been involved in several activities this past month. On March 11th the 5th and 6th grade band students participated in the Spring Band Concert. Both bands did an excellent job under Mr. VanderLinden’s direction.
3. Science Fair/Science Night was an opportunity for 5th grade students to display a science project of their choosing. The 6th grade students displayed cell and atom models. The fourth grade students had posters that illustrated scientific principles. Donna Clay, Barb Ripperger, and Nancy Mead organized the event.
4. D.A.R.E. graduation was held on April 1st. Deputy Randy Spurr led the drug awareness curriculum. Each student wrote an essay with the 1st and 2nd place essays read aloud during graduation. Congratulations to Courtney Lauver and Brooke Vasey for their first place essays and Eddie Steil and Ashley Mills for second place.
5. April 7th was the third character activity for the year. The thirty students who completed a community service project and met other requirements spent the afternoon at Skate South. The students displayed their good character while on the trip and everyone had a great time.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

FBLA State Conference – Congratulations to Dani Hommer for placing first in the Business Calculations Competitive Event. The team of Justin Owens, Scott Schurman, and Courtney Kimzey place third in the Advanced Level Spelling Relay Event.

Pride of Iowa Academic Day – This year's event was in the categories of Science, Math and Spanish. Our ratings in the three areas was Science – tied for 5th place, Math – 2nd place, Spanish – 4th place. Brittney Stanley and Emily Kimzey came in first in the Junior/Senior Marathon Math competition. Our school was well represented by our students in competition with 11 other schools.

Sportsmanship – I'm pleased to present some information that is showing improvement in the sportsmanship of our school.

Wrestling from the state – Congratulations Mr. Ripperger, Wrestling Team, and fans!

SEW Average 03-04 02-03
Coach 1.47 1.33 1.86
Player 1.39 1.39 1.71
Spectator 1.42 1.44 1.43

Pride of Iowa – out of 12 schools we were 10th (last year we were 12th)

SEW 03-04 02-03
Volleyball 11th Tied for 5th
Wrestling Tied for 1st 11th
Girls Basketball 11th 12th
Boys Basketball 10th Tied for 9th

 

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Mid term 11/02
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Mid term 12/03
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Legislative Report: Chris Wadle shared the following items that were recently published in the Des Moines Register:

1. The debate over state spending on Iowa’s public schools has become one of the flashpoints of the 2004 legislative session and could be a major issue in legislative races this fall.
2. Last year, Iowa spent an average of $6,974 on each student, more than double what was spent in 1985-86. Still, 33 other states had higher per-student spending than Iowa last year, when nationally, an average of $7,829 was devoted to each student.
3. Even though Iowa has 17,500 fewer elementary and secondary students than during the 1998-99 school year, the state has just four fewer school districts. Enrollments are declining in two-thirds of districts. Absent changes in policy, the current problem will worsen as the number of children in Iowa continues to dwindle.
4. A state spending plan unveiled by Republican leaders earlier this month would increase general aid by $109 million, $12 million less than Vilsack recommended. The $109 million includes replacement of the state aid lost through the across-the-board budget cut ordered by Vilsack last fall. Vilsack also wanted an additional $10 million for a teacher development grant program that would be tied to school district efficiencies.

Children First Forum: Jennifer Birchette related that the Children First Forum had met on April 5th. Lori Pierson presented a draft of goals from the district leadership team. The team came up with the goals after studying the community wide needs assessment. Using this information, the CFF members wrote some district student learning goals. The next meeting will be held May 3 in Milo.

Fine Arts Boosters: Jennifer Birchette related that the next event would be the spring play. Barb Ripperger has resigned from the Fine Arts Boosters board after nine years of service.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:

1. Approve March 4 and March 8, 2004 minutes
2. Approve financial reports
3. Approve second reading of Board Policy Section 602, “Programs of Instruction”

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent John Della Vedova reported on the following items:

1. An email was received from the school attorney concerning contract language for the sale of the lagoon. The county has requested that Southeast Warren be responsible for the lagoon until the construction stage has started. The reply to the attorney is that Southeast Warren will not be responsible for the lagoon after the sale has been finalized.
2. EMC has performed a roof inspection of the instructional buildings for the district at no charge. EMC will then furnish a report of the findings and recommended repairs.
3. Carl Reno will attend the May board meeting to negotiate a contract for the interim superintendent position.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to accept the resignations of Teresa Schneider, Early Childhood Special Education instructor, Assistant HS Girls’ Track Coach and Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball Coach, and Melissa Wiley, Cheerleading Sponsor. Ayes: 5.

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve supplemental pay for assistant coach to Scott Dirkx, Assistant JH Boys’ Track and Jason Walter, Assistant JH Girls’ Track. Ayes: 5.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve hiring Doris Kay Hutton, Special Education Associate, Step 1 – Classified Schedule; Timothy Babcock, Elementary Guidance Counselor, MA/Step 10; and Kristina Stills, Secondary Yearbook/Newspaper Advisor (50%).

2004-2005 BUDGET: A hearing was held allowing members of the public to ask questions or express concerns about the proposed 2004-2005 budget. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the 2004-2005 budget. Ayes: 5. The adopted tax rate is $18.02256 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

2004-2005 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended revising the 2004-2005 school calendar to reflect inservice days on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays and add two 2:15 dismissals the last two student days of the school year. The change in inservice days will help with scheduling problems with the AEA. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the revision to the 2004-2005 school calendar. Ayes: 5.

ISCAP PROGRAM: Julie Wilson recommended continued participation in the Iowa School Cash Anticipation Program. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve participation in the ISCAP program and approve the ISCAP Supplemental Resolution. Ayes: 5.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler reviewed the scope of the Lacona gymnasium exterior modifications. The project includes covering the exterior with a metal panel system, repairing the roof on the east side, installing new windows and adding a canopy and concrete walkway at the cafeteria door. Julie Wilson recommended setting the date for opening bids on May 10th at 6:30 p.m. with a hearing to follow during the regular board meeting at 7:00 pm. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve construction of the Lacona gymnasium exterior modifications and set the date of hearing and letting for May 10th and order publication of Notice of Hearing and Letting. Ayes: 5.

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve Carl Reno as Interim Superintendent until a replacement is hired, salary to be determined at the May board meeting. Ayes: 5.

CSIP GOALS: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to table this item until the May meeting. Ayes: 5.

2002-2003 AUDIT REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the 2002-2003 audit report prepared by Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, P.C. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Ron Miller to accept the 2002-2003 audit report. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 601.3: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the revision of Board Policy 601.3, “School Day.” Ayes: 5.

President John Burrell adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

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