SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
September 15, 2003
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
September 15, 2003, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior
High School building. President Smith called the meeting to order
at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Tom Farley,
Greg Davis, Debbie Miller and John Burrell. Secondary Principal
Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Primary
Principal Charlotte Weaklend and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were
also in attendance, along with members of the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Davis, seconded by Farley to approve the agenda.
VISITORS: President Smith presented a clock/plaque to Rosemary
Bauer in recognition of her years of employment for the Southeast
Warren Community School District. Rosemary retired at the end of
the 2002-2003 school year after 31 ¾ years as a cook for
Julie Wilson presented plaques and lifetime activity passes to
Tom Farley, Kevin Smith, Debbie Miller and Greg Davis, retiring
school board members.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve minutes
2. Approve financial reports
3. Approve second reading of Board Policy Section 402, “Certified
Personnel Employment,” and Section 408, “Non-Certified
Motion by Miller, seconded by Davis to approve the items on the
consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF SCHOOL ELECTION: President Smith presented
the official results of the regular school election. The results
were as follows:
Director District 1 (term 9-03 to 9-05)
Jennifer Birchette 213 votes
Write-In/Scattering 73 votes
Director District 2 (term 9-03 to 9-06)
Ron Miller 227 votes
Write-In/Scattering 52 votes
Director District 4 (term 9-03 – 9-06)
Write-In/Chris Hardy 114 votes
Write-In/Kevin Smith 64 votes
Write-In/Scattering 29 votes
Director District 5 (term 9-03 to 9-04)
Chris Wadle 226 votes
Write-In/Debbie Miller 34 votes
President Smith adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.
The organizational Meeting of the Southeast Warren Board of Education
was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by Board Secretary Julie Wilson.
The following board members were present: Jennifer Birchette, Ron
Miller, Chris Hardy, Chris Wadle and John Burrell. Secondary Principal
Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler and Primary
Principal Charlotte Weaklend were also in attendance, along with
members of the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Miller, seconded by Wadle to approve the agenda.
OATH OF OFFICE: Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the
oath of office to Jennifer Birchette, Chris Wadle, Chris Hardy
and Ron Miller.
ELECT PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT: Board Secretary Julie Wilson
called for nominations for President. Birchette nominated John
Burrell for President. There being no other nominations, the Board
voted unanimously for John Burrell as President.
President Burrell called for nominations for Vice-President. Miller
nominated Birchette. Birchette nominated Miller. Hardy, Wadle,
Miller and Burrell voted for Birchette. Birchette voted for Miller.
Birchette was elected Vice-President.
Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the oath of office for
President to John Burrell and for Vice-President to Jennifer Birchette.
BOARD POLICY 204.1: The Board reviewed Board Policy 204.1, “Regular
Board Meetings.” The consensus of the Board was to leave
the policy as it currently is. The consensus of the Board was to
hold regular board meetings in Liberty Center instead of rotating
to the other attendance centers. No action was taken.
BOARD POLICY 204.10: The Board reviewed Board Policy 204.10, “Order
of Regular Business Meeting.” The consensus of the Board
was to leave the policy as it currently is. No action was taken.
NEGOTIATIONS REPRESENTATIVES: President Burrell appointed Chris
Hardy as representative for the certified negotiations and Chris
Wadle as representative for the non-certified negotiations.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION NETWORK MEMBER: President Burrell appointed
Chris Wadle as Legislative Action Network Member.
WARREN COUNTY CONFERENCE BOARD: President Burrell will serve as
Warren County Conference Board member.
CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: President Burrell appointed Jennifer Birchette
as Children First Forum representative.
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS: President Burrell appointed Ron Miller as Athletic
FINE ARTS BOOSTERS: President Burrell appointed Jennifer Birchette
as Fine Arts Boosters representative.
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended approving increasing
Carol Carr’s contract from half time to three-quarter time
due to increased enrollment in business classes. Motion by Hardy,
seconded by Birchette to approve increasing Carol Carr’s
contract from half time to three-quarter time. Ayes: 5.
Superintendent Della Vedova recommended increasing Connie Fridley’s
salary $.30 per hour for the 2003-2004 school year. This increase
is consistent with what the non-certified employees received for
raises. Motion by Miller, seconded by Hardy to approve a $.30 per
hour increase in salary for Connie Fridley. Ayes: 5.
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended approval of hiring
Natoshia Myers, Special Education Aide, at base salary of the classified
aide salary schedule for 8 hours per day. Motion by Birchette,
seconded by Hardy to approve hiring Natoshia Myers. Ayes: 5.
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended approval of hiring
Melissa Jensen, Food Service/Media Aide at Step 2 of the Classified
Aid Salary Schedule for 7 ½ hours per day. Motion by Miller,
seconded by Wadle to approve hiring Melissa Jensen. Ayes: 0. Nays:
Birchette and Burrell. Miller, Wadle and Hardy abstained from voting.
After lengthy discussion, motion was made by Miller, seconded by
Wadle to approve hiring Melissa Jensen as Food Service/Media Aide.
Ayes: 5. The Board expressed concern about the lunch fund accounting
software and asked that it be made operational for parents to be
able to access account information. Concern was also expressed
about updating the Southeast Warren website.
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended hiring Melissa
Wiley as HS Cheerleading Sponsor at Step 1, 2% per sport. Motion
by Miller, seconded by Hardy to approve hiring Melissa Wiley as
HS Cheerleading Sponsor. Ayes: 5.
Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter recommended hiring Teresa
Schneider as Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball coach at 3% of
Step 1. Motion by Birchette, seconded by Miller to approve hiring
Teresa Schneider as Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball coach.
Terry Gladfelter recommended approving a proposal from the football
coaches to divide the responsibilities of the Weightlifting Coach
between themselves and donating the supplemental salary to the
football activity account. Motion by Miller, seconded by Birchette
to accept the proposal from the football coaches to share the Weightlifting
Coach responsibilities and donate the supplemental salary to the
football activity account. Ayes: 5.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Hardy to accept the resignations
of Michelle Fowler, Weightlifting Coach; Josh Snook, HS Custodian;
and Bob Schaffer, Primary Custodian. Ayes: 5.
FFA NATIONAL CONVENTION: The FFA requested permission from the
Board to attend the FFA National Convention in Louisville on October
28th –31st. Thirteen students and 8 adults will attend the
convention. FFA will pay for the bus driver’s salary, gas,
convention expenses and hotel rooms. Motion by Miller, seconded
by Wadle to accept the itinerary for the FFA National Convention.
SCHOOL ATTORNEY: Julie Wilson recommended retaining the current
school attorney, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. including
Jeff Krausman, as school attorney for the 2003-2004 school year.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Birchette to approve retaining the
current attorney. Ayes: 5.
ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: Superintendent Della Vedova recommended
approval of the Annual Progress Report. Portions of the Annual
Progress Report will be reviewed at later dates. Motion by Hardy,
seconded by Miller to approve the Annual Progress Report. Ayes:
ASBESTOS INSPECTIONS: Proposals were received for three-year AHERA
asbestos reinspection and 6 month periodic surveillances. Superintendent
Della Vedova recommended accepting the low bid received from Ames
Environmental, Inc. Motion by Miller, seconded by Hardy to approve
Ames Environmental, Inc. for our asbestos inspections. Ayes: 5.
JUVENILE COURT LIAISON OFFICER: Terry Gladfelter asked the Board
to consider accepting an appointed liaison officer. The person
would have the training to be an At Risk Coordinator for the district,
be able to assist in dealing with truancy, help chaperone trips
and events, and be an advocate in helping to get court assistance
for our students should it be needed. Motion by Birchette, seconded
by Miller to approve sharing a Juvenile Court Liaison Officer with
the I-35 School District. Ayes: 5.
TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR/PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS: Superintendent
Della Vedova recommended hiring Joel Mosher as regular route bus
driver and Transportation Director. The Transportation Director
position at 24 hours per week at an annual salary of $18,000 and
any other hours approved by the superintendent at $16 per hour
and the regular route bus driver salary at contract wage. Superintendent
Della Vedova recommended the contract be on a trial basis for the
remainder of the first semester. Joel will also drive his regular
bus route in addition to serving as Transportation Director. Motion
by Miller, seconded by Hardy to hire Joel Moser as Transportation
Director and evaluate the position at the end of the semester.
Superintendent Della Vedova related that Mark Putz had been pursuing
a new bus. Superintendent Della Vedova recommended that the Board
wait a year due to the tight General Fund budget or wait until
the PPEL Fund gets a little healthier. Mark and Joel concur that
we can wait one year to purchase a bus.
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX: Julie Wilson related to the board that
the school districts in Warren County are interested in submitting
to the voters the question of imposition of a one-cent local sales
and services tax for school infrastructure purposes. The Board
will need to approve a resolution requesting an election and a
Revenue Purpose Statement explaining how the funds will be used
at the October board meeting.
DISPOSITION OF OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Ron Miller, John Burrell and
Gene Wadle will look at the old school house and make a recommendation
to the Board at the October board meeting concerning the disposition
of the old school house.
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING & MEETINGS: Board members were advised
of the following meetings: discussion of the Local Option Sales
Tax at the Norwalk Middle School on September 23 at 6:30; District
Meeting on October 16th at 6:00 in Liberty Center; meeting with
Melcher C.S.D. on October 28th at 6:00 in Lacona; and ABLE meeting
on November 5th at 6:00 in Chariton.
1. As you may or may not know, we started out the year adding
a new route in order to shorten route times. Due to a driver situation
and a shortage of drivers, we were forced to go back to 6 routes.
With your acting Transportation Director driving a route, this
leaves only 1 sub. Two more have taken the CDL and passed, one
still needs to do the DOT physical. This will give you 1 sub for
evenings and 2 subs occasionally. There are afternoons when you
need three subs. We have been using vans for Cross Country, due
to lake of drivers. There needs to be strong consideration of hiring
two full time drivers. Some athletic trips may suffer, because
not enough drivers. Maybe some of the coaches and/or other staff
members could consider getting their CDL to help out with driving
their own activities. By law, transportation to and from school
is first and extracurricular trips second.
2. I will be closing my shop on October 1, 2003, and will be returning
the inventory, tools and equipment back to the school garage. I
have talked to Northland Oil and they will move bulk oil and transfer
the dispenser to the school shop. There is no charge as long as
you use their product. From that point, all work will be done at
the school garage. I will do what I can to help with setting up
the school garage.
3. Your wheelchair bus #6 is being used by Melcher-Dallas for one
of their students, but their driver is also transporting a Southeast
Warren student to Lacona. The tentative arrangement is Southeast
Warren will provide the bus and Melcher-Dallas will provide the
driver. Melcher-Dallas will also pay for minor maintenance.
4. There is a problem with the transmission in the white 1985 Chevrolet
pickup. I have checked into repairs, Al’s Transmission will
overhaul and install for $700 to $800 or you can purchase one from
a rebuilder for $425 and Joel can install.
5. We have purchased coats for the bus drivers this year as a “thank
you” and also to be recognized as a driver when they are
doing trips. It has been a very good group to work with and always
willing to do whatever it takes to make things work.
The consensus of the Board was to give permission to Superintendent
Della Vedova to pursue one full time bus driver.
The Board requested information on bus cameras be presented at
the next board meeting.
Secondary Principal’s report:
Information was presented to the Board concerning student fundraising
options. Mr. Gladfelter asked the Board to consider two options.
Option 1: Allow sales-type fundraisers, but request donations.
Issue a window sticker to the donor that indicates they have made
their contribution, therefore should not be approached for further
sales. Option 2: Remain with the “no sales” criteria.
The consensus of the Board was to approve Option 1.
Primary Principal’s Report:
1. Our elementary remedial reading and math summer classes were
held form July 28th through August 8th. Ten first through fifth
grade students attended the reading class for an hour each day,
and nine students attended math classes. Parents were asked this
year to pay $40 per student per class. This service had been free
in the past. The tuition covered the teacher’s, Kathy Taggart,
wages and benefits for the program.
2. Our annual Open House was rescheduled from the originally scheduled
date of August 26th to the evening of August 28th due to unusually
hot weather. This evening coincided with the Intermediate Open
House. The schedule was worked out so that parents could attend
both open houses. The Partners in Education group again served
a supper to families in the multi-purpose room during the open
house. Free will donations for the meal amounted to approximately
$300 in profit for this organization. As always, this event was
very well attended.
3. Once again I am appreciative of the opportunity to devote all
of my time and attention to one building, instead of two, again
this fall. The character education/reading assemblies that were
initiated last year are just one example of improvements to the
Primary building program that are now possible with a full time
administrator being available every day, all day. Themes at those
assemblies so far this year have included patriotism and respect
for our country as well as respect for self and others, and more
specifically friendship – how to make a friend and how to
keep a friend. In addition, by having a full time administrator
here, we are able to take a more proactive stance in helping troubled
students with the principal working one-on-one with those students
in a teaching/counseling role. We, therefore, have fewer interruptions
to the flow of the academic day.
4. One emphasis again this year at the Primary building is on
the improvement of reading instruction. While several excellent
supplemental programs have been added to our reading program in
recent years, student growth is not as consistent as it should
be to satisfy the No Child Left Behind requirements. Changes in
classroom and lunch hour schedules have now allowed for ninety
minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction every morning – the
minimum amount that research tells us is required for a good reading
program with additional teachers being available to work with small
groups and individuals on specific reading skills during that time.
Wendy Robinson, AEA 11 reading consultant, will be meeting with
the Primary teachers after school on September 23rd to review our
test data with us and make specific recommendations about how we
can most efficiently utilize AEA staff development training. She
will also be able to review our reading instructional materials,
see how our classroom teachers are utilizing those materials, and
then guide us in the process of developing the best reading program
possible for our kids.
5. A second emphasis is on increasing community involvement in
our school through community members volunteering in the school
and the involvement of primary students in additional community
service projects in the community. Com Serve grant money will be
used this fall for the training of primary teachers in community
service activities and volunteerism. One result of their study,
hopefully, will be increased opportunities for community members
to visit our school, spend time with students as mentors or lunch
mates, and help students practice important academic skills. We
have a wonderful resource of ready and willing people in the community
who, no doubt, are just waiting for specific opportunities to relate
with our students both in the school and out in the community.
Intermediate Principal’s report:
1. We have 136 students to begin the school year at the Intermediate
Center. This is down 4 from this time last year. Nine are new to
the district with 4 of them in special education. Six students
moved away (only 1 was special education).
2. We are trying a couple new reading strategies this year. Sixth
grade special education students (staffed for reading) are getting
a double dose of reading. They are participating in the 6th grade
reading class and getting instruction in the special education
classroom. This means they are missing 6th grade social studies,
but we feel improvement in reading skills is a greater need. Parents
were all contacted and very supportive.
The second strategy involves general education 4th graders. All
students except special education reading students will participate
in the general reading class. With the help of the AEA we conducted
a pretest for a corrective reading series. After the teacher receives
training on this program, the students will be split into 3 groups
to work on specific skills based on their outcome in the placement
test, their basic skills scores and the data collected a the end
of third grade. These groups will be fluid, any student who shows
appropriate progress or shows more need can move to a different
group. This instruction is specific to decoding of sounds and words.
The teachers have allotted extra time for reading to make this
Last year we began checking the reading fluency (rate of reading
aloud) of all students. We will do this again in October. The teachers
will be able to set goals for each child who is below expectations
and provide activities designed to improve fluency.
3. Our computer lab has been transformed from a hodgepodge of
apple computers to PC computers. As of this writing it still needs
some final touches, but is close to being fully operational.
Children First Forum: Rod Fridley related to the Board that the
Children First Forum had met on September 9th. Items discussed
included Multi Culture Gender Fair issues; the balance of males
and females in high school courses and the lack of diversity in
our school district; and the organization and membership of the
Children First Forum for this school year. The next meeting will
be held on October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Lacona. The agenda will
be Election of Chairman and Recording Secretary and Presentation
of the 2002-03 Annual Report.
Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell reported that
a meeting is scheduled for the next Wednesday of this month.
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette reported that the
Fine Arts Boosters are promoting the sale of denim shirts. The
Boosters are considering serving the meal at the IASB District
meeting to be held in Liberty Center on October 16th. The possibility
of a gambling license is being discussed. This item will be placed
on the October board meeting agenda.
President Burrell adjourned the meeting at 10:15 p.m.
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