SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
November 10, 2003
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
November 10, 2003, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior
High School building. President Burrell called the meeting to order
at 7:05 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 Wadle, seconded by Miller to approve the agenda.
1. Bus inspections were held on October 28th. We came out in good
shape with one spare bus out of service for dirty lights and
a fuel leak and a 30-day repair on #9 (spare) for a light out.
All repairs have been made and sent back to the state. I am making
plans to take bus #16 to Melcher on November 6th to have it inspected
because it was on the FFA trip.
2. Football and volleyball are over, so there have not been a lot
3. We have three drivers taking the 12-hour STOP class on November
8th and 15th in Ankeny.
4. I have received information on bus cameras and will pass it
along to you to see. I talked to three different suppliers. Two
of them have the same equipment.
Primary Principal’s report:
1. Forty-four grandparents visited kindergartners the week of October
20th. They visited the classroom and ate lunch with their youngster.
2. Again this year, several members of the high school FFA chapter
visited the Primary to tell their message of the importance of
leading a drug-free life with the students during the week of October
27th at two separate opening assemblies. This year, not only did
they pass out red ribbons for the youngsters to wear throughout
the week, they also sponsored a drug-free poster contest. Forty
students, with the help of their families, created posters for
a display in our hallway.
3. All three building principals attended a special meeting sponsored
by Heartland AEA for the district’s second year teachers
and their mentors at the Norwalk High School on October 29th. This
was one of regular monthly meetings that our second year teachers
attend with their mentors to review the Iowa Teaching Standards
and learn techniques that will enhance their classroom effectiveness.
District expectations for documentation of successful demonstration
of all of the teaching standards were discussed, with a follow-up
meeting back in our own district to be scheduled later. All new
teachers in Iowa are expected to present to their principal an
acceptable portfolio representing all eight standards near the
end of their second year of teaching. It is only after a careful
review of the portfolio, classroom observations, and required formal
evaluations (four in our case) that building principals decide
whether or not to recommend a teacher for permanent licensure through
the state of Iowa. At Southeast Warren we are also asking our teachers
to provide proof of acceptable performance for each of the forty-two
criteria under those standards. While this task seems pretty daunting,
one lesson plan, parent contact log, letter to the parents, or
classroom observation could cover several criteria. Two of our
teachers have attended training at the University of Iowa on preparing
their portfolio electronically. They will be sharing their new
knowledge with our new teachers soon.
4. Partners in Education conducted a successful book fair in the
Primary building the week of November 3rd both during several school
days and during parent-teacher conferences. I will have parent
participation rates from the conferences in next month’s
5. We will be holding Reading Week the week of November 10th. Planned
activities include guest readers to visit the classrooms and a “Shut
Off the Television and Read” challenge. The theme this year
is a patriotic one as we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day
at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday of that week with a special assembly featuring
a guest veteran who will be reading to the students, recitations
of poems by the second graders, and a demonstration of flag folding
by a few of the third graders, and group participation in the singing
of several patriotic songs. The public is invited.
6. Third graders completed the MAP tests and results of this initial
testing were shared with their parents at parent-teacher conferences.
They completed the oral reading fluency tests during the week of
October 20th and are scheduled to take the Iowa Tests of Basic
Skills during the week of November 17th. These are important tests,
along with the DIBELS tests for the K-2 students that I discussed
in last month’s report. We will be studying the results carefully
as we look for areas of strengths and weaknesses and examine trends,
all of which helps us determine what if any changes need to be
made in our academic program.
Intermediate Principal’s report:
1. Last week Charlotte, Terry and I entered ITBS and ITED data
and participation rates into the Department of Education’s
web site. Immediately we were informed we did meet the state
assigned goal for adequate yearly progress (AYP) in the reported
grade levels and subjects. We will need to continue working on
improvement as the state goal is for 100% of students to be proficient
by 2013-14 in the subjects of reading, math and science.
2. We will give ITBS in the Intermediate Center beginning on November
13th and finish the following week. Tests will be given the very
first part of each day.
3. We celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 20th to 24th. The FFA
sponsored a poster contest for 6th grade students. Carl Davis received
a savings bond for the best poster.
4. DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education will begin for
sixth graders on November 17th. Warren County Deputy Randy Spurr
will lead the classes. He was the leader last year and worked very
well with the students.
5. The Partners in Education group has been very active. They sponsored
a book fair for both elementary buildings, they provided supper
for the teachers during conferences, and they are planning a special
reading night for the intermediate students. We really appreciate
all their support.
6. November 11 will be the first of three character trips for the
year. Students must complete a community service project outside
of school and meet other academic and behavioral requirements in
order to attend. We have 45 students who have shown great character
and will participate in the trip. Parents and staff members will
accompany the students to Indianola for an afternoon of bowling.
Secondary Principal’s report:
1. Juvenile Court School Liaison – I am pleased to welcome
Rose Hanrahan to the SEW district. Her first day on the job was
Wednesday, November 5th. She is an honor graduate from the University
of Northern Iowa with a degree in social work. She is leaving the
Department of Human Services to join us. Ms. Hanrahan will be at
SEW on Mondays and Wednesdays and every other Friday. The other
days will be spent at I-35.
2. Winter Athletic Schedule – There has been concern expressed
about the basketball schedule. Parents have expressed concern about
the junior high having to practice early in the morning and the
needed transportation. A new schedule has been put together so
that the junior high teams will practice immediately after school
with a rotation between Lacona and Liberty Center. A shuttle bus
will be made available at the end of practice. The shuttle schedule
will be very similar to the schedule used for football/volleyball
3. Eligibility Requirements – Discussion has begun to review
the eligibility requirements for extra curricular activities. The
main area of concern is the 4 ½ week period. Should we consider
eligibility every 2 ½ weeks? The question to consider is
how would that be monitored as to not create more paperwork for
the teachers. I have been contacting other schools to review their
Children First Forum – Jennifer Birchette reported that
the Children First Forum would like to get a mentoring program
in place for the elementary schools. They would like to see a reward
program with high school students visiting the elementary to have
lunch, play games, and socialize with the students. The CSIP was
also discussed. The CSIP will be discussed in more depth at the
next meeting. The next meeting will be held on December 1st in
Athletic Boosters – Ron Miller reported that the Athletic
Boosters have put the football field project on hold for another
year. They were unable to schedule the dirt work to be done this
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette reported that the
Fine Arts Boosters are promoting the sale of the denim shirts.
The Southeast Warren fall play will be held next Friday, Saturday
Local Option Sales Tax – Paul Meade reported that the Local
Option Sales Tax Committee would like for each school district
to form committees to promote the Local Option Sales Tax issue.
The next Local Option Sales Tax Committee meeting is scheduled
for this Wednesday at 5:30 in Indianola.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 13, October 16, and October 28, 2003, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Miller, seconded by Hardy to approve the items on the
consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Della Vedova related
to the Board that he and Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter had
met with Melcher’s superintendent and high school principal
last week to discuss sharing ideas. Dollar amounts will be put
to the ideas to be presented to the Melcher-Dallas Board of Education.
Options will be discussed further during a board work session to
be scheduled later on the agenda.
CONSIDER DISPOSITION OF OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Ron Miller presented
an estimate of approximately $10,000 to repair the old school house
with a new roof, paint, doors and concrete floor. Ron’s recommendation
was to purchase a metal building instead of spending money on an
old building. No action was taken by the Board.
BUS CAMERAS: Bids were received from Robotics Technologies, Inc.
(RTI) and Radio Engineering Industries, Inc. (REI) for bus camera
systems. Motion by Miller, seconded by Birchette to purchase six
cameras for the buses at a cost of $715 per unit from REI. Ayes:
5. The cameras will be paid for from the PPEL Fund.
ISJIT: Motion by Wadle, seconded by Miller to approve (i) Voyageur
Asset Management Inc. as the ISJIT Investment Advisor, (ii) the
ISJIT Amended and Restated 12b-1 plan for the Iowa Schools Joint
Investment Trust (including the Diversified Portfolio and the Direct
Government Obligation Portfolio), and (iii) the ISJIT Marketing
and Service Agreement between MidAmerican Investment Advisory Group,
Inc. and Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust and hereby authorizes
its board secretary to execute the proxy statement. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY 403.5: The Board discussed Board Policy 403.5, “Early
Retirement Benefits”. The policy has been void since April
15, 1996. The consensus of the Board was for the superintendent
and board secretary to bring back ideas for consideration to update
the early retirement policy. John Burrell refrained from all discussion
on this agenda item.
REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 500 AND 501: Motion by Hardy, seconded
by Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Section
500, “Student Personnel” and Section 501, “Student
Attendance”. Ayes: 5.
WORK SESSION: The Board scheduled a work session for Thursday,
November 20th at 6:00 p.m. in Liberty Center to discuss finances
and possible sharing arrangements.
President Burrell adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
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