SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
April 4, 2005
The Southeast Warren Board of Education and Melcher-Dallas Board
of Education held a joint board meeting on April 4, 2005, in the
library of the Lacona Intermediate building. Board President Ron
Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The following board
members were present: Chris Wadle, Chris Hardy, Jennifer Birchette
and John Burrell. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal
Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, and Board
Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance. Superintendent
Tom Dannen, members of the Melcher-Dallas Board of Education and
Melcher-Dallas staff members were present.
Dr. Harold Hulleman reviewed the Southeast Warren Board of Education’s
responses to the Needs Assessment survey. Superintendent Tom Dannen
related that the Melcher-Dallas Board of Education had responded
with similar thoughts. A formal response to the Needs Assessment
survey will be received in the near future.
Superintendent Tom Dannen presented the idea of sharing a transportation
director between the districts. Melcher-Dallas would be willing
to share their transportation director with Southeast Warren. Sharing
the position would result in a savings of half of the salary for
Melcher-Dallas, but the cost would remain close to the same for
Southeast Warren. The Southeast Warren Board of Education was reluctant
to share a transportation director at this time since there wouldn’t
be a savings recognized, but would consider the option at a later
time if the position should become vacant. Dr. Harold Hulleman
will put figures together for the Southeast Warren Board of Education
to review at the next board meeting.
Discussion was also held concerning the sharing of buses to athletic
events if both districts were traveling to the same event. Both
districts were in favor of this idea and wanted to research the
Currently the districts are sharing an Elementary Counselor and
Media Specialist. The Elementary Counselor will continue to be
shared next year, but due to budget constraints, Melcher-Dallas
will not be sharing the Media Specialist next year. Discussion
was held concerning scheduling classes so that students traveling
to the other district for shared classes could take two classes
back to back in order to save drive time.
Administrators from both districts will work together as positions
become open or vacant to see if the positions can be shared.
Discussion was held concerning sharing the wrestling program.
Concern was expressed that Southeast Warren would jump up a class
if the programs were combined. Dr. Harold Hulleman will contact
the Iowa High School Athletic Association to check on classes and
alternatives. Discussion also included combining programs such
as Speech, Debate Teams, etc.
Superintendent Tom Dannen related his concern that the same information
goes out to both districts. Both districts felt it was important
for the public to know that the interest is in sharing programs
and saving costs, not merging the districts.
Both districts felt it would be beneficial to hold a joint board
meeting later this spring to continue discussion and look at opportunities
that may arise. A suggestion was made to also have the student
organizations meet to brainstorm ideas for sharing.
President Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:13 p.m.
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