SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
April 11, 2005

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session April 11, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Jennifer Birchette, John Burrell, Chris Hardy and Chris Wadle. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Transportation Director Joel Mosher and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members of the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We are getting ready for spring sports and class field trips.
2. All drivers have attended the required inservice for the year.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

As enrollment overall at Southeast Warren is declining, the numbers of incoming kindergartners appears to be on the increase for the second year in a row. Parents of 43 potential kindergartners for the 05-06 school year attended the Kindergarten Parent Night last week. Current grade level enrollment numbers at the Primary building include:
Kindergarten 43
1st grade 29
2nd grade 34
3rd grade 38

We are very appreciative of the boost to our character ed program that PIE provided for us through the work of Fax Gilbert on March 28th and 29th. Mr. Gilbert proved to be a very talented performer and able teacher as he worked with our 3rd graders in developing relevant skits that portrayed each of the character pillars. Approximately 200 elementary students and their parents attended the evening meal and performances by the third graders and Mr. Gilbert.

Attendance at our first two parenting classes – on February 22nd in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences and on March31st, unfortunately, was very limited. However, it is our intention to focus on retrying in the fall soon after the new school year begins. On February 22nd two presenters from Prevention Concepts talked with our participating parents about creating caring relationships with their children and developing resilient kids. On March 31st Mr. Babcock, our elementary counselor, presented the Love and Logic program designed to develop respectful and responsible children and to help make parenting less stressful.

The number of Southeast Warren teachers and staff who are trained and/or recertified in the Mandt System is increasing each year. The Mandt System is designed for those who interact on a daily basis with people who may become uNatasha.Cooperative or even physically aggressive to themselves or others. It emphasizes that all people deserve to be treated at all times with dignity and respect. It encourages the continual development of positive relationships built on trust that promote safety, security, and the ability to grow. It provides skills to caregivers in recognizing the visual signs that a person is having difficulty managing his or her emotions and/or becoming physically escalated toward themselves or others. It provides techniques to de-escalate the person, as well as safe techniques to use when it becomes necessary to step in to physically restrain someone who is harming themselves or others. It is described as “a systematic training program designed to help you de-escalate and co-manage yourself and others, as well as reduce the possibility of verbal and physical abuse to yourself and others”. Our AEA provides this training at a very nominal fee. The initial training takes two days to complete, with follow-up one-day recertification training to be completed on an annual basis. Each building is encouraged to have a certified Mandt team of at least three people to work together when a student crisis occurs within the building.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. To date we have received K-6 examination copies of basal reading series (and supporting language arts materials) from four different companies. Two more companies have submitted materials just for K or K-1. Teachers have a checklist to use when previewing the materials. All elementary teachers are welcome to preview materials and submit a checklist, but are not required. We will meet with the curriculum committee to review checklists and teacher comments soon. After reviewing the checklists, the committee will narrow the choice down to two companies who will be invited to make presentations to interested staff members. Our goal is to make the decision by the middle of May.

Teachers are looking for reading materials that use research based reading strategies like those we have learned and practiced all year in our professional development. They are also looking for materials offering differentiation for lower level and higher level readers. Another consideration is a balance of fiction and nonfiction reading material. We also want the material to cover our established standards and benchmarks in both reading and language.

2. Three teachers from the intermediate attended the State Reading Conference in Des Moines this week. The conference features nationally know speakers/authors and offers sessions on best practices in reading and educational research. Teachers will share at a staff meeting or reading team meeting.

3. Our second district wide assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will be administered the last week of April and first week of May.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

D/F List - A significant drop (improvement) in the third quarter.

F- 6 Math, 8 Social Studies, 5 Science, 1 Special Ed, 2 Animal Science, 1 Computer App, 1 Spanish, 1 Family & Consumer Science
D – 10 Language Arts, 25 Math, 27 Science, 42 Social Studies, 4 Animal Science, 4 Special Ed,
5 Spanish, 3 Computer App, 1 PE

  
 
7
  
 
8
  
 
9
  
 
10
  
 
11
  
 
12
 
 
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
Mid Term 2/03
 
 
 
 
 
 
25
28
13
48
44
21
31
60
19
15
25
7
Mid Term 2/04
 
 
 
33
20
28
27
41
31
8
25
21
33
37
30
15
24
21
Mid Term 2/05
6
12
15
12
13
17
10
19
16
16
27
28
14
36
27
7
3
5
3rd Quarter 3/03
 
 
 
 
 
 
18
35
23
30
29
24
33
51
31
7
21
13
3rd Quarter 3/04
 
 
 
14
28
20
15
42
25
9
35
25
19
54
28
8
20
15
3rd Quarter 3/05
0
7
6
0
11
8
3
23
17
5
32
20
14
43
28
3
5
5

POI Sportsmanship –The ratings for this year were provided to board members. Also included was last year’s number for a comparison. It is still an area in need of improvement.

Wrestling Sportsmanship IHSAA

 
Top 10%
Bottom 10%
SEW 05
# of ratings
SEW 04
Coaches
1.00-1.12
1.88-3.04
1.4
25
1.33
Players
1.00-1.13
1.73-2.36
1.24
25
1.39
Spectators
1.00-1.13
1.83-2.59
1.32
25
1.44


Track Participation – The chart below shows participation in track over the past 5 years.

Track Year
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
JH Girls
13
27
9
11
22
JH Boys
24
29
15
16
25
HS Girls
15
13
19
26
13
HS Boys
11
14
10
14
21

Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell related that the Warren County Conference Board had not met this month. John updated the Board on the status of the lagoon project. The work on the lagoon is tentatively scheduled to start next September. Construction contracts are to be in place late summer. Southeast Warren will receive payment for the lagoon after the construction contracts are in place. All residents and property owners in Liberty Center will be required to hook up to the lagoon system. Fees for the property owners will run approximately $40/month after the system is in place. A preliminary diagram of where the sewer lines and pumping stations will be placed is posted in the Liberty Center Legion Hall and Superintendent’s office.

Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the Children First Forum had met on March 28th. Items on the agenda included a presentation from Rose Hanarhan on the At-Risk program, Cindy Butler presented information on the Extended Learning Program, and Terry Gladfelter presented information on the achievement data in math.

Athletic Boosters – Chris Hardy related that the Athletic Boosters have spent most of their budget on the football field renovations and would like to see the District contribute the cost of the fence.

Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette related that the spring play will be held in May.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. March 14 and April 4, 2005, minutes
2. Financial statements

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.


SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. An updated board calendar was given to board members.
2. An IASB ABLE meeting will be held tomorrow night entitled “Accountability for Student Learning”
3. A comparison of administrative costs for the transportation department in the Southeast Warren and Melcher-Dallas School Districts was given to board members. The savings to Southeast Warren to share a Transportation Director with Melcher-Dallas would amount to $2,050.
4. An article was given to board members on the importance of continued learning and growth as board members.
5. Six applicants have been interviewed for the high school custodian position. Two candidates were selected, but both have declined the position. Administration will look into temporarily hiring students or dividing the position into two part-time positions as short-term solutions to fill the vacancy.

POLICY ON SUCCESSION TO THE PRINCIPAL: Dr. Hulleman presented a draft policy on the succession of authority in the absence of the principal. The consensus of the Board was to approve the policy at the next board meeting.

2005-2006 BUDGET: A hearing was held to allow members of the public to ask questions or express concerns about the proposed 2005-2006 budget. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the 2005-2006 budget. Ayes: 5. The adopted tax rate is $18.02723 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

ISCAP PROGRAM: Julie Wilson recommended continued participation in the Iowa School Cash Anticipation Program. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve participation in the ISCAP program and approve the ISCAP Supplemental Resolution. Ayes: 5.

FENCE BIDS: Dr. Hulleman presented a diagram and specifications for the proposed football field fence to the Board for consideration. A list of potential bidders was also given to the Board for input. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the plan and specifications for fence bids and grant authority for administration to seek bids. Ayes: 5.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: Terry Gladfelter presented the following rationale for approving Algebra as a graduation requirement: National studies and the recent report from the Governor’s office indicate that high levels of math are needed for our students in the 21st century. Post secondary institutions are requiring higher levels of math and the high stakes tests incorporate algebraic and geometric problem solving skills. At Southeast Warren the math scores for the junior class dropped this year. A proactive approach is needed to keep our students competitive mathematically in the state and nation.

Presently, those 8th grade students who are ready are placed in Algebra I; they then have the opportunity to take advanced math courses through their senior year. We also have a group of students that take Algebra I in the 9th grade as a normal course of study.

Our proposal to the Board is to include all students in taking Algebra I. For those students that may need extra time to accomplish the rigor of Algebra I, we are proposing a curriculum that takes the Algebra I content and makes it a two-year course. We request permission to begin this requirement for the 2005-2006 9th grade class (Class of 2009).

Over a two-year period, the Math Applications courses would be eliminated. The “life skills” content of these courses would be incorporated into other content areas such as 7th grade study skills and senior economics.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve Algebra as a high school graduation requirement. Ayes: 5.

GRIEVANCE RESOLUTION: Dr. Hulleman related that an agreement between the District and the Southeast Warren Education Association had been reached resolving the grievance on overload pay. Dr. Hulleman requested approval of the agreement. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the agreement between the District and the Southeast Warren Education Association to resolve the grievance on overload pay. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the resignations of Brenda Chamberlain, JH Language Arts/Reading and Fall/Spring Play Director; Tim Cerwinske, HS Spanish, Spanish Club Advisor, Co-Head Girls’ Basketball Coach and Co-Head JH Football Coach; and Don Newbury, Elementary Physical Education and Assistant HS Football Coach, effective at the end of the school year. He also recommended approving the resignation of Phil Oliver for 2005 JH Baseball Coach. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve the resignations as presented. Ayes: 5.

ALA CARTE LUNCH PRICES: Dr. Hulleman recommended increasing the price of the ala carte lunch entrée on our lunch menu from $1.00 to $1.25 each in an effort to increase student participation in the National School Lunch program. The increase would be effective for the 2005-2006 school year. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the increase in ala carte lunch prices from $1.00 to $1.25. Ayes: 5.

DRIVER EDUCATION FEES: Dr. Hulleman recommended increasing the driver education fee from $175 to $200. This increase is to cover the actual cost of instructor, vehicles and fuel. Even with this increase, a shortfall of approximately $300 is anticipated this year. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the increase in the driver education fee to $200. Ayes: 4. Jennifer Birchette abstained from voting.

2003-2004 AUDIT REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the 2003-2004 audit report prepared by Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, P.C. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Hardy to accept the 2003-2004 audit report. Ayes: 5.

SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of an agreement between the Heartland Area Education Agency, Southeast Warren School District, and the parents of a special education student in the district. The parents requested reimbursement for private speech and language services that they obtained above and beyond that provided to their child at school. The agreement was reached following a preappeal hearing that was held on March 28th. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve the special education settlement agreement. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 702.8: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the revision to Board Policy 702.8, Extracurricular Driving – Procedure and Payment. The policy was revised to allow the negotiated agreement with AFSCME Council 61 to establish the rates for extracurricular driving. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the revision of Board Policy 702.8, Extracurricular Driving – Procedure and Payment. Ayes: 5.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

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