May 9, 2005

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session May 9, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. The following board members were present: Jennifer Birchette, Chris Wadle, Chris Hardy and John Burrell. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, 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 Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

VISITORS: Megan Morhardt expressed her opinion that the art program should continue to be a two-person job. She expressed concern about scheduling and the ability to maintain the quality of the program if it is changed to a one-person job. Megan is concerned that the schedule will not allow ample prep time, ample time to set up the classrooms or time to prepare and do classes justice. She suggested looking at the possibility of being in one building per day. She also requested the opportunity to meet with the administrators to discuss scheduling options.

RECOGNITION: Dr. Hulleman presented certificates to board members in recognition of National School Board Member Recognition Week.


Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. Spring sports are in full swing with 27 trips for the month of April.
2. Most of the month was preparing for the 2nd bus inspection of the year that was held on May 3rd.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

1. Partners in Education hosted two Saturday afternoon picnics during the past month to reward the elementary students and their parents for reaching their goal of $500 for the 2004-05 Box Tops for Education fund drive at both elementary buildings. PIE also hosted a final Scholastic Book Fair in both buildings and wound up their spring 4-Seasons fundraiser. Each elementary school has the green light from PIE to spend $10,000 toward playground equipment and ground cover this year, thanks to the hard work of our PIE volunteers and elementary parents. I will be working with a teacher committee to make the equipment selection and with community and parent volunteers to install the new equipment, hopefully sometime this summer.

2. The third grade classes, once again this year, visited a number of Milo senior citizens for an afternoon of musical entertainment on April 29th following the regular congregate meal at the Milo Community Center. The youngsters really look forward to this opportunity to perform, and the seniors obviously enjoy the experience, as they, no doubt, reminisce about similar programs they performed for their elders in old one-room country schoolhouses many years ago. What a great way for us to connect with our community!

3. May activities in our building include:

May 6th Kindergarten ABC Picnic (performance of learned skills for parents)
May 9th 1st grade field trip to Pella
May 13th Kindergarten field trip to Dykstra & Meade farms & Blank Park Zoo
May 16th - June 2nd K-3 Friendship Fair study of Japan (including tea ceremony presentations and homemade kite-flying)
May 16th 3rd grade to visit Intermediate building for tour and 3rd/4th gr. spelling bee (with winner advancing to Iowa State Fair competition)
May 17th Primary Field Day (snowcones for youngsters provided by Wendy Smith, PIE president)
May 18th Preschool field trip to Annett Nature Ctr.
May 20th Preschool end-of-the-year program at Milo City Park
May 20th 1st and 2nd grade spelling bee (with winner advancing to Iowa State Fair competition)
May 24th 2nd grade field trip to Iowa Historical Museum & Science Center
May 24th 1st & 2nd graders perform musical selections for each other
May 25th 3rd grade field trip to Warren County Historical Museum & Annett Nature Ctr.
May 25th & 26th Last days of preschool classes
May 31st 2nd grade performs musical selections for 3rd grade
June 2nd Last Day of School

4. Elementary teachers have been previewing new reading / language series from various vendors throughout the spring. The selection committee has narrowed the field of choices down to three different series. It is anticipated that the orders for our new materials will be in the mail in early June, so that the teachers will have the better part of the summer to begin the process of getting familiar with the new materials.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. We finished MAP testing this week. Kim Carnes was very helpful in making sure all make up tests in our building were done in a timely manner and all special education teachers and associates worked on the tests that needed read to students.

2. The leadership team met the last week of April to review teacher team meeting and implementation logs. Teachers were asked to submit at least one artifact for a lesson in April. From the logs and artifacts submitted we know most of the elementary teachers have been meeting and using a variety of the strategies taught to them during inservices. Many secondary teachers are also meeting and using the strategies.

Both elementary and secondary teachers completed an evaluation of the professional development offered to them this year. The responses were overwhelmingly positive to the following statements:
1. The strategies were presented in an understandable format.
2. The strategies were beneficial for my current teaching assignment.
3. The professional development format provided enough time to practice the strategies.
4. It was beneficial to have a narrowed focus on reading comprehension for the professional development plan.

Teachers who do not usually incorporate reading instruction into their classroom activities rated question #2 lower.

The leadership team discussed ideas for the focus of the professional development plan for next year. We reviewed ITBS data and suggestions gathered from teachers. We know we do not want to completely drop the focus on reading comprehension, but we have other needs. The team will review MAP data before making a final decision.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Basketball sportsmanship ratings – I received from the Iowa High School Athletic Association our football ratings for the 2004-05 season. Our ratings are based on 37 returned responses from the referees. The chart below shows the state averages and our scores.

04-05 Season
Top 10%
Bottom 10%

Valedictorian Recognition – Congratulations to Kate Clendenen our SEW valedictorian. She was recently recognized at an official awards ceremony along with the other top graduates throughout the state. Kate had her picture taken with Governor Vilsack and will also be on television spots that honor the top graduates throughout the state.

Mid Term D/F

Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Mid Term 5/03
Mid Term 4/04
Mid Term 4/05

MAP Testing - We have just completed the spring testing. We will be able to show our students their growth over the school year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Math. The student scores will be available in about two weeks.

Prom – I was very pleased with the efforts of the junior class in their decorations for the prom. Ms. Rhodes puts in many extra hours in planning and preparation. The students were very well behaved, and I have heard many good reports from the students about the after prom.

Legislative report submitted by Chris Wadle:

1. Legislative Priorities 2006 - School boards need to spend their May, June or July board meetings analyzing, discussing and voting on your top legislative resolutions for the 2006 session. Iowa Association School Board priorities, issues and lobbying direction cannot be determined without school district participation in the process.

2. Professional Development Mandate - Two additional days of professional development are required by Iowa law to be added to teacher contracts effective July 1, 2005. The legislature has several possibilities in providing resources for two days of professional development: one day of professional development, or perhaps eliminating the mandate to add the two days. School districts will likely not know the results of legislative action until after bargaining and budgets are completed. Until such time as the legislature delays or removes the mandate, however, school districts should abide by the law and prepare to add two days. It is recommended that school district consider contingency language that allows for one or two days to be later eliminated from the contract if the legislature acts to delay or eliminate the requirement.

The statute requires that any district that does not currently provide 10 days of professional development that meet the definition of quality professional development in the Iowa Professional Development Model must add two days to their teacher contract.

Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette related that the number of members is dwindling. The Fine Arts Boosters are really urging parents to get involved. A questionnaire will be sent out to see what activities or contributions parents would be willing to help with. Kathy Nutting is the new President of the Fine Arts Boosters.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. April 11, 2005, minutes
2. Financial statements

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. All of the windows that were to be replaced in the Lacona gym project have been installed and a large portion of the siding has been installed. The project is currently on hold until additional materials arrive.
2. Ron Konrad has been in contact to discuss the possibility of seal coating the bus drop and parking area in front of the Lacona building at the same time that the City of Lacona seal coats the street. The approximate cost to seal coat would be $2,900 plus the cost of gravel, approximately $3,000 to $4,000 for the total project. The consensus of the Board was to proceed with the seal coat if money is available. Dr. Hulleman will bring this item back to the Board as an action item.
3. Graduation will be held on May 22nd. Dr. Hulleman will be in the District on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

FENCE BIDS: Dr. Hulleman related that four bids had been received for the football field fence. Dr. Hulleman recommended tabling approval of any of the bids until references could be checked for the two lowest bidders. The consensus of the Board was to table action pending further information.

BOARD POLICY 304.4: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving Board Policy 304.4, “Succession of Authority to the Principal”. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the first reading of Board Policy 304.4, “Succession of Authority to the Principal”. Ayes: 5.

AFSCME CONTRACT: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that an agreement had been reached with AFSCME/Iowa Council 61 for a package settlement of $33,861.72. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the contract with AFSCME/Iowa Council 61. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Marianne Lester addressed the Board with her concerns of combining the K-6 Art position with the 7-12 Art position. She expressed her concern that K-12 Art teachers need to have an assignment that is doable and doesn’t see how anyone can handle a K-12 art position. A lot of preparation time is required for each art class. She asked the Board, “As educators do we want to set up someone for failure?” Mrs. Lester recommended keeping full-time K-6 Art and hiring a person for half-time 7-12 Art. She also expressed her concern that there are extra assignments beyond the teaching schedule that add to a person’s workload. Mrs. Lester stated that from her own experience in teaching, she does not see how combining the positions can be done.

Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignations of Angie Chapman, Associate; Lisa Huyette, 7-12 Art, Art Club Advisor, and Dance Team Coach; and Ron Smith, Assistant HS Boys’ Basketball Coach. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the resignations as presented. Ayes: 5.

Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the assignments of Howard Phippen, HS Custodian; Chuck Jones, JH Baseball Coach; Dan Thomas, JH Softball Coach; and Nathan Bauer, Assistant HS Softball Coach. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the assignments as presented. Ayes: 5.

Discussion was held concerning the transfer of Megan Morhardt from K-6 Art to K-12 Art. Board members expressed concern about how the scheduling of K-12 Art would work. The Board recommended having Megan meet with the administrators to discuss the schedule. This item was tabled until the next board meeting. A schedule will be developed for the Board’s review.

2005 GRADUATES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the 2005 graduating class list subject to completion of graduation requirements. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the 2005 graduating class list subject to completion of graduation requirements. Ayes: 5.

SUNRISE SUNSET CHILD CARE FEES: Charlotte Weaklend related that an interest has been expressed for half-day care for the summer daycare program. Charlotte recommended approving the following fees for half-day childcare: 5:30 a.m. to noon (including breakfast and lunch) - $12.00 per day; noon – 6:00 p.m. (including p.m. snack) - $10.00 per day. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the fees as recommended for half-day childcare. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICIES: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 1000, “Statement of Guiding Principles”, 1001, “Public Communications”, and 1003, “Relations Between School Personnel and the Public”.

The Board watched a short segment of the video taped session “Taking Schools from Good to Great” presented by the Iowa Association of School Boards.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:47 p.m.

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