SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
June 13, 2005
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
June 13, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High
School building. Board Vice-President John Burrell called the meeting
to order at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present:
Chris Hardy and Jennifer Birchette. Ron Miller and Chris Wadle
were absent. 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.
AGENDA: Dr. Hulleman noted the addition of an additional agenda
item to approve the final payment for the Lacona gym project. Motion
by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the agenda.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had 17 class room trips to various locations during the month of May.
2. Spring sports are winding down with nine trips for the month.
3. The second bus inspection of the year was held on May 3rd. We had a few
minor repairs to do, most have been completed.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:
Each grade level took a field trip during May. Fourth grade students
visited Living History Farms. Fifth grade students attended a session
at DMACC on water and water quality, while the sixth grade students
attended an Iowa Cubs baseball game. In addition, fifth and sixth
grade band members visited Adventureland.
Several special events were held this month to which parents and
community members were invited. We were pleased with the number
of students who were able to attend the following events:
· Spelling Bee, the winner of the 3rd and 4th grade spelling
bee was Destini Miller (4th grade). The winner of the 5th and 6th
grade spelling bee was Evan Gardner (6th grade)
These students are eligible to participate in the State Fair Spelling Bee in
· The third graders and their teachers visited the Intermediate.
The teachers prepared a printed summary of changes to expect which
students were to take home. Mrs. Mead, Mr. Harken and Mr. Babcock
presented information and answered questions.
· Mrs. Dittmer (substitute for Mrs.Young) presented a music
concert in conjunction with the building talent show. Grade levels
performed for their peers and then small groups of students or
individuals performed. The solo and/or small group acts were very
· Four teams of students competed in an Academic Bowl.
The winning student team competed against a team of staff members.
The staff members won, but it was a good competition.
· Since we did not have access to the football field, we
did not hold a traditional track and field day. Students did participate
in physical activity throughout the afternoon and then enjoyed
sno-cones provided by PIE and Rainbow Sno.
· We concluded the month with our Awards Assembly. Many
students earned awards for honor roll and earning A’s all
four quarters in specific subjects. In addition, students earned
certificates for missing two or fewer days.
Sixty-nine students earned certificates for no office referrals
or detentions all year. Destini Miller (4th), Amy Williams (4th),
Kayleigh Chapman (5th), Cassidy Hembry (5th), Paige Amsden (6th),
and Afton Hobbs (6th) earned the citizenship awards this year.
They showed a positive attitude toward classmates, the school and
their community. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside
Our most prestigious award, the President’s Award for Educational
Excellence, was awarded to sixth graders who have maintained a
90% or higher grade point average all three years in this building,
and scored at the 85th percentile or above on ITBS in reading or
math. This year’s recipients were: Paige Amsden, Grant Beck,
Evan Gardner, Kylee Horton, Emmett Konrad, Ashley Lewis, Seth Nutting,
Tyler Renfeldt, Alyssa Werneburg, Lindsay Young, Erick Davis, Joseph
Kimzey, Madison Martin, and Levi Meling. Their names will be inscribed
on a plaque outside the office.
Final figures on office referrals and detentions this year
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
Detentions 632 426 181 269 51
Office Referrals 139 114 87 97 49
Since we know detentions and office referrals result in a behavior change for
only a small portion of the population, all staff members made a concentrated
effort to develop responsible behavior by: establishing relationships with
the students, using verbal plans as long as possible, instituting written
behavior plans when necessary, and modeling the behavior expected from students.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
Included in this month’s board packet is an updated 5-year
enrollment, discipline, and attendance report for the Primary building.
You will note that while the same trend was unfortunately not noted
district wide, the K-3 enrollment was actually up during the 04-05
school year compared to the year before, a reversal in the four-year
downward trend experienced prior to that school year for our building.
Please note that current anticipated class lists for the 05-06
school year include a total of 142 students, another modest increase.
For the 04-05 school year, twenty-three students missed only one
or two days of school, and three earned a perfect attendance award
for the year. You will also note that in just about every category,
the percentage of students being referred to the office was up
this year compared to the previous four years. With an increase
in the number of students being assigned one-on-one associates
to help deal with behavior issues in the lower grades, it is becoming
more and more clear that student behavior will continue to be in
the forefront of our efforts to provide a safe and productive learning
environment for all of our students.
The Primary campus will be well utilized this summer, especially
through the month of June, with forty part-time and full-time children
enrolled in daycare, fifty-five first through sixth grade students
coming to remedial reading and math classes each morning, and nearly
daily junior high and nightly high school softball and baseball
games to be held. Other anticipated summer activities include the
installation of a computer lab in the media center and the addition
of more playground equipment with an expanded equipment area to
In addition to the routine deep cleaning and simple repairs that
occur every summer, the Primary custodians will be working with
me to correct several EMC inspection items; relocate several shelves
in the media center to provide space for the computer lab; correct
several leaking problems throughout the building; make needed ceiling
tile replacements; and paint the lower portions of walls in the
classrooms, hallways, multi-purpose room, and restrooms as needed.
Of the seventeen certified staff members assigned to the Primary
building, at this point only one will be different for the 05-06
school year. Don Newbury, who resigned to take another position,
will be replaced by Phil Oliver. We welcome Phil to our building.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
D/F List – The charts below contain information for the
end of the school year. The junior class had a significant increase
in the D/F category. I cannot give an explanation for such an increase.
D/F List Comparison
7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
F D # F D # F D # F D # F D # F D #
4th Quarter 5/03 29 44 23 21 34 21 41 58 34 6 23 13
4th Quarter 5/04 10 47 21 13 18 14 12 33 22 8 62 27 4 33 19
4th Quarter 6/05 5 16 18 1 17 13 6 38 22 6 33 18 32 53 34 7 7 7
D/F Subject (7-12) F D
Language Arts 10 20
Math 9 45
Science 9 29
Social Studies 17 36
Computers 7 10
Special Ed 1 9
Spanish 2 9
Animal Science 5 3
FAC 2 3
Leadership Team – The three principals, one member from
each building, and Dr. Hulleman met with our AEA representative,
Lori Pearson, to discuss our academic emphasis for next year. We
definitely want to continue with the reading priority, but are
looking at ways to incorporate writing strategies into our professional
Summer Repairs – Attached is a list of summer repairs we
anticipate to be completed over and above the usual summer cleaning
of the building. Several of the items that are starred are from
our recent EMC insurance report.
Rehab the lab – Throughout the year ICN training has been
completed on proper storage and disposal of chemicals in the building.
June 23 is the scheduled date for a building inspection of all
those areas. That will include the art room, science rooms, shops,
and custodial areas.
Legislative report submitted by Chris Wadle:
Vilsack signed legislation requiring the state Board of Education
to devise a model core curriculum for preparing students for college
or vocational training. Senate File 245 also sets a goal for 80
percent of high school graduates across Iowa to complete the more
rigorous set of courses by July 2009.
The new law does not penalize school districts that fail to achieve
the goal. Vilsack said, "If this proposal doesn't work . .
. if we see some kind of push-back on this, then we can go to the
next level . . . and the next level is the state coming in and
mandating it," the governor told Des Moines Register reporters
and editors. "It's not only an economic imperative . . . it's
a national security imperative that we do that," he said. "Unless
we have the best educated work force . . . with the competition
we're facing abroad, the standard of living we've all come to expect
Developers of the model curriculum for Iowa schools are to take
into account the recommendations of the Iowa City-based testing
company ACT: four years of English and three years each of mathematics,
science and social studies. About two-thirds of graduating students
from Iowa took ACT's college entrance exam last year. Within that
group, 66 percent met ACT's recommended curriculum. Excerpt taken
from The Des Moines Register.
PURCHASE OF MOWER: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that two
quotes had been received for a compact tractor with a mid-mount
mower deck, loader and rear blade. Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting
the low bid for the Case IH equipment from Vetter Equipment and
exclude the trade-in of the JD lawn mower for a total cost of $9,000.
The purchase price of $9,000 includes the trade-in of the International
utility tractor and the Country Clipper lawn mower. Motion by Chris
Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the purchase of
the Case IH equipment from Vetter Equipment, excluding the trade-in
of the JD mower, for a cost of $9,000. In addition, a maintenance
and warranty agreement is to be in place for the Case IH equipment.
SALE OF DISTRICT EQUIPMENT: Dr. Hulleman requested permission
from the Board to sell a 1991 GMC bus that is no longer needed
and the John Deere 112 lawn tractor that is being replaced with
new equipment. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette
to approve the sale of the equipment as listed. Ayes: 3.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 9, 2005, board minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 304.4, “Succession of Authority to
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 3.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
1. The Lacona gym project has been completed.
2. The seal coat on the Lacona drive and parking areas has been completed and
looks good. An invoice for $3,400 was included in the bills for approval.
3. Dr. Hulleman will be attending the Challenges of Change Conference with
the principals on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
4. Dr. Hulleman will be attending the IASB Human Resource Conference tomorrow.
FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: The Board reviewed the five-year expenditure
plan for facilities, transportation, and technology expenses. A
few adjustments were made to the plan to reflect the lower cost
of the football field fence than was anticipated, the additional
purchase of the utility tractor and the addition of seal coat for
the Lacona parking areas. The expenditure plan will be presented
to the Board at the next board meeting for board approval.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: This item was tabled until the
next board meeting.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the appointment
of David Ripperger and Mike Tierney, Co-Athletic Directors; Matt
Oliver and Jim Carr, Co-Head HS Football Coaches; Terry Brummer,
summer work at $7.50 per hour; Alissa Norden, 5th Grade Teacher;
and John C. Burrell, Jr./Sr. High Science. Dr. Hulleman also recommended
accepting the resignations of Debra Sage, Jr./Sr. High Science;
and Kristy Helverson, Dance Team Coach.
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve
the appointments as listed. Ayes: 2. John Burrell abstained from
Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to accept
the resignations as listed. Ayes: 3.
SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT: Dr. Hulleman asked the Board
to consider a contract for himself for 100 days at $450 per day
from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the Superintendent’s contract
for 100 days at $450 per day for a term of one year. Ayes: 3. In-district
travel expense for the Superintendent will be discussed at the
July board meeting.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND EMPLOYEE ASSITANCE PROGRAM: Dr.
Hulleman recommended renewing the Student Assistance Program and
Employee Assistance Program for 2005-2006. These programs have
been in place for the past 3 ½ years. The cost of the Student
Assistance Program is $3,228 and is paid for from At-Risk funds.
The cost of the Employee Assistance Program is $1,620. Motion by
Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the renewal
of the Student Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Program.
SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MELCHER-DALLAS: Dr. Hulleman requested
authorization to enter into a sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas
for wrestling for the 2005-2006 school year. The administration
and coaches from both districts are in favor of the agreement and
feel it would be a positive arrangement for both districts. Motion
by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to authorize entering
into a sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas for wrestling for
the 2005-2006 school year. Ayes: 3.
BOARD POLICIES: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 1004, “Use
of School Facilities”, 1005, “Community Activities
Involving Students”, and 1006, “Community Activities
Involving School Grounds”. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the review of Board Policy Sections
1004, 1005 and 1006. Ayes: 3.
APPROVE FINAL PAYMENT FOR LACONA GYM PROJECT: Dr. Hulleman related
to the Board that an invoice in the amount of $6,976.50 had been
received from Moses Borntrager for the final payment of labor for
the Lacona gym project. Dr. Hulleman related that the work on the
Lacona gym had been completed and recommended approval of the final
payment for labor. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris
Hardy to approve the final payment to Moses Borntrager in the amount
of $6,976.50. Ayes: 3.
Vice-President Burrell adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
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