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. Ayes: 3.


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 August

· 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 good!

· 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 the office.

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 be developed.

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
PE 1
Art 2
Vocal 1

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 development.

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 will disappear."

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. Ayes: 3.

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 the Principal”

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 items:
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 voting.

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. Ayes: 3.

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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