SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
July 12, 2004
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
July 12, 2004 in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High
School building. Board Member Ron Miller called the meeting to
order at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Chris
Hardy and Chris Wadle. President John Burrell arrived at 7:04 p.m.
Board member Jennifer Birchette was absent. Superintendent Carl
Reno and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance,
along with members of the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 3.
VISITORS: Pam Seuferer, representing the After Prom Committee,
related to the Board that the committee had decided to use the
left over funds from the after prom activities to donate two benches
to be used in the area in front of the High School entrance. The
High School Student Council is contributing the balance of the
funds needed to purchase the benches. The benches are being donated
in the name of the Senior Class of 2004. The benches will be installed
the first part of August. The Board expressed their appreciation
of the donation.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 14, 2004 regular board meeting minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the items
on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.
1. The Governor ordered a 10% reduction in the amount of the state
budget cuts enacted during the 2003-04 budget year. Southeast
Warren’s share of that reduction was $6,024.
2. The 2003-04 school year ended with a $14,000 deficit. It is
estimated at this time that the deficit for the 2004-05 school
year will be $75,000 if something isn’t done.
3. A curriculum revision matrix for the next five years was given
to the Board for information purposes on needed textbook purchases.
4. EMC sent a construction engineer to look at the girls’ locker
room floor. EMC will pay the full cost of the engineer. A contractor
has been contacted to take care of the problem.
UPDATES TO PROPANE PLANT: Two bids were received from Country
Propane to update the bypass and internal relief valves on the
propane plant. Terry Davis was present from Country Propane to
explain and answer questions concerning the updates needed for
the propane plant. Terry Davis recommended both updates be completed
for safety reasons. Superintendent Carl Reno also recommended completing
both sets of updates at the same time. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Chris Hardy to approve the first page as submitted by Country
Propane totaling $2,010.63 (items in bold print), not including
the vaporizer. Ayes: 4.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve items
in bold print totaling $3,348.59 on the second page submitted by
Country Propane. Ayes: 4. (Complete copies of the bids are on file
with the minutes.)
LACONA GYMNASIUM EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS: Superintendent Carl Reno
suggested to the Board to advertise for bids using a window of
November 1 to April 1 for completion of the work on the Lacona
gymnasium exterior. Bart Butler related that he had contacted contractors
and they were receptive to the idea of a winter project. Bart Butler
also recommended splitting up the bid specifications with larger
alternates to try to get the bids in line with the dollars available.
Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to authorize the
Superintendent and Board Secretary to proceed with the bid process.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy
to approve the personnel changes as written: the resignations of
Lyndsey Spirek, Special Education Teacher and Shauna Starr, KIDS/Early
Intervention Teacher; the appointments of Melannie D. Trees, half
time Intermediate Teacher; Jeanette Brazie, Special Education Associate;
Jean Garrison, Special Education Associate; and Lauri Mason, part
time cook; and the transfer of Michelle Fowler from study hall
monitor to one-on-one Special Education Associate. Ayes: 4.
HANDBOOKS: The Board asked for clarification on the 8:25 tardy
time in the Primary and Intermediate handbooks. Motion by Chris
Wadle, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Primary, Intermediate
and Daycare handbooks. Ayes: 4.
BOARD POLICY 603.5: Julie Wilson related to the Board that Secondary
Principal Terry Gladfelter had recommended updating Board Policy
603.5, “Student Internet Acceptable Use,” to be consistent
with the Jr./Sr. High Student Handbooks. Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the revision of Board Policy
603.5, “Student Internet acceptable Use.” Ayes: 4.
SCHOOL ATTORNEY: The Board discussed the fees charged during the
current year for professional services, the process of selecting
next year’s school attorney, or if an appointed school attorney
is even required by law. The Board requested further research on
BIDS: Bids were received from Anderson Erickson Dairy Co. for
milk products and from Sara Lee Bakery Group and HyVee for bread
products. Roberts Dairy Co. declined the opportunity to bid milk
products. Sara Lee Bakery Group was the low bid for bread products.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the bids
from Anderson Erickson Dairy Co. and Sara Lee Bakery Group as our
suppliers for milk and bread products for the 2004-05 school year.
COURT LIAISON OFFICER: Superintendent Carl Reno related to the
Board that Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter had recommended
continuing the contract between the Juvenile Court Services of
the Fifth Judicial District, the Iowa Department of Human Services,
the Interstate 35 Community School District and the Southeast Warren
Community School District for the Court Liaison Officer services
for the 2004-2005 school year. Southeast Warren is responsible
for 25% of the salary and benefits paid. Motion by Chris Hardy,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the contract for the Court Liaison
Officer services. Ayes: 4. The Board requested the Court Liaison
Officer to submit reports periodically on services provided.
LONG RANGE FACILITY PLANNING: Superintendent Carl Reno presented
a list of building and grounds expenditures as prioritized by the
principals. The consensus of the Board was to proceed with repairs
of the girls’ locker room, the Lacona gymnasium and hot lunch
modifications, updates to the propane plant, replacement of the
Industrial Arts roof, a water softener for Lacona, and updates
to the B/G restrooms at the high school. The Board also asked the
Superintendent to look into repairing the high school parking area
with cold patch.
LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: The Board discussed legislative priorities
for 2005. The top five legislative priorities were: (3) Supports
state funding and legislation to address funding inequities existing
in the local option sales and services tax, property tax, and other
sources of revenue dedicated for school infrastructure. (5) Supports
setting allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school
improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school
districts. Therefore the allowable growth for FY 2004-2005 should
be set a 6 percent, as the 2 percent already committed is not sufficient
to meet the increasing costs of education. The allowable growth
rate for FY 2005-06 should be set no lower than 6 percent. (23)
Supports legislation that gives school districts authority to charge
fees for items and services that do not amount to tuition and state
reimbursement of student fees waived pursuant to state law. (24)
Supports full state funding of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
Act. Short of that, IASB supports greater flexibility in the administration
and funding of the program. (25) Supports predictable and timely
state funding for serving special education students at a level
that reflects the actual cost, including education programming
and health care costs. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Ron Miller
to approve the top five legislative priorities for 2005 as stated.
BOARD GOALS: Superintendent Carl Reno presented the following
list of tentative short-term board goals for 2004-2005:
It is the intent of the Board of Education to provide a positive school climate
that fosters a disciplined environment conducive to learning
A. Review K-12 discipline procedure and emphasize consistency from one building
B. Continue character education that emphasizes respect, responsibility and
good citizenship, including manners.
C. Encourage a cooperative attitude from staff that ensures cooperation with
parents, community members, and students on the importance of absence of alcohol
and drug use on and off school grounds.
The Southeast Warren District will promote higher student achievement
A. Performance standards will be developed by using standardized test score
B. The Board of Education will provide time and facilities to promote more
effective teaching strategies.
C. The Board of Education will continue to emphasize higher standards and benchmarks
to achieve these higher standards.
Southeast Warren District will actively promote a school-community partnership
A. Continue to share school facilities for community use (i.e. 4-H groups,
adults education, book fairs, etc.)
B. District image needs to be more positive by staff, students and community
C. Communication with community & parents through the monthly newsletter,
parent conferences, providing speakers for community clubs, attendance at school-community
The Southeast Warren District will emphasize the importance of extra curricular
activities in the student program and the need for good sportsmanship and
fair play by the participants, parents and community
A. Review the Good Conduct Rule yearly by a committee of parents, students
and community members
B. Continue to develop a policy of expectations of students, parents and community
at extra curricular events
C. Requirements are to be reviewed by each coach with participants and parents.
Requirements to be published yearly for community awareness.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the board
goals for 2004-2005 as amended. Ayes: 4.
BOARD COMMITTEES: The following board committees were set up for
1. Budget: John Burrell and Jennifer Birchette
2. Legislative: Chris Wadle and Jennifer Birchette
3. Negotiations: Chris Wadle and Chris Hardy
4. Transportation: Ron Miller and John Burrell
5. Building & Grounds: Ron Miller and Chris Hardy
President Burrell adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.
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