SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
November 8, 2004
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
November 8, 2004 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, Jennifer Birchette and Chris Wadle. President
Ron Miller arrived at 7:10 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman,
Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte
Weaklend, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter and Board Secretary
Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members of the
AGENDA: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4. (President Ron Miller was absent.)
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. Bus inspections were held on November 2nd.
2. The new bus was put into service on October 12th.
3. At this point I would like the Board to consider the purchase of another
bus for the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year and a van.
4. At the start of next year I’m gong to put bus #12 as a spare and put
bus #3 back on a route. But with three of the 2000 busses and the 1999 bus
being bought at the same time I would like to see them replaced one at a time.
By doing this it would put the district in a 10-year replacement cycle. It
seems there is a growing need for vans used by administration and special education
classes. I would like to get into some kind of rotation for van replacement.
The 2002 van was purchased new in 2002, the rest were bought used.
Primary Principal’s report by Charlotte Weaklend:
1. Fall DIBELS and MAP testing has been completed. Both establish
a good baseline to measure student progress throughout the year.
Results will be shared with parents at parent-teacher conferences
this week and used in planning instruction, especially for those
students who are struggling in reading. In addition to reading
comprehension, math computation has been identified as an area
for greater emphasis this year in our building. The third graders
completed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills this week – yet
another source of data for instructional decision-making.
2. Our Kindergarten Grandparents’ Week – October 18
through the 22nd, where grandparents are invited to visit school
and eat lunch with their kindergartners, was a great success this
year. Fifty-two grandparents from Carlisle, Norwalk, Urbandale,
West Des Moines, Milo, Marengo, Chariton, Applington, Indianola,
Albia, and Winterset participated this year. Thanks to the kindergarten
teachers for organizing this event again this year and to our kitchen
staff, Doris Gillespie and Lori Mason, for their extra efforts
in feeding the extra people.
3. Thanks to the efforts of Marcia Williams and Megan Morhardt,
several worthwhile activities were made available to our students
during Red Ribbon Week. Those activities included: presentations
from Mr. Babcock and Mrs. Butler about leading a drug-free life
and the difference between good drugs and bad drugs during morning
opening character assemblies, teacher-written songs and chants
to be learned by the students, presentation by high school FFA
members of red ribbons that everyone wore throughout the week,
the signing of drug-free pledges by students, and the giving of
drug-free wrist bands, suckers, and stickers, as well as a “wear
something red” day and a “wear a hat” day.
4. The Partners in Education group is holding their second Scholastic
Book Fair of the year this week, this time in conjunction with
parent-teacher conferences. Not only do these book fairs enlarge
home libraries of books for children to read, but they also increase
the number of books in the classrooms. Research has shown that
reading skills are reinforced through multiple opportunities to
read. Owning their own books encourages students to read the same
books again and again – another proven reading strategy for
5. Scheduling for parent-teacher conferences to be held this week
has been completed. We are looking forward to good attendance.
Report cards for this first quarter of the school year will be
handed out to the parents at conferences. Parents will then have
the opportunity to gain immediate clarification of any questions
they may have. Subsequent report cards for the year will be sent
home with the students.
6. The building will again be open on December 4th for the annual
Small Town Country Christmas celebration here in Milo. The local
quilt club will again be displaying quilts in the multi-purpose
room. They are actually included as a stop in the tour of homes
this year. Local vendors will be set up in the hallways. PIE will
be hosting a cookie walk in the main foyer and a Santa’s
workshop, where children may create Christmas gifts for their parents,
in the art room. This is a great opportunity for many community
members and visitors to our community to enjoy our beautiful new
building. Our annual Winter Music Program will be held in the high
school gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. on December 6th.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:
1. We celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 25th to 29th. The FFA
sponsored a poster contest for 6th grade students. Chaylee Weeks
received a savings bond for the best poster. Mrs. Ripperger and
Mr. Babcock planned the week’s activities.
2. DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education began for sixth
graders on November 1st. Warren County Deputy Randy Spurr will
lead the classes again this year.
3. The Partners in Education group is very active. They held a
successful fundraiser last month to raise money for playground
equipment. They are sponsoring a book fair to be held next week
during conferences and they will provide a meal for teachers during
4. November 2nd was the first of the character trips planned for
the year. Students completed a community service project outside
of school and met academic and behavioral requirements in order
to attend. We had 59 students of great character participate in
the trip. Parents from each grade level accompanied Mrs. Schneider
and the students to Camp Wesley Woods. The PIE committee agreed
to provide funds for the transportation.
5. We will begin taking Basic Skills Tests on the 8th and will
finish on the 16th. Tests will be given the first part of each
6. Mrs. Carol Oliver started as a part time reading teacher on
November 1. She is working with individual students and small groups
from each grade level. Each grade level team decided on a plan
to incorporate Mrs. Oliver’s skills into reading instruction.
As the year progresses we will evaluate each plan, making adjustments
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
1. AED – Automated External Defibrillator – has been
installed at the northwest entrance to the gymnasium above the
water fountain area. The Milo Fire Department donated the defibrillator.
Ten of our teachers and staff have just received CPR training and
certification. The training included use of the defibrillator.
Signs will also be posted at the entrance to the building signifying
that an AED is in the building. Thanks to the faculty and staff
that gave up an evening and the cost of the class to receive the
2. ISU College Visit – ISU will be having a career-shadowing
day on November 8. One hundred seventh and eighth grade students
from across the state will spend a day on campus visiting the different
schools and colleges. Selection was based upon a submitted essay
by the students. Ms. Chamberlain made this a writing project for
her 7th and 8th grade students and over 90 essays were submitted.
Of the 100 students chosen, SEW had 10 selected. We had two seventh
grade students and eight eighth grade students selected. The students
were Megan Karimi (7), Rosie Petry (7), Alex Bruce (8), Ariel Downs
(8), Carolina Eckert (8), Caitlin Ellingson (8), Josh Manley (8),
Hannah Norem (8), Austin Putz (8), and Blake Roush (8). Congratulations!
3. PSAT Meritorious Student – Korie Downs, a senior, recently
received recognition from the National Merit Test for her score
on the PSAT test. Though not one of the 16,000 nationwide that
move on to the scholarship level, Korie was one of the 36,000 students
nationwide that was recognized for high achievement scores on the
4. 1st Quarter Grades – Last year there were 64 “F’s” at
the quarter – this year 31. Last year there were 136 “D’s” at
the quarter – this year 125. I asked the faculty why they
think the numbers have dropped and some of the reasons given were:
- The information learned and being tried from the Fitzpatirck
- Several teachers are approaching grading more from a content
perspective vs. homework penalties
- Positive relations with students – respect
5. ITBS/ITED Incentives
- Composite Score – 75th percentile and above, no scores
below the proficient level (40th percentile)
- Full day off from school
- No exams at end of second semester as long as attendance
requirements are met.
- Composite Score – 40th – 75th percentile, must
be proficient in reading, math, and science (40th percentile)
- ½ day off from school
- May drop 1 core and 1 elective from second semester
exams as long as attendance requirements are met.
- Composite Score – showing any improvement
- Two periods off from school
- May drop 1 elective from second semester exams as long
as attendance requirements are met.
Athletic Boosters – Chris Hardy reported that Andy
Schurman had been elected President of the Athletic Boosters. The
Athletic Boosters will be financing the costs to level the football
field; the work on the field will begin this fall.
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Birchette reported
that the fall play was held this past weekend. The Fine Arts Boosters
will meet Thursday night.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 11, 2004 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Dr. Harold
Hulleman related that he would send an update to the Board each
week by email.
HISTORY TRIP: Mike Tierney presented information to the
Board concerning the proposed history trip to be taken during spring
break 2005. The Board asked for additional information to be presented
at the December board meeting prior to approving the history trip.
Information requested included rules and procedures that will be
in place while on the trip, consequences of not following the rules
and procedures, room arrangements, security cautions, and the responsibilities
of the sponsors. Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter also wanted
to revisit the itinerary before approval by the Board.
JH SPORTS PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Board discussed putting
the junior high sports practice back into the school day during
8th hour. Concerns were expressed about the length of the day for
junior high students when practices are scheduled after school,
the hardship on families transporting students, the safety of students
waiting for parent transportation, sufficient time to complete
homework, and the impact on high school students practicing during
the late evening hours. John Burrell also expressed the opinions
that the number of students participating in sports is down and
that ACT scores were higher a few years ago than they are now.
Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman will send out a survey to parents,
coaches, teachers and students to provide feedback and get a feeling
for the situation. This item will be discussed again at a future
FACILITY USE: Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman requested
direction from the Board concerning use of the school facilities
and the fees charged. The Board discussed setting parameters on
the hours available for use, charging a flat fee for custodian
services and whether local community groups should be charged for
use of the facility. Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman will review
Board Policy 1004.1R, “Use of School Facilities” and
recommended changes at the December board meeting.
MEETING WITH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Superintendent Dr.
Harold Hulleman related to the Board that Eric Heitz, Consultant
with the Department of Education, has proposed meeting with representatives
of the Southeast Warren and Melcher-Dallas school districts to
discuss conducting a needs assessment to help in our decision making
concerning future sharing arrangements. Eric proposed meeting on
November 29th with the superintendent and one board member from
each district. President Ron Miller volunteered to serve at the
SCHOOL BOARD CONVENTION: Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman
reminded board members of the IASB Convention on November 17-19.
Any board members interested in attending should contact Dr. Hulleman
or Julie Wilson to register.
WORK SESSION: A work session was scheduled for Monday,
December 6th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
SUPERINTENDENT’S CALENDAR: A calendar was included
in the board packets of days in November and December Superintendent
Dr. Harold Hulleman plans to be in the district.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Recommendations were made for the following
personnel changes: The resignations of Lori Holmes, Studyhall Aide;
and Bradi Smith, Assistant HS Softball Coach; and the appointments
of Ron Smith, Assistant HS Boys’ Basketball Coach; Lori Hart,
Color Guard Advisor; Amber Garrison, Studyhall Aide; Deanna Smith,
HS Girls’ Basketball Chaperone; and Phil Oliver, Assistant
JH Boys’ Basketball Coach. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the personnel changes as stated.
LACONA PROJECT: Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman related
to the Board that bids had been received for the materials and
labor to put metal siding on the original portion of the Lacona
building and for the metal roof over the classroom area. The low
bid for materials is from Menards ($24,309.95) and the low bid
for labor is from Moses Borntrager ($20,000). Superintendent Dr.
Harold Hulleman recommended approving these two bids. Motion by
John Burrell, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the Menards bid
for $24,309.95 and the bid from Moses Borntrager for $20,000. Ayes:
4. Chris Hardy abstained from voting.
DECEMBER BOARD MEETING: The consensus of the Board was
to start the December 13th board meeting at 5:00 p.m. due to the
Secondary Music Concert scheduled for the same evening.
President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:47 p.m.
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