SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
February 13, 2006

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session February 13, 2006, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Chris Wadle called the meeting to order at 5:33 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Jennifer Birchette, and Ron Miller. Chris Hardy was absent. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Transportation Director Joel Mosher, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

VISITORS: Albert Putz addressed the Board concerning the incident of stolen jerseys and the coach involved. Albert took the five students involved in stealing jerseys from Twin Cedars back to return the jerseys to their rightful owners. Albert related that in his discussions with the students, he had learned that it was the students’ perception that the coach had sanctioned taking the jerseys from an earlier event. Albert related that the students were punished for their actions and felt that a good example needs to be set with the adult involved also. A uniform message needs to be sent that undesirable behavior will not be accepted from students or adults.

Harold Hulleman read a statement regarding the matter. He and Mr. Gladfelter have investigated the incident. Mr. Thomas was very forthcoming with this matter. Neither the District nor coach condones stealing. All items stolen have been returned. The Administration has dealt with Mr. Thomas as a personnel matter, and as such, the details are confidential. In the future, all coaches are to handle matters such as this in a timely matter.

Doug Hommer addressed the Board concerning the Good Conduct Policy. Doug related that he did not see anything in the policy about notification to the parent if a student has been found guilty of a good conduct violation. Doug also related that he felt there had been inconsistency in the handing out of punishment to students for the various offenses. Also, students who wouldn’t admit to their actions until proven guilty received the same punishment as those students who admitted wrongdoing from the beginning.

Harold Hulleman related that he had met with the coaches and discussed ways to make the policy more consistent, involve the head coaches sooner, and established guidelines for future disciplinary action. Dr. Hulleman felt confident that future situations would be handled with more consistency. Dr. Hulleman will provide the Board with a copy of the guidelines established by the coaches and a copy of the school rules for consideration.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had 39 extra bus trips this month.
2. We had two drivers complete the 12 hour required training for new drivers. The other two are signed up to take it in March.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Tim Babcock, our elementary guidance counselor, is conducting monthly parenting classes in the Primary building on the first Monday night of each month throughout the remainder of the school year. He is using the material entitled “Love and Logic”. This program uses humor, hope, and empathy to build up the adult/child relationship. It emphasizes respect and dignity for both children and adults. It provides real limits in a loving way and teaches consequences and healthy decision-making. It also guides children to “own” and solve the problems that they create. On a typical evening, 3-7 parents are showing up for these informative classes where parents are encouraged to support other parents in the difficult, but rewarding business of parenthood.

We are currently scheduling the spring parent-teacher conferences to be held on the evenings of February 21st and 23rd. Our Partners in Education group will again provide an evening meal for our teachers and working support staff members on those evenings. PIE will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at both elementary buildings during that week. PIE will be kicking off their spring fundraiser on Thursday, the 23rd, during our morning assembly. They are also busy planning the annual elementary carnival to be held at the Intermediate building this year.

Teachers in the Primary building will be engaging students in special reading activities with an Olympic theme during the week of February 20th during our annual Reading Week. Through newsletters parents will be encouraged to extend those activities into the homes. On the evening of February 28th, the students and their parents will be invited to school for a K-3 Math Night with special math-related fun centers and snacks.

New teacher-developed mottos for the Primary center will begin appearing thoughout the building. “Creating Opportunities for a Lifetime” banners that exemplify what we feel our work is all about will appear in the teachers’ workroom and in the main foyer. “We Love to Learn” banners, intended to inspire the students, will appear throughout the building. All of these banners in green ink that feature the Warhawk were produced for us by the Area Education Agency. A third motto emphasizes our character theme and will appear in all of the classrooms as well as in hallways thoughout the building. It reads, “At our school we are people who care. We are responsible, respectful, and kind.” Students will be taught this character motto and repeat it often, both during our character assemblies on Friday mornings and in the classrooms.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. The District Leadership Team (DLT) met on the 6th. This is the team composed of administrators, AEA personnel, and a teacher from each study team in the district. Teachers reported on their study team’s activities. An encouraging observation to note is that the reflection portion of the implementation logs indicate the majority of the teachers see the benefit of using the strategies taught at inservices. Teachers are beginning to see that there are things we can do at all grade levels to improve reading comprehension. In addition, the collaborative team meetings allow teachers to discuss what they are learning in the inservices. They can share how the new practice worked in their classroom, and plan together how it might work in other situations.

2. One of this year’s projects for the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC) is writing Social Studies Standards and Benchmarks. Using the National Social Studies Standards as a guideline, teachers from consortium schools gathered together to work collaboratively to write core curriculum that benefits all the MISIC districts. Two teachers from our district, Ron VanStrien and Tina Schneider, attended and wrote grade level benchmarks. Both teachers will spend at least one more day next month contributing to this project.

3. Our after-school tutoring program is keeping us busy. In order to keep this program from becoming just a study hall, we are trying to keep the ratio of students to teacher down to 5:1. We are averaging seven students a night so most nights we have two teachers working with the students. I have received positive feedback on this program from both parents and teachers.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

DEAR – Drop Everything And Read – At the beginning of the second semester we began a program to have our students reading 20 minutes a day. We do this four days a week from 9:03 – 9:23. On Thursdays we read 20 minutes in the Colorguard groups. The main criterion is that the reading must be a book. I move around the building with my book and join different classes as they read. We also have students read to the class, use books on tape and practice reading strategies.

High School Summit – Monday and Tuesday, January 23 and 24, Kristy Stills and I attended the High School Summit at the Polk County Convention Center. Fifteen hundred high school educators and administrators from throughout the state attended the summit. Governor Vilsack presented his case to develop the intellectual capital of our state and the need for an educational system that will keep our students competitive with the global economy. Dr. Willard Daggett presented a compelling speech on the importance of developing the rigor and relevance of our educational system. He made the following statement – “The people who should be the most active participants – the students – are all too often relegated to the role of onlookers. The focus must be on learning rather than teaching, and learning is an innately individual and active process.”

Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger and Mike Tierney:

Preparing for the upcoming Sectional Wrestling Tournament and the first two rounds of the Boys’ District Basketball Tournament.
- lining up volunteers to work tables, seeding meeting, hospitality room
- coordinating with the Booster Club to make sure everything is ready
- we will be paying two non-certified staff to take tickets at Sectionals
- will coordinate a coaches hospitality room for District Basketball Tournament
- new mop bought for cleaning mats at wrestling tournament

We added track meets at the request of coaches.

Took charge of supplying sack lunches for Bedford’s basketball team. This is in response to their hospitality last year to our boys and girls, so we are returning the favor.

Purchased new scale for wrestling team.

Supplied baseball and softball coaches with schedules and finding what is needed to improve each program.

Started hiring officials for next year volleyball and basketball.

Coaches meetings
- met with Dr. Hulleman and coaches to discuss responsibilities of the coaches, athletic directors, principal, and superintendent
- discussed what we were doing for the upcoming tournaments
- getting ready for Senior awards
- discussed coaching evaluations
- providing meals to visiting teams (want to return favor, how are we going to do that)

Legislative report submitted by Chris Wadle:

Allowable growth -

(HF 2095) was approved in the House Education Committee on Jan. 18 and is on the House Calendar for debate. The House is expected to debate allowable growth on the floor this week. The bill sets the allowable growth rate at 4 percent for the 2007-08 school year, but there has been talk of 6 percent in the Senate.

HF 2095 accomplishes several things:

* Sets allowable growth at 4 percent: The bill sets the allowable growth rate for the 2007-08 school year at 4 percent. This is an increase of $205 per pupil and establishes a state cost per pupil of $5,333. There is a total estimated state increase of just over $100 million compared to the 2006-07 school year to pay for the state portion of 4 percent allowable growth. As anticipated, there is no action in the bill to alter the 4 percent allowable growth set for the 2006-07 school year, which was set during the 2005 legislative session.

* Complies with state law: There is a legal requirement that the legislature approve allowable growth within 30 days of the release of the governor's budget. Given budgeting cycles, school boards should be thankful to legislators for considering this issue within the 30-day requirement.

* Preserves the funding process: Additionally, the allowable growth rate is the only subject of the bill. There are no proposed changes to the process of setting allowable growth or requirements that districts use school foundation aid for specifically mandated expenditures. IASB members should thank legislators as well for preserving the time-tested process and maintaining local control over spending decisions.

HF 729 - IPERS by State Government
The Senate amended the IPERS bill passed by the House, now on the Senate Calendar. The bill increases employer contribution by 0.6 percent per year until the employer rate reaches 8.15 percent. The employee rate increases 0.4 percent per year until it reaches 5.3 percent. The bill has a provision which prevents wage spiking. The increases do not go into effect until the school year beginning July 1, 2007. IASB supports the bill. To see the impact on your district, use the IPERS calculator on the IASB web page at http://www.ia-sb.org/humanresources/IPERSproposedincrease012005.asp

SSB 3111, HSB 620 - Educational Technology by Department of Education
These identical bills allow school districts to offer core courses for graduation via educational technology. School districts, however, would not be able to use technology as the sole method of instruction for the core courses. Currently school districts are prohibited from using technology as the method of instruction. These bills would allow school districts to use it but must require an option of in-person instruction. These bills also eliminate the requirement that a monitor for classes taken on-site but via the ICN must have a license (but maintain the requirement for a monitor.) IASB supports these bills, now in their respective Education Committees.

SSB 3108 - Education Reform by DE
This bill requires schools to have qualified guidance counselors and librarians, but allows the school to request a waiver from the DOE. The bill makes a number of changes to the Teacher Quality Act, including: creates teacher development academies contingent upon appropriation; increases minimum teacher salaries to $25,500 for beginning teachers, to $26,500 to career teachers and to $27,500 for a second-year career teacher. The bill creates an administrator mentoring program and appropriates money for an administrator quality program. IASB is monitoring this bill, now in the Senate Education Committee.

HSB 522 - School Financial Information
This bill requires a district financial report to be posted on a district website. The report is to include property tax levies, income surtax and local option revenues, per-pupil funding, teacher salary increases, student enrollment and insurance and benefits for teachers and administrators. The bill, as amended by the House Education Committee, requires the DE to create a template for school districts to use for the report. IASB supports this bill, primarily because the collection of insurance benefits information may help districts in bargaining and all other information is already public information. The bill is on the House Calendar.

Public Hearing on State Standards
A public hearing on state education standards will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the State Capitol. To sign up to speak, call (515) 281-5129 or e-mail lioinfo@legis.state.ia.us. Each speaker will have three minutes. Bring a copy of written comments to submit at the public hearing, too. Rather than speaking, written comments may be submitted to Rep. Jodi Tymeson, Chair of the House Education Committee, at Jodi.Tymeson@legis.state.ia.us.

Town Hall Meeting
A Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2006, at the Administrative Building, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 301 North Buxton, Indianola. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will be present.

Warren County Conference Board: John Burrell related that the main topic of discussion at the last Warren County Conference Board meeting was the tremendous amount of building growth in Warren County over the past year.

Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the Children First Forum had met a couple of weeks ago. Agenda items included brainstorming on wellness ideas and review of the school calendar.

Athletic Boosters: Jennifer Birchette related that the Athletic Boosters are discussing the improvements to the Milo concession stand. The wrestling sectionals were held last Saturday and the boys basketball sectionals will be held next Monday and Wednesday.

Fine Arts Boosters – Terry Gladfelter related that the Fine Arts Night was very well attended. The meal and performances were excellent.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. January 9, 2006, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 403.5, “Early Retirement Payment”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 204.1, “Regular Board Meetings”

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. IASB has provided board member placemats to be used at board meetings with very useful information such as the Iowa Open Meetings Law, parliamentary motions, and board meeting evaluation questions.
2. An ABLE meeting will be held on February 15th in Martensdale.
3. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on February 21st and 23rd.
4. The next negotiations session with the certified staff will be held March 2nd.
5. A Department of Education representative will be at the next Children First Forum meeting on March 27th.

DAYCARE PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Dr. Hulleman related that three families had responded concerning the continuation of the three and four-year-old daycare program. All three families were in support of maintaining the program. Dr. Hulleman recommended that if we are going to maintain the three and four-year-old daycare program, the daycare guidelines be changed. Dr. Hulleman proposed the following revised guidelines:
1. The District will develop a brochure highlighting the established daycare providers and distribute the brochure to all new families moving into the district.
2. The Sunset Sunrise Daycare program will serve children three and older, but the District will only publicize this program through District and building newsletters and on the District website.
3. In all other ways, the District will cooperate with private daycare providers to maintain a health balance of locally provided care for the children in the district-wide community.
4. The District will continue to operate its before and after school daycare service, as well as the summer daycare program.

Merna Becker encouraged the Board not to pursue the three and four-year-old daycare plans. She does not feel that three and four-year-olds should be in the school when daycare is available in the home. She has come up with eleven names of people who would like to provide daycare in their homes. It is a way of living for the current providers, allows mothers to stay home with their own children, and keeps the children in our community. She also asked, if the three and four-year-olds go to the school, where will the babies go?

Sandy Perry related to the Board that she felt three-year-olds do not have the same needs as four-year-olds. Three-year-olds are not ready for a structured setting such as in a school. She asked the Board if the school had considered the teacher to student ratio?

Dr. Hulleman related that it was not the District’s intent to increase the number of three and four-year-olds in the daycare program, but to provide a place for those children to go when other options are not available.

This item will be on the March agenda for Board action.

2006-2007 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Dr. Hulleman presented the third draft of the 2006-2007 school calendar to the Board for discussion. The calendar will also be distributed to employees for feedback and comment. The 2006-2007calendar will be on the March agenda for approval.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the appointment of Edmund Noveshen as High School Language Arts teacher, BA-Step 1, for the second semester of this year. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the appointment of Edmund Noveshen as High School Language Arts teacher. Ayes: 4.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Dr. Hulleman recommended the approval of the request for leave of absence from Jackie Beard for the week of February 13th through February 17th. She would use her two personal days along with three unpaid days. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the leave of absence request from Jackie Beard. Ayes: 4.

PUBLIC HEARING ON EARLY START DATE FOR THE 2006-2007 SCHOOL YEAR: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that a public hearing is required when a school start date is prior to the week in which September 1st falls. The 2006-2007 school calendar proposes an early start date. Dr. Hulleman recommended scheduling a hearing at the next regular board meeting, March 13th. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to set the date for the public hearing on the early start date for the 2006-2007 school year on March 13, 2006. Ayes: 4.

PAYSCHOOLS ELECTRONIC PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman related that PaySchools is an online payment processing system that allows schools to receive electronic payments by e-check or credit card. This provides parents and the school with flexibility and convenience. Julie Wilson related that at this time the PaySchools online payment processing system would only be used for the Lunch Fund. A fee of 3.75% is charged to the school monthly based on the amount of online transactions. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the Participant Agreement. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the PaySchools Electronic Participant Agreement. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 400 AND 406: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the review of Board Policy Sections 400, “Statement of Guiding Principles”, and 406, “Part-Time Personnel”. Ayes: 4.

President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

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