SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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.
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
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.
- 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
* 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
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 email@example.com. 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
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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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