SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 13, 2006
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
March 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, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance,
along with members from the community.
AGENDA: Dr. Harold Hulleman noted the addition of a resignation
under personnel items. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer
Birchette to approve the agenda as amended. Ayes: 4.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
- We had eleven extra bus trips for the month.
- I have signed up all of the drivers for the required 3-hour
stop class. The majority of the drivers are going on March 8th.
- I’m working on some time consuming repairs while we are
in the slow trip time.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
- Attendance at the February 21st and 23rd Parent Teacher Conferences
was a little lower than at the fall conferences, which is a typical
occurrence in our building. In November, teachers met with 92%
of the parents. In February, 88% of the scheduled conferences
actually took place. Overall, attendance was down a little from
- Partners in Education decided to cancel this year’s elementary
school carnival due to small numbers of parents who volunteered
to sell tickets, run the carnival games, and work in the food
stand. They have indicated a desire to survey the elementary
parents to get a feel for why the volunteerism was down this
- On Friday, March 17th, Primary students will be encouraged
to donate $1 to the Foundation for Children with Cancer and earn
the privilege of wearing a hat all day at school during our “Hats
On Day” celebration of strides that are being made in the
battle against cancer. Participating students will also receive
a special sticker to wear that day. A second grade reading group
lead by Marcia Williams will present facts about childhood cancer
to the student body during our morning character assembly. I
will be reading a special book about the effects of childhood
cancer also, and teachers will be encouraged to read additional
books on the subject to their classes throughout the day.
- We are currently exploring the idea of starting up a Primary
level student council to promote leadership and community service.
Tim Babcock, our elementary guidance counselor, and I will be
meeting with third grade teachers next month to discuss the details.
- Classroom and home activities highlighted in last week’s
teacher newsletters included:
Preschool: finishing up a penguin unit & beginning
a dinosaur unit, practicing writing the number 3, the beginning
of a regular sharing time, reading aloud to students
Kindergarten: meeting the alphabet puppet Zippy Zebra, going
on alphabet searches at school and home, listening to farm stories & learning
sign language for common farm animal names, writing the numerals 0-50,
and copying lines and shapes on geoboards
1st grade: recognizing adjectives that appeal to the five senses,
making a graphic organizer describing what a vet does, exploring dental
health, recognizing story characters, and working on spelling words
2nd grade: writing to pen pals in Canada and Thailand, sharing
of class books with parents (encouraging parents to respond in writing),
comparing and recording temperature fluctuations from day to day, writing
notes to neighbors, dividing by 2, subtracting 6’s and 7’s,
estimating sums, and measuring in feet and inches
3rd grade: starting a unit on birds, dissecting owl pellets
with Beth from the Warren County Conservation Commission to look for
the bones of animals that have been consumed by the owls, writing how-to
directions for making a milkshake and making a paper heart, multiplying
by 100 and 1,000, making change from a dollar, and identifying the
lesson learned in a play entitled “The Crowded House”
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:
- Parent Teacher Conferences February 21 & 23, 2006
The total homeroom conferences held this February were almost exactly
the same as November conference totals (87%), but up slightly compared
to this time last year (83%).
- Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Oliver hosted a reading night on March
2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Thirty students attended. They
read a variety of Dr. Seuss books and wrote a story in Dr. Seuss
style. Additional staff members assisted and I thank all of them
for putting together a wonderful event!
- We have two practicum students from Simpson College in addition
to our two student teachers from Simpson.
- Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 16, beginning
at 7:00. Everyone is invited to attend and view science projects
from each grade level.
- The drug dog demonstrated his skills during a recent D.A.R.E.
class. D.A.R.E. graduation will be held on Thursday, March 30th,
beginning at 6:30.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
Mousetrap – School play – I would like to commend
Mrs. Warner for her leadership in the production of the Agatha
Christie play. The students did a great job at all three performances.
Members of the community have also recognized the work as being
one of the finest school plays at SEW in recent memory.
Library Donation – Last week a grandfather of one of our
7th grade students paid me a visit. He expressed his concern about
the lack of books in our media center. With that concern, he produced
a check for $400 dollars, requesting that it would be matched.
There is still money remaining from the Wal-Mart Literacy Grant.
Ms Schultz will have the opportunity to spend $800 on new books
for the media center.
Establishing Community Pride (ECP) – Deanna Stewart has
worked diligently this year to continue the work of this group.
They along with the Art Club coordinated the gift giving for 14
families on the Angel Tree Project. ECP will also be doing the
annual Easter Egg Hunts for Milo and Lacona. They will also be
hosting a “Fun Night” on Saturday, April 8 from 7 pm
to midnight for our junior high students. The evening will have
a “Luau” theme with corresponding activities, games
Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger and
Winter sports have come to a close. Successes were found at the
end of the seasons. The girls’ basketball team showed improvement
every week and eventually beat teams that had beaten them earlier
in the season. The girls finished the season tied for ninth place
with an overall record of 5-16. Angie Steil was named to 2nd Team
All-POI and the All-Academic Teams.
The boys’ team also showed improvement every week as well.
They did win their first round district game by defeating Melcher-Dallas
(who we had lost to earlier in the season). The boys were tenth
place in the POI and finished the season with a 5-19 mark. Luke
Putz was a unanimous selection to the 1st Team All-POI Team. Andrew
Gladfelter, Matt Farley, Kevin Manser, Luke Putz, and Eric Smith
were all named to the All-Academic Team.
Wrestling was a little disappointing but ended the season on a
positive note. The team finished with a 4-26 overall record. Hampered
by injuries, illness, and discipline problems (in a few duals there
were only three wrestlers), the team recovered to have one individual,
Mike Bird, qualify for state. Michael is the 87th state qualifier
in the schools’ history and continues the tradition of sending
a wrestler to the state tournament for 25 straight seasons.
Football redistricting meeting was held on March 3. Due to the
large number of schools dropping down to 8-man competition the
state made some drastic changes to the football format. There will
be eight districts; some with nine teams, some with eight. Due
to these numbers the state has mandated that each district have
a sister district. We have been paired to play two pre-district
games with District 7 to our east. Due to this mandate we will
have to travel to Winfield (134 miles) this year and WACO (120
miles) next year.
AD Convention will be held in Des Moines on March 27 and 28. Both
of us will attend.
JH Track positions have been filled. JH girls’ assistant
coach is Lacey Holmes and JH boys’ assistant coach will be
Legislative report submitted by Chris Wadle: House File
2095 - Allowable growth at 4 percent, is still on the Senate Calendar.
There has been talk of 6 percent in the Senate. The governor and
key legislators are still working to find consensus on education
reform. Issues being discussed include: hours vs. days of instruction,
parent involvement, rigor and relevance, equity and efficiency,
teacher quality, and preschool.
Allowable growth at 4 percent for the 2007-08 school = an increase
of $205 per pupil and establishes a state cost per pupil of $5,333.
Warren County Conference Board: John Burrell related that
the main topic of discussion at the last meeting was the large
increase in the 2006-2007 budget, largely due to the purchase of
aerial photography and legal expenses. The proposed salary increase
for courthouse employees is 4%. Herbert Ruble was appointed to
the Board of Review. There were 182 protests filed to the Board
of Review for the 2005 session, 114 were upheld, 68 denied.
Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the next
Children First Forum meeting would be held March 27th. A representative
from the U.S. Department of Education will be at the meeting to
talk about the No Child Left Behind law.
Athletic Boosters: – The Athletic Boosters approved
a contribution of $1500 for baseball safety equipment and baseball
bats. The Milo concession stand was tabled until nicer weather.
The Athletic Boosters will pay for half of the football camp fees
Fine Arts Boosters – The Fine Arts Night was reviewed.
The silent auction was a profitable addition to the evening. The
Fine Arts Boosters will pay for headsets for the drama department.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. February 13, 2006 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the
- A copy of a thank you letter to Sheriff Lee for the excellent
service provided during the investigation of threats by two students
last week was given to board members.
- A copy of the letter from Mr. Gladfelter to the community following
last week’s incident was given to board members.
- Letters have been sent to the parents of the students in juvenile
detention stating that a ten-day suspension will begin if/when
the student is eligible to return to school. A special board
meeting may be called to determine the action to be taken following
the ten-day suspension.
- A meeting was held with Melcher-Dallas this afternoon to discuss
the possibility of a shared wrestling program next year. Dr.
Hulleman would like to have the issue resolved by the end of
- An engineer is coming this Thursday at 3:30 to look over the
parking lots. The Liberty Center and Milo parking lots are scheduled
to be resurfaced this year.
DAYCARE PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Dr. Hulleman presented the
following revised Sunset Sunrise Daycare guidelines effective April
1, 2006, to allow the program to continue for another year:
- The District will distribute a brochure highlighting the established
daycare providers to all district families prior to the beginning
of school each fall. In addition, this brochure will be distributed
to all new families moving into the district during the school
- The Sunset Sunrise Daycare program will serve children who
are ages three, four and five. The District will only publicize
this program through District and building newsletters and on
the District website.
- In all other ways, the District will cooperate with private
daycare providers to maintain a healthy balance of locally provided
care for the children in the district-wide community.
- The District will continue to operate its before and after
school daycare service, as well as the summer daycare program.
The summer daycare program will serve children who are ages 3-12.
Merna Becker addressed the Board concerning the issue of the school
providing care for three and four-year-olds. Merna expressed the
concern that local daycare providers have that the school’s
daycare program for three and four-year-olds will take away from
their businesses. There are currently several daycare providers
in the area and they do not feel like now is the time for the school
to also have a three-year-old daycare program. Merna related that
the local providers also take part-time children, will take “active” children
and accommodate extra early hours or very late hours.
Pat Chumbley asked the Board to explain what “cooperate
with private daycare providers” meant? Dr. Hulleman related
that the District was not interested in expanding the three-year-old
program into a large program. The District would only like to serve
enough three and four-year-olds to make the program self-supporting.
If the numbers don’t increase, the Board would need to look
at the program again. The current program was expanded at the request
of parents and with administrative input.
Dr. Hulleman recommended to the Board to continue the daycare
program as outlined. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell
to approve the guidelines as listed. Ayes: 4.
COMMUNITY SURVEY: Doug Hommer, Albert Putz and Tom Farley
presented a summary of the topics discussed at a community meeting
held a week ago. Approximately twenty parents had met to discuss
concerns they had with the District. Some of the topics discussed
included the advantage of a full-time superintendent versus a part-time
superintendent, elimination of an elementary principal to pay for
a full time superintendent, concerns that previous staff resignations
were due to lack of support from the administration and that there
would be further staff resignations for the same reason, discipline,
enforcement of rules, and destruction to physical equipment in
the buildings. The group of community members asked for Board support
of a process to provide input for dialog and change, such as a
community survey. Dr. Hulleman will meet with Doug Hommer, Albert
Putz and Tom Farley to work out the details of a parent group to
put together a survey to obtain feedback from patrons about various
aspects of the District.
FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: Dr. Hulleman reviewed the expenditure
plan that the Board approved last year. The major projects this
year are the parking lots at Liberty Center and Milo. The consensus
of the Board was to proceed with estimates for the parking lots.
SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: The following schedule was developed
for the Superintendent’s evaluation:
April 10th Completed evaluation forms turned into Board President
May 1 Evaluation summary sent to Board members and superintendent
May 8 Closed session with Board and superintendent to review evaluation summary
and discuss goals for superintendent
June 12 Superintendent’s goals presented to Board
PERSONNEL ITEMS: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the
appointment of Myrissa Gingerich, Assistant JH Boys’ Track
Coach, 4%-Step 1. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John
Burrell to approve the appointment of Myrissa Gingerich, Assistant
JH Boys’ Track Coach. Ayes: 4.
Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the early retirement request
from Nancy Mead, elementary teacher, effective at the end of the
2005-2006 school year. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Birchette to approve the early retirement request from Nancy Mead.
Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the retirement request from
Patricia Hampton, elementary secretary, effective at the end of
the 2005-2006 school year. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Birchette to approve the retirement request from Patricia Hampton.
Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the resignation of Kimberly
Warner, Spanish teacher, effective at the end of the 2005-2006
school year. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to
approve the resignation of Kimberly Warner. Ayes: 4.
HEARING ON EARLY START DATE: The calendar proposed for
2006-2007 includes a start date prior to the week that includes
September 1. A hearing was held to allow community members present
the opportunity to speak for or against the early start date of
August 23rd. Dr. Hulleman related that a petition had been received
with 68 signatures asking for a start date after September 1 or
APPROVE EARLY START DATE: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the early start date for the 2006-2007
school year. Ayes: 4. The administration will take a look at a
later start date for the 2007-2008 school year.
APPROVE 2006-2007 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by John Burrell to approve the 2006-2007 school calendar.
APPROVE 2006-2007 BUDGET FOR PUBLICATION AND SET HEARING DATE: Julie
Wilson presented the proposed 2006-2007 budget. The proposed tax
rate is $17.99627 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Dr. Hulleman requested
authorization to publish the budget and to schedule the public
hearing on the budget at the regular board meeting on April 10.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to authorize publication
of the budget and to set the hearing date for April 10th. Ayes:
ELP TRIP: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the ELP
trip to Nauvoo, Illinois, April 20-21. Six sixth-grade students
will be part of a group of ELP students from Southeast Warren,
Pleasantville, Melcher-Dallas, and PCM on the trip. Motion by Jennifer
Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the ELP trip to
Nauvoo, Illinois, April 20-21. Ayes: 4.
BOARD POLICY 406.2: Dr. Hulleman recommended revising Board
Policy 406.2, “Substitute Teachers” to reflect an increase
in the substitute teacher pay rate to $90 per day effective for
the 2006-2007 school year. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by
Ron Miller to approve the revision of Board Policy 406.2, “Substitute
Teachers” to reflect the increase in substitute teacher pay
to $90 per day effective for the 2006-2007 school year. Ayes: 4.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 401 AND 407: Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the review and revision
of Board Policy Sections 401, “Certified Personnel Selection”,
and 407, “Non-Certified Personnel Selections”. Ayes:
President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 7:28 p.m.
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