April 10, 2006

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session April 10, 2006, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Chris Wadle called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Ron Miller and Chris Hardy. Jennifer Birchette was absent. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Transportation Director Joel Mosher and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Dr. Hulleman noted that a revision had been made to the wrestling agreement with Melcher-Dallas, additional personnel changes, and additional survey information were distributed for the Board’s consideration. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.


Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

  1. We had eight extra trips for the month..
  2. All of the drivers have taken the yearly-required 3-hour STOP class.
  3. Over spring break I took bus #4 to the dealer for water pump replacement and to have the oil pan resealed. All work was under warranty. I also took bus #7 to Thomas for several minor repairs, also under warranty.
  4. I’m currently getting drivers and substitute drivers lined up for a busy spring season.

The Board asked Dr. Hulleman to follow up with Thomas Bus Sales on bus #7.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

  1. The Primary building joined in the national “Hats On Day” on March 29th. The students and staff were encouraged to donate one dollar for the Foundation for Children with Cancer for the privilege of wearing a hat at school that day. Just under $100 was collected and sent to that worthwhile cause. Information about childhood cancer and picture books that demonstrated the special challenges faced by cancer victims were shared with the students during opening assemblies and class character sessions during that and the previous week.
  2. The Primary students will be taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt on April 13th, the first for the students in this building in many years. Elementary student spring portraits were taken on the morning of the 13th. Parents were able to choose from three different poses and were told they were under absolutely no obligation to buy the finished portraits. Elementary yearbooks will again be offered to parents at the school’s cost of copying. K-6 students will present a spring musical this year with a character theme entitled “Choices Count” at the high school on April 21st at 6:30 p.m. PIE has provided each elementary student with a copy of a CD to help the students practice their songs at home and as a memento of the occasion.
  3. On Thursday, April 6th, the 06-07 kindergartners’ parents met with the kindergarten teachers, the school nurse, the lementary guidance counselor, representatives from PIE and the Sunrise Sunset Daycare, and myself to learn more about our kindergarten program, to take care of the preliminary enrollment paperwork, and to sign their child up for kindergarten roundup, which will be held the week of April 24th.
  4. Networking hardware at the Primary building was relocated to a more appropriate site in the building over Spring Break. We are in the process of installing high speed Internet as well. We are appreciative of the patience demonstrated by parents and staff during the past few weeks as our printing and e-mail services were interrupted.
  5. Teachers are in the process of making arrangements for May grade level field trips. More information will follow.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

  1. We applied and had a team accepted into a state sponsored Iowa Teacher Development Academy. Team members Tina Schneider, Alissa Norden, Paula Schultz, Pat Butler, Cindy Butler, and Lori Pearson (AEA) will attend training on Concept Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI). CORI is a research-based classroom instructional model emphasizing reading engagement, reading comprehension, and conceptual learning in science or other content areas designed for all students, including struggling readers. CORI fosters reading engagement and comprehension through the teaching of reading strategies while teaching content area concepts, inquiry skills, and explicitly supporting the development of students’ intrinsic motivation to read. CORI instruction contains conceptual themes, real world interactions, self-directed learning, and strategy instruction situated within conceptual contexts, peer collaborations, and self-expression of knowledge through portfolios and exhibits. The goal of the Academies is to support local school districts and AEAs by offering professional development that is grounded in research and based on the Iowa Professional Development Model. Nationally recognized trainers will provide the instruction in Dubuque during the week of June 19th.
  2. The second round of MAP testing will begin the week of April 24th.
  3. Congratulations to Mr. VanderLinden and the 5th and 6th grade band students. They performed some interesting pieces at a concert on Tuesday, April 4th.
  4. Teachers and administrators continue to look into our science curriculum. We will meet again on April 11th with a representative from the AEA.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

POI Sportsmanship – Attached are the ratings for this year. These are based on the 12 schools in our conference. Good upward improvement in the scores.

POI Sportmanship
Games reported
05 placement
06 placement
Overall Rating
4-way tie 1st
6-way tie 1st
Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball

Wrestling Sportsmanship IHSAA – These are the ratings from our state association.

Top 10%
Bottom 10%
SEW 06
# of ratings
SEW 05

Track Participation – The chart below shows participation in track over the past 6 years. I am very please with the increase in participation for track.

Track Year
JH Girls
JH Boys
HS Girls
HS Boys

Senior Study Hall – There have been concerns expressed about this activity. After numerous reminders to be responsible with the room and facilities, the seniors have not been able to follow through on their responsibilities. The privilege of senior study hall has been removed for the remainder of the year.

The Board asked Dr. Hulleman and Mr. Gladfelter to review the situation concerning senior study hall. One suggestion from the Board was to limit senior study hall to only those students with high academic performance.

Athletic Department report submitted by David Ripperger and Mike Tierney:

Winter sports have come to a close as stated in the previous letter. We have started to get our sportsmanship ratings and are proud to say that the ratings have shown great improvement. As a whole the sports program’s ratings finished third in the POI Conference for a combination of volleyball, wrestling, and boys/girls basketball. This is a tremendous improvement which shows that our hard work is paying off. Volleyball finished second (328.17 pts/330 possible); Wrestling tied for first (330 pts/330 possible); Girls basketball seventh place (305.25 pts/330 possible; ninth in 2005 with 301.71 pts); Boys basketball ninth place (302.5 pts/330 possible; this is a 28 point improvement from last year).

AD Convention was held in Des Moines on March 27 and 28. Both of us attended. Many interesting seminars including analysis of the “No Pass-No Play rule,” evaluating coaches, licensure of coaches, and building teamwork through captains. We found this very beneficial and hope to implement our findings.

Spring sports are now in swing. Boys’ track numbers are extremely high as well as the hopes of the coaches. Girls’ track numbers are also up. Golf is well underway with a number of additional meets.

Legislative report submitted by Chris Wadle:

  1. APRIL 18 - 100th calendar day of the session (Per diem expenses end) [Iowa Code Sec.2.10(1)]
  2. Allowable growth is still being debated. Political insiders believe that it will be no more than 4%.

    Iowa spending per pupil is losing ground compared to other states. In the late 1970s, Iowa was ranked 17th in the nation in per-pupil spending. In the late 1980s, Iowa was near the national average. In 2002, Iowa ranked 27th in the nation and ranked 46th in the nation in per-pupil increases over 20 years. (American Legislative Exchange Council 2004). Iowa teacher salaries have slipped to 41st or 42nd in the national rankings (NEA 2005 and AFT 2005). A continued trend of 4 percent might maintain those rankings, but won't turn the decline around.
  3. Federal legislation proposed Thursday, April 07, would remove some of the high-fat, high-sugar offerings such as french fries, ice cream sandwiches, pop and candy bars from public schools across the country. The bill is another attempt to battle the country's childhood obesity epidemic.

    The legislation is being pushed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. If enacted, it would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider tougher standards for what snacks and other foods can be sold in cafeterias and would empower the USDA to control what is sold in school vending machines, school stores and other areas of campuses.
  4. The Des Moines Register will sponsor a televised debate on May 20 for Democratic candidates for governor, and Iowans can provide some of the questions.

    Mike Blouin, Chet Culver and Ed Fallon, the leading Democratic candidates, have been invited. If you have a question for them, you can submit it in one of these ways:

    * Mail questions to Kathie Obradovich, Register political editor, at The Des Moines Register, P.O. Box 957, Des Moines, IA 50304.
    * E-mail questions to, along with your name, age and address for verification purposes. No anonymous questions will be considered.

    The debate at Iowa Public Television's studios in Johnston will be televised live at 1 p.m. May 20 and rebroadcast at 6 p.m. May 21 on IPTV.

Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that a representative from the U.S. Department of Education presented a very informative report on No Child Left Behind at the last Children First Forum meeting.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. March 13, 2006, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 406.2, “Substitute Teachers”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 407.4, “Definition of Non-Certified Personnel”

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reviewed upcoming events on the board calendar.

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Dr. Hulleman asked the Board for input on the proposed community survey questions. The survey will go out to every household in the district and to employees who do not live in the district. A summary of the survey results will be provided to the Board and the public. The Board will hold a special meeting to discuss the results of the survey and develop goals based on the survey results.

PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL: Charlotte Weaklend presented a proposal to increase the number of preschool classes for four-year-olds to three times per week (2 ½ hours per session) and to add a session two days per week (2 hours per session) for three-year-olds for the 2006-2007 school year. The current preschool teacher would be able to teach the additional sessions. This item will be placed on next month’s agenda for action. The Board asked the administration to communicate with the local daycare providers to clarify that this was a preschool program only.

2006-2007 BUDGET: A public hearing was held to allow community members to ask questions or express concerns about the proposed 2006-2007 budget. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2006-2007 budget. Ayes: 4. The adopted tax rate is $17.99627 per $1,000 taxable evaluation.

ISCAP PROGRAM: Julie Wilson recommended continued participation in the Iowa School Cash Anticipation Program. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve participation in the ISCAP program and approve the ISCAP Supplemental Resolution. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended the approval of the request for a one year leave of absence from Chuck Jones, JH Baseball Coach; the resignations of Kelly Taggart, Teacher Associate (effective April 10, 2006); Dan Thomas, Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach; Sheree Rhodes, FACS Instructor, FCCLA Advisor and Junior Class Sponsor; and Lacey Holmes, Teacher Associate; and a request for a contract modification from Jason Walter to delete the 20 extended days from the 2006-07 contract. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the personnel changes as listed. Ayes: 3. John Burrell abstained from voting.

SEWEA CONTRACT: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that a tentative agreement had been reached with the Southeast Warren Education Association for a package settlement of 5.42%. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the agreement. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. Ayes: 3. John Burrell abstained from voting.

AFSCME CONTRACT: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that a tentative agreement had been reached with AFSCME for a package settlement of 5.42%. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the agreement. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the negotiated agreement with AFSCME. Ayes: 4.

SOCCER AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the sharing agreement with Indianola Community School District for soccer for the 2005-2006 school year. One student will be participating in soccer. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve the sharing agreement with Indianola for soccer for the 2005-2006 school year. Ayes: 4.

WRESTLING AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas Community School District for wrestling for the 2006-2007 school year. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve the sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas Community School District for wrestling for the 2006-2007 school year.

Discussion followed concerning Melcher-Dallas hiring a coach of their own for the wrestling program. Dr. Hulleman proposed changing the contract language concerning coaching staff to the following: It is desirable to have an assistant wrestling coach employed by the Melcher-Dallas Community Schools. However, if Melcher-Dallas is not able to employ an assistant coach, it will be the responsibility of Southeast Warren to hire coaches. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to amend the contract with the statement as read by Dr. Hulleman. Ayes: 4.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas for wrestling for the 2006-2007 school year as rewritten. Ayes: 4.

AUDIT REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the 2004-2005 audit report. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to accept the 2004-2005 audit report. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICIES: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Sections 402, “Certified Personnel Employment”, and 408, “Non-Certified Personnel Employment”. Ayes: 4.

President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 6:43 p.m.

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