May 8, 2006

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session May 8, 2006, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Chris Wadle called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Ron Miller and Jennifer Birchette. Chris Hardy 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: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

RECOGNITION: Dr. Hulleman presented a certificate to each board member in recognition of School Board Recognition Week.


Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

  1. We had 27 extra bus trips for the month of April.
  2. I am currently getting ready for the second half inspection which will be held on Friday the 5th of May.
  3. There was some time spent getting the lawn mower ready for the season.
  4. I attended a GSI information meeting hosted by the Warren County GSI Committee. This is something that could help in efficient use of bus routes.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Kindergarten Round-up was held the week of April 24th with thirty-six children participating. The teachers are not requesting that any of these children wait a year to enroll. I am anticipating that several more students be picked up before school begins in the fall.

Third graders completed their second round of MAP testing the last week of April. Second graders took a spring version of the Gates McGinitie reading tests in early May. Kindergarten through third graders were tested for their reading skills through the DIBELS tests, the third for this school year. Teachers adjust their groupings and content for instruction following each of these measures of progress. I will be reporting an overview of gains made throughout the school year as indicated by these tests following the end of the school year.

End of the year activities including individual class field trips, a K-3 Field Day, Kindergarten ABC Picnic, and the Friendship Fair program highlighting the studies by the Primary children of the country of Germany. Dates are listed below:

May 5th Kindergarten ABC Picnic
May 12th Kindergarten field trip to area farms & Blank Park Zoo
May 12th 2nd grade field trip to Botanical Center & Historical Building
May 15th 1st grade field trip to Pella
May 17th Preschool to Annett Nature Center
May 17th K-3 Field Day (raindate May 19th )
May 18th 3rd grade to visit Intermediate & 3rd/4th grade spelling bee
May 24th 3rd grade field trip to Warren County Historical Museum
May 30th Friendship Fair program @ 12:00 noon

Please note that to ease the transition for this year’s third graders at the Primary to the fourth grade in the Intermediate next year, we will be taking the third graders to the Intermediate building on May 18th. This visit begins with a short spelling bee of qualifying spellers from both grades. The winner of this bee will advance to the Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee competition in August. Following the bee, the third graders will be conducted on a guided tour throughout the building, with extended visits in the fourth grade rooms to meet the teachers and learn about the program and expectations for 4th graders.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

  1. Friday all the MAP testing should be completed. Reports will be available shortly.
  2. The after-school tutoring program ended this week. We are in the process of surveying the parents to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The following summarizes the data related to student attendance.
    40 days with an average attendance of 5.75 students per day
    27 different students attended, 6 attended one time only
    Of those students 6 were 4th grade, 15 were 5th grade, 6 were 6th grade
  3. The Bass Masters of Iowa recently sponsored a casting content at our school. All students practiced and participated in the initial round of competition during their physical education classes. The final competition was held on Friday, April 28. Three students from each homeroom competed with sixth grader Alex Sudbrock earning the highest score. She will represent our school at the state competition. She received a medal from the Iowa Games in recognition of her accomplishment.
  4. The following events are scheduled during May. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    May 18 Third and fourth grade spelling bee, 9:00
    May 23 Fifth and sixth grade spelling bee, 2:05
    May 24 Field Day, 10:00
    May 26 Academic Bowl, 12:30
    May 30 Awards Assembly, 9:00

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Basketball Sportsmanship IHSAA – These are the ratings from our state association. I want to personally commend the coaches, players and spectators for the significant improvement from last year.

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

Special Education – The federal government and the state have instructed special education programs to have at least 80% of all entitled individuals in the general education classroom 80% of the school day. To meet these requirements our entitled students must spend more time in the general ed classroom.
Norwalk High School has a program that has been very successful in the integration of entitled students. Our teachers have visited the program on two separate occasions. We are moving to model that program for next year. The key component to the program is the collaboration of the special ed teacher and general ed teacher. Both teachers are involved with the learning of students in the classroom. This will keep our students in the classroom the majority of the school day. The AEA is offering support through summer programs for teachers that will be working with the collaboration. This model will keep us in compliance with the mandated 80% rule.

Valedictorian Recognition – Congratulations to Andrew Gladfelter our SEW valedictorian. He was recently recognized at the Governors Scholar Recognition Program and the Channel 5 “Best of the Class” Program. Both programs recognize the top scholars throughout the state. Andrew had his picture taken with Governor Vilsack and will also be on Channel 5 television spots that honor the top graduates in our viewing area.

Prom – I was very pleased with the efforts of the junior class in their work and decorations for the prom. Ms. Rhodes is to be commended for the many extra hours in planning and preparation. The students were very well behaved.
Brenda King and her committee of parents are also to be commended for the hours of work in hosting a successful After Prom. The students I have spoken to enjoyed the evening.

Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger and Mike Tierney:

Basketball sportsmanship ratings have came in and they are tremendous improvement. Players and fans rated in the top 10% of the state. The coaching staff also rated above average. We think this is a true credit to the efforts of the coaching staff and entire school during this year.

Track season is well underway. The boy’s team qualified one event (4x100) for the prestigious Drake Relays by having one of the top eighty times in the entire state. The team did false start and were unable to complete the race but the experience should help tremendously for the state track meet. That same 4x100 squad broke the school Pride of Iowa record at the conference meet by running a 44.72. The boys team finished in 4th place out of 11 teams at the POI Conference meet and girls finished 9th of 11 teams. Co-ed district meet will be held on May 13 in Winterset. The coaches feel they have some pretty good shots at qualifying several events for the state meet May 18 through 20.

JH Track has also had a successful run so far this year (the boys team won the Little Warhawk Relays). Our host meet was possibly the best run in the several years that I have been involved with.

Golf has been going well with both girls and boys squads winning several duals. The POI Conference Tournaments were held May 1. The boys finished ninth (Bart Stanley finished in the ninth) and the girls finished fourth (Jessica Casey was also a top-ten medallist).

Baseball and Softball are starting. Scheduling is complete.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. April 10, 2006, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy Sections 402, “Certified Personnel Employment”, and 408, “Non-Certified Personnel Employment”

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 following items:

  1. May 7-13 is Teacher Appreciation Week.
  2. Graduation will be held on May 21st at 2:00 p.m.
  3. Board members are invited to attend the staff development day on May 31st. A speaker has been scheduled for the session.
  4. A summary of the legislative session was presented to board members.
  5. 118 completed surveys were received out of the 1,370 that were sent out.
  6. The Iowa Department of Education has released enrollment projects for each school district. The projections for Southeast Warren continue to show a slow decline in enrollment for the next five years.

BOARD POLICY 204.10: Dr. Hulleman presented proposed changes to Board Policy 204.10, “Order of Regular Business Meeting” to reflect how the board meetings have been organized in recent months. Dr. Hulleman also recommended changing the agenda section for public input and recognition to “Comments from the audience/The Board Salutes”. The “Board Salutes” award would be given to an individual or group for recognition upon nomination by any faculty member, community member or board member. The policy will be placed on the June board meeting agenda for approval.

WELLNESS POLICY: Dr. Hulleman presented the proposed wellness policy (602.3) and wellness goals (602.3E) for Board review. The policy addresses school lunch, other food at school, nutrition education and physical activity at school. The policy will be placed on the June board meeting agenda for approval.

WALK-IN FREEZER: Dr. Hulleman presented information to the Board for a walk-in freezer at Milo that would be located outside of the building. The walk-in freezer would replace four of the five freezers located inside the kitchen. Currently the kitchen in Milo is very hot, with much of the heat that is generated coming from the coolers and freezers. Martin Brothers has given us a quote of $13,644 for a 10’ by 12’ freezer (installed) plus $665 for shelving. In addition there would be the cost of a concrete pad under the freezer and running power to the unit. The Board discussed security options for a freezer located outside of the building. The consensus of the Board was to proceed with the installation of a walk-in freezer.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the resignations of Deanna Stewart, JH Cheerleading Advisor; Kristina Stills, Secondary Yearbook Advisor; and Alissa Norden, Elementary Instructor and Drill Team Coach; and the appointments of Scott Dirks, JH Baseball Coach; Gary Phippen, Substitute Bus Driver; Jeff Hayes, Elementary Instructor; Ed Noveshen, Secondary Yearbook Advisor; Tricia Dyer, Family & Consumer Science Instructor; and Jennifer Miller, Elementary Instructor.

Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the resignations as presented. Ayes: 4.

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the appointments as presented. Ayes: 4.

SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the salaries for the three building principals, the business manager, the superintendent’s secretary, the transportation director, the technologist, and the daycare supervisor as presented. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the proposed 2006-07 salaries for the eight employees as presented. Ayes: 4.

PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that he had received feedback that the proposed preschool fees for 2006-07 may deter parents from enrolling their children. The preschool proposal has been revised to reduce the cost of the four-year old program to $60 per month and the three-year old program to $32 per month. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve the preschool proposal for the 2006-07 school year. Ayes: 4.

2005-06 GRADUATES: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the list of potential graduates for 2005-06. Ayes: 4.

TUCKPOINTING BIDS: Dr. Hulleman presented cost estimates for tuckpointing the wrestling building and the bus barn/daycare center from three firms. Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the low bid of $7,900 for the wrestling building and $4,800 for the bus barn/daycare center from Woods Waterproofing. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the bid from Woods Waterproofing subject to research of references and approval of the administration. Ayes: 4.

RESIGNATION OF BOARD MEMBER: Board President Chris Wadle submitted his resignation as board member effective May 31, 2006, due to his moving out of the district. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the resignation of Chris Wadle from the board as written. Ayes: 4. The Board will appoint a board member at the June board meeting to fill the vacancy until the next school election.

JUNE BOARD MEETING: Dr. Hulleman recommended changing the date of the June board meeting from June 12th to June 19th in an effort to make it possible for all board members to attend the meeting. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve changing the date for the June board meeting to June 19th. Ayes: 4.

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to go into closed session as per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law for the purpose of evaluating the Superintendent. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes: 4. The time was 6:50 p.m.

President Wadle called the closed session to an end at 8:10 p.m.

President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

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