SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
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:
- We had 27 extra bus trips for the month of April.
- I am currently getting ready for the second half inspection
which will be held on Friday the 5th of May.
- There was some time spent getting the lawn mower ready for
- 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
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:
||Kindergarten ABC Picnic
||Kindergarten field trip to area farms & Blank Park Zoo
||2nd grade field trip to Botanical Center & Historical Building
||1st grade field trip to Pella
||Preschool to Annett Nature Center
||K-3 Field Day (raindate May 19th )
||3rd grade to visit Intermediate & 3rd/4th grade spelling
||3rd grade field trip to Warren County Historical Museum
||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:
- Friday all the MAP testing should be completed. Reports will
be available shortly.
- 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
- 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.
- The following events are scheduled during May. Everyone is
welcome to attend.
||Third and fourth grade spelling bee, 9:00
||Fifth and sixth grade spelling bee, 2:05
||Field Day, 10:00
|| Academic Bowl, 12:30
||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
# of ratings
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
Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger and
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
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:
- May 7-13 is Teacher Appreciation Week.
- Graduation will be held on May 21st at 2:00 p.m.
- Board members are invited to attend the staff development
day on May 31st. A speaker has been scheduled for the session.
- A summary of the legislative session was presented to board
- 118 completed surveys were received out of the 1,370 that
were sent out.
- 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
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.
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:
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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