SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
June 19, 2006

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 19, 2006, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board Vice President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 5:33 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Jennifer Birchette and Chris Hardy. Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

APPOINT NEW BOARD MEMBER: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to appoint Larrie Williams to the Southeast Warren School Board due to a vacancy created by the resignation of Chris Wadle. Ayes: 4.

Julie Wilson administered the oath of office to Larrie Williams.

RECOGNITION: Dr. Hulleman presented a certificate to Chris Hardy in recognition of School Board Recognition Week.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

  1. We had 32 extra trips for the month of May.
  2. The second half inspection was held on Friday, May 5th. We came out with a few 30-day repairs and one out of service (park brake wouldn’t hold).

    Dr. Hulleman related that Joel would like to upgrade the wheel chair bus. The current bus will only hold 10 passengers and is quite old. We can convert one of our existing full size buses by installing the wheelchair lift from the smaller wheelchair bus. This would cost less than $10,000. We would then seek to replace the converted bus with a used bus or a bus coming off lease.

    Dr. Hulleman related that we are also scheduled to purchase a van this year. We will be seeking a vehicle that is one or two years old with 30,000-40,000 miles.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

First through sixth grade summer remedial reading and math classes concluded on Friday with 16 first graders, 15 second graders, 11 third graders, 11 fourth graders, 11 fifth graders, and 10 sixth graders enrolled. Kathy Taggart taught the first and second graders. Jan Dittmer taught, the second and third graders, and Donna Clay taught the fifth and sixth graders. Reading & math skills were practiced with games and small group activities during both an enjoyable and productive two weeks.

There are approximately 39 children enrolled in our Daycare this summer, some full time, others part time, with approximately 15 to 20 total children in attendance each day.

So far, fifteen children are enrolled in our 3-year-old preschool class for next year, and sixteen children all together are enrolled in our two 4-year-old classes. We are nearing capacity for our 3-year-old class and may have to begin developing a waiting list. We could easily handle at least eight to ten more 4-year-olds.

The following chart indicates the percentage of 3rd grade students who met or exceeded their target growth expectations from the fall to the spring MAP testing periods:

Language Usage 16 of 32 students or 50%
Math 17 of 32 students or 53%
Reading 21 of 32 students or 66%

Attached please find a chart indicating percentage of K-3 students who were considered low risk or established in both the fall and the spring testing periods of DIBELS from each of the last five years.

When compared to other students in Iowa taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills administered in Fall, 2005, SEW third graders showed a larger percentage of high achieving students in vocabulary, reading comprehension, word analysis, spelling, math concepts, math problems, social studies, science, and sources of information. They had approximately the same percentage of medium achieving students as compared to other students in Iowa in vocabulary, word analysis, listening, language, math concepts, math computation, social studies, and science. They further had a smaller percentage of low achieving students in vocabulary, word analysis, math concepts, math problems, and social studies.

SEW second graders tested at the 2.3 grade equivalent in word decoding, 3.6 in word knowledge, and 3.5 comprehension for a total of 3.3 last fall in the Gates- MacGinitie Reading Test, which places them well ahead of their peers nationally in vocabulary and comprehension.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

Each grade level took a field trip during May. Fourth grade students visited Living History Farms. Fifth grade students attended a session at DMACC on water and water quality, while the sixth grade students attended an Iowa Cubs baseball game. In addition, fifth and sixth grade band members visited Adventureland.

Several special events were held this month to which parents and community members were invited. We were pleased with the number of parents who were able to attend the following events:

  • Spelling Bee - the winner of the 3rd and 4th grade spelling bee was Presley Shumate (3rd grade). The winner of the 5th and 6th grade spelling bee was Tiffany Mason (5th grade). These students are eligible to participate in the State Fair Spelling Bee in August
  • The third graders and their teachers visited the Intermediate. The teachers prepared a printed summary of changes to expect which students were to take home. Mrs. Mead, Mr. Clay and I presented information and answered questions.
  • Mr. Oliver organized a more traditional field day then we have had for the past several years. Students competed in a variety of track and field events. Students from each grade level received 1st through 3rd place ribbons for each event.
  • Four teams of students competed in an Academic Bowl. The winning student team competed against a team of staff members. The staff members won, but it was a good competition.
  • We concluded the month with our Awards Assembly. Many students earned awards for honor roll and earning A’s all four quarters in specific subjects. In addition, students earned certificates for missing two or fewer days.
    • Seventy-six students earned certificates for no office referrals or detentions all year. Megan Cleveland (4th), Katie Konrad (4th), Jonie Meling (5th), Tiffany Mason (5th), Christina Dittmer (6th), and Logan Putz (6th) earned the citizenship awards this year. They showed a positive attitude toward classmates, the school and their community. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.
    • Our most prestigious award, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, was awarded to sixth graders who have maintained a 90% or higher grade point average all three years in this building, and scored at the 85th percentile or above on ITBS in reading or math. This year’s recipients were: Jacob Anders, Jon Anders, Ashley Clay, Matthew Davis, Christina Dittmer, Cassidy Hembry, Morgan Lawler, Jordan Peterson, Logan Putz, Allysa Spear, Alex Sudbrock, and Spencer Williams. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.

Final figures on office referrals and detentions this year

 
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
Detentions
632
426
181
269
51
60
Office Referrals
139
114
87
97
49
48

After-school Tutoring
Ten students attended at least one fourth of the tutoring sessions. Comparing GPA from first semester (before tutoring started) to second semester GPA, all but one of the ten students showed an increase in GPA.

A survey was sent to parents, but only two were returned. Both returned surveys appreciated the availability of the program.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Discipline Concerns – In response to the community survey and a survey I conducted with the teachers, I have been meeting with a group of teachers (8) to look at the students handbook and discipline concerns. We have discussed or researched other school handbooks, looked further at the present model we have in the handbook and the Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) program that is gaining support throughout the state and country. Our discipline data shows that we fit the national model. Ten percent of the students create ninety percent of the discipline issues. During the second semester 28 students out of 292 accounted for the discipline issues at school representing 9.5%. A discipline program must address these students, but also from the PBS model the other 90+% of the students also need to be recognized for consistently correct behavior. We will be submitting information to the board for their approval during the July meeting.

Summer Projects – Along with the report Dr. Hulleman will be giving, I would like to mention two other building projects that will be undertaken this summer.

  • Roof – The metal flashing around the front courtyard has loosened because of the wind getting behind the corrugated metal. The company has been called and they are to correct the situation by the end of the month.
  • Art room/girl’s locker room floors – A-1 Concrete will be coming to give an estimate for leveling the art room floor by the end of the month. We are looking at the third week of July as a tentative time to come and work on both floors. The girl’s locker room floor will have further work done at no charge since the floors did settle within the guarantee time.

Liaison Officer – We will be sharing a Court Liaison Officer with the Carlisle School District next year on a 60/40 split. The Liaison Officer will be at Carlisle three days per week and at Southeast Warren two days per week. Carlisle will hold the contract for the position.

Academic Excellence - Congratulations to the following students that have been on the A Honor Roll all 4 quarters this year.

Gr. 7
Gr. 8
Gr. 9
Paige Amsden Jade Hibbeler Alex Bruce
Kylee Horton Tory Mason Heidi Dittmer
Emmett Konrad Evan Schurman Ariel Downs
Seth Nutting Grant Seuferer Caitlin Ellingson
  Eddie Steil Bailey Hembry
  Brooke Vasey Tara Hommer
    Carly Lawrence
    Emily Nutting
    Austin Putz
     
Gr. 10
Gr. 11
Gr. 12
Emily Claghorn Zach Bruce Octavia Burrell
Cari Ripperger Daylan Eichhorn Andrew Gladfelter
  Matt Farley Ashley Koenck
  Levi Hunerdosse Theresa Renfeldt
  Mandy Kimzey Julie Ripperger
  Kevin Manser Eric Smith
  Tara Prine  
  Lucas Putz  
  Angela Steil  
  Ashley Thompson  

 

Honor Roll – The chart shows the numbers and percentages of students that have made the honor roll for this year.

Honor Roll 05-06

Qtr 1
7th (49)
8th (48)
9th (50)
10th (45)
11th (48)
12th (54)
TOTAL (294)
A
11
9
12
6
16
15
69
Percent
22.4
18.7
24
13.3
33.3
27.7
23.4
B
13
6
9
12
5
13
58
Percent
26.5
12.5
18
26.6
10.4
24
19.7
Grand Total
24
15
21
18
21
28
127
Percent
48.9
31.2
42
40
43.7
46.2
43.1
Qtr 2
7th (49)
8th (48)
9th (50)
10th (45)
11th (48)
12th (55)
TOTAL (295)
A
7
9
13
4
11
11
55
Percent
14.2
18.7
26
8.8
22.9
20
18.6
B
15
7
7
11
9
11
60
Percent
30.6
14.5
8
24.4
18.7
20
20.3
Grand Total
22
16
20
15
20
22
115
Percent
44.8
33.3
40
33.3
41.6
40
38.9
Qtr 3
7th (48)
8th (50)
9th (50)
10th (44)
11th (49)
12th (53)
TOTAL (294)
A
11
10
10
2
13
13
59
Percent
22.9
20
20
4.5
26.5
24.5
20
B
11
7
9
14
10
12
63
Percent
22.9
14
18
31.8
20.4
22.6
21.4
Grand Total
22
17
19
16
23
25
122
Percent
45.8
34
38
37.2
46.9
47.1
41.4
Qtr 4
7th (48)
8th (50)
9th (50)
10th (45)
11th (47)
12th (52)
TOTAL (292)
A
6
7
12
5
11
10
51
Percent
12.5
14
24
11.1
23.4
19.2
17.4
B
11
14
10
11
8
14
68
Percent
22.9
28
20
24.4
17
26.9
23.2
Grand Total
17
21
22
16
19
24
119
Percent
35.4
42
44
35.5
40.4
46.1
40.7

 

Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the Children First Forum had meet about three weeks ago. The main topic of discussion was the review of last year.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 8, 2006 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:

  1. The Board calendar was reviewed. The consensus of the Board was to hold the July board meeting on the regularly scheduled date of July 10th.
  2. We have been working with Abaci Consulting to redesign the parking lot at Liberty Center. Two plans were given to board members. One would double the number of parking spaces to nearly 300; the other would increase the number of parking spaces to nearly 200. Both plans would require using some or all of the front lawn for parking space.

    The Board discussed alternative parking lot ideas and asked Dr. Hulleman to look at other options, such as the area south of the wrestling building and to the west of the current parking lot.

    In discussion, Dr. Hulleman related that a letter had been sent to board members asking for them to vote on approving the engineering services proposed by Abaci Consulting. Four board members returned their vote. Three board members (Birchette, Hardy and Wadle) voted to approve the engineering services and one board member (Burrell) voted not to approve the engineering services proposed by Abaci Consulting.
  3. We are in the process of reorganizing and redecorating the High School Media Center. We are purchasing some new furniture and new carpet.
  4. Last year, we purchased new counter tops, sinks, and fixtures for the two public restrooms adjacent to the cafeteria. I hope to have estimates next week for replacing the partitions in these two restrooms. In order to make these restrooms accessible to handicapped individuals, we will lose one stall in each restroom.

    The Board asked Dr. Hulleman to contact a plumber to see what costs would be incurred to install two new stools for the handicap stalls, installation of handrails, and to cap off the plumbing in the stalls that will have to be removed prior to ordering the partitions. Concern was expressed about losing a stall in each restroom.
  5. The community survey results have been tabulated by Data Vision in Des Moines. A preliminary report will be sent to board members as soon as it is received.

2007 IASB LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: The Board held a brief discussion concerning the selection of legislative priorities for 2007.

SUPERINTENDENT’S GOALS: Dr. Hulleman presented the following goals:

  1. Work with principals, staff, and students to make the District a safe place to work and learn, a place where people respect one another, a place where people take responsibility for their actions, and a place where people have pride in their work and in their school.
  2. Insure that the 2006-2007 budget is balanced.
  3. Improve the community’s understanding of the District’s budget, organization and functions as well as the role of the community in developing a successful school district.
  4. Continue to work with the Administrative Team in providing leadership in curriculum and instruction.
  5. Communicate and interpret the results of the community survey to the Board, staff and community.

The Board discussed the goals. John Burrell suggested adding to item #1 a goal of getting rid of the “out of control” label that has been used recently. John also asked for a way to measure the progress of item #4 and a request to have the survey results out to the community soon.

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE SIGNATURES ON CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Julie Wilson related to the Board that all checks are to be signed by the Board President and Board Secretary unless a resolution is passed authorizing someone else to sign checks. Julie Wilson recommended approving a resolution to allow Ron Miller, Vice President, along with herself, to sign the checks for the General Fund, PPEL Fund, Management Fund, Capital Projects Funds and Debt Service Fund. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the signatures of the Vice President and Board Secretary on the checking accounts. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the following personnel changes: Resignations: Kristina Stills, HS Language Arts; Mike Tierney, Co-Athletic Director; Traci Hobbs, K.I.D.S. Program Instructor/Classroom Reduction Reading Teacher; David Ripperger, JH Football Coach and Student Council Advisor; Brian Chaplin, Special Education Associate and Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball Coach. Appointments: Dawn Phares, One-on-One Special Education Associate; Patty Harrington, Primary Secretary; Jenny Schneider, Special Education Classroom Associate; and Bradi Smith, HS Language Arts. Supplemental Appointments: Kathy Dierking, Drill Team Coach; David Ripperger, Athletic Director; and Tricia Dyer, FCCLA Advisor. Transfers: Deanna Hommer from one-on-one associate to classroom associate; and Myrissa Gingerich from JH Language Arts to K.I.D.S. Program/Classroom Reduction Reading Teacher. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the personnel changes as written. Ayes: 5.

2005-06 CONTRACT DAYS FOR SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Hulleman requested payment at his daily per diem rate for the additional 11.5 days that were worked beyond his 100 day contract. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve payment to Dr. Hulleman for the additional 2005-06 contract days. Ayes: 5.

2006-07 CONTRACT FOR SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Hulleman requested a contract for 105 days for 2006-07 at a daily rate of $470. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve a contract for 105 days at $470 per day for Dr. Hulleman. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 204.10: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the revision to Board Policy 204.10, “Order of Regular Business Meeting” as per the discussion from last month’s board meeting. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the revision to Board Policy 204.10, “Order of Regular Business Meeting”. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 602.3: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving Board Policy 602.3, “Wellness Policy”. All districts are required to put a wellness policy in to place. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve Board Policy 602.3, “Wellness Policy”. Ayes: 5.

Vice President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.

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