SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
July 11, 2005

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session July 11, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Chris Hardy, Jennifer Birchette and John Burrell. Chris Wadle 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: Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

RECOGNITION: Dr. Harold Hulleman reported that Ron VanStrien has been selected the second Preserve America History Teacher of the Year for Iowa.

REPORTS:

Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell related that the Warren County Conference Board had not met recently. He also noted that there had not been any word on the sewer situation in Liberty Center.

Children First Forum – Ron Miller related that the Children First Forum had met about six weeks ago. They have developed some recommendations that the Board will be discussing later in the meeting.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 13, 2005 minutes
2. Financial reports

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. An updated board calendar was included in the board packets.
2. The IASB Fiscal Management Conference will be held on July 13th. Any board members interested in attending should contact Julie Wilson to register.
3. Ron VanStrien has been selected as the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year for Iowa.
4. A copy of a letter from the Department of Education thanking the administrators and local board members who attended the high school review meetings was included in board packets.
5. A report on the Primary Playground Project was included in board packets.
6. A revised Curriculum Revision Matrix was included in board packets. The descriptions have been revised.
7. A copy of an article on being a better board member was included in board packets.
8. An article from IASB’s Leadership for Learning series, The School Board’s Role in Improving Reading Achievement, was included in board packets for review.
9. A written report submitted by Rose Hanrahan, Juvenile Court Liaison Officer, was given to board members.

CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: The Board reviewed the following recommendations from the Children’s First Forum:
1. Extended Learning Program
- Review and revise current identification procedures to insure that students identified are fully qualified for the program
- Consider providing a consultative program for the K-3 building with a pullout program to begin in grade 4

2. Required Technology Skills
- Begin keyboarding skills early in the elementary grades
- Insure that students have skills in basic computer programs such as word processing, spread sheets, presentations, and email (via the Internet)
- Introduce students to technologies other than computers such as FAX machines, copy machines, and digital cameras

3. Elementary Guidance and Character Education
- Continue these programs

4. Membership of Children’s First Forum
- Add students to the membership of this committee

An assessment for technology skills will be developed in 2005-2006. The assessment will be for eighth graders. The Board will be asked to approve the membership of the Children First Forum at the August or September board meeting.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: The Board discussed and approved the following as their top legislative priorities for 2006: (2) Supports state funding and legislation to address funding inequities existing in the local option sales and services tax, property tax, and other sources of revenue dedicated for infrastructure. IASB also supports state funding and legislation that promotes property tax equity (both regular and special levies) to minimize rate differences between districts while maximizing resources for students. (4) Supports setting allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts. Therefore the allowable growth for FY 2005-06 should be set at 6 percent, as the 4 percent already committed is not sufficient to meet the increasing costs of education. The allowable growth rate for FY 2006-07 should be set no lower than 6 percent. (6) Supports a budget guarantee for districts with declining enrollment and on-time funding for districts with increasing enrollment. (9) Supports sufficient incentives and assistance to encourage sharing, reorganization and regional high schools to expand academic opportunities for students.

CHANGES TO STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKS: Dr. Hulleman reviewed the proposed changes to the reading standards and benchmarks. These changes address phonemic awareness and phonics, which are integral parts of the reading program in the early grades. The Board will be asked to approve the changes to the standards and benchmarks at the August board meeting.

SUMMARY REPORT ON SHARING WITH MELCHER-DALLAS: The Board briefly discussed the summary report generated from the interviews with board members/administrators, community members, and staff in both the Melcher-Dallas and Southeast Warren School Districts. Dr. Hulleman proposed giving copies of the report to all employees and placing pieces of the report in the school newsletter. Dr. Hulleman will meet with the Melcher-Dallas Superintendent at a later date to continue discussions of possible sharing arrangements.

REMOVAL OF OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Dr. Hulleman related that a local resident was interested in removing the old school house from the property. The Board discussed the need to advertise for bids and their concern that the individual who removes the schoolhouse clean all debris from the property. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to advertise the sale of the old school house in Liberty Center with bids to be due by August 4th. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignation of Perry Klages, Regular Route Bus Driver, and the assignments of Mary Ulin, One-on-One Associate; Michelle Lewis, One-on-One Associate; Mike Tierney, Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach; Alissa Norden, Drill Team Coach; James Funk, Regular Route Bus Driver; and Perry Klages, Substitute Bus Driver.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to accept the resignation of Perry Klages. Ayes: 4.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the assignments of Mary Ulin, Michelle Lewis, Alissa Norden, James Funk and Perry Klages. Ayes: 4.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the assignment of Mike Tierney. Ayes: Ron Miller and Chris Hardy. Nays: Jennifer Birchette. John Burrell abstained from voting. Motion passed 2:1.

2005-2006 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the amended 2005-2006 school calendar. The calendar was amended to add one additional contract day on August 18th for the purpose of professional development required under the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality Program. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the amended 2005-2006 school calendar. Ayes: 4.

FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the five-year estimated expenditure plan for facilities, transportation, and technology. The plan will serve as a guide for improvements in these areas. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to approve the five-year estimated expenditure plan for facilities, transportation and technology. Ayes: 4.

2005-2006 STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the 2005-2006 student handbooks. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the 2005-2006 student handbooks. Ayes: 4

ROOF REPAIRS: Dr. Hulleman reported that three bids had been received for roof repairs to the Junior-Senior High School. Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the low bid from Hunt’s Local Contracting in the amount of $13,255.63. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the bid from Hunt’s Local Contracting in the amount of $13,255.63 for roof repairs to the Junior-Senior High School. Ayes: 4.

Dr. Hulleman reported that at this time only one bid had been received for the roof repairs to the bus barn/daycare facility. Dr. Hulleman will seek further bids to bring back to the Board at the next meeting.

FOOD SERVICE BIDS: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the milk bid from Anderson Erickson and the bread bid from Sara Lee. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to accept the food service bids from Anderson Erickson and Sara Lee. Ayes: 4.

FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT: Dr. Hulleman related that three bids had been received for the purchase of a new steam kettle for the Liberty Center kitchen. A bid had also been received from Country Propane to disconnect the old unit and install the new steam kettle. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the low bid for the steam kettle from Taylor Industries and that the hookup for the steam kettle be completed by Country Propane. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the purchase of the steam kettle from Taylor Industries and the hookup be completed by Country Propane. Ayes: 4.

REMOVAL OF CHEMICALS FROM HIGH SCHOOL: Dr. Hulleman related that representatives from EMC Insurance Company had assessed our chemical supplies on campus as part of the Rehab the Lab program. The assessment resulted in a list of chemicals that need to be removed from the building. EMC obtained a bid from Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. for the removal of the chemicals. The bid is for $4,175. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the agreement with Clean Harbors to remove the chemicals as requested by EMC. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the removal of the chemicals by Clean Harbor. Ayes: 3. Chris Hardy abstained from voting.

ELP PROGRAM: Dr. Hulleman reviewed the proposed changes to the ELP program for 2005-2006. The proposed changes follow the recommendations of the Children First Forum. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the changes to the ELP program. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the changes to the ELP program. Ayes: 4.

2006 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Dr. Hulleman related that proposed changes to the 2006 graduation requirements included the addition of Algebra IA and IB, Environmental Science to fulfill a lab science, changing of Fine Arts to Liberal Arts and including five other courses to help fulfill the requirement, and adding Computer Tech courses to fulfill the Vocational credit area. The number of credits required has not changed, but the terminology has been changed and courses added to help complete the credits. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the 2006 graduation requirements as proposed. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the changes to the 2006 graduation requirements. Ayes: Hardy, Birchette and Miller. Nays: Burrell. Motion passed 3:1.

SALE OF DISTRICT EQUIPMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the high bid of $305 from Eldon Emmick for the purchase of the John Deere 112 tractor and the high bid of $500 from Robert Nutting for the purchase of the bus. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the sale of the equipment to the high bidders. Ayes: Miller, Birchette, and Hardy. Nays: Burrell. Motion passed 3:1.

Dr. Hulleman related that a request had been made to sell a four-section warming table from the Lacona kitchen. The temperature cannot be regulated to meet state requirements. The consensus of the Board was to advertise for bids for the sale of the warming table.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION NETWORK MEMBER: President Miller appointed Chris Wadle as the Legislative Action Network Member for 2005-2006.

MILEAGE PAYMENTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Hulleman related that at the June board meeting the board members who were present had suggested that the Superintendent be reimbursed for in-district travel. Action on this item was deferred until the June board meeting. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by John Burrell to pay the Superintendent mileage for in-district travel. Ayes: 4.

WORK SESSION: The Board discussed the ramifications of the baseball game that took place last week. Board Goals and evaluation of the Superintendent will be discussed at the August board meeting.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 9:35 p.m.

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