SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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.
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
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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