SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
September 19, 2005
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
September 19, 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 Wadle, Jennifer Birchette, Chris Hardy and John Burrell.
Superintendent 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 Jennifer Birchette
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
School has started with several small problems, the biggest one
is that we had several students move into the district on roads
that we have not traveled for years. This is the problem on the
three southern routes. With this problem we have kids on the bus
at 6:50 in the morning. As of September 21st, we are adding a route
in the middle of the district. This will take 15 to 20 minutes
off of those routes. Since we don’t have a lot of substitute
drivers, it has taken time to fill this spot.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
Our annual Open House was held the evening of Tuesday, August
30th. Even though the evening was very warm, we had a good turn
out. The Partners in Education group served a supper of sub sandwiches,
chips, cookies, and a cold drink for attending families and community
members. A free will donation was collected to help defray the
expenses of the meal, with the balance to be used for upcoming
The Primary enrollment now totals 172 students, up one student
from the end of the last school year. That number includes twenty-eight
preschoolers who began their year during the week of September
12th. Fall Sunrise Sunset Daycare enrollment includes six all day
preschoolers and twenty-two elementary-aged before and after school
children. Please note that both of these numbers include both full
time and part time participants.
A new hand-painted mural has been installed at the end of the
hallway leading from the main foyer in the Primary building. This
colorful mural depicting block print letters, numbers, and young
children at play was created by last year’s high school art
classes and presented to the Primary students as a gift to be enjoyed
for years to come.
Students and teachers alike are becoming accustomed to following
our new six-day cycle that accommodates our new specials teachers’ schedules.
Actual time spent in specials is very near the amount of time spent
in preceding years. The major difference is in the actual time
designation for each of the classes, with specials beginning at
8:30 in the morning and proceeding throughout the day. This is
a change from the last few years when the first ninety minutes
of the day was dedicated to the teaching of reading consistently
throughout the building. Specials teachers then spent those first
ninety minutes offering reading support to individuals and small
groups. The students are still each getting their recommended ninety
+ minutes of reading instruction. It is just broken up into shorter
segments of time throughout the day.
Another change from last year involves our morning assemblies.
Instead of meeting with the entire k-3 student body daily for character
lessons and reading recognition, I am now meeting with individual
grades from 8:10 to 8:20 on Monday through Thursday in the media
center for a book and song-related character lesson, with the entire
group meeting only on Fridays in the multi-purpose room. Friday
topics so far have included a review of the six pillars of character;
a kick-off to our “Coins for Katrina” hurricane victim
relief efforts; and the teaching of the basic fundamental principles
of the Constitution of the U.S. and how those concepts of power,
authority, and fairness apply to elementary aged children. One
of the upcoming Fridays will be dedicated to the contributions
our troupes are making to their country in Iraq, when the father
of a couple of our students presents the school with a flag that
he brought back from Iraq during his last tour of duty there.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
Baseball sportsmanship ratings – I received from
the Iowa High School Athletic Association our baseball ratings
for the summer 2005 season. Our ratings are based on 42 returned
responses from the referees. The chart below shows ratings of the
top 10%, bottom 10% and the SEW ratings.
Sustained Silent Reading – Mary Bigler presented
a compelling case for the need of all students to be reading.
Research states that between the 4th grade and the senior year,
students should read between 1 and 1.5 million words and have
a vocabulary of 60,000 words. The first 10 minutes of each study
hall is being designated as reading time. The Colorguard groups
that meet will also have sustained silent reading. Research also
shows that when a student reads a new word in context 9 times
the word becomes part of their vocabulary. Therefore, the more
reading that is done the greater the attainment of the 60,000-word
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. August 8, 2005 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the
items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on
the following items:
1. September 17th was Constitution Day. Schools are required to
teach something about the Constitution or about citizenship on
or near the 17th in recognition of Constitution Day.
2. The updated board calendar was reviewed. The IASB Employee Relations Conference
will be held on September 30th, the IASB District #8 Meeting will be held on
October 20th and the IASB Convention will be held November 16-18. Any board
member wishing to attend any of the events may register on-line or contact
CHILDREN FIRST FORUM COMMITTEE MEMBERS: A list of people
who have been invited to serve on the Children First Forum Committee
was given to board members. The list also includes students who
have been asked to serve. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded
by Chris Hardy to approve the Children First Forum Committee members
as listed. Ayes: 5.
2005-2006 BOARD GOALS: The Board reviewed the 2005-2006
Board Goals. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the 2005-2006 Board
Goals. Motion by Chris Wadle, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve
the 2005-2006 Board Goals. Ayes: 5.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF SCHOOL ELECTION: The Board reviewed
the results of the September 13, 2005 school election. Motion by
Chris Hardy, seconded by Chris Wadle to accept the results of the
regular school election. Ayes: 5. The results of the September
13, 2005 election were as follows:
Director District 1 (term 9-05 to 9-08)
Jennifer Birchette 85 votes
Patty Marshall 8 votes
Write-In Scattering 13 votes
Director District 3 (term 9-05 to 9-08)
John Burrell 108 votes
Write-In Scattering 10 votes
President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
The organizational meeting of the Southeast Warren Board of Education
was called to order at 7:50 p.m. by President Ron Miller. The following
board members were present: Jennifer Birchette, Chris Hardy, John
Burrell and Chris Wadle. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Secondary
Principal Terry Gladfelter, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend
and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were in attendance, along with
members of the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris
Hardy to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
OATH OF OFFICE: Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered
the oath of office to Jennifer Birchette and John Burrell.
ELECT PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT: Board Secretary Julie
Wilson called for nominations for President. Ron Miller nominated
Chris Wadle as President. John Burrell seconded the nomination.
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller for nominations
to cease. Ayes: Ron Miller, Jennifer Birchette, John Burrell and
Chris Hardy. Nays: Chris Wadle. Chris Wadle was elected President.
President Wadle called for nominations for Vice-President. Chris
Hardy nominated Ron Miller. John Burrell seconded the nomination.
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy for nominations
to cease. Ayes: John Burrell, Jennifer Birchette, Chris Hardy and
Chris Wadle. Ron Miller abstained from voting. Ron Miller was elected
Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the oath of office for
President to Chris Wadle and for Vice-President to Ron Miller.
WARREN COUNTY CONFERENCE BOARD: President Wadle appointed
John Burrell as Warren County Conference Board Representative.
CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: President Wadle appointed Ron Miller
as Children First Forum Representative.
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS: President Wadle appointed Jennifer Birchette
as Athletic Boosters Representative.
FINE ARTS BOOSTERS: President Wadle appointed Chris Hardy
as Fine Arts Boosters Representative.
DELEGATE TO IASB DELEGATE ASSEMBLY: President Wadle volunteered
to serve as delegate to the IASB Delegate Assembly.
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE SIGNATURE ON CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Julie
Wilson reported to the Board that all checks are to be signed by
the Board President and Board Secretary. A resolution is required
in order for someone other that the Board President to sign checks.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve LuAnn
Ohnemus to sign Activity Fund checks and Sue Ellingson to sign
Lunch Fund checks. Ayes: 5.
REQUEST TO WAIVE PHYSCIAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A letter
was submitted by Alan and Leslie Gardner to the Board requesting
that Tristan Gardner be waived from the physical education requirement
for the 2005-2006 school year. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval
of the waiver. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to
waive the physical education requirement for Tristan Gardner. Ayes:
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the
personnel changes as listed. He also recommended adding the resignation
of Darrell Pottebaum as Head Baseball Coach.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the appointments
of Bryn Helmus, Language Arts; Donald Hanes, Substitute Bus Driver;
Lana Brewer, Part Time Custodian; and Kathy Busick, Associate.
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the coaching appointments of Lacey Holmes, Assistant JH Volleyball
Coach, Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball Coach and Assistant
JH Girls’ Track Coach; Deanna Stewart, HS Cheerleading Advisor
(Football, Basketball & Wrestling); Weightlifting (duties to
be shared by coaches as listed); and Matt Oliver, Assistant JH
Basketball Coach. Ayes: 4. John Burrell abstained from voting.
Coaching contracts are contingent upon all employees having the
proper coaching endorsement.
Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to accept
the resignations of Jason Walter, Cross-Country Coach (2006); Kimberly
Warner, Head Speech Coach; Mike Tierney, Head Girls’ Basketball
Coach; and Darrell Pottebaum, Head Baseball Coach. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE EASEMENT AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving
the Easement Agreement with Warren County for purposes in association
with the construction and operation of the sanitary sewer system
in Liberty Center. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell
to approve the easement for access to the sanitary sewer system.
AEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Dr. Hulleman recommended casting
a ballot for Steve Rose as director for the AEA Board of Directors.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to elect Steve
Rose as director for the AEA Board of Directors. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY SECTION 300: The Board reviewed Board Policy
Section 300, “Administration”.
President Chris Wadle adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.
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