SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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.

REPORTS:

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 PIE projects.

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.

04-05 Season Top 10% Bottom 10% SEW
Coaches 1.00-1.05 1.59-3.05 1.81
Players 1.00-1.04 1.53-2.24 2.24
Spectators 1.00-1.08 1.63-2.71 1.79


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 vocabulary base.

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 Julie.

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

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 Vice-President.

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: 5.

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. Ayes: 5.

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. Ayes: 5.

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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