SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
November 14, 2005

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session November 14, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Chris Wadle called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Chris Hardy, Jennifer Birchette, and John Burrell. Ron Miller was absent. Superintendent Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Transportation Director Joel Mosher, 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.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had 17 extra bus trips plus sending one to the FFA convention during the month of October.
2. Most of the month was spent preparing for inspection, which was held on October 25th.
3. Two buses were pulled out of service for being dirty on the inside and one for a fuel leak. They were all taken care of and back on the route the next day. There were also a few minor or 30-day repairs, which have been repaired.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education for sixth graders will begin soon. Warren County Deputy Randy Spurr will lead the classes again this year.

2. The Partners in Education group is very active. They held another successful fundraiser last month to raise money for additional playground equipment. In addition, they sponsored a book fair during parent-conferences and provided a meal for teachers during conference evenings. We thank them for their support and encourage others to join the organization.

3. October 27th was the first of the character trips planned for the year. Students completed a community service project outside of school and met academic, attendance and behavioral requirements in order to attend. We had 49 students of great character participate in the trip. Students went to a bowling alley in Des Moines. The PIE committee agreed to provide funds for the transportation.

4. We began taking ITBS the week of Nov. 1st and are finished except for those students who were absent during a test.

5. Our students are actively engaged in learning new information every day. Sixth grade science students are using microscopes to learn about cells. To help build a school/home connection, students are required to build at home a three-dimensional model of a cell. Building models is a research-based strategy that helps students retain information.

Fifth grade students are reading stories about animals that help people. On a recent visit I saw students who were truly interested in the stories that told about horse therapy as well as monkey and bird assistants.

Fourth grade students have been learning about immigration to the United States. In another school/home connection, students were to ask family members about the history of their ancestors and the countries from which the relatives came. This was a totally foreign concept to the fourth graders, but visiting with grandparents helped establish a personal connection to the abstract concept of immigration.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

1. As of the writing of this report (Wednesday, November 9th) completion of the north replacement project. Discovery of deterioration of the steel beams over a section of the Daycare roof slowed down the progress, but we are anticipating that the work can be completed or nearly completed by the end of the week. The new roofing material is a good match in color with that on the main building and the new roof should serve the district for years to come.

2. All grades kindergarten through 3rd have now completed the fall DIBELS testing. Second graders have completed the Gates MacGinitie tests - another measure of reading comprehension progress for our building, and the third graders have completed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Results of DIBELS scores and third grade MAP scores are being presented to parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences this week along with the first quarter report cards. In addition, each parent of preschool through third grade students was handed a copy of “Raising a Reader”, a guide for parents to enhance both reading readiness and reading skills at home. This information was obtained through the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

3. Mike Mason and Charlotte Weaklend received a system controls training update from the Johnson Controls technician last week. While he was here, the technician also adjusted the level of airflow in several rooms to make them more comfortable.

4. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students participated in a Veteran’s Day program for area veterans in the multipurpose room on the morning of November 10th. Poetry and Pledge recitations, songs, and a demonstration of flag folding by the students was followed by a presentation to the school by Dave Minton, parent and member of the armed services, of a flag that he had brought back from Iraq. Visiting veterans were honored with special appreciation certificates and refreshments.

5. This month Primary students will again participate in the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon. problems. They will collect pledges from family members, either based on the number of problems they complete correctly or in the form of a straight donation. All proceeds are sent to St. Jude’s, which is a children’s cancer research hospital that takes in children from all over the country suffering from one form or another of cancer and provides them with their needed treatments free of charge. This is the hospital that Danny Thomas founded years ago. Our children not only get to practice their math skills, but they also are a part of a worthwhile service project that benefits the St. Jude’s children and their families who live throughout the US.

6. At last Monday evening’s PIE meeting, it was reported that six or seven different high school groups will be involved in their own organization’s fundraising efforts in the Primary building during Milo’s Small Town Country Christmas. It looks now as if they will outnumber the outside vendors to whom we have opened our building during the past few years. We are pleased to be working more closely with those school organizations, as we all work toward ultimately enhancing the educational experience for SEW students from preschool through 12th grade.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Building Structure – Advanced Engineering from West Des Moines was contacted to come and look at the sinking floors. The engineering company was recommended by A-1 Concrete, the company that pumped the locker room floor. Last Friday, 11/5, an engineer came and took numerous digital photos of the building and the structural damage. The original blue prints were located and the engineer will be reviewing them and researching the soil testing that was done when the building was constructed. Upon the findings of Advanced Engineering, A-1 Concrete will re-pump the locker room at no charge.

ITBS/ITED – We just completed the testing of our students. Those that were absent last week are making up the tests this week with the hope that the tests will be sent in by the end of the week for scoring. I met with each grade (7-11) to show the class test scores from last year. I also explained the incentive plan and challenged the students to do their very best. My challenge was to move from the lowest scores in Warren County to the highest scores

ITBS/ITED Incentives

Grades 9-11

· Composite Score - 75th percentile and above, no scores below the proficient level (41st percentile)
Full day off from school
No exams at end of second semester as long as attendance requirements are met.

· Composite Score – 41st – 75th percentile, must be proficient in reading, math, and science (41st percentile)
½ day off from school
May drop 1 core and 1 elective from second semester exams as long as attendance requirements are met.

· Composite Score – showing any improvement
Two periods off from school
May drop 1 elective from second semester exams as long as attendance requirements are met.

Grades 7 & 8

· Same as grades 9-11 minus the semester test requirement.

D/F List Comparison
 
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
 
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
F
D
#
Mid term 9/04
3
22
16
2
13
10
1
24
18
1
21
17
21
44
31
Mid term 9/05
15
25
18
10
33
23
6
19
20
8
19
17
5
18
17
8
19
18
1st Quarter 10/04
2
18
14
1
13
10
3
29
20
6
14
11
14
45
24
1st Quarter 10/05
20
22
16
10
39
21
1
26
18
2
30
18
3
25
18
9
18
15

Mid term Quarter
The F list can be broken down:

Subject
05
04
Language Arts
17
12
Social Studies
22
10
Computer
1
1
Science
1
4
Art
1
0
Reading
1
4
Animal Science
1
0
Film Study
1
0
Accounting
0
1
Communication
0
3

The D list can be broken down:

Subject
05
04
Language Arts
16
16
Social Studies
58
58
Math
18
30
Science
15
31
Special Ed
4
4
Ag
4
7
Spanish
2
1
Computers
3
4
Reading
4
3
CAD
0
2
Film Study
0
3
Art
4
0


Children First Forum – Dr. Hulleman related that the next Children First Forum meeting would be held on November 28th.

Fine Arts Boosters – Chris Hardy related that the Fine Arts Boosters are planning the Fine Arts Night, which will be held on February 4th, or 11th. Fundraising ideas are also being discussed. The Fine Arts Boosters donated $100 for Color Guard outfits.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 10, 2005, minutes
2. Financial reports

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. The replacement of the Bus Barn/Daycare roof in underway. Work has yet to be completed on both ends of the building and several down spouts still need to be completed.
2. An updated board calendar was given to board members.

DAYCARE PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Dr. Hulleman asked the Board to be considering whether the daycare program should continue to provide care during the day for three and four-year-olds or to offer only before and after school programs. The daycare currently provides care for five four-year-olds and two three-year-olds. The tuition taken in from three-year-olds and four-year-olds is $19.00 less than the cost of the employee wages and benefits for this portion of the daycare program. However, the before-and-after school program easily picks up the $19.00 deficit, as well as utilities, supplies, and heating/cooling maintenance expenses for the Daycare building.

Local daycare providers from the Milo community were present to offer their input concerning the school offering a daycare program for three and four-year-olds. They feel like three and four-year-olds should be in a home environment. They also related that there are several daycare providers in the area trying to maintain their business or start a new daycare business. They also expressed the feeling that by having several daycare providers in the community the children stay in the community and subsequently attend school in the community.

Dr. Hulleman requested that the local daycare providers put together a list of the advantages of home based daycare over school based daycare for the Board to consider when making their decision on whether to continue the three and four-year-old program. This item will be brought back to the Board in December or January for further consideration.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the appointment Christopher Lerch as Substitute Bus Driver. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Hardy to table the appointment of Christopher Lerch. Ayes: 4.

Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the coaching appointments of Brian Chaplin and Cathy Burrell, Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball Coaches, 7%-Step 1 ($500 to be paid to Cathy Burrell, the balance of the stipend to be paid to Brian Chaplin); Cathy Burrell, HS Girls’ Basketball Chaperone, 2%-Step 1; and Sheldon Thompson, Assistant HS Boys’ Basketball Coach, 7%-Step 1. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the coaching appointments as stated. Ayes: 3. John Burrell abstained from voting.

Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignation of Amber Garrison, Study Hall Monitor/Lunch Program Aide. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the resignation of Amber Garrison. Ayes: 4.

REQUESTS FOR UNPAID LEAVE: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving two requests for unpaid leave. Scott Dirkx requested leave for the days of February 27th through March 2nd, one day to be used as personal leave and the remaining days unpaid. Janet Hendrickson requested a two week leave of absence to start somewhere around the first of February 2006. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the requests for unpaid leave. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICIES 400.7 AND 400.7R1: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the first reading of Board Policies 400.7 and 400.7R1, “Pay Deductions”. Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Jennifer Birchette to approve the first reading of Board Policies 400.7 and 400.7R1, “Pay Deductions”. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY 605.3: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the first reading of Board Policy 605.3, “Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation”. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the first reading of Board Policy 605.3, “Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation”. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY 502.12: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the first reading of Board Policy 502.12, “Student Bullying and Harassment”. Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the first reading of Board Policy 502.12, “Student Bullying and Harassment”. Ayes: 4.

DECEMBER BOARD MEETING: The December board meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 12. That is also the night of the Junior-Senior High School Concert. Dr. Hulleman suggested starting the December meeting earlier or reschedule for Tuesday night. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Chris Hardy to start the December board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Ayes: 4.

The Board discussed the idea of placing the calendar from the Warren Pride in local businesses and post offices for community members to be able to see when winter activities will be held.

President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 8:13 p.m.

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