SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
December 12, 2005

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session December 12, 2005, in the technology center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Chris Wadle called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Jennifer Birchette, Chris Hardy, and Ron Miller. 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: President Wadle recommended moving action item #1, “Approve band trip to St. Louis, MO,” to the beginning of the meeting.

BAND TRIP: Theresa Renfeldt and Danae Weilage presented the itinerary for the band trip to St. Louis, MO, to the Board. The trip is scheduled for March 31 – April 2. Approximately 20 students and 3 adults will be going on the trip. Administration recommends approval of the band trip to St. Louis, Mo. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the band trip itinerary as presented. Ayes: 5.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had five extra bus trips for the month of November.
2. We took three units to Melcher for inspection on November 29th.
3. As the weather changed we had a few cold air problems.
4. The new bus stalled in the road; it has an electrical problem and won’t start. The bus was towed to Des Moines for warranty repairs.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

1. Parent-Teacher conferences held on the evenings of November 8th and November 10th were well attended, with 92% of the parents participating.

2. The Primary center’s participation in Milo’s Small Town Country Christmas last weekend involved PIE’s annual Cookie Walk, a gift-making workshop for children, a gift-wrapping table, several community and school vendors, donation sites for the Lewis family and local needy families though the Angel Tree, and the quilt show that was included on the Tour of Homes. We appreciate the great quantity, as well as quality, of cookies that were donated, as well as the good turnout of customers on a very snowy day.

3. Recent second grade testing by the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests, a nationally-normed test, ranked S.E. Warren second graders right on grade level for work decoding, while their reading comprehension grade equivalent was at the third grade, 5th month level – with work knowledge at the third grade, 6th month level.

4. We currently have nine teacher associates in the Primary building: one library associate, one preschool classroom associate, two special education classroom associates, and five one-on-one associates. During the 2004-2005 school year, I began meeting with them as a group once a month to review responsibilities and answer questions from them. This year, we are again meeting once a month, but this time the focus is on reviewing the information from the Para Pro: Supporting the Instructional Process booklet, including: understanding the basics of the job, being part of the school team, managing student behavior, supervising common areas, working with small groups, supervising independent work periods, and working with an individual student. We’ve had some great discussions form our readings and have grown as a group. I also meet with both custodians on a monthly basis to review progress on projects and to give them feedback on their performance. Ongoing staff support and staff development extends beyond the certified teachers in our district.

5. Classroom activities last week included: Identification of and practice writing the letter “B” and identification of pennies in the kindergarten; practice reading high-frequency words, writing a letter to Santa, and a study of Christmas customs around the world in first grade; a review of abbreviations and journaling about friends and special things the students have done for one another in the second grade; learning about lines of symmetry and exploring Washington D.C. in the third grade; working with the parachute in physical education; producing beautiful Christmas projects in art classes; and final pre-concert rehearsals and post-concert celebrations in music classes.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. Mid-term reports went home on Friday, December 2nd. Every 4th-6th grade student receives a copy of his/her grades in all the academic classes at this time.

2. Conference totals:

Parent-Teacher Conferences
November-05
Teacher
Held
Possible
Percent
Ripperger
18
19
95%
Jones
14
18
78%
Norden
15
17
88%
Schneider
17
17
100%
Clay
20
20
100%
Mead
13
20
65%
Totals
97
111
87%
Special Ed
Beard
8
9
89%
Butler
11
13
85%

3. Christmas activities include:
a. The music program last week, which was well attended
b. The students and staff are participating in the holiday angel tree project sponsored by ECP and the art club

4. As part of our staff development this year, we are allowing and encouraging teachers to watch their peers teach. We only recently started this activity, but those who have been in other classrooms have appreciated the opportunity.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Student Achievement – As we continue the process in improving student achievement, I want to mention some of the projects we are endeavoring to implement to help our students.

· NHS tutoring – as parents call, Mr. Tigner is pairing a National Honor Society student with junior high students to follow through on organization, homework, and academic skills.
· Individual Career Development Plan – Teachers have been working as teams to work with students that are having academic problems. They have been working with reading scores, the D/F list, and MAP scores to select students that need assistance.
· After School Tutoring – With the use of Title II funds we have established a one-hour study hall/tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Teachers are paid their hourly rate to stay and help students. This has now been in progress for two weeks. Five to six students have been attending each time we have the study group.

State Drill Team Competition – Congratulations to the Kick Line, Pom Line, and Flag Team for their recent ratings at state competition. The Kick Line received a Division I rating, the Pom Line a Division I rating, and the Flag Team a Division II rating. The Flags also received the Distinguished Academic Award for their combined GPA of 3.68. Congratulations to the girls, Ms Norden and Mrs. Hart for their supervision and working with the students.

Senior Citizen Luncheon – Thank you Mr. Tigner and the members of the National Honor Society for their organization and completion of this annual event. The community was very gracious and appreciative of the event. Thank you to the Chorus, Band, Flags, and Dance for their entertainment. Dr. Hulleman and I had a good time meeting and interacting with the guests.

Football Sportsmanship Ratings – Ratings have been received from the Iowa High School Athletic Association for the 2005 football season. The ratings are based on 40 returned responses from the referees. The chart below shows ratings of the top 10%, bottom 10% and the SEW ratings.

05-06 Season Top 10% Bottom 10% SEW
Coaches 1.00-1.10 1.90-2.91 1.05
Players 1.00-1.09 1.67-2.42 1.48
Spectators 1.00-1.09 1.75-2.57 1.13

Children First Forum – Ron Miller related that the Children First Forum had met the end of November. The group watched a film on wellness, then broke into smaller groups to discuss wellness ideas.

Fine Arts Boosters – Chris Hardy related that the Fine Arts Boosters continued discussion of the Fine Arts Night at their last meeting.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:

1. November 14, 2005, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policies 400.7 and 400.7R1, “Pay Deductions”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 605.3, “Accountability Test Integrity/Test Preparation”
5. Second reading of Board Policy 502.12, “Student Bullying and Harassment”

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. The Able II meeting will be held tomorrow night in Chariton if any board members are interested in attending. The topic will be “Why High Schools Must Improve – and the Board’s Role.”
2. The IASB Legislative Conference will be held on January 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EARLY RETIREMENT PAYMENT: The Board discussed changes to the early retirement policy as recommended by Dr. Hulleman. The proposed policy would be in effect until March 1, 2009, for employees who have completed fifteen consecutive years of service and are at least fifty-five years of age. The policy would provide for a one-time payment to a 403(b) retirement plan equal to 50% of the employee’s base salary. The policy will be brought back to the Board at the January board meeting for approval.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the appointments of Christopher Lerch, Substitute Bus Driver; Kurt Cronbaugh, Substitute Bus Driver; Jeanette Krauthoff, Daycare Associate; and Dave Baker, Head HS Baseball Coach.

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Wadle to approve the appointment of Chris Lerch, Substitute Bus Driver. Ayes: Miller, Wadle, Birchette, Burrell. Nays: Hardy. Motion passed 4:1.

Motion by Chris Hardy, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the appointment of Kurt Cronbaugh, Substitute Bus Driver. Ayes: 5.

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by John Burrell to approve the appointment of Jeanette Krauthoff, Daycare Associate. Ayes: 5.

Motion by Jennifer Birchette, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the appointment of Dave Baker, Head HS Baseball Coach. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 803.9: Dr. Hulleman recommended that Board Policy 803.9, “Travel Allowance,” be revised to state that the District will pay the IRS-approved rate. The current IRS rate is 48.5 cents per mile. That amount will be 44.5 cents per mile after January 1. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Chris Hardy to approve the revision to Board Policy 803.9, “Travel Allowance.” Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 404 AND 410: Motion by Chris Hardy, Seconded by Ron Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Sections 404, “Certified Personnel Leaves,” and 410, “Non-Certified Personnel Absence & Leaves.” Ayes: 5.

President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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