SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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:
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:
President Wadle adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
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