SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 12, 2007

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session March 12, 2007, in the technology lab of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: John Burrell, Larrie Williams, and Paul Mead. Jennifer Birchette was absent. Superintendent Dr. 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 Paul Mead, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 16 extra trips for the month. Along with the number of extra trips came a few cold weather problems. We had one bus slide off the road due to rain turning to ice on the road. This bus was on a route. The kids were removed and put on another bus; none of the kids or the driver were hurt. The bus sustained some damage but has been repaired and is back in service.

All the drivers have been signed up for our annual training to be held in March.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Partners in Education hosted an elementary carnival on March 9th in the Intermediate center. This event was postponed from its original May 2nd date due to the most recent snow storm.

Another upcoming March event sponsored by PIE is a performance by the Old Creamery Theatre group at 2:00 p.m. in the Intermediate gym for all elementary students grades kindergarten through 6th grade. This group tours the entire state presenting character-themed shows inspired by Iowa kids. On the following morning, PIE will be bringing a Rock-in-Preventions assembly to both the Primary and the Intermediate centers. The Rock-in-Preventions assemblies involve local high school students in presenting a very interactive program that features drug prevention information and character lessons.

It looks as though we will soon be adding our eighth one-on-one teacher associate in the Primary building, serving ten students full or part-time. In addition, we have a room associate in all three of our special education classrooms due to sizes of class rosters, as prescribed by our district special education plan. We also employ a library associate who keeps the library and its program operational in the absence of our district media specialist. While the needs of our student population seem to be growing overall, there are success stories too as one-on-one time is cut back in some cases as the child matures in his/her ability to function well in the regular program unassisted.

Total participation during the Parent-Teacher Conferences on the evenings of February 20th and 22nd was 92%. Participation during the November Parent-Teacher Conferences was 91%.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

1. Parent Teacher Conferences February 20 & 22, 2007

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Feb. 07
       
Teacher
Held
Possible
Percent
Ripperger
16
17
94%
Jones
13
16
81%
Hayes
19
20
95%
Schneider
17
19
89%
Clay
15
16
94%
Miller
18
18
100%
Totals
98
106
92%
 
Beard
9
9
100%
Butler
11
12
92%

The total homeroom conferences held this February were up slightly from the November conference totals of 90%. They were also up compared to this same time last year (86%).

2. During conferences Partners in Education hosted another successful book fair. We earned several hundred dollars worth of books for teachers’ classroom libraries and the building library.

3. We have a student teacher from Simpson working with Mrs. Young in K-12 music.

4. Science Night will be held on Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 7:00. Everyone is invited to attend and view science projects from each grade level.

5. District Leadership Team (DLT) met on Monday. We read and discussed an article on the use of formative assessment in the classroom. This type of assessment is used by the classroom teacher to determine if students are leaning what is being taught. Team members reported on the progress of their study teams. In addition, team members had an opportunity to have input into the development of the school calendar.

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Rigor & Relevance Professional Development – This year our professional development at the high school has been based on the International Center for Leadership in Education. This is the work headed up by Bill Dagget one of the leading proponents for high standards in education. The work of his organization is also being endorsed by the state through the high school summits. The reading and learning strategies in his work are being presented and used by our reading teams at the high school. Each reading team will present twice this year during our early out training. Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Dirkx, Mrs. Mitzelfelt, Mr. Noveshen and myself have been attending Rigor and Relevance training through the AEA with schools from our size up to Ankeny, Johnston and Indianola. During these meetings we have had opportunity in interact with fellow teachers and administrators about what they are trying to do to promote Rigor and Relevance. Though there is always room for improvement, as a team we are pleased with what is being accomplished at SEW. In April the AEA has asked that we present what we have been doing in our building with professional development.

Driver Education – We have begun our classes for this spring. We have 41 students signed up for the class this year. The cost of the program this year is $225. This is a price increase of $25 because of fewer students in the program. This price is still significantly less than our students having to take driver ed from a private company.

TIPS Assembly – Traumatic Injury Prevention Strategies will be hosting an assembly for our students on Monday, March 12. This organization came about 6 years ago. Mrs. Chambers highly recommended this group to help make our students aware of the need for safety whether cycling, driving, or swimming.

Solo Speech Contest - Our speech students participated in District Solo Speech Contest on Wednesday in Osceola. Our students all received a Division I or II rating. The following students will be going to State Solo Speech Contest on the 17th of March.
Tristan Gardner – Acting and Radio
Emily Claghorn – After Dinner Speaking
Heidi Dittmer – Literary Program
Emily Nutting – Radio

One Classroom At A Time – Channel 5 ABC presented a $1000 check to Mrs. Young on Tuesday, February 20. Mrs. Young had submitted a request earlier in the year and her proposal was chosen. The proposal was for a good electronic keyboard for the choral program. Mrs. Young has a new Yamaha Clavinova and an appearance on TV.

Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger:

On a Roll
The "On-A-Roll" program is designed to recognize student achievement in the classroom. Any student involved in an IGHSAU-sanctioned sport or cheerleading/drill team whose semester grade point average increased from the previous semester are honored. A student whose semester GPA improves 0.01 to 0.32 receives a recognition certificate while students whose semester GPA improves 0.33 or greater receive a medallion. We had twenty-one student athletes involved in volleyball and dance team increase their GPA from the Spring 2006. They are: Kacee Arey, Zoey Birchette, Molly Cleveland, Karly Gaul, Tara Hammer, Carly Lawrence, Chelsea Lewis, Katie Schnathorst, Kayli Schurman, Amanda Clark, Hannah Crow, Kara Gaul, Brandi Haight, Miranda Ray, Jamesa Wadle, Jessica Casey, Cortney Hardy, Mandy Kimzey, Tara Prine, Delaney Stanley, Stephani Wickert. Kacee Arey will receive a medallion from the IGHSAU for increasing her GPA above 0.33.

Wrestling
The season started with twenty-two boys taking body-fat testing prior to the first practice and finished with 13 (of these seven are Southeast Warren students).

The team finished with a 10-20 record and now has accumulated over 450 wins since the inception of the sport in 1963. Last year the squad concluded the season 4-26.

The inclusion of Melcher-Dallas was better than expected and was truly rewarding. These boys are exceeded expectations and worked extremely hard. The relationships that have been created as a result of our shared program are extremely strong. Many of the Melcher parents have commented to me on numerous occasions how happy they are with the direction of the program and how well the boys got along with each other. Some of the wrestlers themselves confided in me that they were very proud of the fact that they were able to improve and contribute to the team.

We did have one conference champion, Spencer Bauer 189#. This is the first conference champion since 2004 (Brandon Bauer 160#). As a team we finished seventh with two additional finalists (Carl Davis 130#, Bill Anders 135#). This is an improvement upon last year when we placed tenth.

The move from 1A to 2A was exactly what we expected. 1A in this area is extremely tough with I-35, Pleasantville, and Nodaway Valley. The 2A competition is not as strong in our immediate area. As a team we finished third behind Carlisle and traditional powerhouse Winterset. Our 166 points is the most scored by the Warhawks at Sectionals since 2001. Going into the tournament we were hoping for six district qualifiers but settled for five district qualifiers which is the most since 2000. Those district qualifiers included Kaylin Tate 119# runner-up, Carl Davis 130# champion, Bill Anders 140# champion, Shane Nicholson 145# champion, and Spencer Bauer 189# champion.

Districts at Winterset did not prove to be as cheery as we had hoped. We knew it was going to be a tough day (the eventual second and fourth place teams in the state were there). We anticipated potentially one state qualifier but that did not occur. This is the first time in 25 years Southeast Warren has not sent a participant to the state tournament in Des Moines (coincidentally enough the last time we were 2A). Although I do not think the move to 2A is the reason. There would have been no guarantee that our tough kids would have made it through the areas 1A districts either due to tough kids that were superior to our tough kids. I do feel this is in part to coaching and am going try to ensure this will not happen again

Kudos to our Academic-All Conference winners: Levi Hunerdosse Senior, Shane Nicholson Sophomore, Spencer Bauer Senior. Other academic awards have not been tallied yet but I will be nominating Levi and Spencer for Academic All-State honors as well as the Academic Excellence award from the IHSAA.

Girls Basketball
The girls team finished with thirteen girls on the roster and a season record of 7-14 and a 5-11 conference mark which was good for ninth.

I have been pleased with the coaching staff. They have gained the reputation as a scrappy squad. Often times they have remained close in games but couldn’t finish them out. The did give Murray (a team ranked fifth by the IGHSAU) quite the scare in the opening rounds of the tournament series.

One All-Conference team member: Angie Steil, 2nd Team.

Academic-All Conference winners: Tara Hommer Sophomore, Kayli Schurman Sophomore, and Angie Steil Senior. Other academic awards have not been tallied yet but I will be checking for academic awards from the state.

Boys Basketball
Seventeen boys finished the season for this year’s basketball team. The team’s overall record was 10-15 (an impressive 10-2 versus 1A competition) and 3-13 in the very tough Pride of Iowa Conference, which put the team in tenth place.

John has done a tremendous job with the boys and I am pleased with his decision to move to the boys game. I am hoping with his hard work and competitive nature, that the best is yet to come with this squad under his tutelage as they build upon the successes of this season.

There was a very fabulous finish to this season too. The boys won their district championship game by handily beating Melcher-Dallas 79-64. This entitled the team to play in the Substate Championship game for the first time since 2001. We went into the Substate game with high hopes against Iowa Mennonite whose previous two games were decided in overtime. The game was rather decisive (42-91 loss), but I think it does show the team what they are capable of doing.

One All-Conference team member: Luke Putz, 1st Team.

One Academic All-Conference winner: Luke Putz Senior. Other academic awards have not been tallied, but I will be checking on any Academic Excellence Awards from the IHSAA.

Spring Sports
Schedules are just about wrapped up and should be available on the school website before spring break.

Boys and Girls track is underway and participation levels look great. Mr. Oliver feels very confident with their District draws and feels the success of last year will roll over to this season. Mr. Carr is equally happy having returned his first state qualifier (Kayli Schurman-shot put) in many years.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. February 12, 2007, minutes
2. Financial reports

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following items:
1. There are now three snow days to make-up; the last day of school will now be June 5th.
2. Southeast Warren currently has eight students involved in the Upward Bound program.
3. School finance: The Board reviewed facility-related levies.

HEARING ON EARLY START DATE: A hearing was held to allow community members present to speak for or against the early start date of August 22nd for the 2007-2008 school year.

APPROVE EARLY START DATE: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the early start date of August 22nd for the 2007-2008 school year. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the early start date for the 2007-2008 school year. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE 2007-2008 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the 2007-2008 school calendar as presented. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to approve the 2007-2008 school calendar. Ayes: 4. The Board would like to review results of ending the first semester prior to Christmas break before setting the 2008-2009 school calendar.

2006-2007 BUDGET AMENDMENT: Julie Wilson recommended amending the 2006-2007 certified budget for the Total Support Services expenditure line from $1,689,850 to $1,790,000 to ensure that expenditures would not exceed the published certified budget. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve publication of the 2006-2007 budget amendment and set the hearing date for April 9, 2007, at 5:30 pm. Ayes: 4.

2007-2008 BUDGET: Julie Wilson presented the proposed 2007-2008 budget. The proposed tax rate is $17.47760 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the proposed 2007-2008 budget for publication and setting the hearing date for April 9, 2007, at 5:30 pm. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the proposed 2007-2008 budget for publication and set the hearing date for April 9, 2007, at 5:30 pm. Ayes: 4.

EARLY RETIREMENT REQUEST: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the request from Cathy Burrell for early retirement effective at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the request for early retirement from Cathy Burrell. Ayes: Larrie Williams, Paul Mead and Ron Miller. John Burrell abstained from voting.

MARKET FACTOR PAY: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the resolution for the use of the market factor pay funds that the District has received. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve the Market Factor Pay Resolution. Ayes: 4.

WRESTLING AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the 28E agreement and Iowa High School Athletic Association application for renewal of cooperative sponsorship of an activity for shared wrestling with Melcher-Dallas for the 2007-2008 school year. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the 28e agreement and the Iowa High School Athletic Association agreement for shared wrestling with Melcher-Dallas for the 2007-2008 school year. Aye: 4.

IASB INSURANCE DIVISION: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the request for continued participation in the IASB Insurance Division. The District must approve the request in order to continue participation in the IASB Safety Group Insurance Program. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the request for continued participation in the IASB Insurance Division. Ayes: 4.

DRIVER EDUCATION FEES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving an increase in the driver education fees from $200 to $225 in order to cover the cost of the program. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the increase in driver education fees from $200 to $225. Ayes: 4.

ELP TRIP: Cindy Butler presented information to the Board concerning the ELP field trip to Nauvoo, Illinois, on May 10th and 11th. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the ELP trip to Nauvoo, Illinois. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve the ELP trip to Nauvoo, Illinois. Ayes: 4.

OPEN ENROLLMENT REQUESTS: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that requests for open enrollment out for the 2007-2008 school year had been received for Daniel Greene (4th grade) and Corey Waldner (8th grade). The requests were received after the March 1st deadline and there was no “Good Cause” noted on the applications. Dr. Hulleman also related to the Board that an open enrollment in request for the 2007-2008 school year had been received for Kolton Drake, a student who is currently home schooled. This request was also received after the March 1st deadline.

Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to deny the open enrollment out requests for Corey Waldner and Daniel Greene. Ayes: 4.

Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to accept the open enrollment in request for Kolton Drake. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 603, 604 AND 605: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 603, “Instructional Arrangements”, 604, “Services”, and 605, “Pupil Progress”.

SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to go into closed session as per Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law for the purpose of evaluating the Superintendent. Ayes: 4. The time was 7:20 p.m.

President Ron Miller adjourned the closed session at 8:00 p.m.

President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

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