SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
May 14, 2007
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
May 14, 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,
Paul Mead, Larrie Williams and Jennifer Mihalovichh. 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: 5.
THE BOARD SALUTES: President Ron Miller presented a Board
Salutes Award to Kim Carnes. Dr. Hulleman read the following statement:
Kim’s official position title is library aide. Job Description:
To support the use of the media center in a positive manner; provide
assistance to media center users, as necessary; maintain an orderly
work area; complete routine written reports; maintain an accurate
inventory; support district goals.
Kim does so much more as described below by fellow staff members.
Kim is dedicated to school improvement and takes her involvement
in the learning process seriously. She took it upon herself to
search online for an inexpensive automated library check out system.
Now we are automating our three library media centers. Kim works
hard to service all students and staff members at the Intermediate
Center. Her attitude is up beat and supportive.
I am impressed by Kim’s even keel. Even when things are
hectic or kids are unruly, she keeps an even tone and gets things
back on track. When technology has me flustered, she calmly comes
in and finds a solution to the problem. She also gives her time
to help the Lacona Public Library with technology problems and
installing new equipment.
Kim is a wizard with computers. Any question or concern I have,
she is able to fix or find out what to do. She is amazing. When
I need some help researching a project, she will take time out
of her busy schedule to help. She doesn’t quit until she
is satisfied she has done all she can. Kim has such a calming voice.
Even though she towers over the kids in height, she listens, calms
fears, ends arguments, and laughs with the kids.
Kim is able to efficiently solve all computer problems and is
always available to step in and help anywhere she is needed.
We could go on, but the bottom line is Kim goes above and beyond
her required duties. All staff members at the Intermediate appreciate
everything she does. She is very deserving of the award Board Salutes!
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Chris and Chrisy Barr related
to the Board that they are feeling frustrated with the lack of
communication concerning their son’s school work, the lack
of discipline in the school, and the online parent site not being
updated regularly. Chris related that he is not receiving return
calls to his messages and that his son’s assignment calendar
is not being completed by the teachers.
Kathy Kimzey related to the Board several incidents involving
her daughter that she felt the administration did not acknowledge
or accept that anything was wrong. Kathy felt there were times
she should have been notified or apologies made, but that never
happened. Kathy related that she does not always get a response
to her emails. Kathy did note that there are several good qualities
at Southeast Warren, but she is frustrated with the lack of communication
and lack of discipline.
Tony Kellis related to the Board that he is upset with the actions
of some of his daughter’s teachers. Tony also expressed concern
that he does not receive phone calls from the teachers when his
daughter’s grades are low. He feels nothing is being done
to correct problems.
John and Angie Chapman related to the Board that they have had
problems getting things done for the past four years. They feel
there hasn’t been any help if one of their students is getting
low grades or failing. They also feel frustrated with the lack
Michelle Spear expressed her concern that IEP’s are not
BOARD RECOGNITION: Dr. Hulleman presented a certificate
to each board member in recognition of School Board Recognition
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 22 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs and getting ready for the second half bus inspection
that was held on April 20, 2007. Inspection went OK with two units
out of service, one for a tie rod end and the other for a drag
link. There were a few 30-day repairs; most of these have been
taken care of.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
Twenty-seven students are currently on our list of students for
kindergarten in the 07-08 school year – 8 girls and 19 boys.
This number is down from more recent years as you can see on the
||# enrolled in the fall
||# currently enrolled
||34 in 4th grade
||29 in 3rd grade
||44 in 2nd grade
||40 in 1st grade
||39 in kindergarten
||27 (+ approximately 1 to 6 students)
| Preschool Year
||# currently enrolled
||20 4-year-olds *
* Of the twenty four-year-olds in the 06-07 preschool, three
will be in our four-year-old program again next year and one is
an out-of-district student who will be attending his/her home kindergarten.
The remaining sixteen are enrolled in next year’s SEW kindergarten,
including one who lives in another district but attended our 4-year-old
preschool this year and plans to open-enroll into our kindergarten
class next year because we offer a full day program as opposed
to his/her home district’s current half-day kindergarten
program. All seventeen of our current 3-year-olds are enrolled
in next year’s 4-year-old class.
Following is a list of May/June activities at the Primary Center:
May 2nd 2nd grade field trip to State Historical Building & Science
Center of Iowa
May 11th Kindergarten ABC Picnic
May 12th Family Fishing Day at Ahquabi State Park
May 15th 1st and 2nd grade spelling bee
May 17th Last day for the 3-year-olds
May 18th Kindergarten field trip to the Mead farm, Blank Park Zoo, and Animal
May 18th 4-year-old end-of-year program
May 21st 4-year-old field trip to Annett Nature Center & last day
May 22nd 3rd grade to Intermediate for 3rd and 4th grade spelling bee and tour
May 24th 1st grade field trip to Pella and Red Rock area
May 29th Primary Field Day
May 31st 3rd grade to Science Center of Iowa and Warren County Historical Village
June 1st Rain date for Primary Field Day
June 5th Friendship Fair Program & last day of school for K-3
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:
MAP testing was recently completed in all buildings. We are awaiting
the final reports that will be available shortly. In addition,
we anxiously await the results of the Stanford Diagnostic Reading
Assessment taken by fifth graders as a requirement for our participation
in Concept Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI). We look for the
data from these two assessments to reflect positively on initiatives
undertaken this year.
Several teachers and Charlotte and I will attend an informational
meeting about Instructional Decision Making (IDM) later this month.
IDM is a state sponsored initiative to train school personnel in
a systematic way of analyzing data to provide information regarding
students’ responsiveness to instruction. This information
may be used to identify those students who may require more or
The following events are scheduled during May. Everyone is welcome
May 22 3rd and 4th grade Spelling Bee, 9:00
May 23 Field Day, 10:00
May 31 5th and 6th grade Spelling Bee, 2:00
June 1 Music Concert, 1:30
June 4 Academic Bowl, 12:30
June 5 Awards Assembly 9:00
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
Graduation Requirements – There has been much talk in the
state about the model core curriculum and increasing graduation
requirements. Curriculum handbooks for Warren County schools were
acquired and an overview of the graduation requirements for Warren
County schools was compiled into a chart. (The chart was given
to board members for review.)
ITBS/ITED Incentive – Our test reward day will be Friday,
May 18. Our percentage of students earning a reward has increased
from last year.
Valedictorian Recognition – This year, co-valedictorians
are being honored at our graduation. Tara Prine and Luke Putz are
to be congratulated for their academic efforts with a tied GPA
of 3.938. Luke was recognized at the Governor’s Scholarship
recognition ceremony and Tara was recognized in the Channel 5 “Best
in Class” ceremony.
A draft of a valedictorian/salutatorian determination procedure
was given to the Board for consideration.
Prom – I was very pleased with the efforts of the junior
class in their work and decorations for the prom. Mrs. Burrell
and Mrs. Mitzelfelt are to be commended for the many extra hours
in planning and preparation. The students were very will behaved.
The after prom committee of senior parents are also to be commended
for the hours of work in hosting a successful After Prom. The students
I have spoken to had a great evening.
Academic Achievement – To date every one of our varsity
sports teams have been recognized for their academic achievement
Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union - Volleyball and Basketball,“Excellence
in Academic Achievement Award” – GPA – 3.2-3.6
Iowa High School Activities Association - Cross Country,“Distinguished
Academic Achievement” – GPA – 3.25 and above
Iowa High School Activities Association - Football, Basketball, and Wrestling, “Excellence
Academic Achievement” – GPA – 3.00-3.24
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
56 people participated in this inaugural event. The weather was fantastic and
everyone had a great time. We raised $2550.28 which is a phenomenal amount
for the first time.
Over $1000 worth of prizes were handed out as either pin prizes
or door prizes. Everybody walked away with something. Many people
commented on how much fun the event was and how well it was run.
We are looking forward to this becoming an anticipated annual event.
Some changes I am looking at: date (push it back so it won’t
interfere with Drake Relays), make sure the coaches attend (some
of our patrons were disappointed that there were few coaches in
attendance), more entries (need to do a little better job of advertising
throughout the community including Indianola), get more corporate
sponsors for this event. This event will only get bigger as its
Lil’ Warhawk Relays
This was another successful track meet. I did make some more changes and automated
the scoring which sped the process up; coaches were able to get the packets
with their scores and results before they left which is something we have
not been able to accomplish in my two years of running the event.
As usual, help was far and few between. I am not quite sure how
we can improve the volunteering of adults for this event. I do
want to thank those that did help, if we didn’t have them
this would have been a long night.
Great season so far. Boys won the I35 Relays and girls have had some individual
success. At the POI Championships the boys finished 7th with no champions,
the girls were 10th with no champions. Mr. Oliver is anticipating a strong
showing at the district meet at Knoxville (hosted by Melcher-Dallas and Twin
Appears to be going well too. Boys finished 10th in the POI Tournament, girls
finished 12th with only one girl participating (there was a big test in History
class which many of the girls did not want to miss out on). Jessica Casey
finished in 9th place in the tournament.
Baseball practice has already started and there are about 20 boys playing this
season. The rain has hampered these early practices; the first week will
all be indoor sessions.
Softball starts next week.
POI Academic award winners for spring sports:
Girl's Golf All-Academic
Tara Hommer 3.588 Soph
Angie Steil 3.618 Senior
Girl's Track All-Academic
Angie Steil 3.618 Senior
Alex Bruce 3.774 Soph
Kayli Schurman 3.635 Soph
Boy's Track All-Academic
Levi Hunerdosse 3.903 Senior
Matt Farley 3.658 Senior
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. April 9, 2007, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Paul Mead to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
STUDENT HEARING: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie
Williams to hold a closed session as provided in Iowa Code Section
21.5(1)(e) of the open meetings law to conduct a hearing to determine
whether to suspend or expel a student. Roll call vote was taken.
Ayes: Burrell, Mead, Mihalovichh, Williams and Miller. The time
was 7:30 p.m. The Board took a recess until 7:40 p.m. President
Miller called the closed session to an end at 8:20 p.m.
No action was taken by the Board to suspend or expel the student
who was the subject of the disciplinary hearing.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on
the following items:
1. Teacher Appreciation Week was observed the week of May 6th.
2. School Board Recognition Week is May 13-19.
3. The IASB School Law Conference will be held on May 15.
4. The IASBO Academy will be held May 16-18.
5. The graduation ceremony will be held May 20th.
BOARD GOALS: Dr. Hulleman presented proposed Board goals
for the 2007-2008 school year. The Board asked that declining enrollment
also be addressed in the Board goals. Board goals will be on the
June board meeting agenda for approval. Communication with parents
and discipline will also be on the June agenda for discussion.
FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: The Board reviewed the updated
five-year expenditure plan for facilities, transportation, and
technology. This item will be on the June board meeting agenda
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended the approval
of the resignations of Sue Fears, Associate, and Mike Mason, Custodian;
the appointments of Andrea DeWitt, Language Arts; Cindy Julian,
JH Cheerleading Advisor; Butch Smith, Assistant HS Baseball Coach;
the transfers of Tricia Dyer to Elementary Physical Education and
Howard Phippen to Milo Lead Custodian; the contract modification
of Natasha Cooper for a 75% contract for the 2007-2008 school year;
and the termination of Rocky Blackford, Custodian. Motion by Jennifer
Mihalovichh, seconded by John Burrell to approve the personnel changes
as recommended. Ayes: 5.
MILO AND LACONA AIR CONDITIONING PROJECT: Dr. Hulleman
presented an engineering proposal from Farris Engineering for the
Milo and Lacona air conditioning project. The Board asked Dr. Hulleman
to check with local contractors to get additional estimates on
the cost of installing air conditioning in the Milo and Lacona
buildings before proceeding with an engineer for the project. Motion
by Larrie Williams, seconded by Paul Mead to table this item until
estimates are obtained from other individuals. Ayes: 5.
LACONA STORAGE BUILDING: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board
that two bids had been received for a storage building in Lacona.
The Board reviewed the bids and asked Dr. Hulleman to get revised
bids from the contractors with revised specifications. This item
was postponed until the June Board meeting.
2007-2008 GRADUATES: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the list of the 2007-2008 potential
graduates. Ayes: 5.
OPEN ENROLLMENT REQUESTS: Open enrollment requests were
received for Hayden DeBlieck and Elliot DeBlieck to open enroll
to the Indianola Community School District for the 2007-2008 school
year. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve
the open enrollment requests. Ayes: Mead, Miller, and Burrell.
Nays: Williams and Mihalovichh. Motion passed 3:2.
COOPERATIVE FOOD PURCHASING AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended
approving the Cooperative Food Purchasing Agreement for 2007-2008.
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the Cooperative Food Purchasing Agreement for 2007-2008. Ayes:
COST SAVINGS IDEAS: Dr. Hulleman presented mowing proposals
for all three sites plus the football, softball and baseball fields.
The low bid for mowing was from Turner Lawn Care. Dr. Hulleman
recommended reducing the FTE of custodians at the Jr./Sr. High
School from 3.0 to 2.5 and maintain the second custodians at Milo
and Lacona at 4 hours per day during the summer to offset the mowing
contract costs and result in a net savings of approximately $7,000.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Paul Mead to approve
the Turner Lawn Care mowing proposal. Ayes: Miller, Williams, Mead
and Mihalovichh. Nays: Burrell. Motion passed 4:1.
Dr. Hulleman presented a list of possible cost savings ideas with
estimated savings. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the following
- Reuse paper and obtain surplus paper from printing companies
- Energy Conservation (Electric)
- Contract support services
- Discontinue subscription to Master Teacher
- Send newsletters via email when possible/limit mailing to one per family
- Lower temperatures in the classrooms in the winter; buildings at night; close
doors in winter
- Eliminate ski trips
- Encourage home schooled students to dual enroll
- Conduct staff development in district (no outside trainers or consultants)
Dr. Hulleman estimated a cost savings of approximately $30,000
for the items recommended. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by Paul Mead to approve the nine items recommended. Ayes: Miller,
Williams, Mead and Mihalovichh. John Burrell abstained from voting.
President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 10:03 p.m.
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