November 13, 2006

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session November 13, 2006, 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 and Paul Mead. Jennifer Birchette and Larrie Williams were 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 John Burrell to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3.

THE BOARD SALUTES: Dr. Hulleman read the following statement: Rose Ripperger has been a friend to the Southeast Warren School community for many years. When her children – Kelly, Chad, and Joe – started school, Rose started too, as a homeroom parent and adult helper in the Kindergarten classrooms. As time went on teachers discovered her many talents, especially appreciating how quickly Rose learned to use each new copier! Many projects depended on her ability to fix paper jams and refill ink cartridges. A lovely perk of Rose’s days at school was the occasional plate of cookies for the workroom.

In the past few years we have appreciated Rose’s skills as a Registered Nurse. Several Primary Center students needed health care best provided by a professional and Rose stepped in on a part time basis to help with those students. Her kind “chair-side manner” made her a favorite of students and staff alike.

The Primary Center wishes to nominate our friend, Rose Ripperger, for a Board Salutes Award. Thank you, Rose, from all of us.

President Ron Miller presented a certificate to Rose Ripperger in recognition of her efforts.


Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

  1. We had 13 extra bus trips for the month of October.
  2. Most of the month was spent getting ready for inspection that was held October 27th. Inspection went very good with three 30-day repairs that included one windshield, two thermo pane windows and rust on a van.
  3. We had a bus hit a deer last week doing approximately $1400 in damages.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Approximately thirty-five K-6 students participated in the Cheerleading camp at the Primary building on the evening of October 19th. They cheered with the high school cheerleaders during the first half of the October 20th football game and then performed briefly at the beginning of half time. Our little cheerleaders were enthusiastic and had a great time participating!

A record number of grandparents visited their kindergartners and had school lunch with them during our annual Grandparents Week – October 23rd through the 27th. Nearly 70 grandparents participated this year.

Our local McDonald’s restaurant hosted a character assembly featuring Ronald McDonald at both of our elementary buildings this year. By their consenting to set up at both buildings, the district was spared the expense of transporting all of the children from one building to the other for this worthwhile and entertaining program. Through magic tricks, silly skits and games involving both students and teachers, Ronald demonstrated trustworthiness, fairness, respect, and responsibility for the children.

Local veterans and several current servicemen and women were honored at the Primary Center’s annual Veterans’ Day Assembly at 8:10 a.m. on the morning of November 10th. They were serenaded by our kindergarten through 3rd grade students with special songs, poetry recitations and flag folding demonstrations, followed by a special reception for our honored guests in the media center.

Board members are cordially invited to attend the annual Elementary Christmas Program to be held at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium on December 11th. The children are working hard on their music, and the evening looks to be a very entertaining one, indeed!

During Parent-Teacher Conferences on the evenings of October 31st and November 2nd, 166 of a possible 182 conferences were held for a total participation of 91%.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education for sixth graders began recently. Warren County Deputy Randy Spurr leads the classes again this year.

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

October 26th 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 61 students of great character participate in the trip, which is a larger number than usual. The PIE committee provided the funds that allowed the students to be transported to the movie theatre in Chariton.

We will begin taking ITBS the week of Nov. 13th. Scores for all students in grades 3-8 and 11th will be reported to the state.

Many students from the intermediate were cast members in the high school’s drama presentation of “Annie”. They worked hard at rehearsals and did a very nice job during the performances.

Parent-Teacher Conferences  
November 06      
Beard 6 9 67%
Butler 9 13 69%

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

ITBS/ITED Preparations - I will give an oral report on what we have done to help students prepare and understand the importance of taking the tests.

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 and 75% averages in all classes.
  • 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 and 75% averages in all classes.
  • 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 and 75% averages in all classes

Grades 7-8

Same as grades 9-11, (attendance and 75% averages) but without the exam options.

3R Recognition - On Fridays I take the opportunity to recognize students that have demonstrated Respect, Responsibility or Role Modeling throughout the week. Anyone on the staff is able to recommend a student. The students are invited to the office, given a certificate, and provided with a snack. Following is the list of students that have been recognized from the first quarter:

3 R Recognition
9/8   9/29
Evan Schurman Kelso   Jeff Byers Dittmer
Eddie Stiel J. Carr   Cydney Stone Kitchen
Joe Ripperger J. Burrell   Derek Ripperger Dyer
Cari Ripperger Noveshen   Dillon Montoya Mitzelfelt
Jennifer Bailey Cooper   Logan Putz Burrell J
Hanna Crow Ripperger   Levi Hunerdosse Burrell C
Jessica Casey - Young   Blake Roush Walte
9/15   10/6
Katy Meyers Morhardt   Tara Prine VanStrien
Jade Hibbler C. Carr   Maxine Powers- Noveshen
Robert Thorton Dyer   Garrett Brungardt Granger
Ethan Mitzelfelt Thomas   Devon Reed Ripperger
Ashley Wiele Vanderlinden   Delaney Stanley Dirkx
Sami Smith Young   Travis Miller Dale
Roxanne Vance Noveshen   Stanlie Burrell Burrell
    Mariah Patterson Neer
9/22   Brody Schaeffer Dicks
Catie Deaver McCombs   Jake Carnes Dicks
Kacee Arey McCombs    
TJ Deemer C Burrell   10/20
Samantha Miller Vanderlinden   Dustin Klages - Noveshen
Wade Williams Smith   Chase Reynolds - Noveshen
Mandy Kimzey Gladfelter   Cassandra Moser - Cooper
Erica Ellingson Gladfelter   Austin Putz C. Burrell
Afton Hobbs Kitchen   Toni Lewis C. Burrell
    Michael Escobedo Kitchen
    Kayli Schurman Dyer
    Amanda Nickum Kelso

Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger:

Volleyball - The girls volleyball team reached the level of the top sixteen teams in Class 1A. The team lost their regional final contest to the Holy Trinity Crusaders of Ft. Madison in Ottumwa on October 31. The girls played their hearts out. Congratulations to Coach Nick Dicks and Coach Cathy Burrell and the girls for such a successful season.

Two ladies have become members of the All-POI Volleyball First Team: Kayli Schurman and Jana Baker. Also three members of the All-Academic Team: Mandy Kimzey, Erica Ellingson, Kayli Schurman.

Football - This was an extremely successful and historic season. We qualified for the state playoffs, the first time in a decade, by winning District 8 by virtue of winning the head-to-head match up with Earlham (the district runner-up). We avenged an earlier defeat by WACO of Wayland during the first round of the playoffs. That victory enabled us to play in the quarterfinal round, something which has not been accomplished since 1989. We lost in a thrilling 14-0 game to HLV (in my many years of watching high school football games, I feel it was one of the greatest games I have ever seen).

Twelve members of this year’s squad have been named to the All-District 8 teams including the District Offensive MVP, Luke Putz. In addition, eleven student-athletes were named as Academic All-District.

To top off the awards this football team has received the honor of "Excellence Academic Achievement" by garnering a team GPA of 3.03. The IHSAA has sent a plaque that will be hung in the cafeteria.

Cross Country - Girls Cross Country also had a great season. One member of the squad, Tiffany Huber, broke the girl’s school 4k record, previously held by Amy Ripperger, with a time of 17:45. This was her season best time, which occurred during the 1A Regional Cross Country meet in Ottumwa and earned her a spot in the top thirty. Emily Gladfelter has also been recognized by being named to the POI All-Academic Team for Cross Country.

The boy’s team also gained some academic honors. The team had over a 3.25 GPA, which qualified them to the “Distinguished Academic Achievement Award.” This is the highest academic award the IHSAA gives out.

Thank you - A big thank you goes out to the individuals at SE Warren who have helped to make the football playoffs a super success. Connie Neer worked extremely hard organizing the delivery of the playoff sweatshirts this year; her help has been invaluable. Also, LuAnn Ohnemus for helping with all of the administrative, behind-the-scenes work; she has been a lifesaver.

Fundraising - Due to the high number of sports requesting uniforms in the last two years, our general athletic account was in a serious state of low funds. I took the initiative to raise some money to help stabilize the account. All income from the sale of the playoff sweatshirts was deposited into the account. This event raised about $1000 for the account, which is used to help fund other sports programs and pay for team uniforms. Another fundraising event I am planning, with the help of the Booster Club, is a golf tournament to be held at the Deer Run golf course in Indianola. The date has been set for Saturday, April 28, 2007. Advertising will be taking place.

Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell related that the Warren County Conference Board had met November 1, 2006. There was no business conducted pertaining to the schools. A copy of the November 1 minutes was given to board members.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 9, 2006, minutes
2. October 23, 2006, minutes
3. Financial reports
4. Second reading of Board Policy Sections 500, “Statement of Guiding Principles” and 501, “Student Attendance”

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. The Board was asked to consider moving the January board meeting from the second Monday, January 8, to the third Monday, January 15, to allow for more time to prepare the agenda following the holiday break. The consensus of the Board was to move the January board meeting to January 15.
2. The IASB ABLE Workshop will be held on January 18th in Pella. All board members are encouraged to attend if possible.
3. A summary of the open enrollment in and out numbers for this year was reviewed by the Board. There are 72 students open enrolled out and 32 students open enrolled in for a net loss of 40 students.
4. School Finance: A brief review of how property taxes are generated as a funding mechanism for school districts was given.
5. Dr. Hulleman has been meeting with community groups to communicate the results of the community survey. A list of the organizations that Dr. Hulleman has and will be presenting to was given to board members.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS: Item was tabled until the entire Board can be present for discussion.

BOARD GOALS: Item was tabled until the entire Board can be present for discussion.

HISTORY TRIP: Terry Gladfelter presented information to the Board concerning the history trip planned for March 17-25, 2007. The trip will include site visits in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Terry Gladfelter recommended approval of the history trip. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve the history trip itinerary as presented. Ayes: 3.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended the approval of the appointments of Diane Hougland, Preschool/Daycare Associate; and Ed Noveshen, Secondary Newspaper Advisor. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Paul Mead to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 3.

EARLY GRADUATION REQUESTS: Early graduation requests were received from Courtney Cox and Amy Graham. Terry Gladfelter related that both students have the appropriate credits to graduate and recommended approval of the early graduation requests. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Paul Mead to approve both early graduation requests. Ayes: 3.

SHARING AGREEMENT WITH INDIANOLA: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving a sharing agreement with the Indianola Community School District for a photography class that one Southeast Warren student is taking. Motion by Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve the sharing agreement with the Indianola Community School District. Ayes: 3.

REPRESENTATIVES FOR NEGOTIATIONS: President Miller volunteered to serve as Board representative for the certified staff negotiations and appointed Larrie Williams as Board representative for the classified staff negotiations.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 502 AND 503: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 502, “Behavior and Discipline” and 503, “Student Activities.” The administration and Athletic Director will review Board Policy 503.9R, “Good Conduct Rule Grades 7-12” and bring back recommended changes to the appeal process timelines.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:48 p.m.

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