Public Meeting
January 7, 2008

The Southeast Warren Board of Education held a public meeting January 7, 2008, in the auditorium of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Paul Mead welcomed the community members at 6:00 p.m. The following board members were present: Jennifer Mihalovichh, John Burrell and Larrie Williams. Ron Miller was absent. Superintendent Dr. Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate Principal Cindy Butler, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

Dr. Hulleman related to the community that the District currently has a $40,000 shortfall in the 2007-2008 budget due primarily to an increase in the number of students open enrolled out. There are approximately 90 students open enrolled out and 30 students open enrolled in for the 2007-2008 school year.

If the current salaries and benefits are increased 4% for the 2008-2009 school year, the resulting budget shortfall would be $76,988 (assuming there are no increases in other costs such as open enrollment, utilities, fuel, paper and other supplies).

Dr. Hulleman recommended reorganizing the administrative structure as one way of savings costs and to also provide additional administrative support at Liberty Center. Dr. Hulleman presented three options for administrative structure:

Option 1:

  1. Superintendent (quarter time) 50, 55, or 60-day contract
  2. Secondary Principal (fulltime) Terry Gladfelter, Liberty Center
  3. Elementary Principal (fulltime) Charlotte Weaklend, Milo and Lacona
  4. Curriculum Director (fulltime) Cindy Butler, Liberty Center
    ELP Teacher/Coordinator
    AYP, APR, Other data reports

The cost savings would range from $24,368 to $29,783 based on a 50, 55, or 60-day contract for the superintendent.

Option 2: One elementary principal, one secondary principal, and a fulltime superintendent. This structure could result in a cost savings from $10,000 to $20,000.

Option 3: Have one of the current principals also serve as the superintendent. The cost savings would range from $20,000 to $30,000.

Discussion was opened up to community members present for input on administrative structure/cost savings ideas. The following are some of the ideas/concerns mentioned:

  • Classes may need to be restructured to increase the student to teacher ratio.
  • Restructuring the elementaries (class sizes and administration) may encourage parents to open enroll out.
  • The preschool and daycare are big draws to parents – leave the K-3 structure as it currently is
  • Is there an image problem due to the Record-Herald publishing negative articles? (The Record-Herald has started a section for school news that is a good way to get positive press.)
  • Have heard parents say that K-6 is OK, but no to 7-12 because of discipline issues.
  • Maybe the kids could have figured out a way to still have the ski trips. The kids pay to go to New York, why not ski trips?
  • Do the security lights at Liberty Center need to be on all of the time?
  • Students are tired of there always being an issue (negative environment).
  • Administration is needed in all three buildings to offer support and direction for the staff and to address student discipline.
  • Consider dropping some programs that have low participation.
  • How is the morale of teachers? Are they getting the support they need? Staff can assist in promoting the school district.
  • Survey the people who are open enrolling out of the District to find out why they are dissatisfied. Parents are also spokespersons for the District.
  • Each building will suffer if it does not have an administrator. Has the District considered having a high school principal/superintendent combination?
  • Consider allowing students to use their cell phones to call their parents to reduce long distance phone bills.
  • The Lacona building is functioning smoothly with the current administration. One student can disrupt an entire classroom – an administrator is needed in the building fulltime to help deal with discipline issues.
  • Survey the teachers and staff for their input on cost reduction ideas.
  • Look at the cost of only using two of the three buildings.
  • Do a comparison of Southeast Warren to the Highland Community School District. Highland C.S.D. seems to be a thriving district located in a rural area.
  • Consider using volunteers during the lunch hour to collect lunch money.
  • Where will Southeast Warren be in 5 to 10 years?
  • Do not offer classes unless a minimum number of students are enrolled in the class
  • Students need to be supervised while waiting for the shuttle bus in Liberty Center.
  • More supervision is needed in the hallways of the Junior/Senior High School.
  • Consider sharing additional positions with Melcher-Dallas or surrounding school districts.
  • Send out a community survey for input on cost saving ideas/administrative structure

Dr. Hulleman closed the meeting at 8:01 p.m.

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