SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
January 14, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
January 14, 2008, in the media center of the Junior/Senior High
School building. Board President Paul Mead called the meeting to
order at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: Larrie
Williams, Ron Miller, Jennifer Mihalovichh, and John Burrell. 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: Dr. Hulleman suggested moving the curriculum report from
item “E” to item “A” under the Report portion
of the agenda and to act on item 3, Approve school bus specifications
and authorization to advertise for bids, prior to 6:30 p.m. Motion
by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve the agenda as
revised. Ayes: 5.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Dr. Hulleman read a letter submitted by Bob
and Kathy Kimzey nominating Connie Neer for the Board Salutes award.
President Paul Mead presented Connie Neer with a Board Salutes
Curriculum Report: Nick Dicks and Steve Melone demonstrated the
Acellus Learning System. The Acellus Learning System is a computerized
learning system that teaches fundamental mathematic concepts and
also advanced courses such as Algebra, AP Calculus, Geometry, and
Trigonometry on an individualized basis. The Acellus Learning System
is an option for those students that cannot fit a math class into
their schedule or need individualized help.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher: We had 17 extra
bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing general repairs
and assisting with snow removal.
SCHOOL BUS SPECIFICATIONS: Joel Mosher related to the Board that
school bus specifications had been prepared to replace the 1994
Chevy Bluebird school bus with a bus the same as was purchased
last year. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to approve
the school bus specifications and authorization to advertise for
bids. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead related that the Warren County Public Affairs
Director is doing a study on the bridges in the County and would
like to hear of any bridges that are causing concern to the school.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
- Opera Iowa will perform “Billy Goats Gruff” for
our PK-3 students in the multi-purpose room on Thursday, January
24th at 10:00 a.m. This will be a free performance for us as they
are using it as a dress rehearsal before they go on the road. Opera
Iowa is based at Simpson College. Every year they perform at elementary
schools throughout the state. I did observe one of their performances
years ago at Irving Elementary in Indianola where I taught. It
was quite entertaining and really gave the students a taste of
what full opera is like - including costumes, set, etc. Cost has
made it prohibitive for us here in the past, as their regular fee – which
includes a half-day of workshops for the students - is substantial.
This special invitation, including the 40-minute performance
and the workshops, that I received just this week was intended
to a neighboring Warren County school that had not yet had the
opportunity. We were unable to invite the Intermediate students
to attend because of the space limitations.
- We have had the official kick off of this year’s
St. Jude’s Math-a-thon for half of our students with their
character lessons on the 9th. The other half will begin the process
on the 16th when I meet with them. St. Jude’s Research Hospital,
located in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded by actor Danny Thomas.
Often, it is the children from around the country with the most
severe cases of cancer that are sent to St. Jude’s. They
turn no one away because of their parents’ lack of ability
to pay for the services. There doctors and scientists, not only
treat the children, but also work to find the cure for childhood
cancers. We have participated in this math-a-thon for several years
now. Children collect pledges from families and friends for a set
amount of money for each correct answer on a leveled math quiz,
or a flat donation. The parents are responsible for checking the
completed quiz for accuracy, supervising the collection of the
money and sending the donations for St. Jude’s into the
school. This service program is facilitated completely by me,
with no staff
- McGruff, the crime dog, will again visit
the Primary on the 23rd to present a very short safety program
to each of the
classes and to prepared for children ID cards for participating
families, cards would be helpful to the police in the case of an
- Mrs. Butler and I will begin our Evaluator II training
on February 7th. This training is a required component of continued
certification for administrators in the state of Iowa.
Intermediate Principal’s report
submitted by Cindy Butler:
- I attended a two-day training on school programming for
English Language Learners (ELL). Every school district is required
a plan for working with ELLs. Our AEA Partnership Director
helped us develop a plan this fall. The training consisted of
and assessing the district’s plan, becoming familiar
with principles of second language acquisition, hearing about
cases and statures related to teaching ELLs, and learning a
variety of teaching strategies which work well for ELLs and
I’m glad to say our plan includes all the
necessary components. When students of another language move
into the district, we will
be required to offer the services of an ESL teacher, but there
is no requirement on amount of time. Students will be mainstreamed
into general education classes with an ESL teacher supporting both
the teacher and the student. There are some specific teaching strategies
which when employed have been shown to increase the language skills
of ELLs and are good for all students. We will need to train teachers
in these strategies when the need arises.
- The Intermediate Awards
Assembly will be held Friday at 2:00. The high school jazz band
will perform and we will make presentations
for attendance, honor roll, and character.
Social Studies Night/Geography Bee will be this Tuesday at 7:00.
Two students from each grade level 4th to 8th will compete for
the geography champion.
- All students are currently taking the Iowa
Tests of Basic Skills. We will anxiously await the results.
teachers attended a daylong staff development session on Wednesday,
Jan. 2. The teachers and I viewed a DVD titled, “Providing
Teachers Tools for Safe Classrooms” given to us by the company
that presented our anti bullying training. The DVD gave us some
calming techniques and de-escalation strategies to use with angry
students and adults. After that, teachers split into groups for
IDM or CORI. In the afternoon we all came together as Ms. Schultz
demonstrated some technology search tools available from the AEA.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted
by Terry Gladfelter:
Keys - About one week before the Christmas Break, Mr. Hoch had
his keys stolen. At first he thought they might be misplaced, but
they were never found. Monday, January 7 sometime after 11:30 PM,
students entered the building and took the desks from the west
wing classrooms and moved them to the gym. The desks and chairs
from the Spanish room, Tech room and Mr. Carr’s room were
placed in the north hallway blocking the hallway doors. When Mr.
Ricklefs arrived at school on Tuesday morning he checked and found
no evidence of a forced entry. All furniture was back in the classrooms
by the start of school. I had a locksmith (Dave Dierking) come
to school on Tuesday, changed out the locks and brought back locks
that opened to a new master key. There are five exterior doors
that open to the master key. I ordered five keys with four now
being in use and one spare.
DEAR – Drop Everything And Read – To encourage further
reading, the DEAR program this year has added criteria. Students
are to accumulate 50 points by reading different materials throughout
the first semester. The Connections teacher keeps Reading logs
that are filled out by the student. This has become a Pass/Fail
class with ¼ credit earned each semester for accomplishing
Discipline Information – In light of recent concerns I would
like to show some data comparing this year to last year.
|Electronic Devices – 3 or more violations
||Beginning of school to 1/10/08 – 8 students
||During all of last year – 11 students
|Eight or more tardies during the first semester.
||This year – 15 students
||Last year – 31 students
|Students sent out of class 2 or more times during the first
||This year – 13 students
||Last year – 27 students
|External suspensions during the first semester
||This year - 19
||Last year - 10
Lighten Up Iowa – Our teachers are going
to have a little fun through the spring of this year. We have two
of most of the staff to see how much weight will be lost during
the second semester. We are looking into the possibility of having
a contest that would involve student donations and giving the proceeds
to a charitable organization.
Athletic Department – John Burrell related that there are
concerns that the basketballs are being stolen after the games.
He suggested developing a checklist for custodians on the evening
shift for consistency. Dr. Hulleman responded that after half time
of the second game the rack of balls would be put away.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. December 10, 2007, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 902.5, “Disposition of
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
1. The Children First Forum will meet on January 21st at 7:00 p.m.
2. The IASB Legislative Conference will be held on January 22.
3. IASB will hold an ABLE II workshop titled “Effective Superintendent
Evaluation Practices” on January 30.
4. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 12 and February
5. The DE Site Visit is scheduled for February 19-21. The DE Site
Visit team will meet with the Board for approximately one hour
during their site visit. An oral report will be given in the media
center on the last day of the site visit.
6. Graduation is scheduled for May 18.
7. The Board reviewed Standard 3 of the superintendent evaluation
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman has requested a copy of
the specifications used by Twin Cedars when they installed air
conditioning in their buildings. An electrical contractor has not
been contacted yet to determine what electrical updates would be
needed to handle the air conditioning units.
BUDGET REDUCTIONS: Dr. Hulleman asked the Board for any thoughts
they had following the public meeting on budget reductions/administrative
structure. Ideas to consider include sharing positions with Melcher-Dallas,
reduce the number of pages in the Warren Pride and/or send the
Warren Pride home with students, survey the families open enrolling
out to find out why they are leaving Southeast Warren, put Junior
High athletics back in the school day to save on gas, salary and
bus expenses. It was noted that at the public meeting several community
members had mentioned that they want an administrator in all three
BOARD POLICY 1006.2: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the second
reading of Board Policy 1006.2, “Tobacco-Free Environment”.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by John Burrell to approve
the second reading of Board Policy 1006.2, “Tobacco-Free
Environment”. Ayes: Miller, Burrell, Mihalovichh, Mead. Nays:
Williams. Motion passed 4:1.
2008-2009 CALENDAR: Dr. Hulleman asked the Board for any suggestions
or concerns they had about this year’s school calendar and
for the 2008-2009 school calendar. Dr. Hulleman will also seek
input from the staff and the Children First Forum.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignations
of Christina Engel, Assistant HS Softball Coach; Dennis Hoch, HS
Lead Custodian; Kelly Lawrence, One-on-One Associate; Shellie Webb,
Language Arts Instructor; approving the appointments of McKenna
Cornish, Language Arts Instructor; Mike Tierney, Head Junior Class
Advisor; Richard Anderson, Part Time Evening Custodian; and Paul
Schultz, Head Speech Coach; approving the transfer of George Ricklefs
from HS Evening Custodian to HS Lead Custodian; and approve the
request for 2 ½ days of unpaid leave from Jackie Beard.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the personnel changes as recommended. Ayes: 5.
VIDEO CAMERA SECURITY SYSTEM: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board
that two proposals for a video camera security system at Liberty
Center had been obtained. The proposals both include 8 cameras
at this time with both units being able to accommodate up to 16
cameras at a later date. Dr. Hulleman recommended proceeding with
the purchase of a video camera system due to the recent incident
in the hallways. The Board requested that a proposal also be obtained
from A+ Security for a video camera system. Action was tabled until
the next board meeting.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 203, 204 AND 205: Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the review of Board
Policy Sections 203, “Procedures of Operation”, 204, “Meetings
of the Board”, and 205, “Miscellaneous”. Ayes:
5. Board Policy 204.1, “Regular Board Meetings”, will
be revised as discussed and included on the next board meeting
agenda for a second reading.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:31 p.m.
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