SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
February 11, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
February 11, 2008, in the ICN room 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, Transportation Director Joel Mosher and
Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with
members from the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Curt Arey related to the Board that
a committee made up of two individuals from each board member director
district had been formed to help bring ideas to the Board on possible
restructuring of the administrative positions and for ideas on
budget savings. The recommendation of the committee is to not hire
a replacement superintendent at this time, but to bring in an interim
superintendent to look at what the District needs and make recommendations.
Dennis Hagen expressed his concern that coaches are not receiving
the backing and support needed. He also expressed concern that
penalties are not being administered consistently; every student
should be treated the same, regardless of who they are. Dennis
feels the lack of fair discipline is why parents are open enrolling
their students elsewhere.
CLOSED SESSION: Dr. Hulleman recommended holding a closed session
for a student hearing. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, 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: 5. The time was 5:53 p.m.
President Paul Mead called the closed session to an end at 6:54
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller that the student
subject to the previous hearing fulfill the suspension as imposed
by the administration, and remain on suspension until the student
and family have executed a behavior contract that contains the
terms discussed in the closed session. Ayes: 5.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 17 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs. I had some time in assisting with snow removal.
As the cold weather dipped below 0 I had two buses gel up, both
stayed running and had some heat to keep the kids warm.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
- I have now completed the Quality Preschool Program
Standard training sessions at the Department of Education as
a follow up
to the preschool grant receipt. We have not yet been notified
of the dates, but will be hosting two visits from the DE. One
visits will take place sometime this spring. That one is the
less formal of the two and is described as just a get acquainted
to take a brief look at our program and facilities and talk
to us about how it is going. The second one will take place during
the 08-09 school year. It is meant for certification purposes
the program. During that visit a 46-point facilities tour checklist
will be completed. In addition a program portfolio and classroom
portfolio will be reviewed. These portfolios document compliance
with the 10 standards and 152 criteria of the QPPS. Mrs. DeJoode
will be responsible for preparing the classroom portfolio,
with the program portfolio being my responsibility. These two
will be quite lengthy when they are completed and involve a
very time-consuming process. I am assuming that much of the work
have to be completed this summer.
We are in the process of setting
up two parent meetings to be held during the spring for preschool
parents. They will be an opportunity
for us to discuss in more detail our program, get feedback for
improvement, and provide some basic parenting training through
our community partners.
- Mrs. Butler and I have begun our Evaluator II training
for administrative recertification purposes. It will give us more
information and practice in facilitating the teachers’ reflection
of their own classroom practices in reference to the Iowa Teaching
Standards, leading to improved instruction and increased student
- This is a very busy time as we prepare
for parent-teacher conferences and the state site visit, all
within the next couple
of weeks. The weather has not been cooperative as we are forced
to reschedule special meetings that will help us with our preparations.
Intermediate Principal’s report
submitted by Cindy Butler:
- Governor Culver recently issued a proclamation calling for
February 2008 to be observed as Paraeducator Recognition Month.
We greatly value our paraeducators. We know their roles are complex
and they are so important to the success of our students. The
following paraeducators work in the intermediate: Kim Carnes – library
associate, Kathy VanderEcken – classroom associate, Deanna
Hommer – classroom associate. The one-on-one associates
are Janelle Counts, Sherri Riggan, Michelle Lewis, and Jane Nady.
addition, I would like to thank our substitute associates. We
appreciate them and understand they have an even more complex
job as they
adapt to changing assignments whenever called.
- The Teacher Quality Committee met for the fourth time on Jan.
is a new committee mandated by the passage of SF277: Professional
Development and Teacher Quality. The committee is charged with
monitoring professional development plans, determining the use
of professional development funds, monitoring the implementation
of requirements relating to the teacher quality act, monitoring
evaluation requirements, and making market factor recommendations.
The committee has completed most of their tasks, but may meet
more time to review professional development and market factor
recommendations. In addition to the district administrators,
the committee members are Shelly Mitzelfelt, Becky Burgin, Pat
and Carol Carr.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted
by Terry Gladfelter:
Professional Development – Our December and January early-out
focused on the development of Quadrant D lessons. This is the further
work of Dr. Daggett and the International Center for Leadership
in Education. During the past two years we have spent time developing
learning and reading strategies to help improve student achievement.
This year we have been studying examples of and developing Quadrant
D lessons. The chart below shows that a Quadrant D lesson has high
levels of thinking and high levels of application in real-world
situations. The left side of the chart is what is known as Blooms
Taxonomy and indicates levels of thinking from low order to high
order. The application model across the bottom indicates low order
to high order application of knowledge.
Our teachers submitted a Quadrant D lesson during the December
early-out and began developing a new lesson during the January
meeting. Some of the topics have included:
8th grade science – Power Our Towns with Alternative Sources
Woods – Building a Sofa Table
High school math – Using Geometer’s Sketchpad to
develop a volleyball court in a sports facility
Geography – Developing a Virtual Tour of China
Welding – Having experienced welding students teach new
students how to weld
Jr. High Language Arts – Million Dollar Day – Budgeting
and spending $1,000,000 on-line and documenting the experience
through an essay
FCS – Developing strategies to work with 2-year-old students
and then attending a day care to practice.
I have been pleased with the creativity of the lessons from the
teachers. Along with the Quadrant D lessons we are still reviewing
teaching and reading strategies to be used in the classroom. We
will be continuing this project through the remainder of the year.
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
Boys Basketball - Going very well. Has shown an immense amount
of improvement from last year.
Weather has caused problems. JV schedule has been depleted due
to weather and interest from other schools. Have made up game with
Wayne for February 8, Pleasantville games have not been able to
Getting ready to host District basketball on February 14, and
Girls Basketball - Unable to make up varsity game with Pleasantville
due to our early games in the girls’ tournament.
Will also host District basketball games on February 7, 9, 12
Wrestling - Finished the season with a 6-15 dual record. Had a
second place team finish at the Wayne Duals. One wrestler is ranked
(Carl Davis 9th at 145# 2A).
Five district qualifiers (Bill Anders 140#, Carl Davis 145#, Evan
Mitchell 160#, Patrick Brown 171#, and Ed Steil 189#), finished
third as a team at the 2A Sectional Tournament. Are hoping for
three state qualifiers.
Inclement weather/rescheduling - Weather has been a tremendous
problem since February 2007. Track meets were cancelled, baseball/softball
games cancelled/rescheduled, missed some JV/JH football games.
In all of my years of competition and coaching I have never seen
anything like this. We have managed as best as we can with the
communication with the community and rescheduling of games for
Spring/Summer sports - Will begin finalizing all schedules soon
Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the Children First
Forum had met in Lacona at the end of January. The main topic of
conversation was Homecoming. Students have come up with several
ideas to help improve Homecoming. The students will meet with the
administration to discuss the ideas further.
Fine Arts Boosters: Jennifer Mihalovichh related that the Fine
Arts Boosters are planning the Show Case to be held at a later
Warren County Conference Board: John Burrell related that the
Warren County Conference Board had recently met. John noted that
the 2007 assessment in Warren County was $2,755,352,960, an increase
of 9.77% over the previous year. John also noted that the salaries
for the Warren County Assessor’s office were increased by
Legislative Report: Paul Mead related that the legislature is
now in session. 4% allowable growth for the 2009-2010 school year
has been approved and sent to the Governor for his signature. The
push for a statewide sales tax to replace the current SILO tax
is still underway.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on
the following items:
- The DE site visit will be February 19-21. The site visit
team will interview the Board of Education on Wednesday, February
from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
- A letter from Brenton Tigner was given to board members requesting
to address the Board at the March meeting concerning the issues
of an alternative diploma, regulations for choosing the valedictorian,
and a request to waive the P.E. requirements for one of our students.
- Board members received a copy of a letter that Dr. Hulleman
had sent to Bradi Smith in response to an email the board members
had received from Bradi. John Burrell requested that a representative
from the AEA come to a board meeting to explain their role in
an IEP and IEP development.
- Dr. Hulleman related that in regard to the events that happened
at Saturday’s basketball game, he was not sure where
the legal claims were going and had not had enough time to
the incident to make a decision.
- The Board reviewed Standard 4 of the superintendent evaluation
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. January 7, 2008, minutes
2. January 14, 2008, minutes
3. Financial reports
4. Second reading of Board Policy 204.1, “Regular Board Meetings”
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman related he had received
the bid documents from the Twin Cedars School District for their
HVAC improvements. The portion of the bid documents applying to
the air conditioning was given to board members. Dr. Hulleman will
continue to gather more information on the air conditioning projects.
REDUCTIONS: A list of money saving ideas generated by three
groups of Junior/Senior High teachers was given to the Board. The
elementary teachers will also be asked for their input on money
saving ideas. The list of money saving ideas will be published
in the Warren Pride. John Burrell requested that the Board vote
on the money saving ideas that were repeated by more than one group
at the March board meeting.
VIDEO CAMERA SECURITY SYSTEM: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board
that a bid had been received from A+ Communications & Security
for the installation of 13 video cameras at the Junior/Senior High
School. This bid is the same cost as the prior bids, but adds five
more cameras of similar quality plus free installation of the system.
The system is capable of handling up to sixteen cameras. Dr. Hulleman
recommended approving the bid from A+ Communications & Security
and adding a 14th camera. The Board discussed the possibility of
purchasing sixteen cameras to provide security in additional locations.
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the
bid from A+ Communications & Security and to proceed with the
purchase of up to sixteen cameras, not to exceed a total cost of
$11,000. Ayes: 5.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the appointment
of Mike Tierney, Co-Head Golf Coach; and the transfer of Dennis
Green from Part Time HS Evening Custodian to Full Time HS Evening
Custodian. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams
to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.
PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS: Joel Mosher related to the Board that
three bids had been received for the purchase of a school bus.
All three bids were comparable and met the specifications provided.
Joel recommended accepting the low bid from Thomas Bus Sales in
the amount of $76,016 for a 2009 Thomas C2 65 passenger school
bus with no options. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Mihalovichh to approve the purchase of a bus from Thomas Bus Sales
in the amount of $76,016 with no options. Ayes: 5.
SHARING AGREEMENTS: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that he
had been in contact with Interstate 35 Community School District
and Melcher-Dallas Community School District to discuss the possibility
of sharing our Media Specialist and Technology Director. The sharing
agreements could result in savings of up to $70,000. Dr. Hulleman
requested authorization to proceed with developing sharing agreements
with Interstate 35 and Melcher-Dallas. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Larrie Williams to authorize the Superintendent to proceed with
developing sharing agreements with Interstate 35 and Melcher-Dallas.
WRESTLING SHARING AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended continuing
the wrestling sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas Community School
District for the 2008-2009 school year. The Board noted that Melcher-Dallas
had not been providing an assistant coach as provided for in the
agreement. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to
approve continuing the wrestling sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas
with the coaching stipulation agreed upon. Ayes: 5.
EARLY START DATE: Dr. Hulleman recommended holding the public
hearing for an early start date for the 2008-2009 school year at
the next regular board meeting in March (March 10th). The calendar
for next year is not yet complete; however, it is likely that school
will start prior to the week in which September 1 falls. Motion
by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by John Burrell to set the public
hearing date on an early start date for the next regular Board
meeting in March. Ayes: 5.
REFINANCING OF BONDS: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie
Williams to set the public hearing date concerning the refinancing
of bonds for the next regular Board meeting in March. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY SERIES 100: The Board reviewed Board Policy Series
100, “Educational Philosophy”.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
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