SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
April 14, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
April 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: Jennifer
Mihalovichh, Larrie Williams, John Burrell and Ron Miller. Superintendent
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 Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4. (Ron Miller was absent from the
COMMENTS: Kelly Yeggy related to the Board that they had appealed
her son’s case to the Department of Education and lost. Kelly
requested that the Board and new Superintendent review the information
for reconsideration of her son’s case and expunge her son’s
record of the incident.
Julie Baughman related to the Board that her daughter had received
a death threat during school hours. Julie expressed her frustration
that the student was not punished until several days after the
incident and is still concerned for her daughter’s safety
while at school. Julie presented the Board with copies of the Sheriff’s
report and her journal of what had transpired over the course of
several days. Julie asked the Board to review the information and
give it their consideration.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had six extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent
doing general repairs. I had time checking the road conditions
for mud and general drivability. I took a lot of time to map and
plan the hard surface routing; this included driving these as well.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
During the time that district transportation was not provided
to students living on non-paved roads, free before and after school
childcare was provided for several of our rural families – both
in the regular daycare facilities and in the Primary media center
by a teacher associate or myself. Contact was made with thirteen
families who were known to have difficulty getting their children
to and from school, with approximately 15 children served. Parents
seemed very appreciative of our efforts.
On March 11th, our preschoolers were given free dental screenings.
These were conducted by a certified dental hygienist who spoke
with the children about the importance of good tooth care and gave
each a toothbrush. This was provided through the Warren County
Early Childhood Services. On April 9th, they were given free vision
screenings through Kidsight. This program is a service provided
through the Lions Clubs of America. Signed parent permission was
required for participation in both of these programs.
On March 12th, the daycare supervisor, one of the daycare associates,
the preschool teacher, the classroom preschool associate, and I
attended a training on “ethics in the childcare setting” workshop
in Indianola, provided free of charge through the Warren County
Empowerment Board. Both ethical and legal issues involving childcare
providers were addressed in this very informative and thought-provoking
A 4-year-old preschool parent meeting was held on March 25th.
A light supper was served to our parents and their children by
the Warren County Empowerment Board. A brief program followed involving
a presentation regarding preschool children’s mental, emotional,
and verbal development. Input was gathered from the parents about
how our program is progressing, and preliminary papers were distributed
to prepare parents for the 08-09 kindergarten parent night to be
held on April 10th. An Open House for parents of 3-year-old children
in the district will be held later.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy
1. I attended the Curriculum Networking meeting at the AEA on
April 4. A large part of the meeting was spent on learning to write
annual goals for the APR, Annual Progress Report. We were told
goals don’t have to include a numerical target; a goal to
increase the percent of students proficient and above or decrease
the percent of students below proficient is OK.
Goals are required in reading, math, science, early intervention
plans, and other locally determined indicators. We are in the process
of asking the CFF for input into new annual goals.
2. Every three years we give the Iowa Youth Survey to sixth, eighth
and eleventh grade students. The survey is a collaborative effort
among Iowa Departments of Public Health, Human Services, and Human
Rights. The data collected from this survey meets NCLB requirements
related to Title IV, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities.
The Iowa Youth Survey will be administered online next year for
the first time. Training for administrators and technology staffs
will be held this summer and/or early fall.
3. As we enter into April all the students at the Intermediate
will be taking the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Assessment. This
assessment is required as a part of our participation in CORI training.
April 21st will be the first day of the spring MAP assessment
(Measures of Academic Progress). It will take approximately two
weeks to get everyone tested. A second assessment in addition to
the Iowa Tests is required by the state and the MAP qualifies as
that additional assessment. Students in grades 3 to 10 will take
the MAP assessment online.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry
Our students are being recognized for positive activities and
FBLA – Mrs. Carr and 6 of our students recently attended
the state FBLA conference held in Cedar Rapids, April 3-5. About
600 students from throughout the state attended the conference.
The students attended workshops, a banquet, dance, and an awards
ceremony. Each of our students had to participate in at least two
competitive activities. Evan Schurman placed 4th in the business
FCCLA – Mrs. Hiem and seven of our students attended the
state FCCLA conference held in Des Moines on March 31 – April
2. There were over 750 students at the Polk County Convention Center.
Our students attended the event to network with other FCCLA students
from around the state and attend the competitions. SEW was recognized
for re-activating our chapter and the students are excited about
participating and competing next year.
JEL/SADD – On April 8 our JEL/SADD group was recognized
at the Warren County Youth Recognition ceremony held at Simpson
College. This council is a branch of the United Way of Central
Iowa. Mrs. Newhart, the group sponsor nominated the three students
(Heidi Dittmer, Carly Lawrence, Emily Nutting) for their commitment
to establishing awareness about tobacco, alcohol, and destructive
decisions. Projects that they have done are the “Chain of
Life”, posters throughout the school and in the restrooms,
and “Orange Crush” during Valentines Day. They will
also be doing a “crime scene” mock-up during Prom week
to bring awareness to the importance of safe driving.
Establishing Community Pride (ECP) – Mrs. Stewart and the
ECP students recently finished helping with the Milo Easter Egg
Hunt. They spent several hours after school stuffing hundreds of
plastic eggs with candy and prizes for the hunt. The eggs were
then “hidden” for the hunt in the park at Milo. There
were about 100 children that participated in the egg hunt.
Creative Expressions Class – Recently Ms Cornish showed
the students a movie about Cystic Fibrosis. The students were so
challenged by the video that they wanted to help with raising funds.
Through the class the students have worked on communication, publicity
and organizational skills to raise awareness and money for CF.
The video has been presented during Connections, cans have been
collected, cookies sold, a hat day held, guessing Skittles in a
jar, and a silent auction will be held. To date over $300 has been
raised by students. There will be a culminating activity with a
CF walk to be held on May 17.
Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
I have calculated the academic achievement awards for all of the
winter sports. I am proud to announce that all three programs
have been recognized.
IHSAA Excellence Award (3.00 to 3.24 GPA)
Boys Basketball Cheerleading- 3.000
IGHSAU Excellence Award (3.20 to 3.60 GPA)
Girls Basketball- 3.263
IHSAA Distinguished Award (3.25 to 4.00 GPA)
Boys Basketball- 3.288
Off to a slow start. Only twelve girls are on the roster at this
time. The weather has also not cooperated with the season so
far. Many of the meets we have on our schedule have been postponed
due to weather. We are trying to reschedule if possible.
Congratulations to Kayli Schurman who competed at the ISU Indoor
Track meet March 17. Kayli finished in 3rd place overall with a
throw of 37’. That throw broke Kayli’s own record 36’10” that
she set last year. Mr. Carr is wanting to nominate her for the
Drake Relays, but due to the weather not cooperating she has not
had enough opportunities to meet the cut off for previous years
(in the past it was 38’04”).
We are not planning on filling the assistant track coach position.
In the same boat as the girls. Twenty-four boys are listed on the
roster for Mr. Oliver. Weather has also not cooperated so there
have been no competitions for the squad, which is a concern to
Ten girls and eleven boys are listed on the roster (they are dealing
with some eligibility problems, though). I think this is a good
numbers for the team. Mr. Tierney and Mrs. Burrell are getting
Boys track has seventeen boys out. Seem to be working hard. First
meet is April 17 at Carlisle. Girls track has sixteen girls out
and no assistant coach. They too are working hard. First meet
is April 15 at Carlisle.
Beginning to finalize the business end of the golf tournament by
trying to line up sponsorships and prizes. My goal is to raise
$3,000 for this tournament. Last year we had 56 individuals and
I am hoping for 72 or more this year.
My opinions (for what it is worth) on improving athletic participation:
-go to a split schedule, boys will then participate in both wrestling and basketball
-allow students to skip Physical Education class if they are in sports
-make policy that all head coaches must teach in the district so they can have
an active role in recruiting students; make it a priority to find coaches in
the hiring process
-improve the athletic facilities (expand the gymnasium, update wrestling facility,
build new weight room)
-stop the negativity and promote an upbeat and positive mental attitude with
all people in the community and in the school building
-JH sports after school so more time can be spent on the fundamentals of the
sport to give the students a competitive edge rather than the 40 minutes of
practice time they will have if sports are during the school day
Odds and Ends
Spoke with Troy Dannen at the IGHSAU about the situation concerning
the probation. The reason for the call was to see what the probation
would mean to the school as far as hosting post-season events.
Mr. Dannen relayed to me about a meeting with his board and two
of our school board members. After the meeting Mr. Dannen told
me he did not feel comfortable suggesting Southeast Warren to
host post-season events. This will cost the district and athletic
department. Last year the IGHSAU reimbursed the school $1,638.20.
This money has been used for a number of items, including weight
equipment and covering the shortages of some of the programs
and to not have this potential income will have an impact on
the athletic department.
I also want to clear some misunderstanding about my job and my
expectations of myself for the execution of this job. I will not
leave this post as athletic director until all of the sports programs
for the 2007-2008 school year have completed their seasons. I will
submit my annual report to the board sometime in September. I will
attend almost all of the summer activities as my schedule will
allow me and make sure that there is suitable supervision for all
Curriculum Report – Dr. Hulleman presented information to
the Board showing the state requirements for Iowa school districts
regarding course offerings and graduation requirements. The course
offerings and graduation requirements for Southeast Warren were
also presented to the Board.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. March 10, 2008, minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Approve second reading of Board Policy 601.4, “Objectives
for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students”
4. Approve second reading of Board Policy 601.5, “Nondiscrimination”
5. Approve second reading of Board Policy 601.6, “Equal Educational
6. Approve second reading of Board Policy 502.12, “Anti-Bullying/Harassment
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
1. The Children First Forum meeting will be held on May 5.
2. The last day of school for students is June 4.
3. June 5 will be a staff development day and June 6 will be a
4. IASB Director District 8 meetings will be held on June 19.
5. The Board reviewed Standard 6 of the superintendent evaluation
6. The areas of noncompliance from the Department of Education
Site Visit report were reviewed.
7. The District received a letter from the Iowa Girls’ High
School Athletic Union affirming the penalties that had been imposed
upon Coach Ron Smith, parent Ken Wright, and the District.
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman presented an estimate
from Travis Mechanical & Controls to the Board to install central
air conditioning in the Milo and Lacona buildings. Bryce Travis
related to the Board that the current electrical systems would
not support individual air conditioning units, central air conditioning
would be less invasive to the building, and the current air handlers
are set up for central air conditioning. The Board would still
like to have information concerning the cost of operating the central
air conditioning. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller
to get additional price quotes before taking action. Ayes: 5.
BALANCING THE BUDGET: Dr. Hulleman recommended reducing the social
studies graduation requirements from four units to three units
and not fill the vacant social studies position. There would be
a savings of $43,000 by not filling the social studies teaching
position. Dr. Hulleman also recommended eliminating cross country
due to the low participation. This would be a savings of $3,400.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
eliminating the full time social studies position. Ayes: 5.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to eliminate
cross country with hopes that they could go to a neighboring school
to participate. Ayes: Mihalovichh, Miller, and Mead. Nays: Williams
and Burrell. Motion passed 3:2.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to reduce the
graduation requirements to 50 credits, two less social studies
credits, and have an eight period day for next year. Ayes: 5.
2007-2008 BUDGET AMENDMENT: A public hearing was held to allow
community members present the opportunity to comment/ask questions
concerning the 2007-2008 budget amendment. President Paul Mead
called the hearing to a close. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by John Burrell to approve the 2007-2008 budget amendment. Ayes:
2008-2009 BUDGET: A public hearing was held to allow community
members present the opportunity to comment/ask questions concerning
the 2008-2009 budget. President Paul Mead called the hearing to
a close. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the 2008-2009 budget. Ayes: 5.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignations
of Melissa Spurgeon, Special Education Instructor; LeRoy Woodruff,
Substitute Bus Driver; Myrissa Gingerich, Assistant High School
Volleyball Coach; and Mike Tierney, Assistant High School Girls’ Track
Coach; approval of the appointments of Kevin King, Part Time Evening
Custodian; Brandon Holbrook, Substitute Bus Driver; Jason Walter,
Assistant Junior High Girls’ Track Coach; and Angie Steil,
Junior High Softball Coach.
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to accept
the resignations as presented. Ayes: 5.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
appointments and coaching appointments. Ayes: 5.
ELP TRIP: Cindy Butler related to the Board that a trip for ELP
students is being planned to Nauvoo, Illinois on May 8-9. Melcher-Dallas
and Pleasantville students will also be going on the trip. Pleasantville
will provide the transportation with all districts sharing the
expense. Five Southeast Warren ELP students have raised the necessary
funds for the trip. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the overnight
ELP trip to Nauvoo, Illinois. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by Jennifer Birchette to approve the ELP trip to Nauvoo, Illinois.
MOWING BID: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that bids had been
received from Turner Lawn Care, Mark’s Pop A Lock, and Mike
Myer Services for mowing the Milo, Lacona, and Liberty Center sites
this summer. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the bid from Turner
Lawn Care even though it was $345 higher than the low bid due to
the fact that Jeff Turner is a resident of the District and that
we were very pleased with the work he did last year. Motion by
Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the bid from
Turner Lawn Care for mowing this summer. Ayes: 5.
OVEN BID: Terry Gladfelter presented information and bids to the
Board concerning the purchase of convection ovens. Terry Gladfelter
recommended approval of the bid from Bolton & Hay Inc. in the
amount of $10,951.76 for the Vulcan convection ovens. Motion by
Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the bid
from Bolton & Hay Inc. in the amount of $10,951.76 for the
Vulcan convection ovens. Ayes: 5.
ISCAP PROGRAM: Julie Wilson recommended approving participation
in the ISCAP Program and approval of the ISCAP Supplemental Resolution.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Willliams to
approve participation in the ISCAP Program and approval of the
ISCAP Supplemental Resolution. Ayes: 5.
2006-2007 AUDIT REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the 2006-2007
audit report. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell
to accept the 2006-2007 audit report.
BOARD POLICIES: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 1000, “Statement
of Guiding Principles”, Section 1001, “Public Communications”,
and 1003, “Relations Between School Personnel and the Public”.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by John Burrell to leave the board
policies as written. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:53 p.m.
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