SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
May 12, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
May 12, 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, and
Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with
members from the community.
AGENDA: Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
COMMENTS: Mr. Bill Ballard related to the Board that a number
of people have thanked him for his interest in the District. Mr.
Ballard related that he had an interest and concern for the children
and he has great concern for the lack of pride in our community.
Mr. Ballard related that a number of community members in the District
are willing to help the District move forward.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Dr. Hulleman nominated LuAnn Ohnemus, Julie
Wilson, and Ron Lorenz for the Board Salutes recognition. President
Paul Mead presented certificates to LuAnn Ohnemus and Julie Wilson.
Ron Lorenz was unable to attend the meeting; a certificate will
be given to him as well.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 15 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs. I had time checking units over for inspection.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
The Statewide Voluntary Preschool Site Visit went well. Many positive
aspects of our program came forward in a discussion with preschool
parent volunteers, our AEA early childhood support person, the
DE representative, and myself as a part of that visit. Specifics
were listed in the May Warren Pride.
The spring round of DIBELS testing for grades K-3 took place the
week of April 14th. Results of that testing along with additional
diagnostic one-on-one tests will be used to generate groups for
interventions throughout the remainder of this school year and
into the beginning of next year. Shannon Harken, reading specialist
from the AEA, met with all of our K-3 teachers at the Primary on
May 7th to review the IDM process and offer suggestions about how
to get started with the process. Next year, our official implementation
year for IDM, will truly be a learning year for all of us, but
after a full year of training and preparation, we are ready to
dive in now and begin making a difference in meeting the reading
needs of all of our students.
May/June Special Events at the Primary Building
May 9th Kindergarten ABC picnic
Visit by Miss Iowa at joint guidance classes & character assembly
May 13th Preschool Open House
May 14th IDM Site Visit
May 16th 2nd grade to Pella
IPTV personality @ character assembly
May 20th K-3 Field Day
PK-3 Math Night
May 21st PK to Annette Nature Center
K-3 Friendship Fair classroom activities begin
May 22nd 4-year-old preschool ends
May 23rd 3-year-old preschool ends
3rd graders to Intermediate for orientation visit
3rd/4th grade spelling bee to determine 3rd/4th grade SEW representative to
State Fair Spelling Bee
Renee Minton at character assembly to discuss summer reading program at Milo
May 29th 3rd grade to Warren County Historical Museum & Annette Nature
May 30th Kindergarten to Blank Park Zoo
1st grade to Pella
June 2nd 3rd graders making baskets with Marlys Sowers
June 4th Friendship Fair program 12:30 p.m.
Last Day of School for K-3
June 9th –20th Remedial Reading & Math classes for grades 1-6 at
the Primary bld.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy
1. MAP testing was recently completed in all buildings. We are
awaiting the final reports that will be available shortly. In addition,
we anxiously await the results of the Stanford Diagnostic Reading
Assessment taken by all students in the intermediate as a requirement
for our participation in Concept Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI).
We look for the data from these two assessments to reflect positively
on initiatives undertaken the last few years.
2. We are planning a different transition activity for sixth graders
then used the last few years. On May 19th several junior high teachers
will visit the intermediate center during instructional time. On
May 21, all the sixth graders and their homeroom teachers will
travel to Liberty Center. The students will sit in on a junior
high class, hear a presentation on expectations from junior high
teachers, and tour the building.
3. The following events are scheduled during May. Everyone is
welcome to attend.
May 23 Third and fourth grade spelling bee, 12:30
Third grade tour of building
May 29 Field Day
May 30 Fifth and sixth grade spelling bee, 2:00
June 3 Academic Bowl 12:30
June 4 Awards Assembly, 9:00
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry
ITBS/ITED/MAP Incentives – Our students have received letters
indicating what level of reward they earned for their testing this
year. The reward day will be Friday, May 16. The criterion for
the reward is listed below.
- Composite Score - 75th percentile and above, no scores
below the proficient level (41st percentile)
- MAP Testing must show improvement in Reading, Math, and Language
from the Fall to the Spring
REWARD: 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
- MAP Testing must show improvement in Reading and Math from the
Fall to the Spring
REWARD: 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
- MAP Testing must show improvement in Reading from the Fall
to the Spring
REWARD: 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.
Students and the rewards they earned.
| 7th Grade
| 8th Grade
| 9th Grade
|% of Stud.
Miss Iowa Presentation – Miss Iowa spoke to the students
last Friday on making choices and the consequences for incorrect
State Track – Congratulations to Matt Baldwin, Skylar Thornton,
John May, Joe Ripperger, Evan Schurman, Grant Beck, Jake Carnes,
Tory Mason and Jake Larson for qualifying for boys’ state
track. Congratulations to Kayli Schurman for qualifying for girls’ state
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. April 5, 2008 minutes
2. April 14, 2008 minutes
3. April 17, 2008 minutes
4. Financial reports
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
- The IASB Director District 8 meeting will be held on June
19th from 6-9 PM in Winterset. The main topic for the evening
the new legislation.
- Dr. Hulleman read a letter from Educational Tours, Inc.
congratulating the District on the outstanding group of students
the District on their recent trip to New York City. They proudly
represented the community and the Southeast Warren High School
TRIP TO SPAIN: Minerva Hurtado presented information to the Board
concerning a proposed trip to Spain in April 2009 for 8 days/7
nights. Approximately 12 students have shown an interest in going
on the trip. The cost would be approximately $2,500 per person.
The students will be doing fund raising activities to help finance
the trip. This item will be brought back to the Board for action
at the June board meeting.
SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM: Mr. Ron VanStrien asked the Board to
consider reinstating World History as a required class for 10th
grade students. Mr. VanStrien related that World History is the
foundation for American History and Government classes. The students
also learn study skills in World History that makes them successful
in other classes. Mr. VanStrien also related that the Department
of Education has indicated World History will be a required class
Mrs. Natasha Cooper asked the Board to consider reinstating Geography
as a required class for 9th grade students. Mrs. Cooper related
that Geography helps students in other classes as well and gives
them an understanding of our global world.
The Board directed Mr. Reno to look at the schedule and make a
recommendation to the Board concerning adding World History and
Geography back into the required classes.
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: Dr. Hulleman presented
the 2007-2008 Children First Forum recommendations as follows:
- The annual improvement goal for reading is to increase the
percent of 2008-2009 eleventh grade students earning a score
proficient or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa
Tests of Educational Development Reading Comprehension as compared
to their performance as tenth graders (57.4%).
- The annual improvement goal for math is to increase the
percent of 2008-2009 fourth grade students earning a score considered
proficient or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa
Tests of Basic
Skills Math Total as compared to their performance as third
- The annual improvement goal for science is to increase
the percent of 2008-2009 eighth grade students earning a score
or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa Test of
Skills Science as compared to their performance as seventh
- Provide a uniform message to students, parents, coaches and
staff about how to cope with bullying and harassment and
what steps to take if they are bullied or witness bullying.
- Consider implementing a district wide bullying/harassment
Additional Unit of Mathematics
- Consider one semester of business/finance math and one semester
- Investigate the possibility of team teaching the business/finance
math (with a math teacher and the business teacher) so math
credit could be given for this course.
Additional One-Half Unit of Business
- Consider a marketing course or adding work-study as a capstone
course for business education.
Gender Balance in Vocational Courses
- Be more aggressive in marketing vocational courses to girls.
- Focus on the creative aspects within the vocational areas.
- Identify females in the community who are engaged in vocational
areas and who can serve as models for girls.
Dr. Hulleman recommended the Board develop a response to the goals
to be presented to the Children First Forum when they meet in the
PROPOSAL TO RESOLVE YEGGY APPEAL: Dennis Yeggy stated that he
felt a resolution could be reached concerning the appeal of Zac’s
2008 GRADUATES: Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the list
of potential 2008 graduates. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the list of 2008 potential graduates.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignations
of Sherri Riggan, Special Education Associate; Kevin King, Part
Time Evening Custodian; and Deanna Stewart, HS Cheerleading Coach
and ECP Sponsor; the appointments of Cole Andersen, Jr./Sr. High
Math Instructor; Chris Morrow, Assistant HS Baseball Coach; and
Nathan Bauer, Assistant HS Softball Coach; and Market Factor Pay
for Cole Andersen, Math. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by
Ron Miller to approve the resignations, appointments and market
pay as presented. Ayes: 5.
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH SEWEA: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board
that a negotiated agreement had been reached with the Southeast
Warren Education Association for a total package increase of 4.49%,
a total cost of $108,237.34. Dr. Hulleman recommended approval
of the negotiated agreement. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by
Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the negotiated agreement with the
Southeast Warren Education Association. Ayes: 4. John Burrell abstained
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH AFSCME: Dr. Hulleman related to the
Board that a negotiated agreement had been reached with AFSCME
for a total package increase of 4.46%, a total cost of $40,540.16.
Dr. Hulleman recommended approval of the negotiated agreement.
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the negotiated
agreement between the support staff and the Board of Education.
Ayes: 4. Jennifer Mihalovichh abstained from voting.
COMPLETION OF SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT: Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Larrie Williams that Dr. Hulleman be paid the balance
of his 2007-2008 salary and that he be allowed to fulfill his obligations
to the District by May 15, 2008. Ayes: Mihalovichh, Miller, Williams
and Mead. Nays: Burrell. Motion passed 4:1.
START DATE FOR INTERIM SUPERINTENDNET: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh,
seconded by John Burrell that the beginning date for Mr. Reno,
interim superintendent, be moved up to May 16, 2008. Ayes: 5.
TERMINATION OF AN ADMINISTRATOR’S CONTRACT: Motion by Ron
Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh that the Board consider
the termination of the administrative contract of Cindy Butler
because of budget considerations. Ayes: 5.
Mr. Bill Ballard addressed the Board concerning the termination
of an administrator. He asked the Board to explain how the elimination
of a principal was going to improve student achievement. Mr. Ballard
also asked how the At-Risk money now used for a portion of the
salary would be spent to achieve high levels of student achievement
in the increasing numbers of at risk students.
RECEIVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO TERMINATE: Motion by John Burrell,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh that the Board receive the recommendations
for contract terminations and file them with the Board Secretary.
Mr. Bill Ballard asked the Board how the elimination of these
staff members would make it possible for the District to achieve
high levels of student achievement.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 1004, 1005 AND 1006: The Board reviewed
Board Policy Sections 1004, “Use of School Facilities”,
Section 1005, “Community Activities involving Students”,
and 1006, “Community Activities Involving School Grounds”.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:46 p.m.
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