SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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.

REPORTS:

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 Weaklend:

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 Public Library
May 29th 3rd grade to Warren County Historical Museum & Annette Nature Center
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 Butler:

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 Gladfelter:

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.

ITBS/ITED/MAP Incentives

Grades 9-11

  • 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 percentile)
  • 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.

  Full Day 1/2 Day 1/4 Day None Total
7th Grade 6 12 10 6 34
8th Grade 5 13 8 7 33
9th Grade 7 11 15 12 45
10th Grade 5 8 8 26 47
11th Grade 12 12 12 11 47
Total 35 56 53 62 206
           
% of Stud. 16.90% 27.10% 25.70% 30.00%  

Miss Iowa Presentation – Miss Iowa spoke to the students last Friday on making choices and the consequences for incorrect choices.

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 track.

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 items:

  1. The IASB Director District 8 meeting will be held on June 19th from 6-9 PM in Winterset. The main topic for the evening will be the new legislation.
  2. Dr. Hulleman read a letter from Educational Tours, Inc. congratulating the District on the outstanding group of students that represented the District on their recent trip to New York City. They proudly represented the community and the Southeast Warren High School music program.

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 in 2012.

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:

Student Achievement

  1. The annual improvement goal for reading is to increase the percent of 2008-2009 eleventh grade students earning a score considered 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%).
  2. 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 graders (64.3%).
  3. The annual improvement goal for science is to increase the percent of 2008-2009 eighth grade students earning a score considered proficient or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills Science as compared to their performance as seventh graders (65.7%).

Bullying/Harassment

  1. 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.
  2. Consider implementing a district wide bullying/harassment program.

Additional Unit of Mathematics

  1. Consider one semester of business/finance math and one semester of statistics.
  2. 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

  1. Consider a marketing course or adding work-study as a capstone course for business education.

Gender Balance in Vocational Courses

  1. Be more aggressive in marketing vocational courses to girls.
  2. Focus on the creative aspects within the vocational areas.
  3. 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 fall.

PROPOSAL TO RESOLVE YEGGY APPEAL: Dennis Yeggy stated that he felt a resolution could be reached concerning the appeal of Zac’s discipline case.

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. Ayes: 5.

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 from voting.

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. Ayes: 5.

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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