SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
June 9, 2008

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 9, 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 and Larrie Williams. John Burrell arrived at 5:44 p.m. Board member Ron Miller was absent. Superintendent Carl Reno, 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 form the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3. (John Burrell was absent from the vote.)

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 34 extra trips for the month. The month was spent doing general repairs. I had time checking units over for the 2nd half of the year inspection that was held on May 2nd. I also had time moving bleachers from Lacona to the softball field, mowing and cleaning up around both ball fields.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

All of the May activities took place as scheduled, with the exception of the first grade field trip to Pella. Much of that planned trip involved outdoor activities. A phone call to the National Weather Service located at the Des Moines airport that morning indicated that there was a good chance for severe thunderstorms in the Pella area for the afternoon hours. Duane Ohnemus, president of the Milo Lions Club set up the club’s blow up Jump House in the multi-purpose room for the afternoon, and all of the Primary students – with the exception of the kindergartners who were in Des Moines which received an all clear weather wise for their field trip – were able to enjoy a few minutes in the jump house. It became one of the stations enjoyed by the 2nd and 3rd graders during their Accelerated Reader party. The kids loved it, and it made the day a special one for them, even though the first graders missed their field trip.

A Volunteer Thank You Tea was hosted by me on the afternoon of May 29th.
Approximately 15 volunteers (parents, grandparents, and community members) and a similar number of staff members attended this after school get-together in the Primary’s media center. Cakes and iced tea were served. Handmade bookmarks were given to each volunteer, with several taking home a start of some of the excessive Black Eyed Susans from our south flower bed.

The Friendship Fair program, held on the afternoon of the last day of school, was a huge success with an overflow crowd of parents, grandparents, and younger siblings. The first, second, and third grade students did a great job sharing something of what they’d learned about the country of Norway during this annual two-week study of a foreign country.

Free Elementary Remedial Summer School classes are currently being held during the weeks of June 9th and June 16th for Southeast Warren students in the Primary Center. Shuttle bus service is being provided between the three centers for parents needing that service. Each class meets for one and one half hours per day. A total of eight first and second grade students are being served in reading, with five from that age group served in math. Seven third graders are being served in reading, with five served in math. There are nine fourth, fifth, and sixth graders being served in reading, with six Intermediate students served in math. Many of the students are being served in both reading and math. Three different elementary teachers are sharing these teaching responsibilities. The students are having a great time, as they brush up on the basic reading and math skills appropriate for their grade level. I know of several students from the Primary building who will be tutored by a couple of different teachers here throughout the summer. Teachers, who receive tuition from the students for this service, pay the school a small stipend to cover the cost of electricity for the use of the building for their sessions. With continued daily drill and practice at home throughout the remainder of the summer, all of these students should begin the 08-09 school year in good shape.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:

Each grade level took a field trip during May. Fourth grade students visited Living History Farms. Fifth grade students attended a session at DMACC on water and water quality, while the sixth grade students attended an Iowa Cubs baseball game. The fifth grade took an extra field trip to Living History Farms paid for by a grant from Farm Bureau.

Several special events were held in May or June to which parents and community members were invited. We were pleased with the number of parents who were able to attend the following events:

  • Spelling Bee - the winner of the 3rd and 4th grade spelling bee was Keetan Lawler (4th grade). The winner of the 5th and 6th grade spelling bee was Presley Shumate (5th grade). These students are eligible to participate in the State Fair Spelling Bee in August
  • The third graders and their teachers visited the Intermediate. A printed summary of changes to expect was given to students to take home. Ms. Trower, Ms. Miller and I presented information and answered questions.
  • Mrs. Dyer organized field day where students competed in a variety of events. The water balloon volleyball and bucket relay were huge successes.
  • Four teams of students competed in an Academic Bowl. The winning student team competed against a team of staff members. The staff members won (again), but it was a good competition.
  • We concluded the month with our Awards Assembly. Many students earned awards for honor roll and earning A’s all four quarters in specific subjects. In addition, students earned certificates for missing two or fewer days.
    • Sixty-two students earned certificates for no office referrals or detentions all year. Lance Hoch (4th), Morgen Greif (4th), Raelyn Meling (5th), Sarah Nutting (5th), Christina Shepherd (6th), and Kaylee Miller (6th) earned the citizenship awards this year. They showed a positive attitude toward classmates, the school and their community. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.
    • Our most prestigious award, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, was awarded to sixth graders who have maintained a 90% or higher grade point average all three years in this building, and scored at the 85th percentile or above on ITBS in reading or math. This year’s recipients were: Mitchell Anders, Preston Carruthers, Megan Cleveland, Hillary Gardner, Cameron Hertzler, Amy Koenck, Kacey Konrad, Kaylee Miller, J.C. Northway, and Allison Wilson. Their names will be inscribed on a plaque outside the office.

Final figures on office referrals and detentions.

 
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
Detentions
269
51
60
82
52
Office Referrals
97
49
48
48
31

Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:

Academic Excellence - Congratulations to the following students that have been on the A Honor Roll all 4 quarters this year.

Gr. 7
Gr. 8
Gr. 9
Gr. 10
Gr. 11
Gr. 12
Austin Agan
Matt Davis
Emmett Konrad
Jade Hibbeler
Alex Bruce
Emily Claghorn
Aaron Coffman
Christina Dittmer
Seth Nutting
Evan Schurman
Leslie Klages
Catie Deaver
Blu Jackson
Cassidy Hembry
Grant Seuferer
Carly Lawrence
Cari Ripperger
Bobbi Lawton
Logan Putz
Sydney Smith
Austin Putz
Destini Miller
Ed Steil
Joe Ripperger
Carrie Neer
Kayli Schurman
Amy Williams

Honor Roll – The chart shows the numbers and percentages of students that have made the honor roll for the past three years.

 

 
Students
# A honor
% A honor
# B honor
% B honor
Total
Percent
Qtr 1 - 05
294
69
23.40%
58
19.70%
127
43.10%
Qtr 1 - 06
277
60
21.60%
77
27.80%
137
49.40%
Qtr 1 - 07
255
55
21.50%
55
21.50%
110
43.10%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qtr 2 - 05
295
55
18.60%
60
20.30%
115
38.90%
Qtr 2 - 06
276
52
18.90%
64
23.10%
116
42.00%
Qtr 2 - 07
250
42
16.80%
56
22.40%
98
39.20%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qtr 3 - 06
294
59
20%
63
21.40%
122
41.40%
Qtr 3 - 07
276
54
19.60%
73
26.40%
127
46.00%
Qtr 3 - 08
253
55
21.70%
45
17.70%
100
39.50%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qtr 4 - 06
292
51
17.40%
68
23.20%
119
40.70%
Qtr 4 - 07
274
51
18.60%
63
23.00%
114
41.60%
Qtr 4 - 08
254
48
18.90%
56
22.00%
104
41.00%

Graduation Credits – As of the class of 2006 our students have been required to graduate with 52 credits. The chart below shows the credit count for the class of 2007 and 2008. Those with less than 52 credits graduated with a DMACC Diploma.

Credits Earned 2006

36.5
38.5
52
52.5
53
53.5
54
55
56
56.5
57
57.5
58
58.5
59
59.5
60
63.5
68
1
1
5
1
10
2
3
3
7
2
4
1
4
1
2
1
2
1
1

Credits Earned 2007

37
46
52
52.5
53
53.5
54
54.5
55
55.5
56
56.5
57
57.5
58
58.5
59
61
62
62.5
1
1
4
4
1
1
2
2
5
2
4
2
2
1
6
2
4
1
1
1

Credits Earned 2008

52.5
53
53.5
54
54.5
55
56
56.5
57.5
58
58.5
59
60
60.5
61
61.5
62
63
66
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
6
4
6
2
2
2
1
3
1
1
1
1

Athletic Director’s report submitted by Dave Ripperger:

Academic Recognition
Congratulations to Ed Steil for being named to The Predicament’s Academic All-State Wrestling Honorable Mention team. The teams are based on excellence in the classroom and on the wrestling mat (points awarded to each nominee based upon GPA, class year, season record and more). There were 125 wresters nominated and only 44 made the list with the average GPA being 3.96. Ed is the first wrestler in school history to be nominated for this distinction.

Girls Track
Congratulations to Kayli Schurman. Kayli destroyed her previous school record in the shot put by throwing a distance of 38’5”. She also qualified for the state track meet in the shot put event and finished fourth in Class 1A by throwing 36’3”.

Boys Track
Awesome finish to the season for the boys. The team qualified seven events for the state championship which is the most in recent history.

  • 4x800m Relay- Jake Larson, Garrett Brungardt, Travis Owens, Joe Ripperger
    alternates: Grant Beck, Seth Nutting
  • Shuttle Hurdle Relay- Torey Mason, Grant Beck, Matt Baldwin, Skylar Thornton
    alternates: John May, Evan Schurman
  • 4x200m Relay- Torey Mason, Skylar Thornton, Evan Schurman, John May
    alternates: Joe Ripperger, Travis Owens
  • 1600m- Jake Larson
  • 1600m Medley Relay- John May, Skylar Thornton, Jake Carnes, Joe Ripperger;
    alternates: Jake Larson, Evan Schurman
  • 800m- Jake Larson
  • 4x100m Relay- Torey Mason, Evan Schurman, John May, Skylar Thornton
    alternates: Matt Baldwin, Joe Ripperger

Golf Fundraiser
Has been moved to July 12. It would be nice to see all of you there.

Baseball/Softball
Weather has not cooperated at all. As of June 5 we have had to reschedule four events. We are starting to run out of time to reschedule events, and I am unsure what the conference policy will be on this.

20 boys on Coach Batula’s squad. Coach Arey has 17 girls.

Post-season events- We will be hosting four rounds of games, including the substate championship (this is the game that will qualify a team to the state tournament). Also received a letter from the IGHSAU that they will indeed consider us to host post-season softball tournaments.

Our first annual Southeast Warren Early Bird Softball Tournament was a measured success. The forecast was in our favor, but just like the rest of the spring the weather did not cooperate. We started the day by postponing the games for two hours. Once we realized the high school field could not be ready for a game we changed the format. The high school softball diamond was a mess so we moved all games to the Little League fields on the south side of Milo and each team played only two games instead of the three we originally scheduled due to time constraints. The participating teams were excellent (SE Webster #1 in 1A, Woodbury Central #4 in 1A, SE Warren #12 in 1A, Pella Christian #12 in 2A). I feel that this tournament is the best tournament in the state. The line up was very competitive which can only be topped by the state tournament. The only down side was the lack of cooperation from Mother Nature.

Coaching vacancies
The following positions have still not been filled:

  • HS Volleyball (head and assistant)
  • JH Football
  • HS Wrestling (head)
  • Boy’s Basketball (potentially assistant)
  • JH Girl’s Basketball (head and assistant)
  • JH Boy’s Basketball (assistant)
  • JH Wrestling
  • Girl’s Track (head and assistant)
  • JH Girl’s Track (assistant)
    It will be extremely difficult to fill the JH positions because of the 2:15 start of practice time.

Mr. Reno noted that a load of topsoil has been ordered for the softball diamond. He also noted that Mr. Arey is negotiating with the Boosters to find help to replace the 3rd base dug out roof that was blown off during a recent storm.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 12, 2008 minutes
2. May 27, 2008 minutes
3. Financial reports

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 3. (John Burrell was absent from the vote.)

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Reno reported on the following items:

  1. The IASB Director District 8 meeting will be held on June 19th. Mr. Reno directed President Paul Mead to appoint a board member to attend the meeting.
  2. A letter was sent out today to community members, staff and faculty who are serving on committees for the secondary principal hiring process. Six candidates will be interviewed.
  3. The air handlers at the Junior/Senior High School will be put on timers to help reduce energy costs. Leaking valves for the hot water heat in Milo and Lacona will be replaced to prevent further damage to ceiling tile. There may be some warranty coverage for the valves but the District will have to pay for the labor to replace them. The lighting in the Junior/Senior High School cafeteria and gym will be changed to energy efficient fixtures.
  4. The District is now eligible to host high school girls’ regional tournaments again.
  5. The AEA is in the process of developing a survey to send out to open enrolled out families to see why they are leaving the District.

John Burrell arrived at 5:44 p.m.

2009 IASB LIGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: Mr. Reno suggested a work session for the Board to develop legislative priorities for the 2009 session.

TRIP TO SPAIN: Mr. Reno recommended approving the trip to Spain as per the Board’s discussion from the May board meeting as long as the Board’s requirements were met. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the trip to Spain. Ayes: 4.

BUDGET REDUCTIONS: Mr. Reno recommended approving the budget reductions as presented at the board work session. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the budget reductions as presented with the Superintendent’s discretion to recall personnel according to prioritized lists and monies available. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Mr. Reno recommended accepting the resignations of Cathy Burrell, Co-Head Golf Coach; Paula Schultz, Head Speech Coach; Terry Gladfelter, Secondary Principal; and Willis VanderLinden, Band Instructor, Instrumental Music and Summer Instrumental Music; approving the appointments of Cindy Julian, HS Cheerleading Advisor; Minerva Hurtado, Spanish Club Advisor; and McKenna Cornish, Head Speech Coach; and approve the contract modifications of Paula Schultz, increase contract by 10 days; Mike Tierney, reduce contract by 10 days; and Andrea DeWitt, reduce teaching contract to 75%. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S SALARY: Mr. Reno requested the he be paid on a consultant basis without a contract based on the same daily rate as paid to the Superintendent last year with a decrease in the days from 105 to 100 days, plus mileage and no benefits. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to approve the Superintendent’s salary as presented. Aye: 4.

SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: Mr. Reno recommended approving a 4% salary package increase for Joel Mosher, LuAnn Ohnemus, Mike Tierney, Julie Wilson and Connie Fridley. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve a 4% salary package increase as recommended. Ayes: 4.

SALARY FOR ADMINISTRATION: Mr. Reno recommended approving a 4% salary package increase for Charlotte Weaklend. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve a 4% salary package increase as recommended. Ayes: 4.

SOCIAL STUDIES CREDITS AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Mr. Reno recommended adding World History as a yearlong course and World Geography as a semester course back into the 2008-2009 schedule and increase the graduation requirements to 52 credits. In order to add World History and World Geography back into the schedule Psychology and Sociology were dropped; the schedule is still being studied to try to get those two courses back into the schedule. Mr. Reno will bring back a recommendation for the July board meeting if schedule changes can be made. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by John Burrell to approve adding World History and World Geography back into the schedule and maintain 52 credits for graduation. Ayes: 4.

Natasha Cooper related to the Board that Current Issues, Civics, Sociology and Psychology classes would not be offered next year if the schedule were left as it currently is. Natasha noted that Psychology is a college prep class where students develop important skills. If the District does not offer the class students would probably take the class online which would cost the District more money. Natasha also noted that with an 8 period day the District needs to offer electives for the students. Natasha offered to extend her contract 1 period a day in order to offer additional classes.

Mr. Reno noted that Psychology and Sociology could be offered on an every other year basis.

FOOD SERVICE BIDS: Sue Ellingson reviewed the bids received for milk and bread. Sue recommended accepting the milk bid from Anderson Erickson and the bread bid from Sara Lee. Sue also noted that the cooks had requested to be able to purchase plastic containers of milk and orange juice for 2008-2009. Sue also recommended increasing the milk price to $.30 each to cover the increased cost. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the bids from Anderson Erickson, including orange juice, and from Sara Lee, to increase the milk price to $.30, and to use plastic containers for 2008-2009. Ayes: 4.

REVIEW LUNCH PRICES: Mr. Reno recommended leaving the lunch prices the same for next year. Mr. Reno related that the District is currently below costs of adjoining districts, but the Nutrition Fund balance is high.

DISCIPLINARY DECISION: Mr. Reno recommended the Board vacate and remand the Board’s previous disciplinary decision concerning the Yeggy case. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to vacate and remand the Board’s previous disciplinary decision. Ayes: 4.

OTHER: Mr. Reno noted that he had met with the associates in all three buildings. A meeting will be held with the AFSCME representative on June 20th to work out problems that have developed concerning hours, assignments and salary placements. Mr. Reno will update the Board after the meeting.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:19 p.m.

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