SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Organizational Board Meeting
October 8, 2007
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
October 8, 2007, in the ICN room of the Junior/Senior High School
building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order
at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: Paul Mead,
Larrie Williams, John Burrell and Jennifer Mihalovichh. Superintendent
Dr. 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 Paul Mead, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
FFA TRIP TO NATIONAL CONVENTION: FFA students presented the itinerary
for the trip to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana,
from October 23-26. Eight students and four chaperones will be
attending the convention. FFA will pay the hotel and registration
expenses for all students and adults. The students and adults will
be expected to pay for their meals. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh,
seconded by Paul Mead to approve the trip to the FFA National Convention.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 31 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs. A lot of time was spent planning the four-year-old
preschool program route, including the noon route and early dismissal
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
· October promises to be a busy month at the Primary with:
Ø our first round of K-3 DIBELS testing
fall student portraits
Fire Prevention Week
the building energy audit
end of the first quarter
Red Ribbon Week
Kindergarten Grandparents’ Week
the first of our second/third grade Accelerated Reader reward parties
the first of Mr. Babcock’s “Positive Parenting with
Love & Logic” classes
Ronald McDonald character assembly
the delivery of PIE’s first fundraiser of the year
the start of the in-depth QPPS training for our preschool teacher
the start of regular preschool District/AEA team meetings
mandatory self-assessment of our preschool program
the anti-bullying training for all K-3 teachers and staff.
On September 11th, the third graders traveled to the Iowa State
University McNay Research Farm near Derby, Iowa. There they learned
about good nutrition and the connection between Iowa’s farms
and the American family dinner table. This special field trip was
provided through the support of several county-based extension
services, Farm Bureau organizations, Cattlemen’s Associations,
as well as local area schools’ FFA chapters. This trip, along
with a group picture, was highlighted on the education page of
the October 3rd Record Herald. Facts learned by the students were
listed on the back of the September 14th and 21st Primary parent
newsletters. What a great opportunity for our youngsters!
· We are again fortunate to be able to host Ronald McDonald
on the 23rd as he gets the students up and moving, shares a message
of good health habits, and encourages teamwork and citizenship.
I was pleased that they were willing to provide separate assemblies
for the Primary and the Intermediate centers this year. That has
not always been the case. A big thank you to our local McDonald’s
restaurants who pick up the tab for these assemblies.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy Butler:
October 2, I attended a literacy meeting sponsored by the Department
of Education. A presentation by Tim Shanahan from the University
of Illinois “How Do You Raise Reading Achievement?” centered
on his Literacy Improvement Pyramid as shown below.
The Pyramid starts at the bottom with those things research has
identified as making the most difference in reading achievement.
Many correlational studies show the importance of leadership in
Amount of instruction is the biggest alterable factor in student
learning (2-3 hours of reading and writing instruction K-12)
Explicit curriculum is important in ensuring that teaching occurs
Professional development has to focus on how to teach/assess
Need to assess student learning frequently in order to make needed
Instructional materials should be consistent with research
Regular program will not be sufficient for all kids
Parents often need guidance to support learning
Environment that encourages/supports learning
Need to build motivation into your programs at all levels – to
keep everyone moving towards the goal
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry Gladfelter:
Homecoming – Mrs. Mitzelfelt and the Student Council are
to be commended for their planning and organization of this year's
Homecoming. Though all did not turn out as expected, Mrs. Mitzelfelt
and the students did spend a great deal of time putting together
events and activities for the week. I want to publicly acknowledge
MAP Testing - Testing has been completed and we are preparing
to get the results. We will be distributing the results through
our Connections groups and teaching our students how to interpret
their data. This MAP report now shows data for the past five years.
Students will be able to view their academic progress. It will
also provide the staff with good information on our progress and
areas of needed improvement. Further data will be presented next
Pursuing Victory with Honor – This conference is going to
be held in Des Moines on October 30 for students and coaches throughout
the state. We will be sending 12 students and 3 coaches to this
event to further promote the positive aspects of team sports, leadership,
D/F List (Mid Term) – The following table shows a comparison
of the number of D’s and F’s from last year to this
year. I would like to see fewer F’s but overall totals show
a decrease from last year.
||Number of Students
3R Program – We are continuing our 3R this year. It is based
on “Respect, Responsible, and Role Model.” When a teacher
or staff member observes a student demonstrating one of the three
traits they inform me and I have a certificate prepared for the
student. We meet, award the certificate, and have some type of
treat (food) for the student. These are the students recognized
so far this year:
Tiffany Bailey, Alisha Bales, Justin Brummer, Emily Claghorn, Ashley
Clay, Jake Carnes, Carl Davis, Jake Delay, Heidi Dittmer, Tristan
Gardner, Amy Kimzey, Emmett Konrad, Brandon Knight, Madison Martin,
Ashley Mills, Emily Nutting, Travis Owens, Austin Putz, Amanda
Quinn, Joe Ripperger, Ruth Sorensen, Brody Schaeffer, Alex Sudbrock,
Dylan Webb, Bret Yeggy, Zach Yeggy
Trap Shooting Team – Last year Mr. Dirkx worked with a group
of our students and formed a trap shooting team. They competed
at local, regional and state events as a team and as individuals.
We have had 9-10 students involved with the activity and the Isaac
Walton League sponsors it. Last year we were the only team in the
area, but this year Indianola also has a team. In northwest Iowa
this is a significant activity with students being able to letter
in the event.
Athletic Department report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
Boys are playing well despite some of the adversity they are dealing
with. Still an outside shot at making the playoffs. Will have
to win all of the games they are supposed to and have some help
from other members of the district to have a shot.
We will be hosting four volleyball matches here (Oct 15, Oct 17,
Oct 23, and Oct 25).
The girls are starting to play well at the end of the season.
Although the team has not lived up to expectations, I feel, through
my conversations with Mr. Dicks, that most of the problems have
dealt more along the lines of personality conflicts and inability
for the team to mesh than with the coaching. I speak to many of
the players on a daily basis. When I ask them if they are having
fun, they always answer with a resounding yes.
Mr. Tierney has about five student-athletes out (two boys, three
girls). They continue to show progress and the hope is that there
will be a strong showing at the district meet.
Ineligibility has not been as serious of a problem as there has
been in the past for the JH Football team. In years prior we
have had to finish the season by playing only one JH FB game.
In speaking with Mr. Carr many of the students that were ineligible
have “earned” back their privileges.
JH Volleyball is going extremely well. These girls have shown
a tremendous amount of improvement from last year to this year
and during the season itself.
Softball and Baseball
We have will be hosting an invitational tournament for both baseball
and softball this spring on May 24. This was a request that was
made by the coaches last year and we have finally had enough
interest from other schools to pursue this event. Trophies and
an All-Tournament team will be the awards provided. This event
will be an excellent opportunity for us to showcase both of our
highly successful summer sports.
The baseball tournament will only have three teams (hoping to
find a fourth team through posting on the IHSAA website and through
mass emails to schools throughout the state). Madrid and Bondurant-Farrar
have expressed interest. We will play both schools in a round-robin
format. State rule limit the number of games played in a day to
The softball tournament will be highly competitive. I have confirmations
from Newton, Des Moines Christian, Southeast Webster, and Woodbury
Central. I have also been talking to Clarke Community and they
are interested. This field is highly competitive (some of these
teams are in contention for state tournament appearances) and should
be fun to watch. Once again, I would like to add two more teams
to create a classic tournament, but for the time being we will
be doing two pools with three teams, playing each team and then
pairing up for a championship game. A tournament this size will
lead us to have to play at two sites (our HS Softball field and
the Milo Little League field). I have already discussed using the
Milo diamond with Joel Mosher and he has assured me that it will
not be a problem.
Pursiuing Victory with Honor Summit
This is an annual event sponsored by the Character Counts! in Iowa
organization and has the full support of the IGHSAU, the IHSAA,
UNI, Iowa State, and the University of Iowa. This year’s
event will be held October 30 at Drake University. We participated
in this same summit two years ago when it was in Ames and I felt
that it was very worthwhile to attend again. The summit focuses
on improving sportsmanship and the leadership of our student-athletes.
I have personally used a lot of the information from Pursuing
Victory with Honor in preparing my slide shows for the beginning
of the school year.
I first approached Shelly Mitzelfelt, as the advisor to the Student
Council, and asked for some help in funding this trip. The only
condition she held was that there would be several members of the
Student Council in attendance. With that in mind I tried to select
students who were members of the council and held leadership positions
within most of the sports we offer at Southeast Warren. I tried
to get a balance of girls to boys and emphasized the numbers of
sophomores and juniors who will continue to use this information
in future seasons. Attendees include: Kacee Arey, Ed Steil, Wade
Williams, Torey Mason, Jamesa Wadle, Seth Nutting, Kylee Horton,
Skylar Thornton, Kayli Schurman, Kara Gaul, Tara Hommer, Sydney
Two coaches and myself will be in attendance (John Burrell and
Phil Oliver). I wanted to select a girls coach but was unable/unwilling
to because they either worked outside of the building or will soon
be retiring. I wanted to look at how we would benefit the most
student-athletes in the long run. While the Student Council will
be supporting the student-athletes, the athletic department will
be paying for the coaches to attend.
If you have any questions about this event don’t hesitate
to call me.
Boys Basketball Tournaments
Received word from the IHSAA that we will be hosting three rounds
of basketball playoff games here on Feb 11, Feb 14, and Feb 19.
Teams will not be decided until after January 26.
Curriculum: Pat Butler and Sara Seligman presented information
on CORI (Concept Oriented Reading Instruction). All of the fourth
through sixth grade teachers have now been through the CORI training.
CORI principles are being used to teach science and social studies
in grades 4-6.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. September 10, 2007, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
1. The IASB District Meeting will be held on October 18 in Indianola.
2. Staff development for all employees will be held on October
24. The topic of the inservice will be “School House Bullies:
Preventive Strategies for Professional Educators”.
3. Ads will be placed in the Record-Herald and Warren Pride for
the sale of two used school buses through sealed bids.
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman related that in researching
air conditioning for the buildings it appears that individual air
conditioning units in each classroom would be a cost effective
way to air condition the buildings. Dr. Hulleman will follow up
with the electric company to see if the building systems could
handle the additional electrical load. Dr. Hulleman will arrange
a visit to the Twin Cedars School District to look at their air
conditioning system. They have installed individual units in two
of their buildings and are very satisfied with their performance.
HOMECOMING: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that the Children
First Forum had discussed whether to eliminate Homecoming or find
ways to make Homecoming a better experience. The Children First
Forum requested input from the Board to be considered at the next
Children First Forum meeting on November 26. The consensus of the
Board was to not eliminate Homecoming entirely, but to consider
not having some of the activities.
AWARDING OF LETTERS FOR TRAPSHOOTING AND BOWLING: Dr. Hulleman
asked for the Board’s input on awarding letters for trapshooting
and bowling as is done for athletics and band. The consensus of
the Board was to award letters for trapshooting and bowling. Dr.
Hulleman will have the coaches develop criteria for earning letters.
TOBACCO-FREE ENVIRONMENT: The Board discussed Board Policy 1006.2, “Smoke-Free
Environment”. The current policy prohibits smoking in school
district buildings, bleachers, and school vehicles, but does not
prohibit smoking outside. The general consensus of the Board was
to leave the policy as it currently is.
SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION FORM: Legislation passed in 2007 requires
that Iowa school boards use the evaluation process developed jointly
by the Iowa Association of School Boards and the School Administrators
of Iowa. The new superintendent evaluation form was reviewed by
the Board. A training session on the new superintendent evaluation
process will be held on November 2 for board presidents and vice
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF REGULAR SCHOOL ELECTION: The Board reviewed
the results of the September 11, 2007, regular school election.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Paul Mead to accept
the results of the regular school election. Ayes: 5. The results
of the September 11, 2007, election were as follows:
Director District #5 (term 9-07 to 9-10)
Larrie Williams 68 Votes
Write-In Scattering 0 Votes
President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 7:07 p.m.
The organizational meeting of the Southeast Warren Board of Education
was called to order at 7:17 p.m. by President Ron Miller. The following
board members were present: Larrie Williams, Jennifer Mihalovichh,
Paul Mead and John Burrell. Superintendent Dr. 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 Paul Mead, seconded by John Burrell to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
OATH OF OFFICE: Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the
oath of office to Larrie Williams.
ELECT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: Board Secretary Julie Wilson
called for nominations for President. Jennifer Mihalovichh nominated
Paul Mead. Larrie Williams nominated Ron Miller. Motion by Ron
Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams for nominations to cease. Ayes:
5. Roll call vote was taken. Paul Mead and Larrie Williams voted
for Ron Miller. Jennifer Mihalovichh, John Burrell, and Ron Miller
voted for Paul Mead. Paul Mead was elected President.
President Mead called for nominations for Vice President. Ron
Miller nominated Larrie Williams. Jennifer Mihalovichh nominated
John Burrell. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams
for nominations to cease. Ayes: 5. Roll call vote was taken. Jennifer
Mihalovichh and Larrie Williams voted for John Burrell. John Burrell,
Ron Miller and Paul Mead voted for Larrie Williams. Larrie Williams
was voted Vice President.
Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the oath of office for
President to Paul Mead and for Vice President to Larrie Williams.
APPONT BOARD MEMEBERS TO SERVE AS REPRESENTATIVES: President Paul
Mead appointed board members to serve as representatives for the
1. Warren County Conference Board – John Burrell
2. Children First Forum – Ron Miller
3. Athletic Boosters – Larrie Williams
4. Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Mihalovichh
5. Legislative Action Network and delegate to IASB Assembly – Paul
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE SIGNATURES ON CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Julie Wilson
reported to the Board that all checks are to be signed by the Board
President and Board Secretary. A resolution is required in order
for someone other than the Board President to sign checks. Currently
Sue Ellingson is signing the Lunch Fund checks and LuAnn Ohnemus
is signing the Activity Fund checks. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh,
seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the signatures of Sue Ellingson
on the Lunch Fund checks and LuAnn Ohnemus on the Activity Fund
checks. Ayes: 5.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignations
of Donna Clay, Associate, and Phil Oliver, Assistant HS Boys’ Track
Coach; and the approval of the appointments of Sherri Riggan, Associate;
Steven Melone, Special Education Teacher; Joyce Blum, Daycare Associate;
Andrew Gladfelter, Part Time Evening Custodian; and Julene Ripperger,
Preschool Route Driver. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Mihalovichh to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes:
APPROVE ALLOCATION OF TEACHER QUALITY MONEY: Dr. Hulleman related
to the Board that the District would receive $166,841 in Teacher
Quality money for the 2007-2008 school year. Dr. Hulleman recommended
dividing the allocation equally between all teachers on an FTE
basis. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the Teacher Quality allocation as recommended. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE LEARNING CENTER PROGRAM AGREEMENT: Dr. Hulleman recommended
approval of the Learning Center Program Agreement with the Indianola
Community School District. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the Learning Center Program Agreement
with the Indianola Community School District. Ayes: 5.
PARKING LOT PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the final
completion of the Liberty Center and Milo parking lot projects
and to approve final payment to Norris Asphalt Paving Company in
the amount of $9,710.00. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie
Williams to accept the final completion of the parking lot projects
and to approve final payment in the amount of $9,710.00 to Norris
Asphalt Paving Company. Ayes: 5
CERTIFIED ANNUAL REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the Certified
Annual Report for the period ending June 30, 2007.
BOARD POLICIES: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 804, “Reports”,
805, “Records”, and 806, “Insurance”. There
were no revisions made to the policies.
The Board scheduled a work session for October 16 at 5:30. Topics
to be discussed include the Good Conduct Policy, Homecoming, dress
code, harassment/bullying and planning for the 2008-09 school year.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 8:08 p.m.
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