Work Session
October 16, 2007

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met for a work session October 16, 2007, in the ICN room of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Paul Mead called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. The following board members were present: Larrie Williams, Jennifer Mihalovichh, and John Burrell. Ron Miller was absent. Superintendent Dr. 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.

GOOD CONDUCT POLICY: Considerable discussion was held concerning the Good Conduct Policy and the enforcement of the penalties for violating the Good Conduct Policy. There was a very strong opinion among board members and community members present that the Good Conduct Policy should be followed exactly as written with no exceptions made to the penalties. Discussion was also held that non-athletes should receive the same penalties as outlined in the Good Conduct Policy as the students who participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities do. The current Good Conduct Policy only applies to students involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Mr. Gladfelter will hold an assembly with the Junior/Senior High School students later in the week to inform them that from this point on the Good Conduct Policy will be enforced exactly as written.

HOMECOMING: Discussion was held concerning Homecoming activities. The general consensus of the Board was not to do away with Homecoming entirely, but to eliminate the activities that are not working well. The Board would like to hear input from the students on what activities they would like to have and would participate in. Suggestions to improve on Homecoming next year included changing the dance back to Saturday night, including younger students in the parade, and seeking community involvement. The Children First Forum will continue discussion on Homecoming at their next meeting.

DRESS CODE: Discussion was held concerning the Dress Code. The consensus of the Board was to enforce the Dress Code as written and to be consistent in the enforcement of the Dress Code.

HARASSMENT/BULLYING PROCEDURES: The Board reviewed Board Policy 502.12, “Anti-Bullying/Harassment Investigation Procedures”.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE: Dr. Hulleman presented the October 2007 Certified Enrollment numbers to the Board. The actual enrollment (includes resident students, open enrolled out and tuition out students) for the District was down by 8.8 FTE students. The number of open enrolled out students went up by 16.5 FTE and the number of open enrolled in students went down by 2.0 FTE. Dr. Hulleman related that there would be a budget shortfall of approximately $76,988 for the 2008-09 school year based on current expenses and a projected increase in salaries and benefits for employees for next year. Dr. Hulleman proposed a change to the administrative structure for 2008-09 as a way to cut expenses. His proposal was to reduce the Superintendent’s time to a 50, 55 or 60 day contract, have Charlotte Weaklend cover both the Primary and Intermediate buildings and have Cindy Butler move to the High School building and be responsible for curriculum, ELP, the AYP, APR, and other data reports. The savings in reducing the Superintendent’s contract would be approximately $27,075 to $32,490 depending on the number of days the Superintendent is contracted. A second option for savings would be to contract with the AEA for superintendent responsibilities.

OTHER AREAS OF COST SAVINGS: Dr. Hulleman asked for the Board’s input on other areas of cost savings. One response was to address open enrollment out. Consider putting the Junior High practices back into the school day to make it more convenient for parents, looking at the graduation requirements to see if they are too high in comparison to surrounding schools, and promoting school pride as a way to attract students to the District.

TEACHER EVALUATION PROCESS: Dr. Hulleman reviewed the teacher evaluation process with the Board. The major elements of a performance review and the procedures and timelines were briefly outlined.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:39 p.m.

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