SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
November 12, 2007
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
November 12, 2007, in the ICN room 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: Larrie Williams,
Jennifer Mihalovichh, John Burrell and Ron Miller. Superintendent
Dr. Harold Hulleman, Secondary Principal Terry Gladfelter, Intermediate
Principal Cindy Butler, Transportation Director Joel Mosher and
Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with
members from the community.
AGENDA: Dr. Hulleman noted that item number 4 on the agenda had
been revised to reflect the correct code section for the closed
session and action on the student matter was added following the
closed session. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams
to approve the revised agenda. Ayes: 5.
STUDENT HEARING: Dennis and Kelly Yeggy requested that the hearing
be held in an open meeting. Dr. Hulleman stated that an incident
had taken place in the classroom on November 6th resulting in a
formal complaint being filed against two students. The student
filing the complaint alleged he was being bullied/harassed by the
other two students. Statements were obtained from four witnesses
and the teacher in the classroom. After interviewing the students
and teacher involved, the administration issued a penalty of a
suspension and violation of the Good Conduct Policy resulting in
four weeks of ineligibility in extra-curricular activities. Kelly
Yeggy appealed to the Board to overturn the suspension, reinstate
their son in school Tuesday, overrule the Good Conduct Policy violation,
and remove the matter from his school records. She expressed concern
that common sense had not been used when applying the policies
to this situation. She could understand a detention, but felt a
suspension and Good Conduct Policy violation were to extreme for
the situation. Zach Yeggy also read a statement and asked the Board
to overturn the administration’s decision. Motion by Larrie
Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to uphold the administration’s
decision. Ayes: 5.
The Board took a recess from 6:43 to 6:48 p.m.
Michelle Spear expressed her opinion to the Board that the classroom
where the incident of the student hearing was involved in is complete
chaos. Discussions are held that are not on the subject matter
and kids are coming and going from class. She also expressed her
opinion that decisions should not be made concerning discipline
when Mr. Gladfelter is out of the building.
Kathy Kimzey related to the Board that she had never received
an acknowledgement or any accountability to what had happened to
her daughter last year. She also expressed her concern that that
the dress code is not being enforced consistently. She feels the
uniforms for dance and flags do not conform to the school’s
THE BOARD SALUTES: Dr. Hulleman recognized Steve Akes, Warren
County Engineer, Brian Konrad and Joe Albright for their help in
inspecting the parking lots during the installation process.
ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE: Tina Schneider, Pat Butler, Sara Seligman
and Kathy VanderEcken were present to present their concerns to
the Board about losing a full-time administrator in their building.
They understand that changes have to be made in order to balance
the budget and that it won’t be pain free, but student achievement
is their number one priority. A list of their reasons for maintaining
a full time administrator was given to board members. Some alternative
suggestions offered included having Cindy Butler handle the curriculum
duties from Lacona instead of Liberty Center; have Cindy Butler
be responsible for Special Education Director duties; have Charlotte
Weaklend take care of reports that are done by the Superintendent
since she has her certification; and equalize the number of students
in the buildings by moving the 7th grade to Lacona.
ALTERNATIVE DIPLOMA: Brenton Tigner presented information to the
Board concerning the possibility of offering a Southeast Warren
Alternative Diploma in the future. The Board reviewed the description
of the Indianola High School Core Diploma program. Brenton felt
that offering an Alternative Diploma at Southeast Warren would
help retain students that might otherwise go to the Learning Center
or transfer out to other schools that require fewer credits to
graduate. The Board will revisit this item at a future board meeting.
REQUEST FOR EARLY GRADUATION: The Board received an early graduation
request from Alex Bruce. Alex requested to graduate one year early,
which would require waiving the PE requirement and allowing two
of her college literature courses to substitute for one year of
the English requirement. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie
Williams to approve the early graduation request from Alex Bruce.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had 18 extra bus trips for the month of September.
2. The month was spent doing general repairs as I prepared for
inspection. Inspection was held on Friday, October 26. I had 4
units that received 30-day notices to repair, 2 that were gone
and 12 with no problems.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
The Primary building has chosen Instructional Decision Making
as the focus for our professional development this year. A team
of four teachers and I attended the first training session on October
30th in Johnston. Depending upon substitute teacher availability,
there will be one teacher representative from each grade level,
plus one of our reading specialists, our TAG teacher, and myself
at each of the monthly IDM training sessions scheduled throughout
the year. Substitutes for this initiative are paid through a grant
available through the AEA. Assignments will be given each month
with follow-up to be completed with the rest of the staff during
our early-out professional development days.
IDM is a collaborative effort involving all classroom reading
teachers in a building, as well as special education teachers,
the TAG teacher, on-staff reading specialists, and Area Education
Agency reading consultants. This will be our planning year, with
implementation of the changes to begin next fall. Our efforts will
be targeted towards improved reading achievement, as a result of
more specifically targeted skills instruction. We will begin with
a thorough review of our core reading curriculum to determine its
effectiveness. We will then learn how to improve our use of assessments
in determining ongoing individual needs of students. Realignment
of individual reading teachers’ responsibilities for next
year will follow.
With IDM, early interventions through supplemental lessons are
targeted to fluid groups of students needing specific skill work
until that skill is mastered. More intensive interventions will
still be available for students needing even more instruction.
In addition, meaningful advanced opportunities will be provided
in the classroom for students who have mastered the core curriculum
and need a greater challenge. The stigma of pull-out for special
education should be alleviated or eliminated as all students are
placed with a variety of different teachers throughout the day.
The classroom schedules will be impacted, as all students attain
higher levels of reading achievement than they ever did before,
with this more individualized approach to reading instruction delivery.
Something new to be added to Small Town Country Christmas and
the Elementary Christmas Program this year is a Christmas Tree
Lane - where parents, grandparents, and community members may supplement
individual elementary grade level supply budgets by recognizing
the efforts of the classes in decorating their tree. The class-decorated
tress will be on display and donations will be encouraged for the “best
PIE will also be hosting their annual Cookie Walk, local vendors,
several high school fundraisers, a Santa’s Workshop, and
a Scholastic Book Fair at the Primary building during Milo’s
Small Town Country Christmas on December 1st.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Cindy
1. DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education for sixth graders
will begin Monday, November 12. Warren County Deputy Randy Spurr
leads the classes again this year.
2. The Partners in Education group is very active. They held another
successful fundraiser last month to raise money for elementary
needs. In addition, they sponsored a book fair during parent-teacher
conferences and provided a meal for teachers during those evenings.
We thank them for their support and encourage others to join the
3. November 2nd was the first of the character trips planned for
the year. Students completed a community service project outside
of school and met academic, attendance and behavioral requirements
in order to attend. We had 65 students of great character participate
in the trip. The PIE committee provided the funds that allowed
the students to be transported to a skating rink in Des Moines.
4. We usually take ITBS in November, but have moved the test date
to January this year. We are hoping the information gained from
the assessment at that time of year, will allow us to get a more
accurate picture of students’ abilities and make curricular
decisions if needed.
5. Many students from the intermediate were cast members in the
high school’s drama presentation of “Into the Woods”.
They worked hard at rehearsals and did a very nice job during the
Secondary Principal’s report submitted
by Terry Gladfelter: Copy attached to minutes.
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
Football ended the season with 29 boys on the roster and an impressive
defeat of Des Moines Christian.
Several of the boys earned All-District honors:
1st Team DL- Logan Miller
2nd Team QB- Seth Nutting
2nd Team OT- Bryce Dennis
2nd Team DE- Wade Williams
2nd Team LB- Skylar Thornton
2nd Team DB- Lance Allen
Honorable Mention RB- John May
Honorable Mention DE- Wade Young
There were also several Academic All-District honorees:
Many of the members of the football team are already looking to
next year by taking an active part by attending early morning weight
training sessions at this time.
Season finished with ten members lettering of the eleven on the
Members of the squad that were All-Conference:
1st Team Hitter- Kayli Schurman
2nd Team Hitter- Molly Cleveland
2nd Team Setter- Amanda Clark
We did host four rounds of IGHSAU Volleyball Playoffs here and
everything ran quite smoothly.
Finished the season with seven student-athletes (three boys, three
girls, and 1 junior high). Mr. Tierney’s felt that improvement
came every week. His biggest concern was with attendance. He
has come up with some ideas to improve and reward those that
do attend practice by attaching it to his lettering requirements.
Coach Smith has fifteen girls reporting. This number is lower that
he would like. Many of the reasons for not going out (as told
to me, personally) were work schedules, not liking the sport
of basketball, and not wanting to have to run during basketball
Mr. Smith and myself have worked hard in trying to recruit several
more girls who did not attend the organizational meeting with some
Mr. Burrell had seventeen boys attend his organizational meeting,
which is one less than last season. Practice officially starts
November 12; more information will be given during the next report.
We will be hosting three district basketball games in February.
Ten Southeast Warren boys and eight Melcher-Dallas boys attended
organizational meetings. This is a large increase from last year,
but the numbers that actually wrestle may be lower than that.
Mr. Ripperger’s goal was for fifteen Southeast Warren and
ten Melcher-Dallas participants. He feels confident that those
goals may still be possible for this season.
Melcher-Dallas has not found an assistant coach yet. As per our
agreement they are to provide one. After talking to their Athletic
Director many names have been kicked as suggestions but nothing
46 students have signed up or expressed interest. Practices will
be held at Bowlerama Lanes on SE 14th Ave. Still waiting to set
up the final schedule. We do have dates with Central Decatur
and Mt. Ayr already in place.
Pursuing Victory with Honor Summit
We had ten students participate in this leadership conference held
at Drake University. Break out session topics included Diversity,
Substance Abuse, Managing Expectations, Effective Leadership,
Dealing with Adversity, Goal Setting, Building Team Unity, Gamesmanship
vs. Sportsmanship. Lecturers included Dolph Pulliam, Tom Davis,
Suzy Favor-Hamilton, and Michael Powell.
The feedback from the students was generally positive. Two of
the more positive sessions included Building Team Unity that was
hosted by Amy Farber-Knowles (Drake University volleyball coach),
Goal Setting and Preparation by Brig. Gen. Mike Beaman, and Gamesmanship
vs. Sportsmanship by Ron Scott.
At the conclusion of the summit we were challenged to create an
Action Plan as a group. I have included that action plan as a part
of this report.
Warhawk Athletic Hotline
With the new phone system in place we have been given the opportunity
of creating phone message that can highlight the upcoming athletic
schedules. There is a separate mailbox for Junior High and another
for the High School schedule. This is already in effect and will
be updated every Friday by Tristan Gardner.
It is easy to access the announcement by calling into the school
and listening to the menu choices. Follow the prompts to get to
the appropriate announcement. I am excited about this new way of
communicating with the community.
I am already implementing part of our Action Plan by reading portions
of the IHSAA sportsmanship announcements at the beginning of the
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 8 and October 16, 2007, minutes
2. 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
1. The IASB Convention will be held November 14-16. Dr. Hulleman
and Paul Mead will be attending the convention.
2. The meeting of the Warren County School Boards will be held
on November 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastview School in Norwalk.
All board members are planning to attend the meeting.
3. The open enrollment in and out numbers for 2007-2008 were reviewed.
The total number of students open enrolled out is 88.2 and the
total number of students open enrolled in is 30.0, a net deficit
of 58.2 students.
4. A list of the documents that must be available to the DE Site
Visit Team during their visit on February 19-21 was given to board
5. Dr. Hulleman and Paul Mead attended the IASB Board Leadership
Conference on November 2. One main area of focus during the conference
was the new superintendent evaluation process. The evaluation focuses
on the six Iowa Standards for School Leaders. The first standard
with criteria, descriptors, possible questions Board members could
ask, and possible artifacts a superintendent could provide were
reviewed by the Board.
6. The proposed 2008 IASB Legislative Priorities were given to
board members for review. The Legislative Priorities will be considered
by the Delegate Assembly on November 14.
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman will arrange a visit to
the Twin Cedars School District to view their air conditioning
system. John Burrell and Paul Mead expressed an interest in visiting
Twin Cedars along with Dr. Hulleman. Dr. Hulleman will follow up
on whether the current electrical systems can handle the additional
load of air conditioning.
REVIEW 2007-2008 BUDGET: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that
the current 2007-2008 budget has projected revenues of $5,221,508
and projected expenditures of $5,264,042, a shortfall of $42,534.
The shortfall is partially due to the increase in net open enrollment
out. Dr. Hulleman welcomed any suggestions the Board may have to
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignation
of Jason Walter, JH Wrestling Coach for the 2008-2009 season; approving
the appointments of Dennis Green, HS part time custodian; Lynnea
Young, Director of Fall Play; Christina Engel, Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball
Coach; Hollie Reynolds, Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball Coach;
the payment of Market Factor Pay to Steve Melone in the amount
of $1,000; approving the termination of Erin Hoffman, Assistant
FFA Advisor; and approval of the contract modification for Scott
Dirkx to increase the extended contract days from 10 to 25 and
add supplemental pay for FFA Advisor. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the personnel changes as presented.
APPOINT REPRESENTATIVES FOR NEGOTIATIONS: Ron Miller was appointed
Board representative for the certified staff negotiations and John
Burrell was appointed Board representative for the classified staff
REQUEST TO SBRC FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH: Dr. Hulleman recommended
approving the request to the SBRC for the maximum modified allowable
growth for open enrollment out students on the 2007 certified enrollment
but not on the 2006 certified enrollment. Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by John Burrell to approve the request to the SBRC for
the maximum modified allowable growth for open enrollment out.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 900, 901, 902 AND 903: The Board reviewed
Board Policy Sections 900, “Building and Sites”, 901, “Site
Acquisition and Building Construction”, 902, “Maintenance
Schedule”, and 903, “Selling and Leasing”. Board
Policy 902.5 will be reviewed by the administration and brought
back with recommended changes; no revisions were made to the remaining
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 8:42 p.m.
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