SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
December 10, 2007
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
December 10, 2007, 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: Larrie
Williams, Jennifer Mihalovichh, John Burrell and Ron Miller. 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 Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
1. We had 12 extra bus trips for the month.
2. I took a van and bus #9 to Melcher for inspection on November
3. I had some time in mowing and moving dirt from the asphalt project.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
- The Primary building experienced an overall 98% attendance
rate at November parent-teacher conferences.
- The Instructional
Decision Making building leadership team has done a great job
leading not only the December staff development
work, but also the building study team meetings throughout the
month of November. So far, they have looked at our current reading
assessments and have identified several additional needs to be
addressed before effective skills grouping can take place. We have
written an IDM building vision statement: “We will provide
differentiated instruction to students in a timely manner.” Next
we will be looking at our curriculum standards and benchmarks and
identifying those specific lessons in the reading series that address
- While the weather was not cooperative, the Primary building
was open between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on December 1st for
Small Town Country Christmas. The Book Fair, Cookie Walk, Elves’ Workshop,
Christmas Tree Lane, and three vendor booths were all visited
fairly consistently by local patrons throughout the day, of
at the volume we are accustomed to seeing.
- Although it
was cold, we had a great turnout for the annual elementary Christmas
Program held in the high school gym on December 3rd.
After the performances, the students and their families were
treated to the cookies not purchased at the Cookie Walk and a
Santa Claus who visited with the children and passed out candy
canes (Dr. Hulleman, Thanks!). We transported the class-decorated
trees to the high school foyer on Monday afternoon with the small
school bus, and patrons were encouraged to place a donation toward
classroom supplies in the container next to their favorite trees
after the performance. A total of $53 was collected that evening.
- The Primary building is participating in the Angel Tree project
for local needy families. We are also collecting pennies, nickels,
and dimes for the troops currently serving our country. Contributions
will be sent to the US Navy Veterans Association at the end of
Intermediate Principal’s report
submitted by Cindy Butler:
1. The after-school tutoring program began this week. This is
the third year we have provided this opportunity for students to
get help from a certified teacher after school.
2. If you haven’t heard, Math Night was a huge success.
A Math Night article appeared in the Indianola Record Herald, but
was incorrectly labeled as Martensdale St. Marys.
3. The December 5th early out had intermediate teachers working
in three different groups per their professional development plans.
One group will use the early outs to look into our data on bullying,
discipline, and attendance as well as to review information from
the state. The goal is to determine an appropriate direction to
take for bullying prevention. They will study the law, data, and
research-based programs to present to parents and the entire staff.
Another group is using the early out times to work on Instructional
Decision Making (IDM). The focus of this group is to learn to use
data to guide instructional decisions as we strive to meet the
needs of all students, not only kids who struggle but also those
who succeed easily. The group is scheduled to attend 6 out of district
meetings with homework to complete during the early out days.
The third group is the CORI group. We have been reading and discussing
chapters from John Guthrie’s book, Motivating Reading Comprehension.
Teachers have assignments to complete between each early out, including
video taping some CORI lessons.
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Terry
State Drill Team and Dance Competition – Congratulations
to the Flag Team for their Division II Rating at the state contest.
Also, congratulations to the Adrenaline Dance Team for their ratings
at state competition. The girls received a Division I rating in
the Pom category and Division II in Hip Hop. Congratulations to
the girls, Ms Dierking, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Kibbe and Mrs. Schnathorst.
Senior Citizen Luncheon – Thank you Mr. Tigner and the members
of the National Honor Society for their organization and completion
of this annual event. The community was very gracious and appreciative
of the event. Thank you to the members of the Chorus, Band, Mrs.
Young and Mr. VanderLinden for their entertainment. There were
about 80 guests in attendance.
Fire Alarm System – Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the fire
alarm system began sending in false alarms. We spent 2 hours Friday
night in the building and 4 hours on Saturday morning. Lacona responded
twice and Milo once. Midwest was called to troubleshoot the system.
Nothing could be found during the weekend so Mr. Ricklifs watched
the building during the rest of the weekend. On Monday, Midwest
came out again to further troubleshoot. The problem was narrowed
to the portables. The portables were disconnected and the system
reactivated. There have been no false alarms since then. Midwest
will be coming out to correct the problem. While they were there
during the weekend, it was also discovered that the shop building
though wired for alarms is not hooked into the system. That will
be another problem that needs corrected.
Phone System and Clocks – During the past week, Rankin has
been in the building installing the new digital clocks. The new
phone system is operating and we are still learning the new technology,
but I am pleased with the capabilities of the system. Finally,
all clocks and bell schedules are synchronized.
Kitchen Equipment Replacement – I met with the ladies and
we are looking at replacing the convection ovens in both Liberty
Center and Milo. Our lunch fund has sufficient balance to cover
the cost. I will be preparing bids for the January board meeting.
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Dave Ripperger:
Starting the season off well with a 3-1 record.
Also a strong start to the season.
Due to low turnout we have limited the JV schedule in order to
ensure we do not go over our quarter limitations. Although this
may not be the best for the freshmen on the squad, it is the best
for the team as a whole.
Continuing to add participants as the season continues. Extremely
strong showing at the Lenox Invitational (3 champions and 2 runners-up).
We had the extraordinary opportunity to purchase some weight equipment
from a community center in Overland Park, Kansas via e-bay. We
estimated the value of the equipment at over $100,000 which includes
several lifting machines, dumbbells, step machines, tread mills,
and elliptical machines. Our purchase price was for $8,600. This
was a tremendous value that we could not pass up. Another event
that sweetened the deal was an offer by Hy-Vee to deliver the
equipment free of charge back to the school. We also feel that
what we will not use can be sold to people interested in purchasing
it and recoup our expenses (we have already had a number of people
express interest in the purchasing of some of these pieces).
The Booster Club agreed to help with the purchasing of the equipment
and to pay for the loading of the trucks to ship it here. Albert
Putz also agreed to store the equipment in his warehouse temporarily
while we try to sell the excess pieces. Much of it has already
been moved into the weight facility and can be viewed at any time.
The weather of 2007 has been rather vexing (stretching all the
way back to April when we had several track and golf meets cancelled).
Below are all of the events that have been delayed or cancelled
due to weather:
Original Date Event New Date
December 1 JV/V Wrestling @ Woodward-Granger December 22
December 6 JH Wrestling at home January 10
December 6 JV/V Wrestling @ Afton January 8 (tentative)
December 6 JV Basketball vs Mt. Ayr (moved to December 13
Accommodate large JH wrestling crowd)
December 8 G/B Basketball vs. Twin Cedars January 5 (6:30 start)
December 11 JV/V G/B Basketball @ Wayne (if December 21
Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the Children First
Forum discussed Homecoming at length at their last meeting. A committee
will be formed to develop recommendations to send to the Children
First Forum for further consideration.
IASB - Paul Mead related that he had attended the IASB Convention
in November and listened to several interesting sessions. Paul
that it had come to his attention that most school boards meet
more than once a month and that it might be something for Southeast
Warren to consider doing in the future.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Financial reports
2. November 12, 2007, minutes
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Hulleman reported on the following
1. Teacher staff development will be held on January 2. This will
be an additional contract day paid at per diem.
2. The IASB Legislative Conference will be held on January 22.
3. IASB ABLE II: Effective Superintendent Evaluation Practices
will be held on January 30 in Pella.
4. The Board reviewed Standard 2 of the superintendent evaluation
AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS: Dr. Hulleman reported that John Burrell,
Paul Mead and himself had toured the Twin Cedars Elementary and
High School buildings this afternoon to look at their individual
air conditioning units. Dr. Hulleman related that the Twin Cedars
District is very satisfied with the units and felt it was a very
cost effective way to air condition the buildings. Dr. Hulleman
will contact the Twin Cedars superintendent to get a copy of their
bid specifications for the units.
ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE: Dr. Hulleman related to the Board that
he had sent out a survey on administrative structure to eight districts
in Iowa that had 500-600 students and at least two facilities.
As of today, four of the eight districts had responded to the survey.
The final results of the survey will be shared at the January board
meeting. The Board scheduled a work session for January 7th at
6:00 to hear public input concerning the administrative structure
for Southeast Warren.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the resignation
of Julene Ripperger, One-on-One Associate; the approval of the
appointments of Kathy Malli, Part Time Daycare Associate; and Jane
Nady, One-on-One Associate; the approval of Assistant JH Boys’ Basketball
supplemental pay to Phil Oliver; and the termination of Jean Garrison,
One-on-One Associate. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie
Williams to approve the personnel changes as recommended. Ayes:
SALE OF SCHOOL BUSES: Dr. Hulleman recommended accepting the bid
from Our House Child Care in the amount of $925.00 for bus #8.
No other bids were received for the two buses advertised. Motion
by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to accept the
bid for bus #8 in the amount of $925. Ayes: 5.
AT RISK BUDGET: Julie Wilson related to the Board that the total
amount of the proposed 2008-2009 At Risk budget was $212,819. The
amount of modified allowable growth requested to fund the budget
is $159,614, with the remaining $53,205 funded from the general
budget. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the At Risk budget as
presented. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the 2008-2009 At Risk budget as presented. Ayes: 5.
RESOLUTION FOR STATEWIDE ONE-CENT SALES TAX: Dr. Hulleman recommended
approving the Resolution for Statewide One-Cent Sales Tax for School
Infrastructure. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the Resolution for Statewide One-Cent Sales Tax for
School Infrastructure. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY 902.5: Revisions were made to Board Policy 902.5,
Disposition of Obsolete Equipment, to require bids for selling
items valued over $5,000 and instructions for how the money is
to be handled. Dr. Hulleman recommended approving the revision
to Board Policy 902.5, Disposition of Obsolete Equipment. Motion
by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to approve the revision
to Board Policy 902.5, Disposition of Obsolete Equipment. Ayes:
BOARD POLICY 1006.2: Dr. Hulleman recommended revising Board Policy
1006.2, Smoke-Free Environment, to prohibit the use of tobacco
in school buildings, in school vehicles, and on school sites. Motion
by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the
revision to Board Policy 1006.2, Tobacco-Free Environment. Ayes:
Burrell, Mihalovichh, and Mead. Nays: Williams and Miller. Motion
REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 200, 201 AND 202: Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the review of Board Policy
Sections 200, Board of Education, 201, General Organization, and
202, Specific Duties of the Board. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:51 p.m.
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