SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
July 29, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met for a work session
July 29, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. in the ICN room of the Junior/Senior
High School building. The following board members were present:
Paul Mead, Larrie Williams, John Burrell, Jennifer Mihalovichh and
Ron Miller. Superintendent Carl Reno, Primary Principal Charlotte
Weaklend, Intermediate Principal Dan Dow, Secondary Principal Delane
Galvin, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance.
Mr. Reno asked board members for the names of individuals to be
on the Open Enrollment Committee. Board members are to let Mr.
Reno know of any additional names before the next board meeting.
RESPONSE TO CHILDREN FIRST FORUM RECOMMENDATIONS: The Board discussed
the 2007-2008 Children First Forum recommendations and developed
responses. The recommendations and responses are as follows:
- The annual improvement goal for reading is to increase the
percent of 2008-2009 eleventh grade students earning a score
proficient or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa
Tests of Educational Development Reading Comprehension as
compared to their performance as tenth graders (57.4%).
- The annual improvement goal for math is to increase the
percent of 2008-2009 fourth grade students earning a score
or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa Tests of
Basic Skills Math Total as compared to their performance as third
- The annual improvement goal for science is to increase
the percent of 2008-2009 eighth grade students earning a score
or above (41st percentile or above) on the Iowa Test of
Skills Science as compared to their performance as seventh
Response: The Board supports the student achievement goals.
- Provide a uniform message to students, parents,
coaches and staff about how to cope with bullying and harassment
steps to take if they are bullied or witness bullying.
- Consider implementing a district wide bullying/harassment
Response: The Board instructed the administration to develop a
formal procedure for handling and reporting bullying/harassment
Additional Unit of Mathematics
- Consider one semester of business/finance math
and one semester of statistics.
- Investigate the possibility of team teaching the business/finance
math (with a math teacher and the business teacher) so math
credit could be given for this course.
Response: The Board agrees with the recommendation as long as
courses can be fit into the schedule. The Curriculum Coordinator
is directed to review the math curriculum.
Additional One-Half Unit of Business
- Consider a marketing course or adding work-study
as a capstone course for business education.
Response: The Board supports this goal.
Gender Balance in Vocational Courses
- Be more aggressive in marketing vocational courses to girls.
- Focus on the creative aspects within the vocational areas.
- Identify females in the community who are engaged in vocational
areas and who can serve as models for girls.
Response: The Board agrees with the goals. The Board asked the
administration to look at the class schedule and for possible ways
to incorporate girls into the classes.
2009 IASB LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: The Board discussed legislative
priorities for 2009. The consensus of the Board was to adopt the
following five priorities:
- Supports setting allowable growth
at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and
reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts.
growth rate should be set no lower than 6 percent. Equivalent
state categorical funding is not a substitute for adequate allowable
- Supports a school foundation formula that recognizes
and adequately funds changes in demographics, including declining
and increasing enrollment challenges.
- Supports full funding
of the state’s portion of the instructional support levy.
- Supports the locally elected school board as the final
authority to utilize and allocate funding that best meets
the needs of students
and the district.
- Supports school district and AEA authority
to offer long-term differential pay to reverse market driven
shortage area positions critical to student achievement,
such as highly
qualified math, science, foreign language, fine arts and
other personnel critical to meet district learning goals.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR/CURRICULUM DIRECTOR: Mr. Reno related to the
Board that due to the new administrative alignments there would
be a need to hire an Athletic Director. Mr. Dow will handle the
Curriculum Director duties.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Mr. Reno related to the Board that a meeting
would be held with the Department of Education on Monday to discuss
concerns in the special education department.
403(b) PLANS: Julie Wilson related to the Board that due to legislative
and IRS changes the District will no longer be able to offer tax
sheltered annuities after January 1, 2009, in the same manner as
is currently being used. One option available for the District
to be in compliance with the new regulations is to join the State’s
403(b) plan. The option would be cost effective for the District
and would provide quality products for employees.
FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: The Board discussed priorities for
use of the sales tax revenue. Mr. Reno related that the fire alarm
system at the High School needs to be updated. The track and baseball
field are also in need of improvements. Suggestions were also made
to blacktop the daycare parking lot and around the bus barn and
to check into a geothermal heating system for the High School.
Mr. Reno also suggested using a portion of the sales tax revenue
to reduce property taxes.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:49 p.m.
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