SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
JULY 8, 2002
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
July 8, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the media center of the Lacona intermediate
building. The meeting was called to order by President Judkins.
The following board members were present: Tom Farley and Greg Davis.
Debbie Miller and Kevin Smith were absent. Superintendent Susan
Garton and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance,
along with members of the community.
AGENDA: Superintendent Susan Garton asked that agenda item 9D
be changed to read “Approve daycare salaries and personnel
changes” and that agenda item 9F be changed to read “Board
input for student handbooks.” Motion by Davis, seconded by
Farley to approve the agenda as amended. Ayes: 3.
Transportation report: Mark Putz reported that all bus driver
positions are filled along with a couple of substitute drivers.
Mark will be attending the Transportation Association conference
this month. He is also working on a report of the activity trip
miles traveled during the past year for next month.
Consolidated School Improvement Advisory Committee: Rod Fridley
reported that the attendance for meetings is still low. Discussion
at the last meeting centered on raising the graduation bar, preparedness
of students going from the intermediate building to junior high
and new scheduling plans for junior high students. The next meeting
will be held August 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Milo media center with
discussion centering on a more structured guidance program.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 17 and June 19, 2002, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Farley, seconded by Davis to approve the consent agenda.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Garton reported
that all of the old lockers have been removed from the high school
and carpeting has been installed in most classrooms. The hallways
will be carpeted last. The painting at the high school is nearly
complete and is still ahead of schedule. The next major project
at the high school will be the tiling project to install drain
tile around the front entryway.
The wireless laptop equipment has arrived at the high school.
Mike Tierney and Sue Ellingson will be assembling these systems
and setting them up for student use. Mike is also checking out
every computer in the high school and reassembling labs for student
Administrators are revising the handbooks. We will have separate
handbooks this year for primary, intermediate, junior high and
SALE OF LAND TO CITY OF LACONA: Superintendent Garton related to
the community members present that the Southeast Warren School
District proposes to transfer the property which is currently School
Street to the City of Lacona by quit claim deed. In return, the
City of Lacona will transfer a section of property at the end of
the football field to the Southeast Warren School District. This
exchange of land will allow the City of Lacona to maintain School
Street without any cost to the district. A hearing was held to
allow members of the community the opportunity to express their
concerns or comments on the proposed sale of land to the City of
Lacona. Motion by Davis, seconded by Farley to approve the sale
of land to the City of Lacona. Ayes: 3.
The legal description of the land to be transferred by quit claim
to the City of Lacona is as follows: The North sixty (60) feet
of lots Two (2), Three (3), Four (4), Five (5), Six (6) and Seven
(7) and all of lot One (1) of Block One (1) in Samuel Oxenreider’s
Addition to Lacona, Iowa.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Garton recommended approval
of hiring Cynthia Baker, KIDS Program, BA-Step 2; Andrea DeWitt,
High School Language Arts and Speech, BA+24-Step 11; Jesse Owen
VanderWeerdt, High School Science, BA-Step 3; Willis VanderLinden,
5-12 Instrumental Music, BA+24-Step 6; and Joel Vos, High School
Language Arts, BA-Step 1. Motion by Farley, seconded by Davis to
approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 3.
Superintendent Garton also related that Dorothy McCauley will
transfer to the library aide position at Milo. Shelly Mitzelfelt
has been reassigned from the intermediate to the high school because
she has the reading endorsement required for junior high reading.
DAYCARE SALARIES AND PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Garton
recommended the following daycare personnel and salary changes
to be effective September 1, 2002:
Connie Fridley, Daycare Supervisor - No change in salary, but
contracted as a full time non-union supervisory position.
Pam Ohnemus, Assistant – Position to be eliminated; Pam
will be offered associate’s position at Step 1.
Associate Certified Summer/Part Time
Base $6.35/hr. $7.10/hr. $5.15/hr. (or minimum wage)
Step 1 $6.60/hr. $7.35/hr. $ +.30 increments each yr.
Step 2 $6.85/hr. $7.60/hr. $ +.30 increment
Step 3 $7.10/hr. $7.85/hr. $ +.30 increment
Step 4 $7.35/hr. $8.10/hr. $ +.30 increment
Step 5 $7.60/hr. $8.35/hr. $ +.30 increment
Motion by Davis, seconded by Farley to approve the daycare salaries
and personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 3.
APPOINT LIAISON TO ATTEND BOOSTER MEETINGS: Motion by Farley,
seconded by Davis to appoint Kevin Smith as the liaison to attend
the Athletic Booster meetings. Ayes: 3.
STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Garton asked the Board for input
on any changes they would like to see made in the student handbooks.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: Motion by Farley, seconded by Davis
to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 3.
2002-2003 LEGISLATIVE ACTION NETWORK MEMBER: President Judkins
appointed Tom Farley as the 2002-2003 Legislative Action Network
President Judkins adjourned the meeting at 7:41 p.m.
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