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. Ayes: 3.

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 use.

Administrators are revising the handbooks. We will have separate handbooks this year for primary, intermediate, junior high and senior high.
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 member.

President Judkins adjourned the meeting at 7:41 p.m.

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