SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
February 9, 2009
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
February 9, 2009, 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: Ron
Miller, Jennifer Mihalovichh, Marianne Lester and Larrie Williams.
Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, 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 Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
BOARD SALUTES: Beryl Presley and Billie Jo Marsh were given the
Board Salutes Award for the Favorite Teacher Award. Thank you to
Billie for submitting the nomination and congratulations to Beryl
for receiving the award.
The Board Salutes Award was given to Melody Kibbe and several
students for starting a new secondary organization called the “SEW
Jr./Sr. High Student PTA”. The organization will very similar
to the elementary PIE group but will use the students as advisors
and fundraisers. The goal of the organization is to help support
secondary activities and teachers the same way PIE supports the
elementaries. The SEW Jr./Sr. High Student PTA will be providing
meals for teachers at parent teacher conferences and have planned
a cell phone recycling fundraiser.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 22 extra bus trips for the month. I spent time making changes
to the hard surface route plan and got them to the drivers to hand
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
• Our character theme for February is resourcefulness. We
will be using the problem solving aspect of that topic during our
character and guidance sessions and throughout the day as the opportunities
presents themselves. Making good choices and thinking through the
pros and cons of possible solutions to problems are important skills
to learn. Mrs. Keenan’s class presented their interpretation
of good problem solving at our character assembly on February 6th.
• Our preschool site visit went very well, with compliments
paid about the organization of the documentation presented to them.
We will be receiving a full report within 3-4 weeks that I will
be sharing with the Board, but the preliminary mandated corrections
to be made within thirty days include just three items. The first
is having the teacher and associate carry their relatively extensive
(15 + items) first aid kit with them whenever they go out on the
playground with the children. (They are now documenting each time
in a pocket calendar inside the first aid pack.) Other requirements
include the installation of both a fire extinguisher and a carbon
monoxide detector in the preschool room. The standard for the rest
of the elementary is the carrying of small sandwich baggy packets
on lanyards by playground supervisors that include band aids, vinyl
gloves, gauge pads, sanitizing hand wipes and a card to be carried
by a responsible child into the building to notify the nurse that
her services are needed on the playground and the availability
of fire extinguishers in the hallways. Carbon monoxide detectors
have not been required by anyone in the past to my knowledge. However,
I have purchased two detectors – one for the preschool room
and one for the hallway outside the boiler room.
• Two extra learning opportunities are being made available
to parents and students at the Primary building during the month
of February. On the 5th elementary counselor Tim Babcock held a
parenting session for parents of children ages 2 to 5 entitled “I
Brake for Meltdowns”. On February 10th several teachers from
the primary staff will host a “We Love Learning” night
featuring math and reading games and activities for kindergarten
through third graders.
Several parents and grandparents volunteered to help lead math
games at the annual Kindergarten 100’s Day party on February
4th. This is just one of many opportunities that are made available
to families of our students to volunteer in our building.
• On March 4th staff from the Science Center of Iowa will
be presenting a free program to our second and third graders entitled “Simply
Electrifying” here in the multi-purpose room. The quality
of these presentations has been quite high in the past, and we
look forward to this new opportunity.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan
Computers have been connected in the north end of the building.
The computer access has been installed for band, music and physical
The transition of art to the east corridor and music to the band
room has been completed. The bulletin board and the white boards
have been installed in the appropriate locations.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills has been completed at the Intermediate
The teaching staff continues to be trained in CORI and IDM practices
to improve instruction.
Mr. Dow will be attending School Administrators of Iowa Law Conference
on February 10th. Topics to be discussed are Immigration issues,
Physical confinement and restraint rule revisions, Student rights
in the cyber age, ADA amendments, Student fees, and Family Medical
Leave Act amendments.
Parent / Teacher conferences will be held from 4 p.m. – 8
p.m. on the evenings of February 17th and the 19th. We will also
hold the science fair during these times.
We have received one estimate for sound proofing the hallway by
the cafeteria and the music/band room. The hallway was priced at
$4155 and the band room was $1500. At this time our plan is to
purchase the sound proofing panels separately and having the maintenance
department install them.
We currently have two businesses giving bids for the tiling work
and drainage around the north and east sides of the building.
We are also waiting to here back on the cost of additional security
lighting between the building and the football field.
A thank you to Mike Tierney and students for their work on our
computers, Karen Miller for her work with the At Risk program,
and Silas Anderson and Allen Miller for their completion of the
room changes as well as the installation of the washer/dryer units.
These individuals adjusted their normal routines in order to get
the job done. It is very much appreciated.
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Chuck Jones:
It’s tournament time. All of our winter sports are entering
into the state tournament competition. The Southeast Warren/Melcher-Dallas
wrestling team will be competing in the sectional tournament on
Saturday, February 7th at Albia. The top two place winners will
advance on to district wrestling on Saturday, February 14th at
Interstate 35. First and second place winners move on to the state
tournament to be held February 18th -February 21st. The state tournament
schedule has Class 2A opening on Thursday, February 19th. The bowling
teams compete in the Pride of Iowa Conference meet on Saturday,
February 7th at Leon. The girls’ team bowls at Knoxville
on February 21st in the regional event. The boys’ team bowls
at Osceola on February 14th in sub-state competition. The Lady
Warhawks travel to Bussey to open regional play against Twin Cedars
on February 12th. Boys’ opening district basketball game
is February 19th at Seymour.
The Southeast Warren girls have an overall record of 3-11, but
have been making steady progress as tournament time nears. The
Warhawk boys currently stand at 8-6. Coach Burrell has the team
moving in the right direction as the season nears its end. The
Southeast Warren grapplers may not have an amazing overall record,
but it is due to the lack of wrestlers not the spirit and drive
of the team. They have been very competitive in individual matches.
I would like to thank all of our coaches, players, and fans for
their support and dedication to Southeast Warren athletics. There
are three ladies who have a lot of behind the scene work that do
not get enough credit for the time that they put into their sport
or activity. Special thanks go out to Cindy Julian, high school
cheerleading, Kelly Lawrence, Jr. High cheerleading, and Mrs. Jensen,
pep band. Thanks Mrs. Jensen for starting a new Southeast Warren
tradition, “The Chicken Dance”.
Thanks to Deanna Smith, Chuck Cleveland, and Janet Mason for working
at the scorer’s table throughout the basketball season. They
keep the game running in a smooth and orderly manner.
The dance team’s spring show has been set for the evening
of March 14th.
The youth basketball program will be hosting tournaments during
February 21-22, February 28-March 1, and March 14-15.
Athletic Booster Club Notes
Southeast Warren Booster Club meeting January 14, 2009
Pee-wee wrestling tournament: The wrestling tournament was very
successful. The number of participants was much more than expected.
There were 32 super brackets and 19 normal brackets. There were
over 150 wrestlers.
Youth basketball: Two tournaments are scheduled for January.
Special thanks: Goes to Jamie & Kelly Hendrickson for doing
such a fine job organizing and running the tournament. Also, LeAnn
Wendt donated cookies and donuts from Hy-Vee for the tournament.
Sponsorships: The booster club is still excepting sponsorships.
The cost is $25.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 2009,
at 7:00 p.m. in Liberty Center.
Children First Forum: Ron Miller related that the CFF had met
a week ago with a fair turnout. The Principals discussed what was
going on in each of their buildings.
Warren County Conference Board: Marianne Lester related that the
Warren County Conference Board had met and there will be a hearing
of February 17th as a result of that meeting.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. January 13, 2009 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 201.4, “Elections”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 201.5-6, “Membership and
Term of Office”
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to
approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Galvin reported on the following
1. Three students have qualified for the district wrestling tournament
this Saturday in Chariton.
2. The girls’ district basketball game will be at Twin Cedars
Thursday night and the boys’ district basketball game will
be at Seymour on February 19th.
3. A meeting was held with the Department of Education to review
progress on the site visit report. A few board policies were reopened;
some items were checked off as complete. Another meeting has been
scheduled for May 12th.
4. The FCCLA held a record blood drive.
5. CORE training was held last week.
6. A good discussion of sharing classes over the ICN was held during
the Pride of Iowa Principal’s meeting last week.
7. There were 32 students enrolled in some type of college, online,
or ICN class the first semester; there are 42 students enrolled
the second semester.
8. An inspection has been completed by the State Fire Marshal’s
office. The report will be in next month’s board packet.
9. A memorial service is being held tonight for Jim Poole, a former
Southeast Warren Superintendent.
10. The Secondary staff reviewed the character education piece
of the advisory program during the last teacher inservice session.
SHARED POSITIONS: Mr. Galvin related to the Board that Interstate
35 School District has indicated they are not interested in sharing
the Technologist and Media Specialist positions for the 2009-2010
school year. In addition, a secondary guidance counselor position
needs to be addressed. There has not been any response to an ad
for a part-time media specialist. The Melcher-Dallas School District
has indicated they have a person willing to contract part-time
for high school guidance. Melcher-Dallas also has a person who
could contract media services part-time. The Board directed Mr.
Galvin to develop a plan for the secondary guidance position.
2009-2010 SCHOOL CALENDAR: The Board reviewed a draft of the proposed
2009-2010 school calendar. Mr. Galvin will bring back a final calendar
for approval at the March board meeting.
HEALTHY KIDS ACT OF 2008: Mr. Galvin related to the Board that
the Healthy Kids Act of 2008 will require some changes that will
effect the District such as the required time for physical education,
school nutrition and vending, and the requirement of CPR training.
The requirements will be addressed after the state has finished
making changes to the Healthy Kids Act.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PLAN: Mr. Galvin related to the Board that this
is the year the District needs to rewrite the special education
plan. The special education teachers will be attending a conference
in February on the new rules and regulations districts need to
follow. The special education department will then work on revising
the District’s special education plan to bring to the Board
for approval by June.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Mr. Galvin recommended accepting the resignation
of McKenna Cornish, Language Arts Teacher, Head Speech Coach, and
HS Student council Advisor; approval of the appointment of Steve
Mitchell, Substitute Bus Driver; and approval of a contract modification
for Mike Tierney to add contract language to pay salary in lieu
of insurance at the discretion of the employee. Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the personnel changes as
presented. Ayes: 0; Nays: 5. Motion failed.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the
resignation of McKenna Cornish and the appointment of Steve Mitchell.
SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS: Mr. Galvin recommended approving March 13th
and 16th as snow make-up days for two of the three days that have
been missed so far this year due to weather. Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve March 13th and March
16th as snow make-up days. Ayes: 5.
EARLY START DATE FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR: Mr. Galvin related
to the Board that a public hearing must be held to approve an early
start waiver to submit to the state if school starts before Labor
Day. The proposed 2009-2010 school calendar has a start date prior
to Labor Day. Mr. Galvin recommended holding a public hearing on
the early start date for the 2009-2010 school year at the next
regular board meeting, March 9th. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Larrie Williams to set the public hearing on the early start
date for the 2009-2010 school year for March 9th. Ayes: 5.
EARLY RETIREMENT REQUEST: Mr. Galvin recommended approval of an
early retirement request from Beryl Presley. Motion by Jennifer
Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the early retirement
request from Beryl Presley. Ayes: 5. The Board expressed their
appreciation for Beryl’s 30 years of service to the District.
PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS: Joel Mosher related to the Board that
three bids had been received for a 77-passenger school bus with
under body storage. All bids were comparable and met the specifications.
Joel recommended accepting the bid from Thomas Bus Sales for the
price of $79,152 less the trade in of bus #12 for a total price
of $74,552. The bus is to be delivered in 90-120 days from the
date of order. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne
Lester to approve the purchase of a school bus from Thomas Bus
Sales for $79,152 less the trade in of bus #12 for a purchase price
of $74,552. Ayes: 5.
PURCHASE OF HEATERS: Mr. Galvin recommended purchasing two heaters
from Country Propane for the shop building. Both of the heaters
in the wood and metal shop areas have had numerous problems and
continue to require repairs. The cost for two heaters would be
$7,746 and would be paid out of the PPEL Fund. Motion by Ron Miller,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve Option 3 of Country
Propane’s bid for the shop building. Ayes: 5. (Option 3 is
for Infrasave tube heaters at a cost of $3,873 each including installation.)
APRIL BOARD MEETING DATE: Mr. Galvin related that the April board
meeting date is scheduled for April 13th, which is the day after
Easter and a no school day. Mr. Galvin recommended changing the
April board meeting date to another day suggested by the Board.
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to move
the April board meeting date to April 14th. Ayes: 5.
WRESTLING SHARING AGREEMENT: Mr. Galvin related that Melcher-Dallas
School District has expressed an interest in renewing the current
wrestling sharing agreement and are working to change their schedule
so that their Junior High students can participate in wrestling
also. Mr. Galvin recommended renewing the wrestling sharing agreement
with Melcher-Dallas School District for the 2009-2010 school year.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
wrestling sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas School District
for the 2009-2010 school year. Ayes: 5.
SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Mr. Galvin related that the Board
would need to approve a Special Education Committee to work on
revising the special education plan. Mr. Galvin recommended approving
the Children First Forum to serve as the District’s Special
Education Committee. Currently the Children First Forum has parents
of special education students on it plus special education teachers,
which would meet the requirements of a special education committee.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
Special Education Committee being the Children First Forum. Ayes:
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 401 AND 407: The Board reviewed Board Policy
Sections 401, “Certified Personnel Selection”, and
407, “Non-Certified Personnel Selections”. Board Policies
401.2, 401.3, 401.4, 407.2, and 407.5 will be reviewed by the Administration
and brought back to the Board for approval.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:39 p.m.
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