SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
June 8, 2009
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 8, 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: Larrie Williams, Jennifer
Mihalovichh and Marianne Lester. Ron Miller was absent. Superintendent/Secondary Principal
Delane Galvin, Intermediate Principal Dan Dow, 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 Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the agenda. Ayes:
NEGOTIATIONS STRATEGY SESSION: The Board held a negotiations strategy session from 5:31
p.m. to 6:43 p.m.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin congratulated the track coaches and the following
students for qualifying to the state track meet: Kayli Schurman (placed second in the shot
put), Evan Schurman, Torey Mason, Travis Owens, Skylar Thorton, Jake Larson, Grant Beck, Matt
Baldwin, Joe Ripperger, Garrett Brungardt, Austin Allen, Carl Davis (alternate), Seth Nutting
(alternate), and Brad Byers (alternate).
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 20 extra bus trips for the month. The second bus inspection was held on May 14th.
We had three units taken out of service. All have been repaired and are being used. I have
a few 30-day repairs that will be done over the summer. I also had time moving bleachers from
Lacona to Milo. I spent part of 3 days mowing in Milo. The rest of the month was spent doing
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
Our twenty-fifth annual Friendship Fair was one of the best ever, with an emphasis on the
continent of Africa. We recognized our classroom volunteers at a reception in the media center
immediately following the program. Cookies and iced tea were enjoyed by the parents and teachers
- who were relieved of their supervisory duties while the remaining children enjoyed an indoor
recess. The last day of school was bittersweet for our retiring teachers – Beryl Presley
and Paula Schultz. We wish them the best as they enter a new, more restful, phase of their
lives. Tim Babcock, shared elementary counselor for the past five years, will also be missed.
We wish him success and satisfaction in his continuing career at Whittier Elementary in Indianola.
We are in the process of sorting out teacher associate positions for the 09-10 school year.
So far, we are anticipating cutting one full time one-on-one position and adding a full time
and a 4/5 time position. The anticipated 4/5 time position is in the preschool, so it requires
a CDA or early childhood endorsement through the AEA. We will be looking at seniority and
education, as well as the needs of the individual students and the skills of the associates,
when assigning positions. Our three associates who have been working hard obtaining their
CDA certifications throughout the school year will complete their coursework this summer at
DMACC. We are fortunate to have many well qualified and hardworking associates throughout
the Primary building and the district. There are days when they have some of the hardest jobs
in the district.
We have twenty-five reading students and twenty math students signed up for the elementary
remedial summer classes to begin August 10th. Kathy Taggart will be teaching our daily classes
in the Primary media center during that week to students completing first through third grades.
Jennifer Miller will be teaching small groups of students completing fourth through sixth
grades at the Intermediate Center. Bus transportation between the three towns will be provided,
with pick ups at houses and intersections along the way, as needed.
In addition, Kathy Taggart has already begun providing one-on-one tutoring to special education
students qualifying for extended year in their IEP’s. The determination for this service
is made according to individual students’ demonstrated lack of retaining important academic
skills over an extended period of non instruction.
Erin Jensen will begin providing summer band lessons in the primary building this week.
Our daycare is near capacity this summer, with many returning students and a few new ones.
We are scheduling more adult supervisors this year, with little reliance on high school helpers.
Several field trips have been planned – all within the daycare budget.
With the hiring of a full time second kindergarten teacher and the resignation of our elementary
guidance counselor, we are exploring several different options in providing the most efficient
and effective help to our at risk students – both in reading skills and in the social-emotional
The baseball / softball seasons are well underway. We are working hard to keep our school
grounds looking the best they can, while the annual deep cleaning is taking place inside the
building. Doris Gillespie, who is also cooking lunch for the daycare children, is taking on
many of the preliminary general cleaning duties as much of custodian Howard Phippen’s
time is spent outdoors – mowing, trimming, trash pick up after games, and painting of
the baseball bleachers.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:
The students have gone home for the summer but we still have education taking place. A couple
of teachers are tutoring students and 4H is giving instruction during the week of June 1st.
Summer school will begin On August 10th with the 3-6 grades students attending the Lacona
Mr. Dow will be attending Gifted and Talented Academy on June 11th and 12th in Johnston.
During this time the TAG program will be updated and then put into the Comprehensive School
The Adequate Yearly Progress report has been filed and we are currently waiting our 72 hours
for feedback from the Department of Education.
There is a lot of activity at the Lacona site presently. The drainage system around the
north side of the building has been installed and the walls have been sealed. The addition
to the concession stand is underway and moving quickly.
Bids are being accepted for the additional lighting, cement work on the east side of the
building, and repairs to the bleachers. We are waiting on a return call about what it will
take in order to make our bleachers meet requirements of the insurance company. Up to now
all bids that have been received have exceeded budgeted amounts for each project.
General maintenance items for the Lacona site for the summer include: Repair lights inside
and outside the building, repair pump for heating system, sound proof hallway, music room
and cafeteria (if funding permits), shampoo carpets and wax floors, paint as necessary, wash
windows, grade dirt around building and seed where needed, paint or apply steel siding to
east side of building, fix safety concerns with exit light and flammable cabinet.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 11, 2009 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policies 1004.1R, “Fees for School Use” and 1004.2, “Regulations
Concerning the Use of School Facilities”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 402.7, “Annuities”
5. Second reading of Board Policy 408.4, “Annuities”
6. Second reading of Board Policies 502.12 and 502.12R, “Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy”
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the items on the consent
agenda. Ayes: 4.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Next year will be the 50-year all school reunion. Plans are being made to do something
during Homecoming of next year.
2. Mr. Galvin attended the IASB District meeting in Nevada. The main topic of discussion was
the stimulus dollars.
3. Mr. Galvin proposed getting estimates to turn the courtyard area into administration offices
for security reasons. The consensus of the Board was to get estimates for an idea of the cost
4. An updated 5-year expenditure plan was given to board members. The 5-year expenditure plan
will be brought back to the Board for approval in July.
5. Student schedules are being finalized.
6. Staff members are being trained in Second Chance Reading. 7th and 8th graders less than
proficient in reading will be required to take reading classes in lieu of Language Arts class.
9th graders will also be required to take a reading class if they are less than proficient
OPEN POSITIONS/GUIDANCE/BAND: This item was tabled until the July board meeting.
2010 IASB LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: The consensus of the Board was to select items
1, 11, 15, 23, and 25 as listed on the 2009 IASB Legislative Action Priorities and Resolutions
as 2010 Legislative Action Priorities.
2008-09 DE VISIT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that all plans of correction
as a result of the site visit have been approved. No further meetings have been scheduled
with the DE until May of 2010. The final DE corrective action summary was included in board
IDEA PART B: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the Department of Education
has determined that Southeast Warren is in compliance with IDEA Part B requirements. A copy
of the letter and data on this year’s special education performance was included in
the board packets.
REDUCTION IN BUS ROUTES: Joel Mosher related to the Board that he has revised bus routes
and will be able to reduce the number of routes from 7 to 6 for next year. Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the reduction in bus routes. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the reduction in bus routes. Ayes: 4.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations of Terri
Brummer, Regular Route Bus Driver; and Tim Babcock, Elementary Guidance Counselor; approving
the involuntary transfers of Chuck Jones from Middle School English to Middle School Math;
and Cole Anderson from Middle School Math to High School Math; approving the requests for
unpaid leave from Allen and Karen Miller for the week of September 14, 2009; and from Minerva
Hurtado for leave August 19-28; and approval of a one-on-one associate position for PK-3 special
education. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the personnel
changes as presented. Ayes: 4.
REVENUE PURPOSE STATEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Resolution Approving
Revenue Purpose Statement and Ordering an Election on a Revenue Purpose Statement to Authorize
Expenditures from the State Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund. Motion by Larrie
Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the Resolution Approving Revenue Purpose
Statement and Ordering an Election on a Revenue Purpose Statement to Authorize Expenditures
from the State Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes:
CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the revised Crisis Management
Plan. After approval the Crisis Management Plan will be laminated and bound into a waterfall
booklet and one copy will be placed in each classroom. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the Crisis Management Plan. Ayes: 4.
PARKING DURING RAGBRAI: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the Milo RAGBRAI
Committee had requested permission to use the parking at the softball field and around the
school for extra parking while RAGBRAI is in town. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval
of the request. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve use
of the Milo site for parking during RAGBRAI. Ayes: 4.
AGREEMENT FOR JUVENILE COURT SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving
the 28E Agreement for Juvenile Court School Liaison Officer. This position is shared with
the Carlisle Community School District. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester
to approve the 28E Agreement for Juvenile Court School Liaison Officer. Ayes: 4.
AGREEMENT FOR STRIVE PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement
with Des Moines Area Community College for a student attending the STRIVE program. Motion
by Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agreement with Des Moines Area
Community College for the student attending the STRIVE program. Ayes: 4.
STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the 2009-2010 student handbooks
for the Sunrise Sunset Child Care, Preschool, Primary, Intermediate and Junior/Senior High.
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the 2009-2010 student
handbooks. Ayes: 4.
SAI MENTORING AND INDUCTION PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the SAI
Mentoring and Induction Program Agreement for 2009-2010 to meet the requirements to have a
mentoring program for new administrators. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie
Williams to approve the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program Agreement. Ayes: 4.
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH SEWEA: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that a negotiated
agreement had been reached with the Southeast Warren Education Association for a total package
increase of 3.51%, a total cost of $77,890.40. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving
the negotiated agreement. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve
the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. Ayes: 4.
REVISION TO AFSCME CONTRACT: Mr. Galvin recommended amending the AFSCME negotiated settlement
from 2.86% to a 3% total package increase. Motion by Larrie Williams seconded by Marianne
Lester to approve increasing the negotiated settlement with AFSCME from 2.86% to 3%. Ayes:
3. Jennifer Mihalovichh abstained from voting.
2009-2010 SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of
salary increases and language changes as per Board discussion for Joel Mosher, LuAnn Ohnemus,
Julie Wilson, Connie Fridley, Mike Tierney, Charlotte Weaklend, Dan Dow and himself. Motion
by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the 2009-2010 salaries and language
changes for non-union employees as discussed. Ayes: 4.
RECOMMENDATION FROM CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: The Board reviewed recommendations from the Children
First Forum to increase student learning goals on the District’s Comprehensive School
Improvement Plan. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the recommendations from the
Children First Forum. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the recommendations from the Children First Forum. Ayes: 4.
FOOD SERVICE BIDS: Bids were received from Sara Lee Bakery for bread products and from Anderson-Erickson
Dairy and Robert’s Dairy for milk products. Sue Ellingson recommended approving the
bids from Sara Lee Bakery and Anderson-Erickson Dairy. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the food service bids as recommended. Ayes: 4.
TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM PARTICIPATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Mr. Galvin recommended approving
the Teacher Preparation Program Participation Acknowledgement with Simpson College. This will
allow Ms. Hurtado to participate in the program as a consultant so she can get final approval
of her work visa in the U.S. for an additional 3 years. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the Teacher Preparation Program Participation Acknowledgement
with Simpson College. Ayes: 4.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m.
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