SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
July 14, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
July 14, 2008, 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: Jennifer
Mihalovichh, Larrie Williams, Ron Miller and John Burrell. Superintendent
Carl Reno, Transportation Director Joel Mosher, and Board Secretary
Julie Wilson were also in attendance.
AGENDA: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by John Burrell
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Bill Ballard expressed his appreciation
to Mr. Reno for his collaborative style and attention to detail.
He also commended the Board for stepping up to the plate and dealing
with issues. He is looking forward to the district establishing
Warhawk pride and establishing standards of excellence.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Mr. Reno recognized Kurt Arey and his crew
for their efforts in replacing the roof on the softball dugout.
The roof was torn off during a windstorm this spring.
Mr. Reno thanked the baseball and softball teams and their coaches
for all of their hard work in pushing water off the ball diamonds
and getting the fields ready this year.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 34 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs and helping clean up after ball games.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 9, 2008, minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Reno reported on the following
- Psychology and Sociology have been added back into the
2008-09 class schedule. Civics is the only class that has been
from last year’s schedule.
- The air handlers at the High
School now have timers on them. The rest of the updates to
the air handlers will be done before
school starts. Energy efficient light fixtures have been ordered
and will be installed starting next week.
- A special education student has moved into the district
and will require transportation to Des Moines starting in
- The $300,000 deficit in the budget has been met. The budget
will be balanced with hopefully extra to handle any increase
in utility costs.
- The sub state baseball game scheduled for tomorrow night
in Milo has been moved to Knoxville due to the condition
of the playing
field. The baseball field needs renovation to improve
- Mrs. Weaklend has recommended a dollar per day increase
to daycare rates this fall to cover the increase in
salary costs. Mr. Reno
will approve the increase.
RESPONSE TO CHILDREN FIRST FORUM, FIVE-YEAR
EXPENDITURE PLAN AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: Mr. Reno suggested holding a board
work session to develop a response to the Children First Forum
recommendations, review the five-year expenditure plan and determine
2009 legislative action priorities.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Mr. Reno noted that the administration had
been realigned from 3.5 FTE to 3.0 FTE. The realignment will result
in a decision maker being on staff every day and an administrator
in each building every day. Mr. Reno recommended accepting the
resignations of Cindy Butler; Intermediate Principal; Joseph Brott,
Language Arts Instructor & Secondary Yearbook Advisor; Cindy
Julian, JH Cheerleading Advisor; Sarah Seligman, 5th Grade Instructor;
Rick Chambers, Regular Route Bus Driver; and Shelley Mitzelfelt,
Student Council Advisor; approving the appointments of Kelly Lawrence,
JH Cheerleading Advisor; Rick Chambers, Substitute Bus Driver;
Delane Galvin, Secondary Principal/Interim Superintendnet; Daniel
Dow, Intermediate Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, At Risk Coordinator & TAG
Coordinator; and approve the transfer of Nathan Bauer from Assistant
HS Football Coach to Head JH Football Coach. Motion by Jennifer
Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel
changes as presented. Ayes: 5.
AUDIT PROPOSAL: Julie Wilson recommended approving the three-year
audit proposal from Nolte, Cornman & Johnson, P.C. for the
years ending June 30, 2008, through June 30, 2010. Motion by Larrie
Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the three-year proposal
from Nolte, Cornman & Johnson, P.C. Ayes: 5.
STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Mr. Reno recommended approving the changes
to the 2008-2009 Daycare, Preschool, Primary, Intermediate, and
Secondary handbooks as presented. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh,
seconded by John Burrell to approve the 2008-2009 student handbooks
as presented. Ayes: 5. Paul Mead questioned the section on use
of cell phones in the daycare handbook. Mr. Reno will check with
the administration; if there is a need for an addendum it will
be brought back to the next board meeting.
TRANSITION PLAN FOR ELECTION OF DIRECTORS: Mr. Reno recommended
approving the resolution of adoption of a plan to implement HF
2620 of the 82nd General Assembly. The resolution lengthens the
Director District 5 term of office one year from 2010 to 2011.
Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the resolution of adoption of a plan to implement HF 2620 of the
82nd General Assembly. Ayes: 5.
DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM: Mr. Reno related to the Board that EMC
Insurance has recommended the installation of a dust collection
system in the shop building. Two bids have been received for a
dust collection system; Mr. Reno recommended accepting the low
bid from Air Mach, Inc. in the amount of $8,613.15. The dust collection
system is scheduled to be installed before school starts. Motion
by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the low
bid of $8,613.15 from Air Mach, Inc. for a dust collection system.
OPEN ENROLLMENT COMMITTEE: Mr. Reno related that a survey had
been sent out last week to all families open enrolled out of the
district. At this time ten surveys have been received. Phone calls
will be made to remind families to return the surveys. The results
of the survey will be studied by the Open Enrollment Committee
to see where improvements can be made. Recommendations of the committee
will be brought back to the Board for consideration. Each board
member was asked to submit the names of two people for appointment
to the committee. Motion by John Burrell, seconded by Jennifer
Mihalovichh to approve an appointed Open Enrollment Committee. Ayes:
WORK SESSION: The Board scheduled a work session for Tuesday,
July 29th at 5:30 p.m.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:06 p.m.
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