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 items:

  1. Psychology and Sociology have been added back into the 2008-09 class schedule. Civics is the only class that has been withdrawn from last year’s schedule.
  2. 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.
  3. A special education student has moved into the district and will require transportation to Des Moines starting in mid-July.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 drainage.
  6. 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. Ayes: 5.

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: 5.

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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