SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
September 8, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
September 8, 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, Ron Miller, John Burrell, and Larrie Williams. Superintendent
Carl Reno, 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 Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the agenda. Ayes: 5.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Jan Dittmer, Treasurer for the Fine
Arts Boosters, presented checks to the band department in the amount
of $750, to the vocal department in the amount of $750, to the
art department in the amount of $750, to the drama department in
the amount of $300, to the speech department in the amount of $300
and to the flag team in the amount of $150. The Fine Arts Boosters
would like for the sponsor of each department to let them know
how they choose to spend the money.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Carl Reno thanked the Milo Locker
for allowing the District to store frozen food at the locker while
repairs were done on the High School freezer.
Superintendent Carl Reno thanked B. J. Hagen for his work on the
lighting at the football field.
Congratulations to the volleyball team for placing 1st at the
tournament on Saturday.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 5 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs and making changes to routes including driving
and checking times. This also was making phone calls to parents
and drivers about changes that were made. I took most of a day
and moved the bleachers to Lacona, trimmed trees and picked up
brush from around the baseball fence.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
3-year-old class 4-year-old classes
2008-2009 18 28
2007-2008 16 38
2006-2007 16 17
- 4-year-old parent meeting held evening of Sept. 2nd
4-year-old home visits completed Sept. 3rd – Sept. 5th
- 4-year-old preschool classes begin Sept. 8th
- Three 4-year-old students to be provided shuttle service by school
van at midday when classes change
- 3-year-old preschool classes begin Sept. 12th
- IGDI assessment training attended - new for both classes
- Training in portfolio writing to prepare for January preschool
Warhawk Pride (Open Enrolled Out Study) Group:
- Met August 20th & Sept. 3rd
- Next meeting scheduled for Sept. 17th, 7:30 p.m. @ Primary media
Discussed concerns held by survey respondents & group members
- Worked on promotional brochure
- Will design welcome packet for new families.
focus on positive aspects of district
Sept. 5th Primary Character Assembly led by Babcock/Weaklend @
responsibility @ 2:45 in Primary multi-purpose room
Sept. 8th 4-year-old preschool classes begin
Sept. 9th PIE fall fundraiser begins
Sept. 9th & 11th Fall DIBELS testing for kindergarten – 3rd
Sept. 10th Teacher Inservice – discussing small group IDM
interventions, intervention plans, & progress monitoring overview
Sept. 11th Milo American Legion Freedom Walk
Sept. 12th 3-year-old preschool classes begin
Sept. 15th Lori Nutting to take SEW student for Reading Recovery
demonstration @ RR training in Johnston
Sept. 17th Warhawk Pride group to meet – 7:30 @ Primary media
Sept. 18th Warren County Health Fair
Sept. 19th Cynthia & Charlotte to portfolio training in Des
Sept. 22nd PIE meeting @ Intermediate workroom 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 23rd 3rd grade to McNay Research Farm (expenses paid)
Sept. 24th Elementary homecoming pep assemblies
Oct. 1st Charlotte & Delane to Balanced Leadership training
Oct. 2nd Fall student pictures taken
Oct. 8th Teacher inservice – data day modeling
Oct. 9th Ronald McDonald character assembly for pk-3 @ 8:30 a.m.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan
The school year has gotten off to a quick start. The students
and staff appear to have adjusted nicely to all the new changes.
I have been impressed with the staff due to their professionalism,
knowledge and work ethic.
The certified staff completed on day of IDM training on August
19th with Shannon Harken. Mrs. Jackie Beard recertified in MANDT
training. The 4-6th grades will be taking their DIBELS test on
September 9 and 10th. MAP testing will begin on September 15th
and conclude at the end of the month with a hiatus during homecoming
week. CORI training for staff will be on September 29th.
Reiman’s Music will send a representative to Lacona on September
12th to demonstrate the different musical instrument to the students
and hopefully create some interest. We are still in the process
of getting to all of our TAG students and working on enhancing
There currently is an enrollment of 106 students at the Lacona
Secondary Principal’s report submitted by Delane
Score Board: The scoreboard at the football field has been giving
us trouble. Fairplay sports had to replace several mini-circuits
inside 3 different components in the scoreboard so it is now up
Football Lights: Thanks to the booster club especially BJ Hagen
for upgrading our breakers on the football field lights. Hopefully
this upgrade will help stop the issue of the lights going out periodically
during games. If this does not solve the problem we will need to
dig deeper into the issue by examining the wiring to each pole
and or the lights themselves.
MAP Testing: We will be conducting MAP testing for 3 weeks in
ACT Tests: Enclosed in the board packet is a summary of our 2008
graduates ACT scores. We showed growth in all areas except math
over the previous years scores.
Student Council: I discovered that student council had not been
elected for the current year. As of writing this report all positions
have been voted upon and we will have our first meeting with the
student council Friday September 5th with homecoming as our primary
agenda item. Congrats to Heidi Dittmer and Cody Ripperger for being
elected Student Council President and Vice President respectively.
Homecoming: The student council met Friday to discuss homecoming
activities for this year. If you remember there was a group of
kids that met with the children's first forum and they came up
with suggestions that the board hear last year. Enclosed are modifications
of homecoming activities the current student council would like
to have occur this year. With the exceptional start and positive
attitude the student body has exhibited this year, I encourage
the board to review the student council recommendations and approve
Junior High Sports: Participation numbers have significantly increased
over last year. Presently Football has increased from 16 to 31
participants and Volleyball from 24 to 29.
Grades: Friday was the end of our first academic eligibility period.
Remember we will have grades dropped every two weeks and any student
that has an F will be ineligible for 2 weeks.
Freezer: We will be making repairs to our walk in freezer. The
condensation drainage was in need of repair and new heat elements
needed to be placed on the drain pain and piping. Thanks to the
Milo Locker for allowing us to store our frozen foods temporarily
while the repairs are taking place. We have to completed defrost
the freezer for the repairs.
Rear Doors: The rear doors going out to the portables and shop
area were installed right before school started and they look great.
Start of the year: The start of the year seems to have been fairly
smooth. We have had some minor discipline concerns this week but
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Chuck Jones:
Since taking on the position, a vast majority of my time has been
searching for officials for both volleyball (V-JH) and JV football.
Currently, I’m trying to complete crews for one volleyball
date and one JV football date. Mike Tierney has agreed to officiate
all of our JH volleyball. Thanks to Mike!
Student participation for the fall sports has been excellent.
Volleyball (HS) 35 girls
Volleyball (JH) 30 girls
Football (HS) 34 boys
Football (JH) 31 boys
Scoreboard and lighting issues have occurred early in the season
at the football field. The scoreboard had two processors and the
control panel damaged, probably due to lightning. All have been
repaired and are good to go. BJ Hagen has been working on the lighting.
He has been installing new breakers in hopes that we will not have
sets of lights going out during games.
As many of you know, there have been some changes on the schedule.
In the two weeks, I have had to change the site of a JV football
game and to cancel two volleyball dates. All of these changes have
occurred through some simple scheduling errors and/or a breakdown
in communication between previous AD’s. At this time, all
schedules have been reviewed and I do believe that all schedules
for the remainder of the fall and winter sports are accurate.
My duties include: scheduling, contracting officials, contracting
events with schools, supply ordering, supervision, communications
to players, parents, coaches, administration, and just about any
other task related to athletics. Mr. Batula has been given the
tasks of creating programs, organizing the Warhawk Golf Outing,
and hiring officials for both baseball and softball.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. August 11, 2008 minutes
2. August 20, 2008 minutes
3. Financial reports
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Carl Reno reported
on the following items:
1. The Board has approved the most recent update to the bullying/harassment
policy. Administrative rules are being developed.
2. The energy efficient lights for the gym have been ordered. It
is hoped to have them installed over a weekend when the gym is
not in use.
3. The preliminary student count is down 9 students from last year.
4. The dust collection system for the shop building has been ordered.
The system will be installed by district staff.
DRIVER EDUCATION: Secondary Principal Delane Galvin presented
the idea of contracting out the driver education program for next
spring and summer. Companies will contract for one to three years.
The company would provide the instructor, vehicle, and books. The
students issue the check directly to the company providing the
service. The contract can be shared with other districts giving
students the option to take the class in the spring, fall or winter.
Superintendent Carl Reno asked the Board to give it some thought.
Additional information will be brought back to the Board on costs
of having the program in-house or contracting it out.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Carl Reno recommended approving
the resignation of Brenton Tigner, HS Guidance, Driver Education,
and Assistant JH Football Coach; the appointments of Erin Jensen,
Band Instructor, Instrumental Music, and Summer Instrumental Music;
Gary Phippen, Regular Route Bus Driver; Phil Oliver, Weightlifting;
Carol Carr, Secondary Yearbook Advisor; Juan Batula, Head HS Volleyball
Coach and Co-Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach; Ron Smith,
Co-Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach; Cole Anderson, Head JH
Girls’ Basketball Coach; Chris Morrow, Assistant HS Boys’ Basketball
Coach; Chelsy Barnhart, Assistant HS Volleyball Coach; McKenna
Cornish, HS Student Council Advisor; the voluntary transfer of
Mike Tierney from Technologist/Instructor to Dean of Students/Guidance
Counselor Duties; and the termination of Kathleen Taylor, Band
Instructor, Instrumental Music and Summer Instrumental Music. Motion
by John Burrell, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel
changes as presented. Ayes: 5.
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Intermediate Principal
Dan Dow reviewed the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Motion
by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Comprehensive
School Improvement Plan. Ayes: 5.
ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: No action taken.
FFA TRIP TO NATIONAL CONVENTION: The FFA requested permission
from the Board to attend the FFA National Convention October 22-25
in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nineteen students plus chaperones will
be attending. The cost will be paid entirely by the FFA. Motion
by Larrie Williams, seconded by John Burrell to approve the FFA
trip to the National Convention. Ayes: 5.
CHILDREN FIRST FORUM: Superintendent Carl Reno recommended approval
of the 2008-2009 Children First Forum committee members as presented.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the 2008-2009 Children First Forum committee members as presented.
EARLY GRADUATION REQUESTS: Secondary Principal Delane Galvin recommended
approval of the early graduation requests for Chelsea Lewis, Justin
Neer, Leslie Klages, Jon Stanger, Amanda Carter, and Andrew Kibbe
pending completion/passing of all classes this semester. Motion
by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the early
graduation requests as presented. Ayes: 5.
DIRECTOR FOR AEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to vote for Steven Rose for Director
for Heartland Area Education Agency Board of Directors. Ayes: 5.
DELEGATE TO IASB DELEGATE ASSEMBLY: Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to appoint Paul Mead as delegate
to the IASB Delegate Assembly. Ayes: 5.
SHARING AGREEMENT FOR CROSS COUNTRY: Mr. Reno recommended approving
the sharing agreement with the Indianola Community School District
for Cross Country. One student will be participating. The fee of
$300 per student will be paid from the Activity Fund. Motion by
John Burrell, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the sharing agreement
with Indianola Community School District for Cross Country. Ayes:
BOARD POLICY SERIES 300: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by
Ron Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy Series
300, “Administration”. Ayes: 5.
Mr. Reno asked the Board to give serious consideration to attending
the IASB Convention November 19-25.
A schedule of Homecoming activities was included in the board
packets. The consensus of the Board was to proceed with the Homecoming
activities as proposed.
Mr. Reno presented an award of merit to John Burrell for his six
years of service to the Southeast Warren Board of Education.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:11 p.m.
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