SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular & Organizational Board Meeting
October 13, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
October 13, 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: Ron
Miller and Jennifer Mihalovichh. John Burrell and Larrie Williams
were absent. 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 Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3.
VISITORS: Bill Ballard expressed his appreciation to the seniors
for coming back on the Saturday after homecoming to clean up the
extensive TPing around the football field.
Marianne Lester related that she had received a call from a parent
expressing their appreciation of having comments from each of the
Intermediate classrooms in the Warren Pride.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Mr. Galvin recognized Ms. Hurtado for receiving
the Golden Apple Award presented by Channel 13 this past Thursday.
Two students nominated Ms. Hurtado for the Golden Apple Award.
Mr. Galvin also recognized Ms. Cornish and the student council
for their excellent effort on making homecoming activities a positive
one this year.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 20 extra bus trips for the month. The month was spent doing
general repairs. I will have time in preparing for first half inspection
that will be held on Friday, October 10th at 1:00. I also had time
in assisting with some mowing and making preparations for homecoming
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte
Primary Professional Development Goal for 2008-2009:
At least 80% of our PK-3 students will perform at the established
level in every portion of the spring IGDI / DIBELS tests in reading
for their grade level.
Average DIBELS spring scores for the school years including 2001-2002
Kindergarten – Letter Naming Fluency 58%
Phoneme Segmentation Fluency 85%
Nonsense Word Fluency 71%
1st grade - Phoneme Segmentation Fluency 96%
Nonsense Word Fluency 86%
Oral Reading Fluency 79%
2nd grade - Oral Reading Fluency 63%
3rd grade - Oral Reading Fluency 64%
Content of Primary IDM Staff Development for 2008-2009:
- Review of instructional decision-making concept
- Review of the 4 boxes for recording fluency and accuracy data
- Writing intervention plans
- Conducting progress monitoring
- Data Day work
On-going work with early literacy skills – improving grade-level
core reading instruction that all students participate in
- Learning new intervention ideas
- Sharing out time with other grade levels
- Making instructional decisions for core, supplemental, and intensive
levels of student need
- Exploring the DIBELS website for using charts to analyze data at
all three intervention levels
- Working with the core plus students (TAG)
- Finding/creating additional instructional materials
- Learning how to use Florida Center for Reading Research materials
Planning for transitioning into the next year’s reading
instruction for all students
- Working through problems encountered as we implement IDM this first
A special thanks to community members Sheila Coffman, Ryan Becker,
Doug Hembry, Joel Mosher, and Jeff Byers from the Milo Fire and
Rescue Department for their presentations for the pk-3rd graders
about fire safety on October 9th. Thanks also to community members
Ray Dittmer and Giles Seuferer who talked about beekeeping to our
second graders on October 10th.
Each year the McDonalds Corporation contacts us with the offer
of a well-received character assembly featuring the famous character
Ronald McDonald, and every year the show’s emphasis is on
a different area of character development. This year Ronald entertained
the preschool through third graders as he talked about friendship
and bullying. We appreciate the help of our corporate partners!
Twenty primary staff members and the SEW nominating parents will
be attending the “Excellence in Education Award Gala” to
honor one of this year’s “Excellence in Education Award” recipients
- Beryl Presley - on Thursday evening October 16th at the Iowa
Hall of Pride. Beryl has been with SEW for thirty years, most of
those years teaching kindergarten. The evening’s entertainment
will consist of a tour of the Iowa Hall of Pride and a dinner,
followed by a keynote speaker and a recognition ceremony. Sponsors
include the Iowa Farm Bureau, WHO Radio, Fox 17 TV, and the Iowa
State Education Association. Congratulations, Beryl!
October 15th Building staff social in Indianola after school
October 15th & 28th CPR training for participating staff @
Milo City Hall 4-6 pm
October 16th Beryl’s recognition evening
October 20th Partners in Education mtg. in the Primary media center
@ 6:00 pm
October 21st District Leadership Team mtg. in Primary workroom
@ 1:00 pm
October 22nd Warhawk Pride Committee mtg. @ Intermediate @ 7:00
October 29th 4-year-old dental checks in classroom provided through
the Iowa State Extension Program
October 30th Kindergarten Fall parties
October 30th Children First Forum mtg. In the Primary media ctr.
@ 6:30 pm
November 3rd & 6th Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:00 to
(PIE’s Scholastic Book Fair during conferences in media ctr.)
November 11th Primary Veteran’s Day Program honoring local veterans and
presented by the Primary students – followed by breakfast for our honorees
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan
MAP testing is complete and the students gave a good effort.
Art students have created some nice projects.
The staff is still being trained in both Instructional Decision
Making as well as
Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction.
Homecoming was a success and the students did a very nice job
of helping out throughout the week.
Mr. Dow has been attending sessions involving curriculum, talented
and gifted, and the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan along
with the Annual Progress Report have been completed and certified
by the State of Iowa Department of Education.
Athletic Department report submitted by Chuck Jones:
The Southeast Warren Volleyball team has shown improvement throughout
the season. They enter the Pride of Iowa Conference tournament,
October 13-14, at Truro. They will compete against I-35 and Mt.
Ayr for the chance to move on to the conference finals. The girls
take a 10-9 record into tournament play with one remaining conference
match with East Union. Regional play begins on October 22 at Bussey
versus Twin Cedars. Regionals continue on October 28th, 31st with
the regional finals in Indianola on November 4th.
The Southeast Warren Football team has been battling some very
stiff competition this season. Currently, the Warhawks are 2-1
in the district and 3-3 overall. The next three weeks are critical
to their playoff hopes because they trail Earlham and Madrid who
are both undefeated in district play. Currently, Southeast Warren
is in third place followed by Colo-Nesco in fourth place in the
district. The top four teams in each district will qualify for
the opening round of the playoffs.
Homecoming has received many positive comments from students,
teachers, and community members. Some minor adjustments have been
suggested to improve upon the events for next year. A big thank
you should go out to everyone who helped with this year’s
homecoming. It was a very positive experience for everyone involved.
The jersey auction was very successful. Almost $4000 was raised
through this event and has been placed in the general athletic
Several Junior High volleyball games were moved from Lacona to
Liberty Center this season. Due to the number of girls participating,
this allowed us to use two nets and provide more playing time.
We will continue to do so in the future as long as the number of
girls remains at a high level.
The athletic boosters are waiting to hear from the school and
FEMA about the damages to the baseball/softball fields before making
decisions on repairs. They have recently had the football headphones
repaired and have started some initial discussions concerning the
crow’s nest in Lacona. New officers were elected during the
October meeting. They are Andy Schurman, president; BJ Hagen, vice-president;
Bev Schurman, secretary; and Heather Konrad, treasurer. The next
athletic boosters meeting will be November 12th at 7:00 PM in Liberty
Warren Pride Committee report submitted by Bill Ballard:
The committee has met three times. The AEA open enrollment out
survey was reviewed. Most of the respondents were primarily those
who had not attended Southeast Warren at any time. The committee
may contact the families who have had children enrolled in Southeast
Warren prior to open enrolling out for their input.
The committee established three main objectives:
1. Improve pride in the District. A brochure was developed. (Thank
you to Patty Harrington and Charlotte Weaklend for their assistance.)
The brochure will be distributed to businesses, etc. to gain
some positive press.
2. Include news releases in the Warren Pride to spread the positive
news of the Southeast Warren District.
3. Offer a Southeast Warren shirt for sale to be worn to athletic
events, etc. The objective would be to see a “sea of green” at
If the Board wishes for the committee to continue, an established
date and time will be determined for the committee meetings. The
committee would also like for the Board to appoint a board member
to attend the committee meetings.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. September 8, 2008 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 304.2 “Succession of Authority
to the Superintendent”
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 3.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Galvin reported on the following
- The new lights have been installed in the gym. The old lights
will be advertised for sale.
- The FFA Soil Judging Team received a silver medal for second
place at state competition.
- Mr. Galvin’s weekly notes to parents are automatically
emailed to the Record-Herald.
- Late last week a couple of thefts occurred from the boys’ locker
room. The incidents are being investigated. Two security cameras
had not yet been installed; one will be placed on the outside
of the building and another one will be placed in the hallway
out to the ag building.
- Interviews for the wrestling coach positions will be held
- Extra copies of the brochure developed by the Warren Pride
Committee are available.
- Homecoming was a very good experience this year. Mr. Galvin
will meet with the Student Council to debrief and determine
needed changes for next year.
- The paperwork has been submitted to the Department of
Ed in response to the findings during the site visit.
We are waiting
to hear back to see if the response has been accepted
- Bids will be taken to replace the front windows on
the High School that were damaged due to vandalism
- Two sets of washers and dryers have been in storage.
One set will be installed at Lacona. The second set
will be advertised
- The administration team is working on the administrator
evaluation process and are developing their goals
- The Secondary staff received training on CRISS
during their last in-service session. The discussion
- A board work session was scheduled for Monday,
October 27th at 5:30 p.m.
FFA TRIP: Mr. Galvin recommended approving the FFA trip to Northwest
Missouri State for soil judging practice prior to going to state
competition. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller
to approve the FFA trip to Northwest Missouri State. Ayes: 3.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF REGULAR SCHOOL ELECTION: The official results
of the regular school election held on September 9, 2008 were as
Director District #1 (term 9-08 to 9-11)
Write-In – Jennifer Mihalovichh* 51
Write-In Scattering 43
Blank Voted 150
Director District #2 (term 9-08 to 9-11)
Curt Arey 101
Marianne Lester* 142
Blank Voted 1
*Denotes the winner
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to accept
the results of the regular school election. Ayes: 3.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 5:59 p.m.
The Southeast Warren Board of Education held their organizational
meeting October 13, 2008 in the media center of the Junior/Senior
High School building. Board President Paul Mead called the meeting
to order at 6:00 p.m. The following board members were present:
Jennifer Mihalovichh, Ron Miller, and Marianne Lester. Larrie Williams
was absent. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, Primary
Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Transportation Director Joel Mosher,
and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were in attendance along with
members from the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.
OATH OF OFFICE: Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the
oath of office to newly elected board members Jennifer Mihalovichh
and Marianne Lester.
ELECT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: Board Secretary Julie Wilson
called for nominations for President. Ron Miller nominated Paul
Mead for President. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Mihalovichh for nominations to cease. Ayes: 4. Paul Mead was elected
President Paul Mead called for nominations for Vice President.
Ron Miller nominated Larrie Williams for Vice President. Motion
by Marianne Lester, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh for nominations
to cease. Ayes: 4. Larrie Williams was elected Vice President.
Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the oath of office to
Paul Mead for President.
APPOINT BOARD MEMBERS TO SERVE AS REPRESENTATIVES: Board members
were appointed to serve as representatives for the following committees:
Warren County Conference Board – Marianne Lester
Children First Forum – Ron Miller
Athletic Boosters – Larrie Williams
Fine Arts Boosters – Jennifer Mihalovichh
Legislative Action Network – Paul Mead
Warhawk Pride – Marianne Lester
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE SIGNATURES ON CHECKING ACCOUNTS: Julie Wilson
reported to the Board that all checks are to be signed by the Board
President and Board Secretary. A resolution is required in order
for someone other than the Board President to sign checks. Currently
Sue Ellingson is signing the Lunch Fund checks and LuAnn Ohnemus
is signing the Activity Fund checks. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the signatures of Sue Ellingson
on the Lunch Fund checks and LuAnn Ohnemus on the Activity Fund
checks. Ayes: 4.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Mr. Galvin recommended accepting the resignation
of Andrew Gladfelter, Custodian; approving the appointments of
Julene Ripperger, Part Time Evening Custodian; Phyllis VandeLune,
5th Grade Associate; Kim Heim, Head Jr. Class Sponsor; and approve
the request for assistant supplemental pay from Nathan Bauer for
Assistant JH Football Coach. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded
by Ron Miller to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes:
LEARNING CENTER PROGRAM AGREEMENT: Mr. Galvin recommended approving
the Learning Center Program Agreement with the Indianola Community
School District to provide an alternative setting if the need should
arise. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the Learning Center Program Agreement with the Indianola
Community School District. Ayes: 4.
SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MELCHER-DALLAS: Mr. Galvin recommended
approving an agreement with the Melcher-Dallas Community School
District to share Southeast Warren’s Media Specialist 8 hours
per month. The sharing agreement would generate approximately $4,000
in savings for the District. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by
Marianne Lester to approve the sharing agreement for Media Specialist
with the Melcher-Dallas Community School District. Ayes: 4.
403(b) PLAN PROVISIONS: Julie Wilson recommended approving the
403(b) plan provisions for participation in the State of Iowa 403(b)
Plan. The 403(b) plan provisions will provide for similar benefits
and services that employees have with the current TSA plans. Motion
by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 403(b)
plan provisions for the State of Iowa 403(b) Plan. Ayes: 4.
SNOW REMOVAL BIDS: Mr. Galvin recommended accepting the bids from
Franklin Dittmer for snow removal at Lacona and Liberty Center
and from Matthew Hansen for snow removal at Milo. Motion by Ron
Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the snow removal
bids from Matt Hansen and Franklin Dittmer. Ayes: 4.
CERTIFIED ANNUAL REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the Certified
Annual Report for the period ending June 30, 2008. Motion by Ron
Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the Certified
Annual Report. Ayes: 4.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 403 AND 409: The Board reviewed Board Policy
Sections 403, “Certified Personnel Contract Termination” and
409, “Non-Certified Personnel Contract Termination”.
Julie Wilson recommended adding language to Board Policy 403.5, “Early
Retirement Payment” to address situations when 50% of the
base salary exceeds the maximum contribution allowed to a 403(b)
retirement plan. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron
Miller to approve the revision of Board Policy 403.5, “Early
Retirement Payment”. Ayes: 4.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:44 p.m.
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