SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
November 10, 2008
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
November 10, 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, Jennifer Mihalovichh, Larrie Williams and Marianne Lester.
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 Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams
to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Mr. Galvin recognized Beryl Presley for receiving
the Excellence in Education Award on October 16th at Hy-Vee Hall.
Mr. Galvin recognized Jake Larson for his participation on the
Indianola High School Cross Country team and their 5th place win
Mr. Galvin recognized Mrs. Lynnea Young and the play cast for
their outstanding performance.
Mr. Galvin recognized Mrs. Kim Heim and the FCCLA students for
the excellent job on the fall blood drive.
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 18 extra bus trips for the month. Inspection was held on
Friday, October 10. We had one route bus taken out of service and
two spares. We had several 30-day repairs and most of these have
been taken care of.
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte
Thirty-eight of the forty-two students in this year’s SEW
kindergarten class had experienced preschool, most of which was
here in our own 4-year-old program. That is a total of 90% who
attended preschool, compared with the reported 82% of the total
number of kindergartners in the five school districts in Warren
County who attended preschool, according to Warren County Empowerment
Director Deb Schrader. County-wide, the 82% is an increase over
last year’s 77% who attended preschool. The governor’s
goal is that 90% of all students in Iowa attend preschool. We are
proud of our strong record of providing a quality preschool experience
for youngsters living in our district.
Since the beginning of the school year, a total of $1800 has been
contributed to our extra milk fund. This community-supported fund
provides milk for an afternoon snack for students whose parents
report that paying the cost of $27.00 per semester would work a
hardship on the family. Currently, thirty-two students are receiving
that benefit. That number represents nearly 20% of our K-3 student
body. With the contributions to date, the entire 08-09 school year’s
extra milk is covered for our thirty-two students, with a balance
of $72 carried forward for the 09-10 school year milk fund. I have
personally thanked each, but would like to publicly thank the following
individuals and organizations that made contributions to the milk
fund since school began this fall:
- Tiffany Chumbley
- John Riley
- Bernice Weeks
- John & Irene Swartzendruver
- Chet & Ann Crouse
- Sharon Spear
- Liberty Center United Methodist Church
- Alta Michener
- Tom & Raylene Stoutner
- Lacona United Methodist Church
- Milo Lions’ Club
- XCEL Breakfast Club of West Des Moines (Diane Hall, member).
Since October 1st, we have had five new students transfer into
our building: one preschooler, one kindergartner, two first graders,
one second grader, and one third grader. Comparing the last day of school’s enrollment in the Primary
building to the November 1st enrollment, we have had thirteen students
transferring out and fifteen students transferring in - with forty-two
third graders moving on to the Intermediate building and forty-one
new kindergartners. Our K-3 enrollment in May stood at 155, with
our present enrollment at 153.
We are currently holding character assemblies in our building
once a month, where each month a different classroom of students,
along with Mr. Babcock, present a rap, a song, or a short skit
emphasizing the month’s theme. Children are rewarded throughout
the month for displaying the character theme by placing a seasonal
shape on our character tree in the front foyer. So far we have
added fall-colored leaves to represent the theme of responsibility,
jack-o-lanterns to represent respect, and turkeys to represent
integrity. According to the words of a well-liked character song,
demonstrating integrity involves always telling the truth and doing
your best, even when no one is checking up on you.
Seventy-three grandparents joined their kindergartners for lunch
during the week of October 20th – Kindergarten Grandparents’ Week.
As of the writing of this report, attendance numbers for parent-teacher
conferences were not available.
The K-3 students participated in a mock election on November 4th
in the main foyer. John McCain garnered 84 of the K-3 students’ votes.
Barak Obama receives 62 votes. There was one write-in vote for “my
Board members are invited to attend our annual Veterans’ Day
Program tomorrow morning at 8:10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.
The attending veterans will be treated to a continental breakfast
in the media center following the K-3 presentation.
Primary Calendar for November 11th through December 8th:
- November 11th - Veterans’ Day Program -
Iowa Core Curriculum training for administrators & teacher
- November 12th - Balanced Leadership Training for Galvin & Weaklend
- Teacher Inservice @ 1:00 p.m. (topics: improving core instruction,
intervention ideas, reviewing our progress)
- November 12th - AEA Hearing Screenings for K-3 students
- November 17th - Family Reading Program fundraiser presentation
- PIE mtg. @ Intermediate (organization of cookie walk/book fair to
be held in Primary building during Small Town Country Christmas)
24th - PIE mtg. @ Primary (final organizational meeting for Small
Country Christmas activities
- December 2nd - Elementary Winter Program
in H.S. gymnasium (7:00 p.m.)
- December 3rd - Iowa Core Curriculum training for administrators & teacher
- December 5th - Character Assembly – Mrs. Burgin’s
class to present character theme
concern for others – “caring” (2:45 p.m. in multi-purpose
- December 6th - Small Town Country Christmas
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan
The Book Fair was held in the library from Nov. 3-6.
Lacona polling booths were in the school on Election Day.
All new staff and last year’s staff that did not receive
last year’s CORI training completed it Oct. 31.
One 5th grade student left the district Oct. 2 and we added a
5th grade student Oct. 27.
Installation of washer and dryer has begun.
There has been a problem with furnace motor; the cause is still
Students did a very nice job with the school play. Congratulations
to Mrs. Young and her students.
Mrs. Beard has already amended learning goals on two students
twice. These students are improving much more rapidly than expected.
Congrats to Mrs. Beard and her students.
The Lacona Public Library is now located at E. North St. Apt.
We had a good turnout for the parent-teacher conferences on Monday
4th-6th grade basketball practice has started in the Lacona building.
Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Chuck Jones:
The fall sports seasons have reached their conclusions.
The varsity volleyball team’s season came to an end at the
hands of a very good Twin Cedars team in the opening around of
regional play. Coach Barnhart and Coach Batula were able to introduce
many new skills and approaches to the game. The team and individual
growth was very noticeable as the season progressed. It is an exciting
rebirth of Southeast Warren volleyball. Three of our girls were
cited as All-Conference players: Kayli Schurman- 1st team, hitter;
Molly Cleveland- 2nd team, hitter; Sydney Smith- 2nd team, setter.
Southeast Warren football finished in a tie for fourth place with
Van Meter. The Warhawks missed out on qualifying for the playoffs
due to head to head competition. The Warhawks finished 3-3 in district
play and 4-5 over-all. The team showed considerable improvement
throughout the year. With a bulk of the team being underclassmen,
the future looks bright for the Warhawks. All-District honors have
not been released at this time.
Thank you to all of our senior athletes who participated in football
and volleyball. Your dedication to the building and success of
the programs is deeply appreciated.
Congratulations to Jake Larson, who was a member of the Indianola
Cross Country team that qualified for the state meet in Fort Dodge.
Junior high basketball and wrestling practices have started. Currently,
there are only 10 girls out for basketball plus 3 managers; 13
boys out for basketball; 13 boys out for wrestling plus 3 girls
as managers. Mr. Oliver & Mr. Bauer are allowing several boys
to try both basketball and wrestling during the first couple of
weeks to get a feel for each and make a final decision later.
Sr. high girls’ basketball practice begins on November 10th.
Sr. high boys’ basketball and wrestling start practice on
A new athletic scheduling program has been purchased. It is an
online program in which the community will be able to access information
from schedules to bus times to cancellations. Parents and fans
will also be able to sign up for e-mail updates of changes in games.
I am hoping to have it up and running by the first of December.
You can currently access the schedules for Varsity basketball and
wrestling at http://as.rschooltoday.com/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=139
I would like to thank everyone who has helped at our volleyball
and football games this season. Your willingness to participate
at Southeast Warren events helps create a positive environment
for coaches, players and fans.
Athletic Booster Club Notes
The athletic boosters are waiting to hear from the school and
FEMA about the damages to the baseball/softball fields before making
a decision 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.
Memberships are available at a cost of $25. The boosters are always
looking for new members to become active in their organization.
The next athletic boosters meeting will be November 12th at 7:00
PM in Liberty Center.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve October 13, 2008 minutes
2. Approve October 27, 2008 minutes
3. Financial reports
4. Approve second reading of Board Policy 403.5, “Early Retirement
5. Approve the School Nurse and the Secondary Principal as Level
I child abuse investigators
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Galvin reported
on the following items:
- Certificates were received from Senator
Harkin recognizing the
Southeast Warren District for taking advantage of the Iowa Demonstration
Construction Grant and the Fire Safety Grant. The grants were
received in 2002 and used to renovate a classroom and the gymnasium
and for electrical upgrades, door closures and emergency and
exit lighting at the Junior/Senior High School.
- The Jr./Sr. High had a low turn out for Parent-Teacher conferences.
A time will be set up with teachers to discuss ways to get more
parents to attend conferences.
- Administrators and three teachers
attended the second session of Iowa Core Curriculum training.
- A meeting had been scheduled for today with the Department
of Education to discuss site visit deficiencies but the Department
of Education representative did not show up; the meeting will
rescheduled for a later date.
- The fall sports have finished.
Middle school sports practice has started, the varsity girls’ basketball
started practice tonight and the varsity boys’ basketball
and wrestling practice will start next week.
- Auditors will
be here next week to perform the annual audit of the books.
- The Iowa Association of School Boards Convention
will be held November 19-21.
- The Middle School Dance will be held on November 21st at
7:00 p.m. The Board is welcome to help chaperone.
- Students will write letters to veterans tomorrow
- The Teacher Quality Committee met today to discuss
the allocation of Teacher Quality Funds. The portion
of the funds
to be used
for professional development will be divided between
the buildings to be used for building goals, substitutes,
spent outside of the contract day as determined by
OATH OF OFFICE: Board Secretary Julie Wilson administered the
oath of office to Larrie Williams for Vice President.
DISTRICT BROCHURE: The Board reviewed the final copy of the district
brochure that was developed by the Warhawk Pride Committee. Mr.
Galvin recommended approval of the district brochure. Motion by
Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the
district brochure. Ayes: 5.
Mr. Galvin noted that the next Warhawk Pride Committee meeting
would be held on December 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the High School building.
FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: The Board reviewed the updated five-year
expenditure plan for transportation, facilities and technology.
Mr. Galvin recommended approval of the expenditure plan. Motion
by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the five-year
expenditure plan as presented. Ayes: 5.
CERTIFIED ENROLLMENT: Julie Wilson reviewed the October 2008 certified
enrollment count. The actual enrollment that determines funding
for the 2009-2010 school year decreased from 575.6 FTE students
to 569.2 FTE students, a decrease of 6.4 FTE.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Mr. Galvin recommended approval of the appointments
of Nathan Bauer, Head JH Wrestling Coach; Brian Jimenez, Head HS
Wrestling Coach; Nathan Bauer, Assistant HS Wrestling Coach; Sheldon
Thompson, Co-Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach (sharing half
of Ron Smith’s co-head coaching salary); and a change of
coaching assignment for Mike Tierney from Co-Head Golf Coach to
Golf Coach. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to
approve the November 2008 personnel changes as presented. Ayes:
NEGOTIATIONS: Mr. Galvin recommended hiring Mr. Carl Reno to serve
as chief negotiator for both the certified and support staff negotiations.
Mr. Reno would request a rate of no more than half of what an attorney
would charge or $60 per hour, which ever is less, plus mileage.
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve
Mr. Reno as chief negotiator. Ayes: 5.
Ron Miller agreed to serve as the board representative for the
certified staff negotiations and Larrie Williams agreed to serve
as the board representative for the support staff negotiations.
REQUEST TO SBRC FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH: Julie Wilson recommended
approval of the request to the SBRC for Modified Allowable Growth
for open enrollment out in the amount of $127,992. A total of 24
open enrollment out students were included in the October 2008
certified enrollment count that were not on the 2007 certified
enrollment count. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne
Lester to approve the request to the SBRC for Modified Allowable
Growth for open enrollment out in the amount of $127,992. Ayes:
DRIVER EDUCATION: The Board reviewed proposals for a driver education
program for the 2008-09 school year from two companies and the
actual 2007-08 driver education costs of having the program in-house.
Teen Driver Inc. proposed a fee of $295 per student; Street Smarts
proposed a fee of $325 for 2008-09, $330 for 2009-10, and $335
for 2010-11. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller
to approve the proposal from Teen Driver Inc. for the driver education
program for the 2008-09 school year. Ayes: 5.
2008-2009 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Mr. Galvin related to the Board that
the 2008-2009 school calendar did not have a one hour early dismissal
scheduled prior to Thanksgiving and winter break. As per the certified
master contract, school will be dismissed one hour early prior
to those holidays. Mr. Galvin recommended revising the 2008-2009
school calendar to include the early dismissals. Motion by Jennifer
Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the revision
to the 2008-2009 school calendar. Ayes: 5.
403(b) PLAN DOCUMENT: The Board reviewed the
provisions of the proposed 403(b) plan document with the State
of Iowa Retirement
Investor’s Club. Julie Wilson noted that the State had requested
a revision to the plan documents after the board packets had gone
out; the State is requesting that transfers not be allowed under
the Plan. Julie Wilson recommended approving the plan document
with the revision that transfers not be accepted under the Plan.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
403(b) Plan Document with the State of Iowa Retirement Investor’s
club with the revision that transfers not be accepted. Ayes: 5.
BOWLING COACH: Mr. Galvin related that the Girls’ Athletic
Association would now recognize bowling as an official sport. The
Boys’ Athletic Association will recognize bowling as an official
sport next year. If the District is to continue to offer bowling
as a sport a coaching position will need to be added to the supplemental
pay schedule. Mr. Galvin has discussed adding the bowling coach
position to the supplemental pay schedule with the Association
and a tentative agreement has been reached to add the position
at 2%. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve adding the bowling coach position to the supplemental
pay schedule at 2%. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY 604.2: The Board discussed recommended revisions
to Board Policy 604.2, “Student Health Services”. Motion
by Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to table this item
pending further information. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 405 AND 411: Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the review and revision
of Board Policy Sections 405, “Certified Personnel Related
Considerations”, and 411, “Non-Certified Personnel
Related Considerations”. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:46 p.m.
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