SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
March 8, 2010
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session March 8, 2010, 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, Marianne
Lester, Ron Miller, and Larrie Williams. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin,
Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend, Intermediate Principal Dan Dow, 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.
BOARD SALUTES: Dan Dow recognized Amanda Bales for her efforts in helping to run the book
fair at Intermediate last week. She donated many hours of her own time to help out.
Superintendent Galvin recognized Carl Davis for placing 3rd at the state wrestling tournament.
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 14 extra bus trips for the month. I had a lot of time checking road conditions and
cleaning up snow around the busses and the buildings. The rest of the month was spent doing
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
The Math Night is being planned by our staff to be held tomorrow evening - Tuesday, March
9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents and their primary aged children will be moving through
a series of stations, playing fun math games and getting ideas about how to make learning
math at home fun. The rescheduled PK-6 free movie night, which was held on Friday, February
26th at the Intermediate school, was well attended. PIE provided a supper of hot dogs, chips,
and cookies before the showing of the free movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to families
who wished to participate. A free will offering was collected for the meal. Popcorn, nachos,
and drinks were sold for a nominal price during the movie. We celebrated Reading Week here
at the Primary last week with a visit from the Cat in the Hat (thanks to Peoples Bank), a
celebration of favorite books, and a “Bring Your Favorite Bear to School Day”.
Besides the regular monthly character assembly featuring self-discipline held last Friday
afternoon, two more assemblies will be held during March. Chad Thomas from the Iowa Health
System and the “I Got Caught!” program will provide a bicycle safety program on
March 12th. In connection with that program, Warren County Deputies are partnering with Iowa
Health in rewarding our students for following the bicycle rules of the road during the upcoming
months. On March 25th, Marcus McIntosh from KCCI’s Read to Me Program will be visiting
our building to read to the students and present a check for $500 to go towards the purchase
of additional books for our media center.
Thanks to Partners in Education, on Monday, February 8th, the kindergarten through 3rd grade
students were treated to a special assembly entitled “Wildlife Encounter”, from
a concert company that partners with Mutual of Omaha. This live animal assembly program provided
not only an opportunity for the children to see several wild animals up close – both
those native to Iowa and from other parts of the world, but also information about the individual
animals’ survival, natural history, and distinctive behaviors. The need for wildlife
conservation was emphasized in this engaging 40-minute presentation.
Kindergarten Roundup will look a little different this year. Instead of a weeklong roundup
schedule for observation and testing of incoming kindergartners, we will rely on our already
gathered preschool data for placement decisions and offer a spring preschool open house instead
on March 11th. Both preschool and kindergarten teachers will be available that evening to
answer questions that familiarize the students and parents with the classrooms and general
procedures. Then on April 30th, the current kindergartners will stay home for the day, as
the incoming kindergartners for the 2010-11school year will spend an entire school day with
the kindergarten teachers to begin learning some of the kindergarten procedures. Regular school
transportation will be available to those children attending the roundup day from all three
buildings both to and from school on that day.
The administration and teachers have been working on a plan to restructure and reschedule
our PK-3 program here at the Primary. It is my belief that we can provide an even better,
more individualized instructional program with a smaller staff in our building, if we can
build the needed support from both the remaining staff and the community. More information
will be shared with the board as plans are closer to being finalized.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:
The Intermediate Building had a successful week for the Bookfair. We appreciate all the
efforts by the volunteers that made this possible with a special thank you to Amanda Bales
for her extended time in helping out.
Movie Night in Lacona was well attended by the Primary and Intermediate students and their
parents as well as some visitors from the high school. A big thanks to the members of our
PIE committee and Mrs. Weaklend.
D.A.R.E. graduation was held on March 2nd. Congratulations to our 6th graders and a big
thanks to Officer Randy Spurr for his leadership and instruction. Poster winners were 1st
Anthony Baker, 2nd Sydney Jellison. The Essay that was selected for state competition was
written by Hanna Judd, the other two that finished in the top three were produced by Mary
Harryman and Morgen Greif.
The Intermediate building received 20 office chairs from DMACC. We wish to thank Des Moines
Area Community College for their generosity.
We have acquired $255.00 worth of box tops to date. This money will be used for field trips,
playground equipment or other classroom needs.
Athletic Director Report submitted by Chuck Jones:
Carl Davis and Cody Schurman each finished second at their respective weight classes during
district wrestling. Both advanced on to the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo
Arena in Des Moines starting on Thursday, February 18th. Carl lost his opening match, but
was able to work through the consolation bracket to finish 3rd at 140 lb. weight class in
Class 1A . Cody lost his opening match and lost in the first round of the consolations.
The Southeast Warren girls basketball team closed out their season with an opening round
loss to Melcher-Dallas at Melcher-Dallas on Thursday, February 11th. The girls finished the
year with a 2 & 13 record in the Pride of Iowa Conference and were 3 & 18 over-all.
Sydney Smith was a unanimous selection on the POI 2nd Team All Conference.
The Southeast Warren boys season came to an end with a second round district lose at Murray..
The boys finished the regular season with a 10 & 6 record in the Pride of Iowa Conference
and were 14 & 8 over-all. Three Warhawks received POI All Conference recognition: Seth
Nutting, unanimous 1st Team; Torey Mason, 1st Team; and Austin Allen, 2nd Team.
Southeast Warren hosted a “Coaches vs. Cancer” night during the final home basketball
game on Friday, February 12th. Coach CJ Morrow did an outstanding job of organizing the event.
The night started off with a chili supper. Thanks to Peggy Williams for her help in organizing
it. Various raffle prizes and contests were held throughout the evening. The contests included
are “Dash for Cash”, free throw shooting, and a paper airplane toss. Coach Morrow
was able to get many prizes donated for the raffle: Iowa Energy t-shirts, Iowa Energy tickets,
Simpson College tickets, Iowa Cub tickets, autographed basketballs from Iowa State women’s
coach & Drake University coaches, and three items (hat, bat, bobble-head) autographed
by Indianola native & Los Angeles Dodger Casey Blake. The culminating activity was if
the student body could raise $300, Coach Morrow would have his head shaved. At the last minute,
enough was raised so at half time of the varsity boys game the girls basketball team shaved
his head. Also pink “Hoops for Hope” t-shirts were sold in the days leading up
to the event. Thanks to Madi Martin for taking charge of this activity. An estimated total
of $1400 was raised.
Spring and summer schedules are available on the Southeast Warren web site. All are subject
to change. A notebook sized schedule is available in the high school office.
Athletic Booster Club
The boosters and Mr. Galvin have been pursuing the purchase of state banners to be displayed
in the gym. These would be banners that represent each of the teams from Southeast Warren
that have qualified for State Tournament play.
Do you want to become a “Friend of the Boosters”? The boosters are looking into
creating a list of personal e-mails for those who would be interested in helping out at various
events or activities. They would use it as a way to keep everyone updated on the happenings
of the club. (meetings, clean up dates, assistance needed, etc.)
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve February 11, 2010 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 603.5A, “Privately Owned Computer Use”
4. First reading of Board Policy 504.12, “Administration of Medication”
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the items on the consent
agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The ITBS & ITED scores are in but the information has not yet been compiled.
2. Practice for varsity spring sports started tonight. Junior high students will start practice
after spring break.
3. The end of the 3rd quarter is March 16th.
4. A meeting was held with DMACC concerning the possibility of a joint venture to establish
a Career Academy. DMACC is very interested in the possibility.
5. Sharing possibilities are being explored with the Melcher-Dallas and Indianola schools.
6. The minutes from past meetings of the Long Range Planning Committee were included in the
board packets. The Committee will meet again tomorrow night. The topics for conversation will
be science and social studies curriculums.
7. There has been considerable publicity concerning IASB (of which Southeast Warren pays membership
dues to) in the past few days. The District was also approached by Larry Siegel to join his
new group, ISFIS. We will continue to evaluate both organizations to determine which would
be more beneficial.
8. Superintendent Galvin will be at the State Capitol tomorrow learning how to advocate for
9. A Superintendent round table is scheduled for Milo this Thursday. A Superintendent round
table was held at Lacona last Thursday.
10. The vocal Pops Concert will be held this Thursday.
11. The Fine Arts dinner and auction will be held on March 27th.
12. Twenty-three out of 43 students turned in scholarship applications to the Southeast Warren
Scholarship Foundation. The Scholarship Foundation will be holding their country music program
on April 9th.
13. The condition of the gravel roads is being monitored. There is a possibility that bus
travel on the gravel roads may be embargoed.
WALK-IN FREEZER PROJECT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Mr. Haila had worked
with Jensen Builders to modify the walk-in freezer bid to try to lower the cost of the project.
The modifications bring the cost down on the base bid of $51,500 to $46,375, but with the
recommended adds the total project would be $49,340. The amount budgeted for this project
was $40,000. Mr. Galvin recommended not going over the budget and to obtain costs for a stand-alone
walk-in freezer. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to reject all bids and
to go back to the architect to price out a stand-alone walk-in freezer and go from there.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the retirement of Allen Miller,
Intermediate Part-Time Custodian, effective June 30, 2010; and approving the appointment of
Chris Morrow, Head JH Baseball Coach. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Ron Miller to
approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.
EARLY START DATE FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR: A hearing was held to allow community members
the opportunity to speak for or against the early start date of August 24th for the 2010-2011
APPROVE EARLY START DATE FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the early start date of August 24th for the 2010-2011 school year. Motion by Larrie
Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the early start date of August 24th for
the 2010-2011 school year. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE 2010-2011 BUDGET FOR PUBLICATION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the
2010-2011 budget for publication and setting the hearing date for the next regularly scheduled
board meeting, April 12, 2010. The proposed tax rate is $19.99794 per $1,000 assessed valuation.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the 2010-2011 budget for publication
and to set the hearing date for April 12th. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE USE OF ELECTRONIC MEANS TO DISTRIBUTE NEWSLETTER: Superintendent Galvin recommended
using electronic means to distribute the newsletter as much as possible as a way to help reduce
costs. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to use electronic means
to distribute the newsletter. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE WIRE TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH PEOPLES BANK: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving
the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. Wire transfers are required to be used to transfer
funds into 403(b) accounts. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to
approve the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE LEARNING CENTER AGREEMENT WITH MELCHER-DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT: Mr. Galvin recommended
approving the Learning Center Agreement with the Melcher-Dallas School District. Indianola
will be shutting down their learning center; in addition, the fees for Melcher-Dallas’ learning
center will be less than Indianola’s fees. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron
Miller to approve the Learning Center Agreement with the Melcher-Dallas School District. Ayes:
APPROVE STUDENT TEACHING AGREEMENT WITH SIMPSON COLLEGE: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approval of the Student Teaching Agreement with Simpson College. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded
by Marianne Lester to approve the Student Teaching Agreement with Simpson College. Ayes: 5.
REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 603, 604, AND 605: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections
603, “Instructional Arrangements”, 604, “Services”, and 605, “Pupil
Progress”. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the review of
Board Policy Sections 603, 604, and 605. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:43 p.m.
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