SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
June 14, 2010

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 14, 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: Larrie Williams, Ron Miller, Jennifer Mihalovichh, and Marianne Lester. 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 Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Jim Funk addressed the Board to express the concern that the bus drivers have over the negotiated salary agreement with AFSCME. Jim related to the Board that the bus drivers feel it is unfair that the majority of the settlement with AFSCME went towards insurance benefits, which the bus drivers do not have. The Board acknowledged the bus drivers’ concerns, however, the bus drivers must go through AFSCME to negotiate their salary.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 33 extra bus trips for the month. Most of the month was spent making required repairs from the inspection that was held on May 27th. We had one van out of service and a few 30-day repairs that will be repaired over the summer. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

A drawing of the proposed remodel of the Primary media center was given to board members for review. A wall will be built down the center of the media center. One half of the room will be used for the media center and the other half of the room will be used for a computer lab. The computer lab will hold 22 to 23 computers; currently the largest class next year is 18. The remodel of the media center will also help with scheduling specials next year.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:

The 6th grade Talented and Gifted students went of their trip to the Mississippi River Museum and the Effigy Mounds National Park.

We are still looking for a half time custodian and a classroom associate.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 10, 2010 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

The consensus of the Board was to pay out the balance due to Carl Reno, if he was agreeable, for prior consulting work performed.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The Relay For Life team won a trophy last Friday during the Relay For Life Walk. Congratulations to all who participated and were there.
2. The graduation ceremony went fairly well. Superintendent Galvin didn’t hear any concerns about the new 6:00 start time.
3. The sixth graders visited the Junior/Senior High building at the end of May.
4. Julie Melcher, from the Department of Education, met with Superintendent Galvin and Dan Dow to review progress on the corrective action plan to remedy deficiencies found during the site visit. No major issues were detected. The next follow-up visit by the DE will be May 2011.
5. Nodaway Valley has not officially notified the Pride of Iowa Conference of their intentions to leave the conference, so it is assumed they will probably still be in the conference next year.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: Charlotte Weaklend presented three bids to the Board for the purchase of preschool playground equipment. Charlotte recommended accepting the low bid from Boland Recreation in the amount of $12,442 and seeking volunteers to help install the equipment. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the bid from Boland Recreation in the amount of $12,442 and to seek volunteers to help install the equipment. Ayes: 5.

2011 LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: After Board discussion and input, Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the following Legislative Action Priorities:
1. Opposes unfunded mandates. (30)
2. Supports full funding of public schools before supporting non-public schools. (14)
3. In the spirit of equitable spending for the benefit of all of Iowa’s children, the portion of Iowa’s casino revenues rewarded to school districts should be distributed equitably among all districts, similar to the statewide penny. To do otherwise is making a statement to the students of the districts not currently benefiting that they are not as important as the students in the districts with casinos. (10)
4. Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average. (1)
5. Supports expansion of the allowable use of physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) funds while maintaining the purposes of infrastructure, transportation, technology and equipment funding. (20)

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the five 2011 Legislative Action Priorities as recommended by Mr. Galvin. Ayes: 5.

PURCHASE OF LUNCHROOM TABLES: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the lunchroom tables are beginning to show wear and are in need of replacement. The Board directed Superintendent Galvin and Dennis Green to check on the various styles of tables available and bring a recommendation back to the Board within a $10,000 budget.

LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS: The recommendations from the Long Range Planning Committee for curriculum, grade level and staffing structure, and infrastructure were included in the Board packets. The top priority of the Long Range Planning Committee for infrastructure is to complete Tier 1 (build a metal wood structured practice facility in Liberty Center, build a greenhouse for the Ag program, and build a gymnasium at the Milo Primary Center) as soon as feasibly possible using one-cent sales tax dollars. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Long Range Planning Committee recommendations and directing Superintendent Galvin and Julie Wilson to bring recommendations back to the Board on how to finance Tier 1 of the infrastructure plan. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the Long Range Planning Committee recommendations and for Superintendent Galvin and Julie Wilson to bring recommendations back to the Board on how to finance Tier 1 of the infrastructure recommendations. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the resignation of Erin Weaver, Preschool Teacher; approving the appointments of Amanda Nunn, Band Instructor (68%); Jared Boysen, HS Math Instructor; Amanda Brown, Kindergarten Teacher; Megan Doty, Preschool Teacher; Haley Seuferer, Third Grade Teacher; Donna Clay, Reading Teacher (50%); Kelsi Bustad, Special Education/6th Grade Teacher; Jamie Harvey, Summer Part Time Custodian for the Lacona building; Shannon Hommer, Summer Part Time Custodian for the Milo building; Megan Weeks, Assistant Athletic Director; Amanda Nunn, Instrumental Music; Amanda Nunn, Summer Instrumental Music (2009-2010 and 2010-2011); to approve the contract modification of Lindey Krug from 6/8 to 7/8 for the addition of Media Specialist duties; and to approve the transfers of Kathy Busick from One-on-One Associate to Preschool Classroom Associate; Billie Jo Marsh, from Kindergarten Teacher to First Grade Teacher; Cynthia DeJoode from Special Education/Reading Teacher to Third Grade Teacher; and Jamie Harvey from Classroom Associate to Intermediate Building Secretary. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the personnel changes as recommended. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH THE SEW ASSOCIATION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. The total package increase was 2.53%, a total cost of $61,496.59. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. Ayes: 5.

The Board took a recess at 7:34 p.m. and reconvened at 7:42 p.m.

2010-2011 SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: The Board discussed the proposed salaries for non-union employees. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to table this item until the July board meeting. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE DECREASE TO 2010-2011 CASH RESERVE LEVY: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the 2010-2011 cash reserve levy could be reduced by $1.00 per thousand due to low package settlements with both of the associations. The new rate will be $18.99 per thousand. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the decrease to the 2010-2011 cash reserve levy. Ayes: 5.

STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Charlotte Weaklend, Dan Dow, and Superintendent Galvin reviewed the revisions to the handbooks for each of their buildings. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the revised Sunrise Sunset Child Care, Preschool, Primary, Intermediate, and Jr./Sr. High handbooks. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the student handbooks. Ayes: 5.

STAFF HANDBOOKS: Dan Dow reviewed the changes to the Intermediate staff handbook. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the changes to the Intermediate staff handbook. Ayes: 5.

CROSS COUNTRY: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that approximately 10 or 11 students are interested in participating in Cross Country next year. Superintendent Galvin recommended reinstating Cross Country as a sport at Southeast Warren and hiring a coach if a minimum of 6 students will be participating. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to reinstate Cross Country as a sport and to hire a coach if a minimum of 6 students are participating. Ayes: 5.

2010-2011 SAI MENTORING AND INDUCTION PROGRAM AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program Agreement for 2010-2011. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program Agreement. Ayes: 5.

ACTUARIAL SERVICES AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Actuarial Services Agreement with SilverStone Group, Incorporated. Actuarial services will be needed in order to comply with GASB 45 requirements to estimate the cost of non-pension benefits offered to employees after they retire. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the Actuarial Services Agreement with SilverStone Group, Incorporated. Ayes: 5.

AGREEMENT FOR JUVENILE COURT SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON SERVICES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Agreement for Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison Services. This position is shared with the Carlisle School District. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the Agreement for Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison Services. Ayes: 5.

TALENTED AND GIFTED PLAN: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Talented and Gifted Plan. The Department of Education reviewed the plan last week and gave their approval of the plan. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Talented and Gifted Plan. Ayes: 5.

COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN GOALS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Children’s First Forum Committee’s recommendations for the annual Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Goals. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Goals as presented. Ayes: 5.

FOOD SERVICE BIDS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the bid from Sara Lee Bakery for bread products and approving the low bid from Anderson-Erickson for dairy products. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the bids from Sara Lee Bakery for bread products and from Anderson-Erickson for dairy products. Ayes: 5.

EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT: The Board reviewed the compiled results of the superintendent evaluation forms. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the evaluation of the Superintendent. Ayes: 5.

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to go into closed session as authorized by Section 21.5(1)(a) of the open meetings law to review or discuss records which are required or authorized to be kept confidential. Ayes: 5. The time was 8:49 p.m.

Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to go out of closed session. Ayes: 5. The time was 9:04 p.m.

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to terminate the employment of Tim Goodson. Ayes: 4. Marianne Lester abstained from voting.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 9:06 p.m.

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