SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
July 13, 2009

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session July 13, 2009, 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 and Ron Miller. Larrie Williams arrived at 5:35 p.m. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, 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 Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.)

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 40 extra bus trips for the month. I spent time assisting Howard in the building and mowing as needed. I went through all busses and checked over for repairs that are needed. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 8, 2009 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.)

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:

  1. The softball girls will be playing their third round of regionals again Molten-Udell.
  2. District baseball will be against Melcher-Dallas tomorrow night.
  3. The cheerleaders have been invited to participate in an activity with the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders. The cheerleaders would spend the night and then perform during half time of a pre-season football game. This item will be brought back to the Board in August for approval.
  4. Work is continuing on student schedules. An option may be added for early bird P.E. in order to have enough offerings of P.E. during the day.
  5. There may be an opportunity to partner with Simpson College for a grant that would provide funding for professional development in the area of teacher instruction in the classroom.
  6. A late-filed open enrollment application has been received and will be brought to the Board in August.
  7. Summer custodial work is progressing very well. The custodians are either at or ahead of schedule.
  8. Packets were given to board members up for election in September.

OPEN POSITIONS/GUIDANCE/BAND: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that interviews would be held on Friday for the Elementary Guidance position. A recommendation will be included in personnel changes for the Media Specialist position. The High School Guidance and Band positions will remain the same as last year.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the resignations of Andrea DeWitt, HS Language Arts; Myrissa Gingerich, Elementary Instructor; and Chuck Jones, JH Baseball Coach; approving the termination of the contract for Judy Dittmer, Special Education Bus Driver; approving the appointments of Chuck Jones, Head HS Baseball Coach; Chris Morrow, Co-Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach; Zeb Birchett, Volunteer Assistant HS Football Coach; Jane Nady, One-on-One Special Education Associate; Courtney Johnson, Sign Language Interpreter; Carrie Cooper, Drill Team Coach; Megan Weeks, Head Speech Coach; and Kim Heim, Assistant Athletic Director; and approving the contract modifications for Megan Weeks, increase contract from 87.5% to 100%; Erin Jensen, increase contract from 63% to 90% for additional Media Specialist duties; Mike Tierney, change contract from Dean of Students/Guidance Counselor Duties to Dean of Students/Counselor Duties/Teacher/Data Coach; Chuck Jones, increase Athletic Director contract from 9% to 12%; and Kim Carnes, increase from 7 ½ hours per day to 8 hours per day for the addition of technology duties. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4. Jennifer Mihalovichh abstained from voting.

CERTIFIED & CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the updated Certified and Classified Employee Handbooks. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the Certified and Classified Employee Handbooks. Ayes: 5.

OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATION: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that an open enrollment application had been received for Sawyer Steenhoek for the 2009-2010 school year to open enroll into Southeast Warren from Chariton. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the open enrollment application. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the open enrollment application for Sawyer Steenhoek. Ayes: 5.

ADMISSION PRICES FOR 2009-2010: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the Pride of Iowa Conference is asking for each district to vote on an increase to admission prices from $4 for adults and $3 for students to $5 for adults and $3 for students. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve increasing admission prices to $5 per adult and $3 per student and to leave the price of activity passes the same. Ayes: 5.

STUDENT FEES FOR 2009-2010: Superintendent Galvin recommended increasing student fees by $5. Book rent is currently $50 per student and 3-year-old preschool fees are $16 per month. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to increase the book rent fee to $55 and increase preschool fees to $20. Aye: 5.

FIVE-YEAR EXPENDITURE PLAN: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the updated Five-Year Expenditure Plan for facilities, transportation, and technology as discussed at the last board meeting. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Five-Year Expenditure Plan. Ayes: 5.

SEARCH FOR ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER: Superintendent Galvin requested permission from the Board to seek bids for an architect or engineer as part of the process for projects on the Five-Year Expenditure Plan. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the search for an architect or engineer. Ayes: 5.

CONTRACT MODIFICATION WITH DR. PEPPER: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving a contract modification with Dr. Pepper to allow products from other vendors to be sold. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the contract modification with Dr. Pepper. Ayes: 5.

SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MELCHER-DALLAS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving a sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas School District to share Physical Education one day a week. Mr. Tierney will be teaching the shared Physical Education class. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas for Physical Education. Ayes: 5.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.

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