Southeast Warren Mission Statement

The Southeast Warren Community School District, in partnership with parents and the community, will provide quality education and promote character development that will enable our students to become responsible and productive citizens of a global society.

 
 

SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
January 13, 2011


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session January 13, 2011 in the media center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Paul Mead called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. The following board members were present: Larrie Williams and Jennifer Mihalovichh. Ron Miller arrived at 5:35 p.m. Marianne Lester was absent. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, Intermediate Principal Dan Dow, Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3. (Ron Miller was absent from the vote.)

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 21 extra bus trips for the month. I had time assisting with placing the wood chips on the new playground and moving the rest of the pile to the other playground. On Thursday the 22nd I had a surprise visit from the bus inspector to check that the repairs were done and done right from inspection and also inspected the new bus. All that went OK. I do have three busses out of service until I can get the parts for rust holes in the entry door panels. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Perseverance is the primary character theme for January. Mrs. Williams' second grade class presented at our character assembly on January 7th. Our building wide character project for the months of January and February is the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon. Since the Primary building began participating in the math-a-thon in 2004, we have donated a total of $6,634.09 to St. Jude’s. We collected a total of $600 for St. Jude’s last year and have set a goal of $1,000 for this year’s collection. I will be introducing the math-a-thon to the students later this week during our regular character classes. Participation is strictly voluntary, and all of the proceeds go directly to St. Jude’s for patient care and research into children’s diseases.

Upcoming Partners in Education events include:

  • The serving of the community volleyball league at the Milo Community Center on Jan. 30th
  • A second Scholastic Book Fair from Feb. 21st to Feb. 24th
    (the week of Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Movie night in the Intermediate gymnasium on March 11th
  • The elementary carnival on the Primary playground on May 20th

Teacher in-services for the month of January include an IDM leadership team teacher-led inservice about the IDM process and specific reading strategies from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 12th, participation in a Timothy Rasinski’s Fluency webinar from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 13th using our new smart board, and Data Day on Jan. 26th from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The inside of the school’s daycare experienced a facelift over winter break. All of the walls and cupboards were repainted. Existing shelving was cut down from four to two shelf size and then anchored to the wall. This effort accommodated our 3 and 4-year olds and brought the shelves up to the Iowa Quality Preschool Program standards. In addition, room-darkening drapes were added in the west room to aid the children in falling asleep during their afternoon naps and preschool sized tables and chairs were dug out of storage and placed in the dining room to replace the booster seats that had previously been used.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:

The Intermediate Student Council finished their coin drive at the end of the first semester. The kids raised $460 that was donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines. The students had a lot of fun with this and also raised a nice amount of money for their charity. The winning class was Mrs. Schneider’s 5th grade with a total of $120.84. Bringing in the highest total earned them the right to throw a pie in Mr. Dow’s face.
An assembly was held so that the entire student body could be a part of it.

Our Iowa Tests of Basic Skills schedule has been set and we plan to start testing on Tuesday, January 18th, and hope to be finished with the bulk of the testing by Tuesday, January 25th.

The Geography Bee was held here in the Intermediate Center on Thursday, January 6th. Congratulations to Sean Gardner on his win. He has now qualified to take the written test, which will qualify him for the state competition.

The 2nd Quarter Character Trip has been scheduled for Friday, January 14th. Our students will be traveling to the Knoxville Rec Center where they will be able to spend their time swimming, playing racquetball, basketball or gaming in their arcade area. It is a pleasure to be able to reward those students that have incorporated positive character traits into their daily life.

Athletic Director’s report submitted by Chuck Jones:

Any parent or fan who would like to help at the scorer’s table for JH, Jv or Varsity basketball games, please contact me at (641) 466-3331 ext. 114 or chuck.jones@se-warren.k12.ia.us.

The winter sports season is well on its way. The Warhawk girls’ basketball team is 3-6 in this portion of their schedule. While the Warhawk boys’ basketball team is 8-1 at this juncture of the season.

The Second Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night will be January 21st. Come support the Warhawks and raise some money for cancer research.

The wrestling team continues to improve with each match. They had a thrilling win against Colfax-Mingo on December 14th in Liberty Center. The Warhawk grapplers won on criteria with four pins by Grant Beck, Ty Roush, Brian Jimenez, and Austin Rodgers.

Grapplers competed in the Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament on December 18th at Pleasantville. No Warhawks won a conference title, but the following finished in the top four at their respective weight class: Clay Simmons (152), Cody Schurman (160), Grant Beck (171), Austin Rodgers (285).

Athletic Booster Club

The boosters will be hosting their annual youth wrestling tournament on January 8th. The tournament begins with weigh-ins at 7:30 and wrestling beginning at 8:30. Contact any booster club member for more information.

Next meeting: January 12th in Liberty Center at 7:00 PM. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Board Reports: Paul Mead noted that the FFA had made the front page of the Farm Bureau Spokesman for raising over $14,000 in fruit and cheese sales.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. December 13, 2010 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The boys’ basketball team is 8-1 so far this season.
2. The next Children First Forum meeting will be held on January 24th.

PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the seller has accepted the Board’s offer to purchase the real estate located near the Junior/Senior High School. The attorneys are working on the purchase agreement language. This item will be brought back to the Board for final approval in February.

2011-2012 SCHOOL CALENDAR: The Board reviewed the proposed 2011-2012 school calendar. This item will be brought back to the Board for approval in February.

STANDARD & POOR’S RATING: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Standard & Poor’s had given the Southeast Warren School District an A+ rating for the bonds to finance the gymnasium projects and greenhouse in Milo and Liberty Center.

CONSIDER REPLACING PNEUMATIC CONTROLS IN JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH BUILDING: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the pneumatic controls in the Junior/Senior High building are in need of replacement. Superintendent Galvin asked for direction from the Board on whether to invest money to maintain the old system or to invest money to upgrade to a new electronic system. The Board asked Superintendent Galvin to get a second opinion and to explore additional options.

APPROVE PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the appointment of Brooke Peppmeier, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor; and to approve the requests for unpaid leave from Kelsi Christensen for one day of unpaid leave on January 3rd, Tina Schneider for one day of personal leave on March 14th and one day of unpaid leave on March 15th; and from Stacey Clendenen for two unpaid days of leave on April 21st and 22nd. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH PEL INDUSTRIES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement with Pel Industries, Inc. The agreement will allow Pel Industries, Inc. to provide Southeast Warren apparel and merchandise to various retailers in the area. In return, Southeast Warren will receive an 8% royalty on the net sales of merchandise bearing the Southeast Warren name. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agreement with Pel Industries, Inc. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE MSRB RULE G-23 LETTER: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the MSRB Rule G-23 letter with Piper Jaffray. The letter invites Piper Jaffray to submit a bid to purchase the upcoming bonds. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the MSRB Rule G-23 letter with Piper Jaffray. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE FINANCIAL ADVISORY AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Financial Advisory Agreement with Piper Jaffray to provide financial advisory services on the upcoming bond issue. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the Financial Advisory Agreement with Piper Jaffray. Ayes: 4.

DISSEMINATION AGENT AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Dissemination Agent Agreement with Piper Jaffray. Piper Jaffray will provide the service of submitting continuing disclosure filings on the School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2011, dated April 1, 2011. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Dissemination Agent Agreement with Piper Jaffray. Ayes: 4.

RESOLUTION FIXING THE DATE OF SALE, APPROVING ELECTRONIC BIDDING PROCEDURES, AND APPROVING THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resolution. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the resolution fixing the date of sale of not to exceed $1,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2011, approving electronic bidding procedures and approving the Official Statement. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT FOR 403(B) PLAN ADMINISTRATION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Agreement for 403(b) Plan Administration with the State of Iowa, through the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. The agreement continues the current administration of Southeast Warren’s 403(b) plan offered to employees. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Agreement for 403(b) Plan Administration. Ayes: 4.

REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 203, 204 & 205: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 203, “Procedures of Operation”, 204, “Meetings of the Board”, and 205, “Miscellaneous”.

ACCEPT ARCHITECT’S RECOMMENDATIONS: Dan Hunt, from Connect Architecture & Design, was present to review finishes and receive Board input on the Primary gymnasium and Liberty Center wrestling/weight room projects. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve Dan Hunt’s recommendations. Ayes: 4.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:14 p.m.

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