SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
March 14, 2011


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session March 14, 2011, in the media center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Paul Mead called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. The following board members were present: Larrie Williams, Ron Miller, Jennifer Mihalovichh, 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 Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the boys’ basketball team for winning the POI Conference Championship, Cody Schurman for finishing 8th at state wrestling, and Seth Nutting for being selected to 2nd Team All-State, Class 1A.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 11 extra bus trips for the month. All of the drivers are signed up for the annual inservice that will be held on March 23rd at Melcher-Dallas. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

I honored the Teacher Associates in our building on February 24th with a breakfast of donuts, rolls, milk, and juice for the entire staff, and I recognized them individually in that week’s parent newsletter for their hard work and dedication to our students and programs. We currently have two special education classroom associates, a library associate, and five one-on-one associates who are assigned to individual students or pairs of students in the Primary building. I meet with the associates on a monthly basis to provide training in staff relationships and student supervision and to troubleshoot areas of concern.

Teachers rescheduled a few of their parent-teacher conferences to a later date and held some on the telephone to complete those scheduled for the later hours on the evening of Thursday, February 24th, when the road conditions due to heavy snowfall led us to send the teachers home approximately an hour earlier than originally scheduled. In the end, 90% of the scheduled conferences were held.

On Tuesday, March 1st, three employees of Peoples Bank visited the Primary daycare and school building to read Dr. Seuss books to all of the children. One of those employees was dressed as the Cat in the Hat, one of our children’s favorite book characters. On Monday, March 7th, Ronald McDonald met with all of the children in a general assembly. His message promoted reading and good care of books. His silly antics and kid-friendly presentation helped reinforce this important message. Thanks to the Peoples Bank and the McDonald’s Corporation for helping us make reading a little more important to our youngsters.

The Indianola Lions Club will again be doing glaucoma screenings, and the AEA will be conducting hearing tests for our present 4-year-olds. We will be holding a preschool open house for the parents and children who will be turning three or four years of age by September 15th, 2011, this coming Thursday evening in the Primary building. Preschool staff will be present to welcome our guests and two Warren County nurses, as well as our district nurse, will be available to check the state immunization records of the children and give lead screenings to those needing them. Our kindergarten round-up is scheduled for April 29th, when the upcoming kindergartners will experience a day in kindergarten, while the teachers note their social patterns and academic skills. All of these activities are important to insure that our children experience a productive early childhood experience and are prepared for the rigors of the later grades.

With four new teachers in our building this year - each requiring two formal evaluations - plus a third of the rest of the staff, observations and the corresponding meetings associated with them, along with the additional four character classes that I am conducting three times a week this year, I am finding myself very busy, especially at this time of the school year. However, the extra time with the children and the opportunity to get into the classrooms and see the exciting skills and ideas that our new teachers bring to the district make it all worthwhile.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:

Parent/Teacher conferences were held here in the Intermediate Center on February 21st and 24th. Overall the numbers were down slightly, due in large part to bad weather that moved in on Thursday forcing us to cut the night short. Our teachers were able to make up most of the missed conferences by phone. Partners in Education held a Scholastic Book Fair in the library during conferences as well, and were able to donate $577.00 worth of books to our library as well as the teachers’ classroom libraries. I would like to extend a thank you to PIE and The Green Plain United Methodist church for providing the staff with dinner and dessert during conferences.

Sean Gardner, a sixth grader in Mrs. Christensen’s class has qualified for the state level of the National Geographic Geography Bee. Sean had to pass a written test to move on in the competition. This is Sean’s 2nd time to qualify and we are all very excited to see how he does at State.

Our 6th grade students have been taking D.A.R.E classes since last fall. Their graduation date has been set for Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Intermediate Center gym. Their parents have been invited to attend and celebrate in their child’s accomplishments. Pizza will also be provided after the ceremony.

Our 3rd Quarter Character trip has been planned. For our students to qualify for these trips they must meet the following list of requirements:
Community Service completed Grades of A, B, or C
5 or fewer days absent 5 or less late assignments
5 or less names in binder 3 or fewer detentions
3 or less bullying forms no office referrals no suspensions
This quarter our students will be traveling to Skate South in Des Moines on March 25th where they will spend the afternoon roller-skating.

Athletic Director report submitted by Chuck Jones:

The winter sports season has concluded. The Warhawk girls’ basketball team ends the regular season at 6-15 and 3 –13 in the conference. The Lady Warhawks ended their season with a loss to Morman Trail in regional play. Amy Williams was selected to the 2nd Team all-conference. Amy also set a school record for rebounds in a game (5-player).

The Warhawk boys’ basketball team finished the season at 20-2 and 15-1 in conference play. The Warhawks captured the Pride of Iowa Conference Championship. The twenty wins is a school record for victories in a season. The Warhawks’ season came to an end with a loss to Grandview Park Baptist. Seth Nutting & Austin Allen were selected to the 1st Team all-conference.

Thank you to Deanna Smith, Janet Mason, Chuck Cleveland, and Kirby Sites for working at the scorer’s table and announcing for all of our home basketball games.

The Second Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night was held January 21st. Many prizes were auctioned off to help support the American Cancer Association. Thanks to Coach Morrow, the girls’ basketball team, and parents for their hard work. Approximately $2500 was raised to benefit cancer research.

Southeast Warren hosted sectional wrestling on February 5th. I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help and made the tournament a great success. Cody Schurman finished 8th at the state wrestling tournament. (160 lb.)

The POI has made a change to the start of conference baseball & softball games. All conference games will start with the varsity game (6:00) followed by the JV game.

Spring and summer sports calendars have arrived and can be picked up in school offices. We have poster, notebook and pocket sizes available.

Thank You to:
Hoops for Hope sponsors

Barker Implement
Noble Ford
Casey Blake (LA Dodgers)
Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Rudy’s
1700AM The Champ
University of Northern Iowa
Iowa State University
Des Moines Energy
Iowa Cubs
Sydney Lett
Sports Page Bar & Grill
Brickhouse Restaurant
Kerri Bunnell (Longabeger Baskets)
Lori Fraiser (Scentsy)
Peoples Company (Bob Darr)
South Central Co-op
Wal-Mart
Mindy Gerrish (Mary Kay)
Barb Weeks
SEW Athletic Booster Club
La Casa
Norris Automotive
Peoples Savings Bank
Ben Blake (Simpson baseball)
Van Meter Industries (Scott Morrow)
Dana & Farrin Williams
Professional Body Works

Sectional Wrestling workers

Delane Galvin
Ron Miller
Dennis Green
Kevin Smith
Kelly Henderson
Jim Carr
Karen Duncan
Deanna Smith
Deanna Williams
Becky Schurman
Andy Schurman
Troy Thompson
Jamie Henderson
Greg Davis
Carl Davis
Keith Walton (Accelerated Rehab)
Clint Bauer
Paul Rogalla
Wade Crow
Keith Smith
Dallas O’Brien
Brian Jimenez
Nate Bauer
SEW cheerleaders
Kayla Pontier
SEW wrestling managers
SEW JH wrestlers
SEW dance team & coaches
SEW athletic booster club
Marica Williams
Candy Cronbaugh
Deanna Hommer
Sarah Sealock
SEW wrestlers
Brandon Rogalla
Geri Davis
Mrs. O’Brien
Emma Davis
Andrew Gladfelter

Athletic Booster Club

The booster club is in the process of creating items for a Warhawk Store. The store would have a variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. in school colors. A workday will be held April 30th to prepare the baseball/softball fields for the up-coming season. We will be starting at 8:00 AM. The Southeast Warren Athletic Boosters Club has updated their web site and can also be found on Facebook. There is also an e-mail address: boosters@se-warren.k12.ia.us. $2000 is being donated to the Southeast Warren athletic department for the purpose of replacing out of date football helmets. Other items approved for baseball/softball fields were: seed, surface material, and batting cage. Next meeting: April 13th in Liberty Center at 7:00 PM. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. February 14, 2011 minutes
2. February 17, 2011 minutes
3. Financial reports

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

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

  1. The speech team competed at State Individual Events Speech Contest this past Saturday. Congratulations to the speech team on their excellent ratings. Credit also goes to Mrs. Krug and Ms. Weeks for developing an excellent speech program.
  2. Tuesday will be the incentive day for students that scored high enough on the ITBS/ITED tests to earn half a day or a full day off from school.
  3. There will be no school March 16th, 17th and 18th due to spring break.
  4. A summary of the ITBS/ITED scores was given to the Board for review.

PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the asbestos report has been received and no asbestos was detected in the property being considered for purchase. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the purchase agreement for the property located at 16239 Tyler Street. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the purchase agreement. Ayes: 5.

JOINT WARREN COUNTY BOARD MEETING: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that a joint Warren County Board Meeting will be held on April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Martensdale. Superintendent Galvin asked for board members to let him know by March 22nd if they were planning to attend.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the resignation of Leroy Corder, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor, effective February 28, 2011; the resignation of Lindey Krug, Media Specialist and Junior High Dance Coach, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year; and the resignation of Robert Briggs, Part-Time Evening Custodian, effective March 25, 2011; approve the appointments of Judy Dittmer, Special Education Route Driver; Brooke Peppmeier, Ag Instructor plus 25 extended days and FFA Advisor; and John Northway, Volunteer Trap Shoot Coach; approve the transfer of Mary Mitzelfelt from Special Education Route Driver to Special Education One-on-One Associate; and approve the request for assistant pay for Nathan Bauer, Assistant JH Wrestling Coach. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.

2010-2011 BUDGET AMENDMENT: Julie Wilson recommended amending the 2010-2011 budget to allow for the increase of $600,000 in expenditures due to the start of construction on the Milo gymnasium and Liberty Center wrestling building projects. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2010-2011 budget amendment for publication and set the hearing date for April 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Ayes: 5.

2011-2012 BUDGET: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2011-2012 budget for publication and setting the hearing date for the next regularly scheduled board meeting, April 11, 2011. The proposed tax rate is $18.31130, a decrease of almost $0.65 from this year’s tax rate. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the 2011-2012 budget for publication and set the hearing date for April 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Ayes: 5.

APPROVAL OF TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the form of Tax Exemption Certificate for the $1,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2011. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the form of Tax Exemption Certificate. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes: 5.

APPROVAL OF CONTINUING DISCLOSURE CERTIFICATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the Continuing Disclosure Certificate for the $1,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2011. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Ron Miller. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes: 5.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TERMS OF ISSUANCE AND PROVIDING FOR AND SECURING THE PAYMENT OF SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE SALES, SERVICES AND USE TAX REVENUE BONDS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Resolution Authorizing the Terms of Issuance and Providing for and Securing the Payment of $1,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Resolution Authorizing the Terms of Issuance and Providing for and Securing the Payment of $1,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH LRG: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the License Agreement with LRG to allow them to sell SEW merchandise to retailers. The District will receive royalty checks based on the sales of the merchandise. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the License Agreement with LRG. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE CONSENT FORM WITH COTTON GALLERY, LTD: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Consent Form with Cotton Gallery, Ltd. to allow Wal-Mart to sell SEW apparel in their stores. The District will receive royalty checks for items sold. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the Consent Form with Cotton Gallery, Ltd. Ayes: 5

APPROVE PURCHSE OF COOLER FOR MILO KITCHEN: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that three bids had been received to replace the cooler in the Milo kitchen. The cooler has been repaired several times and now has problems that are not repairable. Superintendent Galvin recommended purchasing a replacement cooler from the lowest bidder, Central Restaurant Products. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve purchasing a cooler from Central Restaurant Products. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE AMERICAN RED CROSS AUTHORIZED PROVIDER AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Authorized Provider Agreement with American Red Cross to allow Mrs. Chambers to provide Red Cross CPR training to students and staff. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the American Red Cross Authorized Provider Agreement. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE ATTENDANCE TO THE ASCD ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Mr. Dow requested permission from the Board to attend the ASCD Annual Conference. Mr. Dow feels the conference would be very beneficial due to his responsibilities as TAG Teacher/Coordinator and Curriculum Director. Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve Mr. Dow’s attendance to the ASCD Annual Conference. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE 28-E CONTRACT WITH IOWA CENTRAL: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 28-E Contract with Iowa Central Community College in order to offer online ICCC Senior Year Plus courses to students. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the 28-E Contract with Iowa Central Community College. Ayes: 5.

SENIOR CLASS TRIP: Mrs. Mitzelfelt and senior class representatives presented information to the Board on the proposed senior class trip to Kansas City May 9th -12th. The cost of the trip will be paid for by the students. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the senior class trip to Kansas City. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE BID FOR GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM FLOOR: Superintendent Galvin recommended tabling this item until additional bids are received. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to table this item until the next board meeting. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE REVISION TO BOARD POLICY 802.6: Julie Wilson recommended revising Board Policy 802.6, “Investments”. The recommended revision increases the maximum amount of investments at Peoples Savings Bank by $1,500,000 in order to allow for the deposit of the Sales Tax Revenue Bond funds. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the revision to Board Policy 802.6 by increasing the maximum investments at Peoples Savings Bank to $3,500,000. Ayes: 5.

REVIEW BOARD POLICIES 700, 701, 702: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 700, “Statement of Guiding Principles”, 701, “School Lunch Program”, and 702, “Transportation”.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:31 p.m.

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