SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
October 11, 2010
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session October 11, 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: Marianne Lester, Ron Miller,
and Jennifer Mihalovichh. Larrie Williams arrived at 5:34 p.m. Superintendent/Secondary Principal
Delane Galvin, 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 Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agenda. Ayes:
4. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.)
Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 19 extra bus trips for the month. I spent time moving dirt around from the tile work
and moving wood chips on the playground. Two insurance claims have been filed, one bus fell
off a driveway causing body damage and another bus got into a gate. All of the vans have now
been sold. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.
Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:
Preschool playground equipment installation went well last Saturday, with fourteen adults
participating. Hopefully, the banks will be smoothed down, the rest of the ground cover will
be installed, and the chain link fencing will be completed by the end of this week. Complete
names of contributing individuals and companies who donated time and/or the use of equipment
will be placed in the Warren Pride, once the project is completed.
PIE completed their first fundraiser of the school year. Product delivery is scheduled to
occur the second day of Parent-Teacher Conferences – November 4th.
Last week was Fire Prevention Week at the Primary, with a visit from the Milo Fire Department
occurring on Thursday. In addition, individual classes practiced the stop, drop, roll technique,
viewed fire safety videos, and read safety books throughout the week.
In addition to monthly teachers’ meetings after school, we hold monthly teacher associate
meetings over the students’ noon break (teachers cover for associates during those times),
and monthly daycare staff meetings at 6:00 in the evening with a light supper at the Primary.
Besides relaying information about upcoming events and expected procedures and providing needed
inservice, these meetings are used as brainstorming and problem-solving opportunities for
The teachers are excited about the addition of an Elmo and a White Board for our building’s
use. Our new Elmo and the accompanying LCD are on a cart that can be wheeled to any classroom
in the building, enabling teachers to demonstrate on a large screen either a computer image
or a video camera-generated-image. This new technology for the classroom will enable teachers
to project for the entire class at the same time a close up of a live insect, the pages of
a book in color for student read-alouds, or demonstrations of research techniques or other
web-based applications on the internet. I will report on the applications of the White Board
in our new computer lab after the district-wide training has been completed and we know the
full range of applications for that instrument. The students are loving their computer sessions,
where they work on reading and math skills and are learning the home row keys on the keyboard.
The District Leadership Team attended the first training about the Iowa Core Curriculum
for the 2010-11 school year last Thursday in Indianola. The teachers are using a web-based
program called I-Cat at some of their staff development times to record what they specifically
taught in the various subject areas during the past year. This program will compare that past
taught curriculum with the intended Iowa Core Curriculum and tell us where additional instruction
needs to take place to bring us up to speed with the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Last Friday, we held our second Character Assembly of the school year. Our character theme
for the month of October is respect. Mrs. Teas’ first graders will be presenting their
thoughts on the topic of respect at that assembly, and we will be presenting character awards
to another batch of students representing each K-3 classroom.
Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:
We have had a great start to the new school year. The staff and students have adjusted well
and our enrollment is up to 120 students with another two fifth graders expected to enroll
this month. Midterm reports were sent out last week, and we have already started the process
of getting conferences set up for the end of the 1st quarter. We are hoping for a high turnout
In the past few weeks’ school pictures have been taken, and our flu shot clinic was
held. We had a good turnout of students as well as adults, with over 40 staff members district-wide
who were vaccinated. We have just finished up the Fall Fundraiser, and it looks like our students
put forth a lot of effort in their sales. We have had a very busy and productive start to
We are looking forward to Red Ribbon Week and our DARE classes starting up. We are also
planning for our first character trip of the year.
Mr. Dow to Curriculum Network Meeting 10/1
Mr. Dow, Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Ripperger to DLT Training 10/7
October 13th End of Quarter Work Day
October 21st End of 1st Quarter
November 1st and 4th Parent Teacher Conferences
Athletic Director’s report submitted by Chuck Jones:
Fall sports season is drawing to an end with regional volleyball and playoff football on
the horizon. The volleyball team, currently, has a 2-17 record. The POI volleyball tournament
will be played Monday, October 11th, at I-35 with matches verse Mount Ayr & I-35. The
winner advances on to the semi/finals on Tuesday October 12th at East Union. The Lady Warhawks
will be hosting the opening round of regional volleyball on October 20th. Their opponent will
be Iowa Christian Academy. Game time will be 7:00 PM. The Warhawk football team, currently,
stands at 4-2, 2-0 in district play with three games to play. A playoff berth is expected,
if the remainder of the season plays out as expected. The cross-country team completes at
the POI meet on October 12th in Greenfield. Start time is 5:00, girls and 5:30, boys.
POI volleyball selections and district football selections will be held at the conclusion
of each season.
Athletic Booster Club
The Southeast Warren Athletic Boosters are working towards the completion of the tiling
project. They are back filling the tiled area and will continue to do so through out the fall
and spring months. The baseball field has been completely redone. Dave Horton and CJ Morrow
have spent numerous hours disking up the infield and hauling in new dirt for the infield.
They have also crowned the field for proper drainage. Sod is expected to be laid shortly before
the first snow.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve September 20, 2010 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the items on the consent agenda.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The POI volleyball tournament will be played tonight at I-35.
2. We will host the opening round of regional volleyball on October 20th.
3. There are two varsity football games left and three cross country meets before regionals.
4. Junior High sports are wrapping up this week.
5. Parent-teacher conferences will be held the first week in November. The first quarter ends
6. A Children First Forum meeting is scheduled for October 26th in Lacona at 6:30 p.m.
7. Superintendent Galvin has been nominated to serve on the SAI Legislative Action Committee.
The first meeting will be held on October 22nd.
8. The Secondary building is participating in IDM training this year. Four staff members will
receive training to train the remaining staff.
9. Iowa Core Curriculum will now be replaced with National Core Curriculum content. Basically,
we will be starting all over again.
APPROVE CONTRACT WITH ARCHITECT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that an invoice
had been received from Haila Architecture for professional services completed on the schematic
design portion of the project. The invoice was for $8,938.61, representing 80% completion
of the schematic design portion. Superintendent Galvin recommended, as per discussion with
the school attorney, not paying the full amount of the invoice, but rather the portion of
the invoice that the Board felt represented the amount of work actually completed on the project.
Motion by Marianne Lester, seconded by Larrie Williams to pay Haila Architecture 30% ($3,340.50)
of the schematic design portion of the project. Ayes: 5. The Board directed Superintendent
Galvin to have the school attorney draft a letter to send with the check to Haila Architecture.
Mr. Dan Hunt, from Connect Architecture & Design, was present to answer questions the
Board had concerning the Milo gymnasium and HS practice facility projects. Motion by Larrie
Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the contract with Connect Architecture & Design.
EDUCATION JOBS FUND: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the District will receive
approximately $113,000 in Education Jobs Fund moneys this year. The funds must be spent by
the end of fiscal year 2012. The plan is to use this money to save jobs for next year since
the student count is down 20 plus students, resulting in a decrease in state aid of approximately
$140,000 for the next school year.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the appointments of Mary
Mitzelfelt, Special Education Route Driver; Melissa Hall, Regular Route Bus Driver; and Erica
Ellingson, Volunteer Assistant Dance Team Coach. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne
Lester to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4. (Miller, Lester, Williams,
and Mead) Nays: 1. (Mihalovichh)
FFA TRIP TO NATIONAL CONVENTION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the FFA trip
to the National Convention to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 19-22. Motion by
Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh to approve the FFA trip to the National Convention.
SNOW REMOVAL BIDS: Superintendent Galvin related that three snow removal bids had been received,
one for Milo, two for Liberty Center, and one for Lacona. Motion by Ron Miller to approve
the snow removal bids from Hansen Enterprises for Milo, Darrell Ripperger for Liberty Center,
and Helen Green for Lacona. Ayes: 5.
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the Comprehensive
School Improvement Plan with the Board. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovichh
to approve the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Ayes: 5.
ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the Annual Progress Report with the
Board. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the Annual Progress
Report. Ayes: 5.
APPROVE SPECIFICATIONS FOR PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS AND AUTHORIZE TO ADVERTISE FOR
Galvin recommended approving the specifications to purchase a 65-passenger school bus and
authorize to advertise for bids. The bus will be purchased using sales tax dollars. Motion
by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the specifications for the purchase
of a school bus and authorize to advertise for bids. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY 202.2: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the revision to Board Policy
202.2, “President of the Board”, as per discussion from the September board meeting.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the revision to Board
Policy 202.2. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 804, 805 AND 806: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 804, “Reports”,
805, “Records”, and 806, “Insurance”.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:09 p.m.
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