SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
November 8, 2010


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session November 8, 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, Larrie Williams, Jennifer Mihalovichh and Ron Miller. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin and Superintendent Secretary LuAnn Ohnemus were also in attendance along with members of the coaching staff. Primary Principal Charlotte Weaklend arrived later.

AGENDA: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the agenda. Aye: 5.

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the high school football team for qualifying for state playoffs. Congratulations to Coach Oliver, his staff and players. Also congratulations to freshman Kaylee Miller for running at the state cross-country meet. She finished 24th out of 123 Class 1A runners, and ran her personal best time, setting a school record.

REPORTS:

Transportation report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 24 extra bus trips for the month. I spent time assisting Melissa in preparing for her CDL test and training her for the route. I’m currently working on getting ready for bus inspections to be held on November 17th. One bus is in the body shop and another one will be going in. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

Several Primary and Intermediate staff members - including teacher associates, a custodian, and myself - earned our Red Cross CPR/AED training & certification from nurse Dianne Chambers in the Primary media center on the afternoon of October 13th. A separate training is planned for the Daycare staff.

Second graders learned about bee keeping during the afternoon of October 12th from community members Ray Dittmer and Giles Seuferer. This is an annual occurrence for each year’s current second grade class.

Elementary grade level representatives, building reading specialists, and the principals attended an IDM Cohort Reunion in Urbandale on October 29th. There we were reminded of tasks needed to be completed by the building IDM Leadership Teams to continue the work of instructional decision making for reading improvement and learned some new teaching strategies to improve reading comprehension and fluency. This is always a great opportunity to visit with members from other central Iowa IDM schools’ reading teams to learn what materials and strategies they are using to assess and teach reading, especially now when the pk-12 SEW teachers are making purchasing decisions about reading instruction materials.

Forty-nine grandparents ate lunch with their kindergartners during the Kindergarten’s annual Grandparents’ Week – October 18th through the 22nd.

Several local volunteer firemen and first responders provided the youngsters with some up close experiences with their equipment during Fire Prevention Week – October 4th through the 8th.

The students learned about the dangers of drugs and healthy lifestyle choices during Drug Free Week – October 25th through the 29th.

Parent-Teacher conferences were well attended last Monday and Thursday evenings of last week. Participating staff members appreciated the meals of tacos and pizza provided by PIE members.

The Primary students are working hard on their Veterans’ Day presentation at their 2:30 program on November 11th. In addition to that program, there will be a short flag raising ceremony led by the local Boys’ Scouts around the flagpole at 8:15 that morning.

Arrangements have been made to bring the elementary students to the high school on the afternoon of November 10th for an abbreviated version of the high school musical Oliver, that will be performed the following weekend.

Intermediate Principal’s report submitted by Dan Dow:

This past month has been a very busy and productive one here at the Intermediate center.

This past week we held Parent Teacher conferences, and although we don’t have the numbers in yet it looks like we had very good turnout. PIE also held a Scholastic Book Fair during P/T conference week. We would like to thank the PIE organization for all of their hard work. Between the Book Fair and providing meals for the staff during conferences, they have been very busy. Another thank you also goes out to Green Plain Church for the amazing desserts that they provided.

100 of the 120 students in this building made the Honor Roll for 1st Quarter. Congratulations to the students, parents and staff for a job well done.

The PIE Fall Fundraiser wrapped up Thursday, November 4th. The orders came in and were distributed that night during conferences.

The students who met the criteria and qualified for the character trip spent the afternoon of Wednesday, November 3rd enjoying a movie at the Vision II Theater in Chariton. They watched the movie Legend of the Guardians. The theater made the kids a deal and they all got a pop and popcorn for only $2. Over half of the student body qualified for this trip, and those that didn’t are now very motivated to make it to the 2nd quarter trip.

We had a couple of changes in enrollment this past month. On October 18th we added 2 5th grade boys upping our total to 122. Then, October 29th, we lost one 4th grade student and one 6th grade student bringing us back down to 120.

Red Ribbon Week was held here October 25tth through the 29th. Special activities were planned for each day. FFA students came over Monday and handed out Red Ribbons to the students. Throughout the week, each day had its own theme and our students dressed accordingly. Whether it was wearing mismatched socks or wearing sunglasses inside all day the students participated and by doing so pledged to live a drug-free life.

The Boy Scouts are holding a fundraiser Saturday, November 13th in our lunchroom. There will be live music provided by The Bobcats, drawings for prizes that have been donated by local businesses, and they will also be serving food. The menu will consist of chili, hotdogs and drinks. It sounds like a good time with the money made going to a great organization.

Our students have also been very busy this past month with extra curricular activities. We have a large number of students participating in the school musical Oliver. Basketball sign-ups are ongoing and Wrestling sign-ups are set to begin this week.

Our 6th graders participated in their first DARE class last week, and will have classes weekly through the end of February.

Map Testing had to be rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts. Testing is now set to begin Tuesday, November 9th.

Athletic Director’s report submitted by Chuck Jones:

Fall activities have or are wrapping up for the year. Thanks to the coaches, players, parents, and volunteers who have helped our events run smoothly. Thanks go out to Dave Horton, Brain Konrad, BJ Hagen, and Kevin Smith for being the football chain gang. This is Kevin’s final year with us and we appreciate his years of service to the Southeast Warren football program. Our thanks also go out to our guys in the press box: Albert Butler (PA), CJ Morrow (clock), Jamie Henderson (spotter), and numerous others who filled in throughout the season.

Reminder to all student-athletes that did not participate in a fall sport that physical, good conduct, insurance, parent conduct forms are due into the office or to coaches before you are allowed to practice.

Girls’ basketball & bowling (boys-girls) practices start November 8th.

Boys’ basketball & wrestling practices start on November 15th.

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.

Pride of Iowa Volleyball All-Conference Academic
Spencer Williams
Kaylee Tolbert
Sami Lawton

Class A All-District #7
Seth Nutting, Quarterback
Clay Simmons, Linebacker
Grant Beck, Defensive back
Athletic Booster Club

The Southeast Warren Athletic Boosters will be laying sod on the infield portion of the baseball field sometime in November.

A new board of directors and officers were elected at the October meeting.

President: Delton Lawton (2011)
Vice-President: Kevin Hall (2012)
Secretary: LeAnn Hagen (2011)
Treasurer: Heather Konrad (2012)
Purchasing agent: Stacey Cantron (2012)
Board members: Brain Konrad (2011), Dana Williams (2011), Kim Samson (2012), Ferin Williams (2012), plus officers

Officers are elected on a yearly basis and board members are on a two-year cycle.

Next meeting: November 10th in Liberty Center at 7:00 PM. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Board Assignments:

Children First Forum Committee meeting was attended by Ron Miller on October 26th. There was general discussion, a review of Annual Progress Report goals, and building reports.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. Approve October 11, 2010 minutes
2. Approve financial reports
3. Approve second reading of Board Policy 202.2, “President of the Board”

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

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

  1. A college planning night will be held Nov. 11th for seniors and parents.
  2. The first Children First Forum Committee meeting for the year was on October 26.
  3. I will be holding Superintendent Round Table meetings at the elementary buildings to receive concerns and comments from staff and have general discussion.
  4. The fall Scholarship Music Show was November 5th.
  5. The Scholarship Foundation will add a Toy Tractor Show as a new event this year in February.
  6. Parent-Teacher conferences were held last week, with a better parent turnout than the previous year.
  7. Winter sports begin this month, with Jr. High activities starting practice today.
  8. The fall musical will be this coming weekend, with evening performances on Friday and Saturday, plus a Saturday afternoon matinee. A short dress rehearsal will be presented Nov. 10th for the elementary students.
  9. Student Council members will attend a leadership conference at Adventureland this month.
  10. The annual Senior Citizens Luncheon will be December 1st. Last year’s event was cancelled due to weather so we are hopeful this year’s luncheon will be well attended.
  11. The Dance Team will be representing the district at state competition the first week of December.
  12. It’s already time to order caps & gowns for the seniors.
  13. The December board meeting will be the same night as the Jr-Sr High Christmas Concert so we hope you can attend it after the meeting.

SNOW REMOVAL BIDS: The bid award for Lacona snow removal was declined. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the snow removal bid from Darrell Ripperger for Lacona. Ayes: 5

REVIEW CERTIFIED ENROLLMENT: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the Certified Enrollment summary as presented. Total resident student count is down 22.53 FTE and total count of students provided instruction or services is down 32.43 FTE. Total open enrollment out is 92, with total open enrollment in 26.1, for a net of -65.9 student FTE.

GOVERNMENT FLEET SALES: Unsolicited information received from Karl Chevrolet was provided to consider for any future school vehicle needs, as they had received the 2011 state bid. Joel Mosher indicated there may be a need soon to replace a school pickup.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the resignations of Jill Oliver, JH Softball, Jason Walter, Cross Country and Assistant JH Wrestling and Zeb Birchette, Assistant JH Boys Basketball; approving the appointments of Zeb Birchette, JH Girls Basketball, and John Burrell, Assistant JH Boys Basketball; and approving the request from Nathan Bauer for two paid personal days and two days unpaid leave January 11-14, 2011. Motion Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4. Abstain: Jennifer Mihalovichh.

PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS: Joel Mosher reviewed bids received, and differences were discussed. The digital camera option was considered and the consensus was to wait on camera upgrades to do all buses at once, for volume cost savings. Joel recommended accepting the bid from Thomas Bus Sales. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the bid from Thomas Bus Sales, without camera option. Ayes: 5

ARCHITECT’S RECOMMENDATIONS AND PLAN REVIEW: A diagram packet of floor plans and outer views for the Liberty Center practice facility and Milo gym were presented and reviewed. Mr. Hunt has incorporated into these designs the input he received from coaches and the PE teacher. The Board discussed two floor plan options for the Liberty Center facility, and usage needs for the Primary gym. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miler to accept the proposals from GSI (Geotechnical Services, Inc.) for soil boring and from CDA (Civil Design Advantage) for the final surveying at Milo. Ayes: 5

SHARING AGREEMENT WITH CHARITON FOR BOWLING: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the sharing agreement with Chariton School District for bowling, if they are interested. Ayes: 5

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR NEGOTATIONS: Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Marianne Lester to approve Delane Galvin as chief negotiator for the district, Larrie Williams as representative for AFSCME negotiations, and Ron Miller as representative for SEWEA negotiations. Ayes: 5.

REQUEST TO SBRC FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH: Superintendent Galvin explained that with 12 more students than last year reported as open enrolled out, the application to SBRC is necessary to receive $69,216 modified allowable growth. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovichh, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the SBRC Application for Modified Allowable Growth due to increased open enrollment out. Ayes: 5

BOARD POLICIES: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 900, “Statement of Guiding Principles,” 901, “Site Acquisition and Building Construction”, 902, “Maintenance Schedule”, and 903, “Selling and Leasing.”

Paul Mead related that he had received concerns that driving for driver education was being held on Sunday mornings. Mr. Galvin stated that driver education is contracted to Teen Driver and he would contact their representative.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 7:06 p.m.

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