Regular Board Meeting
March 12, 2012

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session March 12, 2012 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: Ron Miller, Bruce Williams, and Larrie Williams. Jennifer Mihalovich was absent. 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: 4.

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the individual speech participants for their qualification to state speech.


Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 17 extra bus trips for the month. I have been working on gathering information on the two way radios so we are FCC compliant January 2013. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

The gym bleachers have now been installed and were used during the March character assembly. The children are enjoying the larger facility for indoor recess, and shelving for board games and activities to be used by the students during those recesses, along with more active games involving balls, are being installed in the storage room. The preschool through 6th grade students and their parents were invited to enjoy the new facility at PIE’s annual Movie Night in our gym on Friday, March 9th. Mr. Popper’s Penguins was shown free of charge, with traditional movie treats of popcorn, candy, bottled water, and clear juice boxes sold as a fundraiser.

During the February 13th and 16th parent-teacher conferences, 195 of the scheduled 207 (or 94%) of the conferences were held. Ninety-five percent of the scheduled conferences were held during the November conferences. Great turn-outs.

On February 24th, the 4-year-old preschoolers and the first graders traveled to the Civic Center in Des Moines for a live Clifford, the Big Red Dog performance. The children really enjoyed seeing their favorite characters from the popular book and television cartoons on the big stage, and the arrangements were well made by the teachers. Our thanks to the parent volunteers who assisted in the supervision of the children for their special day.

The week of February 27th was the Primary’s annual reading week. Our theme this year was Wild about Reading. Activities included students writing about their favorite book, a reading of the book Where the Wild Things Are, a celebration of wild animal day with the students bring their stuffed animals, hearing stories about the wild west, and the reading of Dr. Seuss books on his birthday on Friday – a “dress wild” day. Examples of art work produced during that week line our hallways.

We are currently signing up next year’s class of 3 and 4-year olds. There is a preschool open house scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th where parents and the youngsters can visit the classrooms, and meet the teachers, and the parents can learn about the curriculum and health/immunization requirements, and complete the pre-registration process. Warren County Public Health will be there to check immunization records and lead screening. Lead testing of the students will be available that evening if needed. So far, nine three-year-olds and thirty-three four-year-olds are signed up.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

Parent Teacher conferences were held here in the Intermediate Center on February 13th and 16th. We had a great turnout from our parents. Partners in Education held a Scholastic Book Fair in the library and were able to donate over $880.00 in books to our library as well as the teachers’ classroom libraries. Mrs. Ripperger had the Science Fair set up in Art Room for our parents to enjoy as well. PIE provided a wonderful dinner and dessert to our staff on both nights of conferences.

Our 6th grade class has been participating in DARE classes since last fall and their graduation date has been set for March 26th. The ceremony will he held here at the Intermediate Center at 6p.m. Parents have been invited to attend and celebrate in the children’s accomplishments.

The 3rd quarter character trip has been set for April 4th. For our students to qualify for these trips they must meet a list of requirements. They must complete an approved community service project, have grades of an A, B, or C, 5 or fewer days absent, 5 or less late assignments, 5 or fewer names in binder, 3or less bullying forms, along with no office referrals or suspensions. This quarter our students are traveling to Skate South in Des Moines where they will spend their afternoon roller skating.

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Chuck Jones:


Jake Hunerdosse and Joshua Parker for qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament.

Carrie Neer for earning a spot on the All-Iowa Dance team, which preformed at Wells Fargo Arena.

Austin Allen for setting school records for points in a season plus joining the 1000 point club.

The Pride of Iowa All-Conference Teams have not been released at this writing.

Spring coaches for the track and golf season are:
Track: Phil Oliver & Zeb Birchette (boys); Nathan Bauer & Jim Carr (girls)
Golf: Chuck Jones
JH track: Scott Dirkx, Jason Walter, & Dan Krull

Boys Basketball Sportsmanship Ratings (IAHSAA)

                           Coaches            Players             Spectators
Southeast Warren     1.62                 1.47                 1.80
Class 1A                  1.29                 1.27                 1.51
State                       1.42                 1.28                 1.49

Wrestling Sportsmanship Ratings (IAHSAA)

                           Coaches            Players             Spectators
Southeast Warren     1.07                 1.18                 1.21
Class 1A                  1.12                 1.16                 1.18
State                       1.12                 1.19                 1.19

Athletic Booster Club

The booster club will be holding their next meeting on March 14th, 7:00 PM, in Liberty Center.

FINE ARTS BOOSTERS: Bruce Williams related that the Fine Arts Night will be held tomorrow night.

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to go into closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose performance is being considered to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation, as that individual has requested a closed session. Ayes: 4. The time was 5:37 p.m.

President Paul Mead called the closed session to an end at 5:54 p.m.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. February 13, 2012 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 702.7, “Student Conduct on School Transportation”

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

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The Melcher-Dallas Board of Directors has had discussion concerning sharing Superintendent Galvin on a 60-40 split for the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board’s input on continuing the sharing arrangement. The consensus of the Board was to continue the sharing arrangement pending seeing the financial benefit for Southeast Warren.
2. The first annual Alumni Wrestling Tournament was held last Friday. The turnout wasn’t as good as had been hoped, but there are plans to hold an Alumni Wrestling Tournament again next year.
3. The After Prom Committee is hosting a Donkey Basketball Game this Thursday night at the High School.
4. The post prom activities will be held in the new gym at the High School.
5. There will be no school March 19, 20, and 21st due to Spring Break.

DANCE TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA: Tisha Lawton presented information to the Board on a proposed dance team trip to Florida December 28, 2012 – January 3, 2013 to perform at the Outback Bowl. Approximately 12 – 16 students and 5 adult chaperones will be attending. The students will be doing fund raising activities to earn money toward the trip; adult chaperones will also be allowed to participate in the fund raising activities to help pay for the cost of their trip. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the trip. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the dance team trip to Florida. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting the resignation of Rose Ripperger, HS Part Time Special Education Associate; approving the termination of Amber Garrison, HS Part Time Special Education Associate; approving the appointments of Jim Carr, Assistant HS Girls’ Track Coach; and Haley Fisher, Assistant HS Softball Coach; and approving the unpaid leave request from Fran Isley to take two days of unpaid leave on April 4th and 5th. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

APRIL BOARD MEETING DATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended changing the April board meeting date from Monday, April 9th to Tuesday, April 10th due to Monday, April 9th being a school holiday. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve changing the April board meeting date to Tuesday, April 10th. Ayes: 4.

2012-2013 BUDGET: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the proposed 2012-2013 budget. The proposed budget tax rate is $16.89290, down $1.38761 from the current year. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the proposed 2012-2013 budget for publication and set the hearing date for the next regularly scheduled board meeting on April 10th. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the 2012-2013 budget for publication and set the hearing date for April 10th, 2012. Ayes: 4.

ADDITIONAL FTE FOR CORE READING INSTRUCTION: Superintendent Galvin recommended adding core reading back in the curriculum for the junior high educational program as part of the IDM implementation process. In order to add reading back into the junior high curriculum an additional 3/8 teaching staff at a cost of approximately $13,000 will need to be added. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the addition of 3/8 teaching staff for core reading instruction. Ayes: 4.

LETTER OF AGENCY WITH THE HEARTLAND AREA 11 E-RATE CONSORTIUM FOR INTENET SERVICE: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Letter of Agency with the Heartland Area 11 E-Rate Consortium for the district’s internet service. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Letter of Agency with the Heartland Area 11 E-Rate Consortium for Internet Service. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY 306.1: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the first reading of Board Policy 306.1, “Early Retirement Payment”. This is a new policy that will add early retirement benefits for administrators. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the first reading of Board Policy 306.1, “Early Retirement Payment”. Ayes: 4.

REVIEW BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 401 AND 407: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 401, “Certified Personnel Selection” and 407, “Non-Certified Personnel Selections”. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the review of Board Policy Sections 401 and 407. Ayes: 4.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:26 p.m.

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