SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
October 10, 2011
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session October
10, 2011 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: Jennifer Mihalovich,
Larrie Williams, Bruce Williams, and Ron Miller. 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.
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 27 extra bus trips for the month. The rest of the month
was spent doing general repairs.
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte
The Primary teachers finalized their building goal for the 2011-2012
school year at their monthly meeting on October 5th. It states
that “At least 80% of our PK-3 students will benchmark on
the Spring IGDI/DIBELS tests for their grade level.”
The K-3 students, teachers, and staff, along with community members,
participated in the governor’s “Get Started” Fitness
Walk on Friday, October 7th. The two block stretch of North 5th,
the street adjacent to the east side of the school, was closed
for the 12 minute walk that commenced at 12:00 noon.
This is Fire Prevention Week at the Primary. A visit by the local
fire department with some of their equipment is always a highlight
of this week. In addition this year, the Indianola Fire Safety
House will be here. It is a playhouse-sized structure that the
students tour – both upstairs and downstairs. Their guide
will point out various fire hazards that are set up in the house.
The students will then practice an evacuation and a 911 call for
help. It provides a memorable educational experience for the students.
Kindergarten Grandparents Week will be held the week of October
17th. In conjunction with the grandparents’ visit at lunch
time this year, we will have a book fair set up in the AEA/Guidance
room. It will also be open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, for
the convenience of the working parents. On Thursday evening, the
20th, we will be having a Reading Night from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Students and their parents will be encouraged to read books together
in their pajamas in the main foyer, where comfy seating will be
provided. PIE will be providing cocoa and cookies for the occasion.
October 24th will mark the beginning of Red Ribbon Week, with
the high school students coming to the classrooms to distribute
red ribbons for the children to wear at school throughout the week.
Teachers will be talking about healthy lifestyles and the differences
between good and bad drugs.
We have a multitude of colorful paper leaves on our Character
tree in the hallway just off the main foyer. Each represents a
child who has demonstrated responsible behaviors by a teacher or
staff member. We are again holding monthly character assemblies,
where a class of students provides a short skit, poem, and/or song
centered on the character trait of the month. In September, we
concentrated on “responsibility’. In October, we will
be talking about “respect”. Mrs. Teas’ first
grade class gave their presentation last Friday afternoon, where
a student or two from each classroom was recognized for displaying
outstanding over all character. The students were presented with
a character certificate by their teachers earlier in the day and
were invited to sit with the principal at the character table for
lunch. We end each day with a whole building recitation of our
character pledge, “At our school we are people who care.
We are responsible, respectful, and kind.” This is led by
the principal over the intercom and is immediately followed by
dismissal. In connection with our character program, there are
several PK-3 service learning projects planned for the 2011-2012
school year: our annual St. Jude’s Math-a-thon (that funds
research into children’s diseases), Pennies for Patients
(with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), a collection of non-perishable
foods for Helping Hand, and participation in the high school’s
Angel Tree that provides Christmas gifts for needy families in
our community. In addition, the 3rd grade teachers are planning
to participate in the production of a food dish for a shelter in
We have already begun storing some of the many books that are
required to provide a quality reading program in our soon-to-be-vacated
PE storage room just off the main foyer. That area, as well as
the storage room just off our new gym, will provide space for the
overflow from the classrooms in indoor recess games, as well as
outdoor recess small play equipment like balls and jump ropes and
other building-wide materials that are currently crowding shelves
and cabinets throughout the building.
This year we are again recipients of the Connecting Kids & Culture
grant – this year in the amount of $469 - that we used last
year to bring several cultural and learning opportunities to our
building from the Blank Park Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa.
The teachers will be making the decision about how that money will
be utilized – either for class specific training sessions
or whole building assemblies. Haley Seuferer has volunteered to
gather a list of possibilities to bring to the teachers for their
The parents of our 4-year-old preschool classes have been especially
invited to participate in our Children First Forum group to represent
the early childhood population. The CFF will then officially function
as our early childhood advisory council.
PIE has just wrapped up their first major fundraiser of the school
year, with a product sale. The orders are to be delivered for distribution
on the evening of November 3rd from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. These fundraisers
are definitely helpful to the school in making our supply budgets
stretch and helping us supply experiences for our children that
we could not afford otherwise. They have planned for the feeding
of the teachers at both elementaries during parent-teacher conference
evenings and will soon begin the process of planning for the cookie
walk and book fair during Milo’s Small Town Country Christmas.
We have received a resignation from Susan Bennett, our daycare
supervisor. We are not presently planning to rehire that position.
A reorganization of bookkeeping responsibilities has occurred,
with the full support of the present staff, who will each be taking
on a portion of that bookkeeping role. All issues regarding the
day-to-day operation of the daycare will now be brought immediately
to me as the Daycare Director.
Intermediate Board Report submitted by Dan Dow:
The FFA held an assembly on September 16 for the 5th and 6th graders
on the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
Homecoming week was a big success here in Lacona due to the planning
of our student council. Monday was pajama day. On Wednesday, the
students dressed up as their favorite fictional character and enjoyed
the pep assembly. Friday was Green and White day. Our students
also competed in a homecoming poster contest with the winner from
each class receiving a can of pop.
The annual fall fundraiser benefiting Partners in Education was
held this past month.
Fall pictures were taken September 29th; retakes have been scheduled
for November 3rd.
1st Quarter Mid-term grades went home with our students on Friday,
Fall conferences are scheduled for November 1st and 3rd. We have
begun the process of scheduling.
Mr. Dow attended a Talented and Gifted conference in Kansas on
October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Mrs. Chambers has arranged a flu shot/flu mist clinic on October
21st for the Milo and Lacona students and staff as well as members
of the community.
In the coming month we are looking forward to the start of DARE
classes, Red Ribbon Week, and our first character trip of the year
to Dan D Farms.
Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Chuck Jones:
The fall sport season is nearing its end.
The volleyball team will be participating in the POI conference
tournament on October 10th. They will be playing both Lenox and
I-35 at Truro. If they win both matches, they move on to the finals
on Tuesday, October 11th atTruro. The netters enter regional volleyball
play on October 19th at Murray; start time is 7:00PM. All-conference
selections will be held October 12th.
The football team will be concluding their season with games at
Guthrie Center, October 7th, home with Van Meter, October 14th
(Parent’s Night), and home with Madrid, October 21st. If
the team can win each of these games, they would advance on to
The cross country team will be running in the POI meet on October
11th at Nodaway Valley. The team will be running in the district/regional
meet at Knoxville on October 20th, start time is 3:30PM.
We are currently searching for an assistant girls’ basketball
coach for the upcoming season.
Athletic Booster Club
The booster club will be holding their next meeting on October
12th, 7:00 PM, in Liberty Center.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. September 19, 2011 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported
on the following items:
1. The specifications for the bleachers in the new Milo gymnasium
specify two rows of telescoping bleachers; however, two row telescoping
bleachers are not made. For an additional cost of $2,300 three
rows of telescoping bleachers can be installed if they do not protrude
onto the floor.
2. Homecoming activities were very successful. The Monday night
activities were cancelled due to the weather.
3. Nearly half of the seniors attended a College Fair at Southeast
4. A bid has been received for concrete sidewalk at the Milo location
for the Milo walking trail, however it was approximately $1,000
more than what had been estimated by the Milo committee. A suggestion
has been made to get an asphalt bid and take it to the City of
Milo with a request to grant a waiver from the concrete sidewalk
ordinance. The consensus of the Board was to put this item on hold
pending further completion of the Milo walking trail.
DIRECTOR DISTRICTS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board
that district director boundaries will need to be reviewed and
possibly revised based on population as determined by the 2010
census. Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board’s input
on whether they would like to keep the director districts divided
equally based on population, change the director districts to at
large districts, or change to a combination of at large and director
districts. The consensus of the Board was to leave the director
districts as is and redraw boundary lines based on current population.
SNOW REMOVAL BIDS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board
that two bids had been received for snow removal for all three
locations, both with a per hour rate and a per occurrence rate.
Snow removal costs for the prior three years were also reviewed
by the Board. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams
to approve the total per occurrence rate of $620 for all three
sites from the lowest bidder, RM Plumbing and Construction. Ayes:
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended accepting
the resignations of Susan Bennett, Daycare Associate; and Zeb Birchette,
Head JH Girls’ Basketball Coach; approving the appointment
of Zeb Birchette, Head HS Girls’ Basketball Coach, and approving
the unpaid leave request from Nathan Bauer to use two personal
days and two days of unpaid leave January 10-13. Motion by Ron
Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes
as presented. Ayes: 4. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.
SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF: Superintendent Galvin related to the
Board that additional special education staff are needed at the
Intermediate building and Secondary building due to increased numbers
of special education students compared to last year and increased
levels of special education services required to be provided to
our students based on their IEP. Superintendent Galvin recommended
adding a half time special education teacher at the Intermediate
building and a half time special education associate for the life
skills program at the Secondary building. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich,
seconded by Larrie Williams to approve hiring a half time special
education teacher at Lacona and a half time special education associate
at the High School. Ayes: 5.
REPAIRS TO ICN ROOM: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board
that an estimate in the amount of $3,000 had been received to repair
the main modulator in the ICN room. A used part has been found
which will allow the district to receive ICN broadcasts, but does
not allow the district to be a sending sight. Superintendent Galvin
recommended leaving the ICN room as a receiving sight only and
not invest the $3,000 to get the ICN room back in original working
order due to the lack of use the ICN room receives. The consensus
of the Board was to leave the ICN as a receiving sight only.
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Dan Dow reviewed the 2010-2011
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the Comprehensive School
Improvement Plan. Ayes: 5.
ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board
that the first goal in reading on the 2010-2011 Annual Progress
Report had not been met. The remainder of the goals in math and
science were met. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich
to approve the Annual Progress Report. Ayes: 5.
BOARD POLICY SERIES 300: The Board reviewed Board Policy Series
300, “Administration”. Board Policy 301.4 will be revised
to reflect current practice. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded
by Ron Miller to approve the review and revision of Board Policy
Series 300, “Administration”. Ayes: 5.
President Paul Mead adjourned by meeting at 6:20 p.m.
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