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


The Southeast Warren Board of Education metThe Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session November 14, 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.

THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the following for receiving All-District Football Honors: 1st Team: Austin Allen, split end, and Jon Anders, defensive back, and Honorable Mention: Mark Funderburk and David Thorton.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 25 extra bus trips for the month. Bus inspections are tomorrow. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

The fall Parent-Teacher conferences were held the first week in November. Ninety-five percent of the scheduled conferences took place.

Our annual Veterans Day assembly was held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, the 11th, with the Cub Scouts demonstrating the military style of the folding of the flag and all of the children joining the audience – including many area veterans - in the singing of familiar patriotic songs. A cookies and iced tea reception was held for our guests in the media center following the program.

PIE has completed their fall product fundraiser, with a profit of approximately $5,000. They are in the process of collecting items from parents for the classroom basket raffle that will be displayed for purchase of raffle tickets in the Primary building during Milo’s Small Town Country Christmas on December 3rd and during the Elementary Winter Concert on December 5th. The actual drawing will take place following that concert at the high school. PIE is also organizing a cookie walk, a Scholastic Book Fair, and the displays by local vendors during the upcoming Small Town Country Christmas. The Usborne Book Fair held the week of October 17th to coincide with our Reading Night allowed us to purchase $500 worth of books for the classroom libraries.

Today the 2nd and 3rd grade classes traveled to the State Historical Building for their annual field trip to learn more about native Americans and the role they played in our Iowa history. On November 28th our students will be treated to an assembly entitled “Fitness is Fun”. This program not only encourages physical activity, but it also stresses the importance of good character and non-bullying behaviors. We are talking about the character theme of integrity this month. PIE has graciously donated the funds needed to bring this fun program to our school.

The kindergarten classes participated in a unique learning experience last month involving a study of the Milo community and the people who work here - including a banker, the city clerk, a post office worker, a convenience store employee, a hair stylist, a farmer, and the principal of the school. They followed up their four separate walking tours around town by writing in their journals, creating representations of their learning, and making presentations to the visiting grandparents during their annual Grandparents’ Week.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

The week of October 24th along with more than 80 million people nationwide, our school participated in Red Ribbon Week. This program is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program. We planned special activities for each day including pajama day, hat day, green and white day and wear red day. By participating in these events our students joined together and made a pledge to live a drug-free life.

Tuesday, October 25th, our entire student body went on a field trip to the State Historical Museum in Des Moines to see the program “Tell Me the Story of Iowa.” This trip was organized by Ms. Miller and sponsored by Simpson College. The idea of this program is to get students excited about history. Our teachers and staff were very happy with the program and said that the students really enjoyed it.

On Monday, October 31st the students who met the criteria and qualified for the character trip spent the afternoon at Dan-D-Farms just outside of Knoxville. We had 73 students out of 116 qualify, and are hoping that number climbs for the trip next quarter.

Our students have stayed busy this month with a variety of extra-curricular activities. Many of our students participated in the school musical, The Wizard of Oz. Youth football wrapped up their season this month with our senior squad making it all the way to the POIYFL Super Bowl. Basketball practice has started up with youth wrestling soon to follow.

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Chuck Jones:

All-District Football Honors:
1st Team: Austin Allen – split end
1st Team: Jon Anders – defensive back
Honorable Mention: Mark Funderburk
Honorable Mention: David Thorton

Sportsmanship Ratings for Football 2012

Area Southeast Warren Class A State
Coaches 1.46 1.35 1.38
Players 1.51 1.3 1.3
Spectators 1.69 1.39 1.34

Thanks to all of the volunteers who have been willing to give of their time so that home athletic events run smoothly. I would like to recognize those who work the home football games.
Chain gang: Brian Konrad, BJ Hagen, Dave Horton, Brent Spear, Matt
Anders, Ben Anders, Leonard Peavy, Joel Mosher
Press Box: Albert Butler, Jamie Henderson, Keith Smith, Mike Sherman,
Jerry Hughes, Joel Mosher

Winter Sports Coaches

JH girls’ basketball: Sarah Wachter, Zeb Birchette
JH boys’ basketball: Phil Oliver, John Burrell
JH wrestling: Nathan Bauer
HS girls’ basketball: Zeb Birchette, Matt Hanson
HS boys’ basketball: John Burrell, Jared Boysen
HS wrestling: Dallas O’Brien, Brian Jimenez

Southeast Warren will be hosting two tournaments during the month of December.
December 3rd, JV girls’ basketball (East Union, Twin Cedars)
December 17th, POI Conference Wrestling

Athletic Booster Club

Coach Dallas O’Brien asked if the boosters would donate $1300 towards the purchasing of wall mats and flooring materials to support and extend the life of the wrestling mats. The request was approved.

Boosters will be selling t-shirts (short, long sleeved), hoodies, water bottles at various activities throughout the community this winter. A beanie may also be added to the items being sold.

Planning for the POI & Pee-Wee wrestling tournaments continue and will be finalized within the next few weeks.

The camp scholarship policy has been finalized and will take effect in the fall of 2012. The policy may be viewed at the athletic booster club web site. Any camp scholarship request for the remainder of the school year will be handled on an individual basis.

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

Board Assignments:

Bruce Williams related that the Children First Forum had met. The next meeting is scheduled for January 26th at 5:30 in Lacona.

Bruce Williams related that the Fine Arts Boosters had met on November 2. The meeting has tentatively been rescheduled due to low attendance for December 8 at 5:30 in an effort to try to get more parents involved.

FFA Report on trip to the National Convention:

Southeast Warren Attends 84th National FFA Convention

Twelve members of the Southeast Warren FFA Chapter attended the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. At National Convention members attended general sessions listening to keynote speakers and visited with industry and college representatives at the career fair. Members also attended a variety of leadership workshops. After participating in a leadership workshop senior Breanna Dennis stated, “I learned of the importance of leadership and how to better prepare for my future.”

The males on the trip must be commended for their support of the breast cancer awareness. While at the convention center, four chapter members purchased identical pink shirts at the shopping mall. Then they all wore them for the concert that evening. Larry Snuggs even joined them wearing his pink shirt. There were several complements on their outfits that evening. As an advisor, I was very proud of them to do this on their own accord.

The trip also included several tours. First the chapter toured the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa, learning the practice of furniture making, root beer processing, and the art of spinning wool. Furthermore, members toured John Deere plant seeding factory and the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. The trip also included a stop at the Albanese Candy Factor.

In general we had a great trip to convention. When senior Morgan Lawler was asked what she learned from her convention experience she said, “To not be afraid to be different or stand out. Be a leader.”

Members in Attendance:
• Aaron Coffman
• Breanna Dennis
• Chrissy Dittmer
• Kane Ellenwood
• Torie Hommer
• Morgan Lawler
• Cody Mikesell
• Cassandra Mosher
• JC Northway
• Alex Sudbrock
• Spencer Williams
• Amy Williams

The chapter members and I want to thank you for the opportunity to attend the 84th National FFA Convention.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. October 10, 2011 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 301.4, “Evaluation”

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the items on the consent agenda including approval of the bid from Walsh Doors in the amount of $4,900 for two security door lock systems at the High School and an invoice from Connect Architecture & Design in the amount of $4,711.50 for professional services. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Lindey Krug, Jared Boysen and Scott Dirkx presented information from the national conference they attended in Utah.
2. Last week was a crazy week with power outages, the first snowfall, phone lines being cut during construction and a runaway car at the Lacona building.
3. This is our year to host the conference wrestling meets.
4. Round table discussions have been completed at both elementary buildings.
5. Everything but the bleachers should be completed in the new Milo gymnasium in the next couple of weeks.
6. The goal on the Liberty Center gymnasium is to have all of the outside work done before the really cold weather hits this winter and then they will be able to move inside to complete the work.

REVIEW CERTIFIED ENROLLMENT: Julie Wilson reviewed the certified enrollment numbers with the Board. The certified enrollment for the district was 541.85, down 8.1 from the prior year’s count.

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to go into closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(j) of the open meetings law to discuss the purchase of a property located in Liberty Center where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property. Ayes: 5. The time was 6:14 p.m.

President Paul Mead called the closed meeting to an end at 6:30 p.m.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the appointments of Pat Butler, Half Time Special Education Instructor; Matthew Hansen, Assistant HS Girls’ Basketball Coach; Sarah Wachter, Head JH Girls’ Basketball Coach; and Zeb Birchette, Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball Coach. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.

APPOINT CHIEF NEGOTIATOR AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR NEGOTIATIONS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that last years’ representatives for negotiations had been Ron Miller for the certified staff and Larrie Williams for the classified staff and that he had served as the chief negotiator for both groups. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to keep the chief negotiator and representatives for negotiations the same as last year. Ayes: 5.

REQUEST TO THE SBRC FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT OUT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the request to the SBRC for Modified Allowable Growth for open enrollment out in the amount of $107,659. The request is a result of 18.3 students open enrolled out on the fall 2011 certified enrollment count that were not on the fall 2010 open enrollment count. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the request to the SBRC for Modified Allowable Growth for open enrollment out in the amount of $107,659. Ayes: 5.

AGREEMENT WITH DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR NURSE AIDE PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement with Des Moines Area Community College for the Nurse Aide Program. The agreement allows our Health Occupations students to enroll in CNA I and CNA II courses and receive PSEO credit. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the agreement with Des Moines Area Community College for the Nurse Aide Program. Ayes: 5.

EXTENDED LEARNER PROGRAM PLAN: Dan Dow related to the Board that the targets on the Extended Learner Program Plan have been updated. A copy of the plan was reviewed by the Board. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the revised Extended Learner Program Plan. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY 400.8: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the first reading of Board Policy 400.8, “Employee Use of Cell Phones”. The policy has been developed due to a recommendation from the auditors since we have an employee with a school owned cell phone. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the first reading of Board Policy 400.8, “Employee Use of Cell Phones”. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 403 AND 409: The Board reviewed Board Policy Section 403, “Certified Personnel Contract Termination”, and 409, “Non-Certified Personnel Contract Termination”.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:39 p.m.

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