SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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.
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
The fall Parent-Teacher conferences were held the first week in
November. Ninety-five percent of the scheduled conferences took
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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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