SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
February 11, 2013


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session February 11, 2013 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, Larrie Williams, and Jennifer Mihalovich. Superintendent Delane Galvin, 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 Bruce Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

BOARD SALUTES: President Mead recognized Brian and Randy Jimenez and our other youth wrestling coaches for all of the time and effort they put into our youth program.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 22 extra bus trips for the month. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

This month’s character theme was Perseverance. Mrs. Clendenen lead the assembly, which was held on Monday, January 7th. Students who received a character award in their classroom were recognized.

PIE sponsored an Accelerated Reader party for second and third graders reaching their reading goals for the second quarter on January 9th.

Second quarter report cards were sent home on Friday, January11th. Teachers are preparing for our upcoming parent/teacher conferences in February.

Third graders will be given the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills the week of January 13th, and kindergarten through third graders will be taking their mid-year DIBELS tests during that same week. Following these tests, the teachers met on Data Day and reorganized reading intervention groups. These new assignments, based on student performance, started on Monday, January 28th.

On January 20th, PIE served supper during the adult volleyball league. This free-will donation supper served as a good fundraiser for them.

A presenter from Think Central, which is the web-based version of our reading series, was here on Tuesday, January 22nd. He met with the teachers after school to offer additional training and answer questions the teachers had regarding doing testing online verses on paper.

Primary School employees met on Wednesday, January 23rd to go over revisions to the Crisis Plan. Mrs. Clendenen led the meeting and answered questions by the staff.

The next activity planned by the PIE group is a movie night to be held on March 8th in Lacona. This is a popular activity for families.

Enrollment for the 2013-2014 preschool has begun. We already have 18 4-year-old preschoolers signed up for next year. There will be a preschool open house on March 14th from 6 to 7 pm at the Primary School.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

The 1st Semester Awards Assembly was held in the Lacona gym on Friday, January 25th. The high school band provided entertainment. Awards were given for attendance, honor roll and for showing good character.

The Lacona staff attended professional development covering Technology on February 6th at the high school.

Parent Teacher conferences have been scheduled for February 11th and 14th from 4-8 pm. The Intermediate Center will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the Library and the annual Science Fair in the Art Room.

February 8th is mid-term for the third quarter. Mid-terms will be sent home with parents at conferences.

Curriculum/TAG Report submitted by Charlotte Weaklend:

The site visit committee was quite complementary about SEW as a whole and towards our various programs and staff in their closing remarks during the exit interview on January 30th in the ICN room. They reported that the overall regard by students, parents, staff, and community members toward the school district was quite positive. We eagerly await the final report, including areas of strength and areas for improvement, and will be working immediately on several areas of non-compliance issues that were shared with the DLT on February 6th, including:

• Developing evidence to support how the district reviews data annually regarding district, attendance center, and course enrollment on the basis of gender, disability, race, and/or national origin – and specifically how that data is collected and shared with the District Leadership Team, the Children First Forum, and the community at large. In addition, evidence must be provided to indicate that the school provides equal opportunity for all students to participate in programs by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, race, national origin, color, religion, and creed. A grievance process regarding these equity matters must also be developed, and the constituents must be notified about the process.

• Providing evidence to indicate that the school counseling program is regularly reviewed, revised, and designed to provide responsive services to meet students’ immediate and future needs and to provide system support through management activities that establish, maintain, and enhance the total school counseling program. A plan will be developed and carried out for that purpose. This evaluation will be conducted annually and the appropriate data will be collected and maintained. As an additional follow-up, TAG and At-Risk are other programs that will be reviewed annually. (Please note that the TAG handbook that was approved at the January, 2013 board meeting already contains a 5-year cycle of specific areas about the program for annual evaluations as per the Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards, published by the National Association for Gifted Children. Similar schedules of evaluations will be developed for our counseling and at-risk programs.)

• Future periodic professional development will be conducted to prepare all employees to work with diverse learners and to implement multicultural, gender fair approaches to the educational program.

• Reporting of required Career and Technical Education student data for all vocational programs will occur.

• The non-discrimination notification statement will be added to the district website and elsewhere as required.

• An equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in employment plan as per board policy will be written.

• The 2013-2014 school calendar will be revised as needed to provide the specified number of student days required for graduating seniors – no fewer than five days less than the rest of the student body. Several different possible calendar changes were developed by the District Leadership Team at their February 6th meeting to satisfy that requirement. Final recommendations will be brought to the Board at a later date. We await further notification from the DE to see if the scheduled senior trip will count toward compliance for the number of senior days for this year.


Several Jr./ Sr. High students who were absent during all or part of the testing period are still finishing up the Iowa Assessments. The rest of the material has been organized and all will be sent to the Iowa Testing Program for processing just as soon as everyone has finished completing this required test.

Cognitive Abilities Testing will be conducted in both the Intermediate and the Jr./Sr. High School, as per the January board report, in the next few weeks. These are important tests that will help, not only with TAG identification, but also by giving teachers important information about the capabilities of each of their students and their learning strengths – information that will help teachers differentiate their classroom content and processes as per individual students’ needs to achieve maximum student growth for all students.

Anticipated changes in professional development planning and implementation, the continuing study and use of assessment and data in decision-making that is well understood and communicated to all involved, the direction of education in general toward a more student-centered approach, and the movement toward schools operating in a more collaborative atmosphere, with all constituents involved in a meaningful way, are now being promoted by our state and nation. The challenges for the coming years are great, but I’m sure that positive changes will follow – changes that will benefit every student at Southeast Warren and their futures. We truly do strive toward “Success for all!” at SEW.

Athletic Director Report submitted by Chuck Jones:

Southeast Warren wrestling team competed in the sectional wrestling meet on February 2nd at Eddyville-Blakesburg. As a result of finishing in the top two, the following wrestlers advanced on to the district meet on February 9th at Pleasantville.

113 lb. Jonathan Hardy (2nd place)
120 lb. Jake Hunerdosse (2nd place)
138 lb. Joshua Parker (2nd place)
170 lb. Ty Roush (2nd place)
195 lb. Ty Schneider (1st place)

The top two wrestlers at each weight class will advance on to the state tournament to be held at Wells Fargo Arena, February 14th-February 16th. Opening round matches take place at 9:00 am on February 14th.

The girl’s basketball team completed their regular season with 12 wins and 9 losses, 8-8 in conference play. The team opens regional play at home on February 7th versus Seymour. The winner advances on to the 2nd round to play Twin Cedars at Bussey on February 12th, 7:00 pm.

The boys’ basketball team wrapped up their regular season with 2 wins and 18 losses. The team moves into district play on February 11th versus Melcher-Dallas at Melcher, 7:00 pm.

The use of two gyms was very successful. There are some little things that will need to be tweaked for next year.

Athletic Booster Club

The annual pee-wee wrestling tournament was held on January 4th. Over 200 youth participated in the event. A special thanks to all of the volunteers and workers that made it a very smooth and successful day.

Next meeting, March 13, 2013, 7:00 PM in Liberty Center.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
A. January 14, 2013 minutes
B. Financial reports
C. Second reading of the following board policies:
Board Policy 504.9, “Student Insurance, Athletic”
Board Policy 501.16, “Homeless Children”
Board Policy 601.6R1, “Grievance Procedure”

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 speaker system in the HS gym is starting to have issues and is in need of updating. The process will be started to obtain bids for updating the system.
2. Interviews for the Math and Business positions have been held, HS Secretary interviews are in progress and interviews for the Ag position will soon be scheduled.
3. Congratulations to Jake Hunerdosse, Jon Hardy, and Ty Schneider for qualifying for state wrestling.
4. The girls’ basketball team won their first round of regionals and will play their second round against Twin Cedars tomorrow night.
5. The boys’ basketball team will play their first round of districts against Melcher-Dallas tonight.

DE SITE VISIT: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the preliminary noncompliance issues from the Department of Education site visit.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations of Grant Seuferer, JH Baseball Coach, effective the end of the 2012 season; Brooke Peppmeier, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor, effective July 1, 2013; Connie Neer, HS Secretary, effective February 27, 2013; and Scott Dirkx, JH Softball Coach, effective the end of the 2012 season; and approving the appointments of Amanda Eweing, Math Instructor and Secondary Yearbook Advisor; and Blake Cruikshank, Business Education Instructor and Athletic Director. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE SPECIFICATIONS FOR PUCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS AND AUTHORIZE TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS: Joel Mosher reviewed the specifications for the purchase of a 65-passenger school bus. The new bus will replace a 2000 Thomas 65-passenger bus. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the specifications and to authorize to advertise for bids. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the specifications for the purchase of a school bus and authorize to advertise for bids. Ayes: 5.

2013-2014 WRESTLING SHARING AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended the district continue to share wrestling with the Melcher-Dallas Community School District for the 2013-2014 school year. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the 2013-2014 wrestling sharing agreement with the Melcher Dallas School District. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY SECTION 602: The Board reviewed Board Policy Section 602, “Programs of Instruction”.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

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