SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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
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.
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
Second quarter report cards were sent home on Friday, January11th.
Teachers are preparing for our upcoming parent/teacher conferences
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
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
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan
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
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
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
Next meeting, March 13, 2013, 7:00 PM in Liberty Center.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the
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
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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