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


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session March 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, and Larrie Williams. Board member Jennifer Mihalovich was absent. Superintendent Delane Galvin, Elementary Principal Dan Dow, 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: 4.

THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized Jake Hunerdosse for placing 5th at the State Wrestling Tournament. Superintendent Galvin also recognized the speech kids who qualified to state.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 12 extra bus trips for the month. I had time assisting Rich with snow removal and helping Dennis repair the blade on the tractor at Liberty Center. I drove routes to make rock requests to Warren and Lucas Counties. I made changes to several route lists and reviewed with drivers. All drivers are signed up for the annual inservice training to be held on March 6th. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

This month’s character theme was Resourcefulness. Mrs. Clendenen lead the assembly, which was held on Monday, February 4th. Students who received a character award in their classroom were recognized.

Parent Teacher conferences have been scheduled for February 11th and 14th from 4-8 pm. The Primary Center will also be hosting an Scholastic Book Fair in the AEA room during conferences. Ninety-eight percent of our parents attended their scheduled conferences.

Visiting author, Ryan Sloth, read to students. His goal is inspire the kids to follow their dreams. He stresses the importance of reading and getting good grades. He encourages students to work hard in school.

Mrs. Cronbaugh, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Burgin attended a class on our new Accelerated Reader Program. Mrs. Cronbaugh has been busy marking our current library books that now have quizzes available. She has been labeling the new books with a green flag on the spine and adding their A.R. point value to the scan tag.

Bev Schurman selected Partners in Education to receive a $1,500 Blue Cares Donation from Wellmark. Brenda Brown has chosen Miss Amanda Brown’s classroom as the recipient of a Wellmark donation of $1,500. Nicki Nelson picked Mrs. Haley Seuferer’s classroom for a Wellmark donation of $500 and Terry McDonald, grandma of Kaylee Bauer, also gave Mrs. Seuferer a Wellmark donation of $948. (Wellmark employees earn credits from their volunteer hours and they earn money to donate to the non-profit group of their choice.) The Primary School would like to express their gratitude to these parents and grandparents for their donations.

The next activity planned by the PIE group is a movie night to be held on March 8th in the Lacona gym. They will be showing “The Lorax” and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm.

Enrollment for the 2013-2014 preschool has begun. We already have 26 four-year-olds and 6 three-year-olds signed up for next year. There will be a preschool open house on March 14th from 6 to 7 pm at the Primary School. Parents and students will be able to meet the teachers, get a health packet from the nurse and Warren County Public Health will be here to check immunization records for parents.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

Parent Teacher conferences were held here in the Intermediate Center on February 11th and 14th. We had a great turnout from our parents. Partners in Education held a Scholastic Book Fair in the library and were able to donate books to our library. Mrs. Ripperger had the Science Fair set up in Art Room for our parents to enjoy as well. PIE provided a wonderful dinner and dessert to our staff on both nights of conferences.

The next activity planned by the PIE group is a movie night to be held on March 8th in the Lacona gym. They will be showing “The Lorax” and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm.

Catherine Lowe from the Science Center of Iowa presented the program Simply Electrifying. This program was paid for through a sponsorship from MidAmerican Energy Company. Catherine used a Van De Graff machine to demonstrate static electricity and the movement of electrons. A couple brave volunteers had their hair standing on end. She demonstrated wireless electricity using a Tesla Coil and a fluorescent light bulb. Electrical safety was discussed and using a pickle she showed students what can happen if electricity is not used correctly. The students enjoyed the presentation.

Our 6th grade class has been participating in DARE classes since last fall and their graduation date is rapidly approaching. The ceremony will he held here at the Intermediate Center and parents will be invited to attend and celebrate in the children’s accomplishments.

Athletic Director’s 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. The top two place winners at districts advanced on to the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines on February 14th to 16th.

District Wrestling Qualifiers

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).

State Wrestling Qualifiers

113 lb. Jonathan Hardy (2nd place)
120 lb. Jake Hunerdosse (2nd place)
195 lb. Ty Schneider (2nd place)

Congratulations to Jonathan, Jake, and Ty for advancing on to the State Tournament.

Congratulations to Jake Hunerdosse for finishing 5th at 120 lb. Class 1A during the State Wrestling Tournament.

The girl’s basketball team completed their season with 12 wins and 10 losses, 8-8 in conference play.

The boys’ basketball team wrapped up their season with 2 wins and 19 losses, 1-15 in conference play.

Pride of Iowa Conference Honors

All-Conference

Brandi Putz – 2nd team
Amy Williams – 2nd team
Sawyer Steenhoek – 2nd team

Academic All-Conference

Ashton Tarwater
Presley Shumate
Raelyn Meling
Sarah Nutting
Jake Hunerdosse
Jacob Hoch
Ty Schneider
Chris Davis
Alex Mitchell
Brandi Putz

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

Next meeting, March 13, 2012, 7:00 PM in Liberty Center.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. February 11, 2013 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The Toy Tractor Show held on February 16th had a good turnout. The proceeds will go to the Southeast Warren Scholarship Foundation.
2. Pride of Iowa Conference – Corning and Villisca will be sharing their athletic programs next year as the Southwest Timber Wolves. New conference signs for each of the member schools are being priced for the High School gym. Bids will also be obtained for painting the gym this summer.
3. Superintendent Galvin has been asked to serve on the Heartland Area Education Agency Superintendent Advisory Council.
4. The Junior/Senior High Pops Concert will be held this Thursday.
5. The Lion’s Club will be hosting their annual meal for the seniors.
6. Spring break is a full week March 25th – 29th.
7. A group of teachers and administrators will be attending the 1:1 Institute in Des Moines to learn how schools convert to 1:1 computer schools.

NORWALK CASINO: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that supporters of a casino to be located near Norwalk gave a presentation at the last Warren County Superintendent’s meeting. A special election will be held in May to vote on the proposed casino. If the casino is approved it is estimated that it would generate approximately $100,000,000 in revenue. A percentage of the revenue is then given back to the cities and schools in the county. Southeast Warren’s share would be approximately $94,000.

CONSIDER OPEN ENROLLMENT OUT APPLICATION: This agenda item was tabled.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the appointments of Janie Weeks, High School Secretary; Chelsea Arensdorf, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor; Joe Salazar, Head HS Football Coach; Lynnea Young, Spring Play Director; and Sarah Sealock, Head JH Girls’ Track Coach; and approving the request from Stacey Clendenen for two days of unpaid leave on April 16th and 17th. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

CHANGE IN USE OF LUCAS COUNTY SALES TAX FUNDS: Superintendent Galvin recommended changing the use of the Lucas County sales tax funds from property tax relief for the Debt Service Fund to using the funds in the same way as the Warren County sales tax funds and earmarking it for additional technology purchases. The Lucas County sales tax funds are approximately $11,000. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the change in use of Lucas County sales tax funds and to deposit the funds into the same fund as the Warren County sales tax funds and use for technology purchases. Ayes: 4.

2013-2014 BUDGET FOR PUBLICATION AND SET HEARING DATE: Julie Wilson presented the 2013-2014 proposed budget to the Board. The proposed tax rate is $16.39273, down from the current tax rate of $16.96266. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the proposed budget and setting the hearing date for April 8th, the next board meeting. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2013-2014 budget for publication and to set the hearing date for April 8th. Ayes: 4.

PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUS: Joel Mosher reviewed the bids received for the purchase of a school bus. Joel recommended accepting the bid from Thomas Bus Sales for the price of $89,718 less trade in of $2,500 for a net price of $87,218. Joel also recommended the purchase of a camera system for the bus. Thomas Bus Sales will install the camera system for $1,850 or Joel can install the system himself for $1,750. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the purchase of the school bus from Thomas Bus Sales in the amount of $89,718 less the trade in of $2,500 and also have Thomas Bus Sales install the camera system. Ayes: 4.

BIDS FOR THE PURCHASE OF A LAWN MOWER: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval to seek bids for the purchase of a lawn mower for the Liberty Center site. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve seeking bids for the purchase of a lawn mower. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT WITH INFINITE CAMPUS: Superintendent Galvin recommended changing the student management software from JMC to Infinite Campus. The Infinite Campus software will provide additional features and more flexibility. The cost of the Infinite Campus software will be $4,282 for the first year with modest price increases the following two years. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agreement with Infinite Campus. Ayes: 4.

REVISION TO 2012-2013 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the SEW Education Association has given permission to use the Monday after Easter, April 1st, as a snow make-up day due to having had 4 snow days this year. The last snow day to be made up will be added to the end of the school year. The students’ last day will now be May 31st. Superintendent Galvin recommended revising the 2012-2013 school calendar to use April 1st as a snow make-up day. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to amend the 2012-2013 school calendar and use the Monday after Easter as a snow make-up day. Ayes: 4.

REVISION TO 2013-2014 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the 2013-2014 school calendar only had 173 days scheduled for the seniors, they are required to have 175 days. Superintendent Galvin recommended revising the 2013-2014 school calendar by moving the student start date up by one day to August 20th and eliminating one day, March 19th, from spring break. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the revision to the 2013-2014 school calendar. Ayes: 4.

WIRE TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH PEOPLES BANK: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. This is an annual approval that allows the district to wire funds as needed. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. Ayes: 4.

FIRST READING OF BOARD POLICY 602.7: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the first reading of Board Policy 602.7, “Talented and Gifted Program”, with the changes as recommended by the Board at last month’s meeting. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the first reading of Board Policy 602.7, “Talented and Gifted Program”. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 603, 604 AND 605: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 603, “Instructional Arrangements”, 604, “Services”, and 605, “Pupil Progress”.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

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