SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
May 13, 2013
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
May 13, 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 Jennifer Mihalovich. Larrie Williams was absent.
Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, Elementary Principal
Dan Dow, 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: 4.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Dale Adams addressed
the Board concerning school bus safety. His daughter was involved
in an incident of nearly being hit by a glass bottle that had been
thrown , students are up walking around while the bus is moving,
and the noise level is so loud that you can’t talk back and
forth. Dale suggested the possibility of having another adult rider
on the bus to help monitor the students, take names, etc.
Discussion followed with some possible solutions of suspending
bus riding privileges, having another adult ride the bus, and assigning
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 27 extra bus trips for the month. I spent some time checking
over the man lift at Liberty Center for a hydraulic leak (found
tank leaking). I have been working on stuff to be ready for inspection
that will be held on May 8th. The rest of the month was spent doing
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:
Thanks to a grant entitled "Connecting Kids and Culture"
and funded by the Principal Charity Classic, the Community Foundation
of Greater Des Moines, and Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Primary
students participated in two special days here at school. The first
was on April 15th, we had a PK-3 Character Counts assembly in the
multi-purpose room, featuring animals from the Blank Park Zoo. The
Science Center of Iowa visited K-3 classrooms to present their study
of Discovering Dinosaurs.
We celebrated Earth Week at the Primary building during the week
of April 22nd with a guest speaker from Warren County Conservation,
classroom activities including environmental songs, videos, books,
and activity sheets, and take-out bags designed by the K-3 art students.
April and May are busy with field trips, funded by PIE's classroom
basket raffles in December. Kindergarten went to the Des Moines
Botanical Center and the Annett Nature Center on April 11th. Third
grade visited the Science Center of Iowa on May 1st. The first graders
will visit Pella and the Red Rock area on May 16th. The second graders
will also be in Pella on May 17th. Four-year-old Preschool took
their field trip earlier this year on February 28th, when they attended
a performance of The Ugly Duckling at the Civic Center.
On April 26th we had 39 new kindergarteners attend our Kindergarten
Round-Up day. This introductory day gives our 2013-2014 kindergarteners
a chance to experience a full kindergarten day.
PIE is sponsoring a Buy One/Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair the
week of May 6th.
Field Day is going to be held on May 8th for the Primary School.
The first and second grade Spelling Bee will be held on May 10th.
Third grade will travel to Lacona soon for their Spelling Bee and
Four-year-old preschool graduation is scheduled for May 24th, their
last day of school.
The kindergarten picnic and our annual Friendship Fair program,
which follows a two-week study of the Netherlands, will both be
held on May 30th.
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan
The fifth grade class took part in the Iowa Children’s Water
Festival at the DMACC campus in Ankeny on May 9th. The festival
itself is celebrating its 17th year and our students along with
2000 other 5th graders from around the state spent the day learning
about the importance of water. On May 10th our 4th graders took
a trip back in time to Living History Farms in Urbandale where they
spent the day discovering the agricultural history of state. Our
6th grade class has scheduled their field trip for May 21st. They
plan to visit the State Capitol for a tour and then take in an Iowa
Cubs game in the afternoon. A big thank you goes out to PIE for
providing the funding that makes these trips possible.
Our 6th grade students will travel to Liberty Center this week
to spend the morning shadowing the current 7th graders. This year
they also were able to stay and have lunch. This has been set up
to give our students a feel of what junior high will be like, and
hopefully make the transition into junior high an easy one.
The final Scholastic Book Fair of the year was set up in the library
from May 6th through the 10th.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and we have a lot of
activities to squeeze in to the few remaining days. On top of the
classes’ field trips we also have the following events scheduled:
May 13th- Spencer’s Theater of Illusion- magician
May 20th- Mini-Courses
May 22nd- Field Day-1:30 Dismissal
May 27th- No School-Memorial Day
May 29th- Intermediate Musical 1:30 pm
June 3rd- Awards Assembly-Last day of school
Children First Forum – Bruce Williams reported
that the Children First Forum had met. Sixteen members were present.
Discussion included the 1:1 computer initiative, the site visit,
and building updates.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the
1. April 8, 2013 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 605.2, “Testing Program”
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Ron Miller to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent
Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Certificates were given to the board members in honor of School
Board Member Recognition Month.
2. Prom was a success. The students had a good time at the dance
and post prom activities.
3. The Spring Concert will be held tonight at 7:00.
4. A retirement reception will be held for Carol Carr, Chuck Jones,
and Joanne Vincent on May 22 at 3:15 p.m.
5. Cameron Hertzler and Kaylee Miller will be advancing on to the
state track meet.
6. On Wednesday of this week the Jr. /Sr. High students will be
participating in a Relay for Life Walk at Lake Ahquabi as part of
the school service character trait for the month.
7. The graduation ceremony will be held this Saturday at 6:00.
8. The sound system in the new gym sounds awesome. The system was
paid for by the Boosters. The Boosters have also agreed to pay a
portion of the new sound systems for the baseball and football fields.
9. The new athletic banners have been received for the gym.
10. FCCLA held a successful blood drive today.
11. Baseball and softball games will be starting next week.
12. May 31st will be left as a 1:30 early out; June 3rd will also
be a scheduled 1:30 early out.
SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: Superintendent Galvin
asked board members to review his evaluation summary and to provide
comments/feedback to Julie Wilson by June 3rd.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the resignations of John Burrell, Head HS Boys’
Basketball Coach; Amanda Nunn, Band Instructor/Media Specialist,
including the 2013 summer band contract; Lisa Tarwater, 6th Grade
Instructor; and Dan Krull, JH Language Arts/Reading Instructor,
JH Girls’ Basketball Coach, JH Girls’ Track Coach, and
Golf Coach; approving the retirement of Joanne Vincent; approving
the appointments of Chelsea Arensdorf, Ag Instructor, 25 extended
days for the 2012-2013 summer activities; Kaitlyn Friday, JH Softball
Coach; Seth Nutting, JH Baseball Coach; and Amanda Ewing, HS Football
Cheerleading Advisor; and approving the requests for unpaid leave
from Makala Carnes for one day of unpaid leave on April 26th; Kathy
Malli, for two days of unpaid leave on May 24th and June 3rd; Angie
Kelso for one day of unpaid leave on June 3rd; Sara Preston, one
day of unpaid leave on June 3rd; and from Amanda Bales for one day
of unpaid leave on June 3rd. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded
by Ron Miller to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes:
3. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH THE SEW EDUCATION ASSOCIATION:
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the negotiated
agreement with the SEW Education Association. The total cost of
the package increase is $118,601.23, a 4.5% increase. Motion by
Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the negotiated
agreement with the SEW Education Association. Ayes: 3. Jennifer
Mihalovich abstained from voting.
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH THE AFSCME COUNCIL 61 UNION:
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the negotiated agreement
with the AFSCME Council 61 Union. The total cost of the package
increase is $44,156.49, a 4.46% increase. Motion by Bruce Williams,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the negotiated agreement with
the AFSCME Council 61 Union. Ayes: 3. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained
2013-2014 SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the 2013-2014 salaries for Joel Mosher,
LuAnn Ohnemus, Julie Wilson, Sue Ellingson, Mary Mitzelfelt, Scott
Dirkx, Dan Dow and himself as listed. The salary increases represent
a total package increase of 4.5%. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2013-2014 salaries for non-union
employees as presented. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE LIST OF POTENTIAL GRADUATES: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the list of 2013 graduating seniors
pending completion of all requirements. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the list of 2013 graduating seniors
pending completion of all requirements. Ayes: 3. Bruce Williams
abstained from voting.
2013 TENURE AWARDS: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the 2013 staff tenure awards as listed. Motion by Bruce
Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the 2013 staff tenure
awards as listed. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH REVTRAK: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the agreement with RevTrak in lieu
of Payschools for processing online lunch payments. Payschools has
had problems with duplicate deposits into the lunch accounting software
and has changed their accounting method to deduct fees from each
transaction before depositing it into the account instead of charging
one monthly fee. This has created a bookkeeping nightmare. RevTrak
appears to be more user friendly and will allow us to branch out
for other types of online payments. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich,
seconded by Ron Miller to approve the agreement with RevTrak. Ayes:
GUIDELINES AND FEES FOR GYM MEMBERSHIPS: Superintendent
Galvin recommended tabling this item pending receipt of additional
STATE OF IOWA E-RATE CONSORTIUM LETTER OF AGENCY:
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the State of Iowa E-Rate
Consortium Letter of Agency. The agreement allows the district to
continue to receive the e-rate discount for the use of the ICN.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve
the State of Iowa E-Rate Consortium Letter of Agency. Ayes: 4.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS REQUIRED IN ORDER FOR THE SENIOR
TRIP TO BE APPROVED: Superintendent Galvin recommended
as per discussion from the April board meeting of setting a guideline
requiring 50% of the students be planning on going on the senior
trip at the time of board approval in order for the trip to be approved.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve
a minimum of 50% of the students must be planning on going on the
senior trip in order for the senior trip to be approved. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE BID TO HARD SURFACE THE LACONA DRIVEWAY AND PARKING
LOT: Dan Dow related to the Board that four bids had been
received to hard surface the Lacona driveway and parking lots, two
for concrete and two for asphalt. The low bid was received from
Tom Schneider in the amount of $121,843.20 for concrete. Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Tom Schneider to concrete
the drive on the north side of the building, the parking lot behind
the gym, the west side of the gym, and the parking in front of the
football field. The project will be paid for from sales tax dollars
that had been allocated to remodel the Lacona gym. The Lacona gym
will not need an extensive remodel due to adding the new gym at
the high school. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich
to approve the bid to hard surface the Lacona driveway and parking
lots from Tom Schneider in the amount of $121,843.20. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE BID TO REPAIR THE GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM, MUSIC,
AND ART ROOM FLOORS: Superintendent Galvin related to the
Board that the walls in the girls’ locker room, music and
art rooms are becoming significantly worse so something needs to
be done to keep the floors from sinking. Bids were received from
two companies recommended by the structural engineer to raise and
stabilize the floors. A bid was received from A-1 Concrete Leveling
to fill the voids and stabilize the floors and a second bid was
received from Uretek to fill the voids, stabilize and lift the floors.
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the bid from Uretek
in the amount of $28,131 since it also included lifting the floors.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the
bid from Uretek to repair the girls’ locker room, music and
art room floors. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE BID TO PAINT THE HS GYM: Superintendent
Galvin related to the Board that three bids had been received to
paint the HS gym; however, one bid was withdrawn. Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Wes Jarnagin, Inc.
to paint the HS gym from the rafters down and any duct work that
is chipping at an approximate cost of $5,500. Motion by Jennifer
Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the bid from Wes
Jarnagin, Inc. to paint the HS gym. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE BID TO REPAIR THE MILO AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM:
Dan Dow related to the Board that both compressors in the air conditioning
units at the Milo building went out. Bids were received from Halvorson
Trane to replace the compressors in the amount of $7,088 and from
Country propane to replace the compressors in the amount of $7,399
(Option 1) or to replace the entire air conditioning units for $7,160
(Option 2). Dan recommended approving the bid from Country Propane
to replace both air conditioning units in the amount of $7,160.
Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the
bid from Country Propane to replace the two air conditioning units
in the amount of $7,160. Ayes: 4.
APPROVE PROCEDURE FOR SALE OF STUDENT-CONSTRUCTED HOUSE:
Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board’s direction
on how they would like to proceed with the sale of the student-constructed
house. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Bruce Williams to authorize
Mr. Seuferer and Superintendent Galvin to come up with a viable
procedure to sell the home. Ayes: 4.
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN GOALS: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the Comprehensive School Improvement
Plan Goals approved by the Children First Forum for the 2013-2014
school year. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams
to approve the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Goals as presented.
APPROVE WIRELESS NETWORK PROPOSAL: Superintendent
Galvin related to the Board that bids had been received to replace
the wireless network system in all three buildings to make it more
reliable for current use and in preparation for the 1:1 computer
initiative. Sue Ellingson reviewed the bids received. Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the purchase of the Ruckus Wireless
network from NetWorks Inc. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer
Mihalovich to approve the purchase of the Ruckus Wireless network
system. Ayes: 4.
President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m.
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