SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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 community.

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 seats.

REPORTS:

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 general repairs.

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 building tour.

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 Dow:

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 consent agenda:
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 from voting.

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: 4.

GUIDELINES AND FEES FOR GYM MEMBERSHIPS: Superintendent Galvin recommended tabling this item pending receipt of additional information.

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. Ayes: 4.

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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