SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
June 10, 2013

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 10, 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: Bruce Williams, Jennifer Mihalovich, and Larrie Williams. Ron Miller 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 Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized Wellmark Insurance and the Southeast Warren parents that are employees of them for their donations to our school. The primary center alone has received over $4,500 in donations via their service program.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 25 extra bus trips for the month. The second bus that was damaged from an accident in March has been repaired and will be taken in to be inspected. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

The final count is in for our Pennies for Patients drive held at the Primary during the last couple of months of school. We collected pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and the occasional dollar bill from the students and sent a total of $300.00 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mrs. Clendenen introduced the fundraising drive in guidance class as part of our character theme for May, which was service.

We started out the month with our annual Field Day. The students enjoy this day of activities and stations. We appreciate the help of parent volunteers and high school students on this day. We were fortunate to have a beautiful weather.

We held our annual first and second grade spelling bee on May 10th. Participants included Faith Fuller, Chase Thompson, Lily Bowen, Tate Dierking, Kaylyn Holmes, Natalie Geisler, Dominic Wadle, Scarlet Kelso, Kloie Miller, Katie Thompson, Jordan Harrington and Cheyenne Wallace. Jordan Harrington was our first place winner, with Dominic Wadle finishing second. Jordan’s name will be submitted as the SEW Primary representative at the 2013 Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee. Dominic will be our alternate.

On May 23rd the third graders toured the Intermediate Building, met the teachers, and learned about fourth grade. While they were there, they participated in the third and fourth grade spelling bee, competing against the fourth graders. Third grade participants included: Gracie Morhardt, Liberty Mitchell, Zoey Sherman, Blake Fuller, Cameron Dittmer and Guin Mozak. Fourth grader Randy Jimenez was the first place winner, with Allison Cooper finishing second.

Dancers from Pella performed for our students on May 15th as part of our study of the Netherlands. First grade and third grade toured Pella for their field trips on May 16th and 17th. Throughout the month, students participated in activities related to the Netherlands. We had several students who completed child/parent projects. Prizes were awarded in three categories: food, project and diorama. First place, second place, third place and participation awards were presented in each of these three categories per grade level. All of the students’ hard work was on display when they performed in our annual Friendship Fair on May 30th at 1 pm. Mrs. Burgin and Mrs. DeJoode are our building committee leaders on this program and we appreciate the extra time they put in. We heard a lot of positive feedback from parents regarding the Friendship Fair.

Four-year-old preschoolers completed their year with preschool graduation on May 24th. This celebration of their transition into kindergarten was well attended. We had one of our biggest crowds yet. Miss Naylor and Mrs. Hommer put a lot of hard work into making graduation a fun and smoothly run event. The preschool teachers appreciated the preschool sized stage they used for graduation built by Mr. Seuferer and his high school class.

Kindergarten performed for their parents and grandparents and enjoyed on a picnic lunch with them during the kindergarten picnic on May 30th. Kindergarteners sang many songs demonstrating their knowledge of colors, days of the week, months of year, etc. Small groups presented information on their study of animals and each child shared a fact they learned. The rain dampened the outside picnic plans so students and their families picnicked in the kindergarten rooms and preschool even shared their space for more families.

On the last day of school we recognized students who had perfect or good attendance. We had one student who had perfect attendance for the 2012-2013 academic year, second grader, Ronan Jimenez. There were several students who had good attendance - Sturgis Fridley, Natalie Geisler, Aubrey Snuggs, Aaron Wachter, Rylan Jimenez, Scarlet Kelso, Katie Thompson, Dominic Wadle, Cheyenne Wallace, Jack Williams, Cole Fisher, Cade Nelson, and Zoey Sherman.

The Primary School has been the recipient of some generous donations from parents/grandparents who do regular payroll deductions to contribute to Southeast Warren. We would like to thank Jennifer Kern, Roxanne Irving, and Shari Ruble for their continuing support to Southeast Warren.

A thank you also needs to go out to the donors to our K-3 Afternoon Milk Fund. We have several community groups and individuals who have sponsored a student who could not afford to purchase the afternoon “snack” milk. Thank you to the Milo Coffee Club, Howard and Virginia Agan, Green Plain United Methodist Church, Milo United Methodist Church, Liberty Center United Methodist Church, Arlan and Karen Becker, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Dianne Chambers, Bernice Weeks, Janet Smith, Chet Crouse, Verna Sevcik, Motor Ladies Aid, Milo United Methodist Church Women, Diane Hall, Sarah Olsasky and the Milo Lions Club.

The summer daycare program is under way and doing well, with a current total enrollment of 20 students, which is slightly down from our enrollment of 29 a year ago.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 13, 2013 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Cameron Hertzler and Kaylee Miller qualified for state track.
2. Thank you to all the board members for attending the graduation ceremony.
3. Summer sports are in full swing. Several of the games have been cancelled due to the rain. The conference games will be rescheduled first with the remaining games being rescheduled if time permits.
4. Several staff members have attended the three Infinite Campus trainings to date.
5. The only positions remaining to be filled are a few coaching positions and a cook’s position.
6. Alyssa Dittmer has qualified to the National HS Rodeo finals and will compete in two weeks.
7. We are in the process of ordering the rest of the math and science curriculum materials.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: Superintendent Galvin reminded board members that this is the year school board elections will be held. Nomination papers are due back on August 1st. Board members with terms expiring are Paul Mead and Ron Miller.

VALIDATION REVIEW OF SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the Validation Review of the school nutrition program verified that we were meeting guidelines for meal allowances and we passed with flying colors.

STANDARDIZED TEST DATA: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the Iowa Assessment results for the 2012-2013 school year.

FFA OFFICER RETREAT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the FFA Officer Retreat to Kansas City, Missouri on July 13th-14th. The FFA Chapter will pay for the hotel and activity costs of the six students going on the trip. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the FFA Officer Retreat to Kansas City, Missouri. Ayes: 4.

FOOD SERVICE BIDS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that two bids had been received for milk products. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk products. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to accept the bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk products. Ayes: 4.

INCREASE IN LUNCH PRICES: This item was tabled until the July board meeting.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations of Andrea Vlahakis, Junior Class Advisor; Sarah Sealock, Junior Class Advisor; Emily Hatcher, Associate; and Kim Heim, FCCLA Advisor; approving the appointments of Lacey Burrell, 6th Grade Instructor/Media Specialist (required to obtain Media Specialist endorsement as a condition of employment); Shane Rowlands, JH English/Reading/Health Instructor, Assistant HS Football Coach, and Head HS Boys’ Basketball Coach (required to obtain Health endorsement as a condition of employment); Leslie Twite, Band/ESL Instructor, Instrumental Music, and Summer Instrumental Music; and LeeAnn Huff, HS Drill Team Coach; and approving the requests for unpaid leave from Janet Hendrickson for one day of unpaid leave on May 23rd; Shannon Hommer for two days of unpaid leave on May 23rd and 24th; Sarah Flaws for one day of unpaid leave on May 28th; Amanda Davison for one day of unpaid leave on June 3rd; and Jennifer Phinney for three days of unpaid leave on May 17th, May 24th and June 3rd. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT WITH KNOXVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SHARED FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement with the Knoxville School District to share the Food Service Director for the 2013-2014 school year. The agreement continues sharing of the Food Service Director for 2 hours per week. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the agreement with the Knoxville School District for shared Food Service Director. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT FOR JUVENILE COURT SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON SERVICES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement to share Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison services for the 2013-2014 school year; services are shared with the Carlisle School District. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the agreement for Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison services. Ayes: 4.

ODYSSEYWARE CONCURRENT LICENSE AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Odysseyware Concurrent License Agreement for licensing of our credit recovery program. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the Odysseyware Concurrent License Agreement. Ayes: 4.

INTERFUND LOAN FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE STUDENT CONSTRUCTION FUND: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving an interfund loan in the amount of $10,000 at .1% interest from the General Fund to the Student Construction Fund for the construction trades class to finish the building of the house. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve an interfund loan in the amount of $10,000 at .1% interest from the General Fund to the Student Construction Fund. Ayes: 4.

GUIDELINES AND FEES FOR GYM MEMBERSHIPS: Superintendent Galvin provided a copy of the information received from the Pleasantville School District for the use of their fitness center. The Board discussed the need for additional security cameras and updated exercise equipment prior to opening the gym up for memberships. The consensus of the Board was to table this item at this time.

JULY BOARD MEETING DATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended changing the July board meeting date to July 17th to accommodate vacation schedules. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve changing the July board meeting date to July 17th. Ayes: 4.

2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the following 2014 Legislative Priorities:
1. Supports that the leadership pathways program piece of the education reform bill remain voluntary for school districts.
2. Supports setting allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs.
3. Opposes and seeks to repeal unfunded mandates.
4. Supports allowing school districts the option to choose between either 180 days or 1080 hours for the school year.
5. Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average.

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the 2014 Legislative Priorities. Ayes: 5.

EARLY GRADUATION REQUEST: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Allisa Quick has completed the required credits and recommended approving her request to graduate early. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the early graduation request for Allisa Quick. Ayes: 4.

EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT: The Board reviewed the final superintendent evaluation document for Superintendent Galvin. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the superintendent evaluation document. Ayes: 4.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:17 p.m.

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