SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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