SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
July 9, 2012


The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session July 9, 2012 in the ICN room 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: Larrie Williams, Bruce Williams, Jennifer Mihalovich, and Ron Miller. 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 Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 11, 2012 minutes
2. Financial reports
3. Second reading of Board Policy 603.13, “Internet Safety Policy”
4. Second reading of Board Policy 803.1, “Purchasing & Bidding”
5. Second reading of Board Policy 103, “School Mission Statement”

Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The concrete is done for the greenhouse. We are now waiting on Capital City Greenhouse to construct the greenhouse.
2. There are still a couple of punch list items left to complete on the new HS gymnasium.
3. The softball team won their first round in regional playoffs and lost their second round.
4. Baseball district playoffs start tomorrow.
5. Interviews have been completed for Guidance, Spanish, Math, and Industrial Arts. We are current interviewing for the preschool position.
6. We will probably have three people interested in coaching volleyball this year. Some employees have gone ahead and signed the contracts that were assigned. The JH Girls’ Track Coach, HS Cheerleading Advisor, and Fall/Spring Play Director positions are still open.
7. Student registration will be held on August 8th.

SALE OF SCHOOL BUS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the sale of the school bus to the Pleasantville Church of Christ for $1,800. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the sale of the school bus for $1,800 to the Pleasantville Church of Christ. Ayes: 5.

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED CONVEYANCE OF AN EASEMENT TO THE MILO LION’S CLUB FOR PURPOSES OF A RECREATIONAL TRAIL: President Mead announced the opening of the public hearing. No written or oral objections were received concerning the proposed conveyance of an easement to the Milo Lion’s Club for purposes of a recreational trail. President Mead called the hearing to a close.

APPROVE RESOLUTION FOR A CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resolution for a conveyance of interest in real property located in Milo to the Milo Lion’s Club. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the resolution for a conveyance of interest in real property. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations of Nicholas Lindell, Guidance Counselor; Lindey Krug, Language Arts Instructor; and Cindy Julian, HS Cheerleading Advisor; and approving the appointments of Jennifer Miller, Summer School Instructor; Kathy Taggart, Summer School Instructor and Special Education Extended Year Instructor; Doris Gillespie, Daycare Cook; Sarah Sealock, Language Arts Instructor, Assistant HS Volleyball Coach, and Assistant Speech Coach; Dan Krull, Head JH Girls’ Basketball Coach and Golf Coach; John Burrell, Assistant JH Volleyball Coach; Scott Dirkx, Head JH Softball Coach; and approve the assignment modifications of Megan Cooper from Preschool Instructor to 4th Grade Instructor; and Megan Birchette from Co-Head Speech Coach to Head Speech Coach. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.

APPROVE BID FOR BUS RADIOS: Joel Mosher related to the Board that half of the current bus radios will not be able to be reprogrammed to narrowband width to be in compliance with new regulations and the current repeater is obsolete. Joel recommended purchasing 10 new bus radios, a new repeater, and 4 portable radios at a cost of $11,980.30 from Illowa Communications in order to bring the radio system up to date and into compliance. The Board discussed various options for the location of the repeater. Joel will also re-ask about the guarantee that the radios will work in the Southeast Warren area. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the bid from Illowa Communications in the amount of $11,980.30 for bus radios. Ayes: 5. The purchase will be paid for from PPEL funds.

APPROVE BID FOR REFINISHING THE HS GYM FLOOR: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that bids had been received to refinish the HS gym floor. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Glascock Floors in the amount of $12,245 plus an additional $750 to white wash the floor area between the 3 point line and lanes on both ends for a total of $12,995. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the bid from Glascock Floors in the amount of $12,995. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH MELCHER-DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR GUIDANCE: Superintendent Galvin recommended continuing the sharing agreement with Melcher-Dallas for guidance services for the 2012-2013 school year. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the sharing agreement with the Melcher-Dallas School District for guidance. Ayes: 5.

STUDENT FEES FOR 2012-2013: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the following student fees for 2012-2013:
Preschool, 3-year-olds:
Remove 4 half-days option due to lack of participation
Change 8 half-days per month fee from $40 to $45
Preschool, 4-year-olds: $0 tuition
Band Instrument Rental: $40
Book rent: $65 per student
Lunches: Change from $1.60 per day to $1.70 per day for grades K-6
Change from $1.70 per day to $1.80 per day for grades 7-12
Breakfast: $1.00 per day all grades
Afternoon Milk (K-3): $31.50 per semester
Activity Year-Long Passes: Adult - $60, Student - $50, Family - $150

Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the student fees for the 2012-2013 school year. Aye: 5.

APPROVE CHANGES TO STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2012-2013 student handbooks with the revisions as noted. The Board discussed the attendance piece as it pertains to character activities in the Intermediate Student Handbook. Administration will review the Character Activity section of the handbook and bring back recommended changes to the August board meeting. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the 2012-2013 student handbooks. Ayes: 5.

APPROVE CHANGES TO STAFF HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2012-2013 staff handbooks. Motion by Ron Miller, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the 2012-2013 staff handbooks. Aye: 5.

APPROVE STUDENT TEACHING AGREEMENT WITH SIMPSON COLLEGE: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Student Teaching Agreement with Simpson College. The agreement allows student teachers to be placed at Southeast Warren. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Ron Miller to approve the Student Teaching Agreement with Simpson College. Ayes: 5.

CONSIDER OPEN ENROLLMENT OUT APPLICATION: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that an open enrollment out application to the Indianola School District had been received for Brock Rodgers after the open enrollment deadline of March 1st. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Ron Miller not to approve the open enrollment out application. Ayes: Bruce Williams, Ron Miller, Jennifer Mihalovich, Paul Mead. Nays: Larrie Williams. Motion passed 4:1.

2013 LEGISLATIVE ACTION PRIORITIES: The Board reviewed the list of 2012 IASB legislative priorities and resolutions. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to renew the same legislative action priorities as last year. Ayes: 5. The top five legislative action priorities selected are as follows:

1. 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. (1)
2. Supports continuation of sufficient incentives and assistance to encourage sharing, reorganization or regional high schools to expand academic learning opportunities for students and to improve student achievement. IASB supports expansion of sharing incentives to include special education, curriculum and other critical administrative positions. The incentives must be available to school districts regardless of the location of the sharing partner(s). (7)
3. Supports setting allowable growth at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs. Our priority is to increase and maintain the state cost per pupil and the spending authority associated with it to build a strong base for future education resources with full state funding of the state’s share of the cost per pupil. (11)
4. Supports the use of physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) funds for the maintenance and repair of equipment or infrastructure that can be purchased or financed with PPEL funds. (19)
5. Support requirement that arbitrators first consider local conditions and ability to pay. After the arbitrator determines the school district or AEA has the ability to pay, the arbitrator should then consider comparability. (29)

APPROVE CORPORATE RESOLUTION AND INCREASE OF CREDIT LIMIT ON VISA BUSINESS CARD: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Corporate Resolution and increasing the limits on the Visa Business Cards to $8,000. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the Corporate Resolution and to increase the credit limit on the VISA Business Cards to $8,000. Ayes: 5.

COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN GOALS: This item was tabled until the August board meeting.

President Paul Mead adjourned the meeting at 6:27 p.m.

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