SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
May 12, 2014

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session May 12, 2014 in the media center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: Bruce Williams and Jennifer Mihalovich. Larrie Williams arrived at 5:34 p.m. Rande Seuferer was absent. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, Elementary Principal Dan Dow, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.)

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Amanda Williams thanked the Board for approving the senior trip to Omaha. The seniors had a great time.

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized this year’s and last year’s National Honor Society inductees.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 26 extra bus trips for the month of April. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

We celebrated Earth Week at the Primary building during the week of April 20th 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. Second grade visited the Science Center on April 23rd. Third grade visited the Science Center of Iowa on May 2nd. Kindergarten will be visiting the Blank Park Zoo on Friday, May 9th.

On April 25th we had 31 new kindergarteners attend our Kindergarten Round-Up day. This introductory day gives our 2014-2015 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 5th.

Field Day is going to be held on May 7th for the Primary School.

The first and second grade Spelling Bee will be held on May 9th. Third grade will travel to Lacona on Tuesday, May 13th for their Spelling Bee and building tour.

Four-year-old preschool graduation is scheduled for May 16th. The last regular class day for PRE3 and PRE4 is Thursday, May 15th.

The kindergarten breakfast and our annual Friendship Fair program, which follows a two-week study of Africa, will both be held on May 23rd.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

On May 1st, Mrs. Clendenen organized a career day for the students in the Intermediate building. She had 5 speakers come in and talk to our students. Career clusters covered were: STEM/Marketing, Education/Human Service, Ag/Natural Resources, Business Management/Construction and Government. This was a very informative and enjoyable day for all involved.

On May 7th and 8th our 6th grade students traveled to Liberty Center to spend the morning shadowing the current 7th graders. This event was set up to give our students a feel for what Junior High is like, and hopefully help to make their transition into the secondary building easier. This is something that both the 6th and 7th graders have come to look forward to every year.

The dates for all class field trips have been set. The 4th grade goes to Living History Farms on May 16th. The 5th grade will attend the DMACC Water Festival in Ankeny on the 15th of May. Our 6th grade class will travel to Omaha where they will visit the Henry Doorly Zoo. A big thank you to Partners in Education for the funding that makes these trips possible.

In addition to the things listed above the following events are also all scheduled to take place at the Intermediate during the month of May.

May 13th - 3rd graders come to visit, 3rd and 4th grade Spelling Bee
May 16th - 5th/6th grade Spelling Bee
May 19th - Field Day (afternoon only)
May 20th - 4th grade to log cabin
May 21st - 6th grade Band to Adventureland
May 27th - Awards Assembly 9:00 am-Last Day of School

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:

POI Golf
The Girls Golf Team finished 6th in the Conference with a score of 523. Brandi Putz was the low scorer of the round with a score of 120. Other members of the team were Sarah Nutting, Hannah Horsch, Jill Williams and Shilo Williams

The Boys Golf Team did not have enough members on the team to compete for the team title but Lance Hoch did shoot a 96 for the round. Other members on the golf team are Luke Ulin and Trenton Carruthers.

POI Track
The Girls Track team finished 11th at the POI meet held on 5/5 with a total of 24 points.
The following individuals or teams medalled at the POI meet (earning a medal means you finished in the top 6 of the conference):

Sierra Dorsey - Shot Put - 5th Place
Haley Seuferer - High Jump - 4th Place
Kaylee Miller - 3000 Meter - 3rd Place
Alyssa Dittmer - 100 Meter Dash - 6th Place
Alyssa Dittmer - 400 Meter Dash - 5th Place
Alyssa Dittmer - 200 Meter Dash - 6th Place
Kaylee Miller - 1500 Meter Run - 2nd Place

The Boys Track team finished 10th at the POI meet held on 5/5 with a total of 18 points.

The following individuals or teams medalled at the POI meet (earning a medal means you finished in the top 6 of the conference):

Gabe Henderson, Bryant Seuferer, Cameron Hertzler, Lance Hoch - 4X800 - 3rd Place
Gabe Henderson - 400 Meter Hurdles - 3rd Place
Cameron Hertzler - 800 Meter Run - 3rd Place

High School Baseball practice started on May 6th and we had 27 athletes at the 1st practice.

High School Softball practice starts on May 12.

JH Baseball practice will start May 15th.

JH Softball practice will start May 12th.

Up Coming Events:
5/12 - Boys T/F @ Nodaway Valley, Girls T/F @ M. St. M
5/13 - JH Boys T/F @ Centerville, Girls Golf @ West Central Valley
5/15 - B/G T/F Districts @ Earlham
5/16 - Boys Golf Sectionals, Girls Golf @ Colfax-Mingo
5/19 - Girls Golf Districts
5/22 - 5/24 - State Track Meet

STUDENT HEARING: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to go into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)e, to conduct a hearing to determine whether to suspend or expel a student. Roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Jennifer Mihalovich, Bruce Williams, and Ron Miller. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.) The time was 5:32 p.m.

President Ron Miller called the closed session to an end at 5:49 p.m.

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to expel student A for one calendar year. Ayes: 4.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. April 14, 2014 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.


SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The graduation ceremony will be held this Saturday. Board members are asked to be there by 5:30-5:45.
2. Approximately 34 daycare surveys have been returned to date.
3. Both the boys and the girls have their district track meet on Thursday.
4. The senior awards/scholarship banquet will be held tomorrow night.
5. There are only 10 more student days left in the school year.
6. Board members were given certificates in honor of School Board Member Recognition Month.

FFA OFFICER RETREAT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Ms. Arensdorf and the FFA Officer team are requesting permission to travel to the Wisconsin Dells for a retreat August 1st-3rd. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the FFA Officer retreat to the Wisconsin Dells. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the FFA Officer retreat to the Wisconsin Dells. Ayes: 4.

PRESCHOOL SNACK FEE: Donna Clay and Cynthia DeJoode requested that consideration be given to initiating a snack fee for 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool instead of having parents provide the snacks. The law requires that a snack calendar be in place, which has been difficult to do when the parents are providing the snacks. Also, the snacks could be purchased in bulk, mostly likely saving the parents money in the long run. Donna and Cynthia proposed a fee of $20 - $25 per preschool student. They will do further research to determine the amount that needs to be charged. Superintendent Galvin also recommended working with the Director of Nutrition Services to make sure the snacks comply with mandated regulations. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve a snack fee for preschool and to work with Superintendent Galvin to determine the fee to be charged. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations from Shelley Mitzelfelt, Head Junior Class Advisor; and Phil Oliver, Assistant JH Football Coach; approving the retirement of Trudy Ernst, Cook; and approving the appointment of Phil Oliver, Head JH Football Coach. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented and a salute to Trudy Ernst for all of her years of service. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE 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 $115,272.63, a 4.16% increase. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the negotiated agreement with the SEW Education Association. Ayes: 3. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.

2014-2015 SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2014-2015 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 3.5%. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the 2014-2015 salaries for non-union employees as presented. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE LIST OF POTENTIAL GRADUATES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the list of 2014 graduating seniors pending completion of all requirements. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the list of 2014 graduating seniors pending completion of all requirements. Ayes: 4.

2014 TENURE AWARDS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2014 staff tenure awards as listed. The awards will be presented at an all staff meeting after school on Tuesday, May 27th. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the 2014 staff tenure awards as listed. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE BID TO REPLACE WALK-IN FREEZER AT MILO: Dan Dow related to the Board that bids had been received for the replacement of the walk-in freezer at Milo. The low bid was from Rocket Man in the amount of $16,388. The bid includes installation, expect for the electrical, and removal of the existing freezer. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the bid from Rocket Man pending verification that the freezer is the same or comparable size and the price includes new refrigeration equipment. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the bid from Rocket Man if everything meets the specifications. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH THE KNOXVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SHARED DIRECTOR OF NUTRITION SERVICES: Superintendent Galvin recommended continuing the agreement with the Knoxville Community School District for shared Director of Nutrition Services for the 2014-2015 school year. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the agreement with the Knoxville Community School District for shared Director of Nutrition Services. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE AGREEMENT FOR SHARED JUVENILE COURT SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON SERVICES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement to share Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison services for the 2014-2015 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.

APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH LEVY RESTAURANTS FOR FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board the agreement with Levy Restaurants provides the opportunity for school groups to work the concession stands for Iowa State University as fund raising activities. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the agreement with Levy Restaurants for fund raising activities. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agreement with Levy Restaurants for fund raising activities. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE REVISION TO MATH GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that in order to comply with Iowa Core/Common Core standards all students must complete math courses through Algebra II. The current graduation requirements require 6 credits of math, this will stay the same but Consumer Math will be eliminated and an Algebra II Core class will be added. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the change to the math courses offered. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the revision to the math graduation requirements. Ayes: 4.

REVIEW JUNE BOARD MEETING DATE AND APPROVE CHANGE TO JULY BOARD MEETING DATE: Superintendent Galvin related that Ron Miller will not be able to attend the June board meeting and asked if any other members would be absent. No other members plan to be absent; the board meeting was left as scheduled on June 9th. Superintendent Galvin related that he would not be able to attend the July 14th board meeting and recommended moving the meeting to another date. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to change the July board meeting date to July 10th. Ayes: 4.

APPROVE SIGNATURES ON NUTRITION FUND CHECKING ACCOUNT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Jamie Harvey has not been able to work on the Nutrition Fund accounting due to connection issues between the buildings. Superintendent Galvin recommended temporarily moving the Nutrition Fund accounting back to Sue Ellingson until the issues can be resolved and approve Sue to sign the Nutrition Fund checks, along with Julie Wilson, in lieu of the Board President. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve Sue Ellingson to sign Nutrition Fund checks in lieu of the Board President. 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 2014-2015 school year. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Goals as presented. Ayes: 4.

EVALUATION OF SUPERINTENDENT: Superintendent Galvin provided the Board with his evaluation summary based on goals suggested by the Board for the 2013-2014 school year. Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board to provide feedback to Julie based on his goals and standards and to provide 3 goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 1004, 1005, AND 1006: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 1004, “Use of School Facilities”, 1005, “Community Activities Involving Students”, and 1006, “Community Activities Involving School Grounds”.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:43 p.m.

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