SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
June 9, 2014

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session June 9, 2014 in the media center of the Junior/Senior High School building. Board Vice President Bruce Williams called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The following board members were present: Larrie Williams and Jennifer Mihalovich. Rande Seuferer arrived at 5:31 p.m. 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 Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the agenda. Ayes: 3. (Rande Seuferer was absent from the vote.)

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the Cameron Hertzler, Kaylee Miller and Alyssa Dittmer for qualifying to state track. Kudos to all for qualifying.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 26 extra bus trips during the month of May. Bus inspections were held on May 9th. We had two units out of service and a few with 30 day repairs. The out of service units and most of the 30 day repairs have been repaired. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

We held our annual field day on Wednesday, May 7th. 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.

Congratulations to the following first and second grade students who qualified to participate in our annual first and second grade spelling bee on May 9th: Kiara Mally, Westin Koch, Brogan Ewing, Alexandra Rivera, Nicholas Geelan, Olivia Harrington, Sturgis Fridley, Chase Thompson, Natalie Geisler, Kaedan Alexander, Kaylyn Holmes, and Tate Dierking. Alexandra Rivera was our first place winner, with Westin Koch finishing second. Alexandria’s name will be submitted as the SEW Primary School representative at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee. Westin will be submitted as our alternate. Good luck to both of these students at the State Fair!

On Tuesday the third graders toured the Intermediate Building, met the teachers, and learned about fourth grade. While they were there, they had their spelling bee, competing against the fourth graders. Third grade participants included: Kloie Miller, Abigail Weaver, Dominic Wadle, Scarlet Kelso, Jordan Harrington and Emma Nady. Fourth grader Blake Fuller was the first place winner, with Liberty Mitchell finishing second.

We had several speakers during the month of May related to our Friendship Fair topic of Africa. Throughout the month, students participated in activities related to Africa. 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 23rd at 9:30 am. Mrs. Burgin, Mrs. Seuferer 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 16th. This celebration of their transition into kindergarten was well attended.

Kindergarten performed for their parents and grandparents and enjoyed breakfast with them during the kindergarten “Muffins and Memories” on May 23rd. Kindergarteners sang many songs demonstrating their knowledge of colors, days of the week, months of year, etc.

On the last day of school we recognized students who had perfect or good attendance. Students who had perfect attendance for the 2012-2013 academic year were Leah Buerckley, Brody Crow, Kameron Douglas Ronan Jimenez and Katie Thompson. This is Ronan’s second year of perfect attendance. There were several students who had good attendance - Olivia Gordon, Lucas Dirkx, Kenny Kadner, Glorious Fridley, Caden Carruthers, Nicholas Geelan, Madden Merfeld, Kenzie Nelson, Kenzie Anderson, Drake Steil, Heather Atkinson, Owen Williams, Owen Scott, Aubrey Snuggs, Sturgis Fridley, Rylan Jimenez, Josie Kosman, Logan Mace, Sydney Metz, Cheyenne Wallace, Jack Williams, Dailynn Phinney and Ben Wickett.

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 April Reynolds, Jennifer Kern, Roxanne Burton, 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, Green Plain United Methodist Church, Milo United Methodist Church, Liberty Center United Methodist Church, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Janet Smith, Chet Crouse, Milo United Methodist Church Women, John Riley, Inspirations Salons, Medora United Methodist Women, Sarah Olsasky and the Milo Lions Club.

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:

State Track News
Cameron Hertzler 800m - Finished 24th
Kaylee Miller 1500m - Finished 21st
Kaylee Miller 3000m - Finished 22nd
Alyssa Dittmer 400m - Finished 9th

POI All Academic Track
Cameron Hertzler
Justus Sherman
Gabe Henderson
Bryant Seuferer
Luke Ulin
Kaylee Miller
Alyssa Dittmer
Raelyn Meiling
Olivia Anders
Morgen Greif

POI All Academic Golf
Brandi Putz
Shilo Williams
Sarah Nutting
Luke Ulin

More Academic News
The boys track team earned the pleasure of receiving an IHSAA Distinguished in Academic Achievement Award for their team GPA during the 4th Quarter. To receive this award your team must have a team GPA above a 3.25

The girls track AND golf team also earned an IGHSAU Distinguished in Academic Achievement Award for their team GPA during the 4th Quarter. To receive this award your team must have a team GPA of 3.25

Baseball/Softball News
New Scoreboard is in place on the baseball field.

The baseball team is 1-2 and at the time of this writing had yet to play a conference game.

The softball team is 3 and 2 and 1-0 in the conference. The softball team finished in 5th place at the Western Dubuque tournament last weekend. The played two top ten 4A schools at this tournament and gained valuable experience that will help in the post season.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. May 12, 2014 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Graduation was held; it was a great ceremony. Thank you to all who came.
2. Repairs have been made to the watering system at the baseball and softball fields. The watering system may need to be updated.
3. The senior trip and senior awards banquet all went well.
4. The softball and baseball seasons are in progress.

PARENT REQUEST TO DISCUSS SECONDRY SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: This item was tabled.

RUGBY AS A SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORT: Jerimiah Johnson, SEW Rugby Coach, was present to ask for the Board’s consideration in escalating Rugby to a school sponsored sport. The number of 8th – 12th grade students interested in participating continues to grow. The students are putting in the work to participate and he would like for them to be recognized for their hard work. The students are aware that if rugby becomes a school sponsored sport that the eligibility and good conduct rules would apply. Jerimiah asked that if rugby were to become a school sponsored sport that the team would still be allowed to fundraise to support themselves. Jerimiah will develop a list of requirements to letter and bring back to the Board in July for approval.

TRAP AS A SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORT: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that trap shooting is currently an activity under the FFA umbrella. An interest has been expressed to make trap a school sponsored sport in which the students can letter. If trap were to become a school sponsored sport, the students would be required to meet the eligibility and good conduct rules in order to participate. Ms. Arensdorf is considering getting her coaching certificate so that she can serve as the coach for trap. This item will be brought back to the Board for action in July.

RENAME THE DAYCARE: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the district had received approximately $21,000 from Elzora Town’s estate. The executor of the estate, Duane Ohnemus, has asked that the money be used to supplement the cost of the new daycare building. Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board’s thoughts on changing the name of the daycare to The Elzora Town Learning Center, or something similar, in recognition of the donation. Research will be done to see what the process would be to change the name of the daycare. This item will be brought back to the Board for action in July.

STANDARIZED TEST DATA: Superintendent Galvin reviewed the results of the Iowa Assessment test scores.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommend approving the resignations of Brian Jimenez, Assistant HS Wrestling Coach; Dallas O’Brien, Assistant JH Wrestling Coach; Amanda Ewing, Wrestling Cheerleading Sponsor; Sarah Sealock, Co-Assistant Speech Coach and Head JH Girls’ Track Coach; and Jim Carr, Assistant HS Girls’ Track Coach and Assistant JH Girls’ Track Coach; approving the retirement of Carol Oliver, Teacher; and approving the contract modification for Fran Isley from Co-Assistant Speech Coach to Assistant Speech Coach. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

FOOD SERVICE MILK BID: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that two bids were received for dairy products for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Anderson-Erickson. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the bid from Anderson-Erickson for dairy products. Ayes: 4.

USE OF FACILITIES FOR TUTORING: Superintendent Galvin related that two teachers have requested to use the Milo facility for personal tutoring this summer. Superintendent Galvin recommended allowing the teachers to use the facilities and charge the $25 classroom fee. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to allow the teachers to use the facilities for tutoring. Ayes: 4.

APPLICATION TO THE COMMUNITY & URBAN STABILIZATION PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the application to the Wells Fargo Community & Urban Stabilization Program. The application is to apply for a donation of the Randy Hart property located in Milo to the District. The lot would be used for the Building Trades class to construct a house. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the application to the Community & Urban Stabilization Program. Ayes: 4.

BID FOR REPAIRS TO THE INTERMEDIATE BUILDING HEATING SYSTEM: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the computer system to run the heating system in the Intermediate building is out of date and not functioning properly. Dan Dow related that three bids had been received to upgrade the system; the low bid was from Johnson Controls. Dan Dow recommended approving the low bid from Johnson Controls in the amount of $6,435 to upgrade the heating controls. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the bid from Johnson Controls to update the heating controls in the Intermediate building. Ayes: 4.

BID FOR REPAIRS TO THE SOFTBALL FIELD LIGHTS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that softball field lights had quit working. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the bid from Miller Electric in the amount of $6,500 to make the needed repairs. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the bid from Miller Electric for repairs to the softball field lights. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT FOR SAI MENTORING AND INDUCTION PROGRAM: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program agreement for the 2014-2015 school year. There is no cost to the district unless the program is used; by law the district is required to have an administrator mentoring program in place. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agreement for the SAI Mentoring and Induction Program. Ayes: 4.

2015 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the following 2015 Legislative Action Priorities:
1. Supports full state funding to encourage local initiatives to fully comply with current professional development program requirements.
2. Supports setting supplemental state aid by the date specified in the Iowa code at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs. Our priority is to increase the state cost per pupil and the spending authority associated with it to build a strong base for future education resources.
3. Supports legislation that provides greater flexibility for school districts to meet changing needs, become more efficient, protect natural resources and save public funds, including support of Home Rule.
4. Opposes and seeks to repeal unfunded mandates.
5. Supports legislation requiring any new mandate have corresponding funding sufficient to implement the new mandate.
Ayes: 4.

EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve Superintendent Galvin’s evaluation as written. Ayes: 4. Superintendent Galvin will develop goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS THE PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended going into closed session to discuss the purchase of real estate. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to go into closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(j) of the open meetings law to discuss the purchase of particular real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property. Ayes: 4. The time was 6:13 p.m.

Vice President Bruce Williams called the closed session to an end at 6:25 p.m.

CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS THE SALE OF REAL ESTATE: Superintendent Galvin recommended going into closed session to discuss the sale of real estate. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to go into closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(j) of the open meetings law to discuss the sale of particular real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to lower the price the school district would receive for that property. Ayes: 4. The time was 6:26 p.m.

Vice President Bruce Williams called the closed session to an end at 6:36 p.m.

Vice President Bruce Williams adjourned the meeting at 6:36 p.m.

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