SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
December 9, 2013
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
December 9, 2013 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,
Larrie Williams, Jennifer Mihalovich, and Rande Seuferer. 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 Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded
by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
BOARD SALUTES: Dan Dow recognized Dave Reynolds
and Scott Dirkx for their help in sitting the new basketball goals
at the Primary Center. Superintendent Galvin recognized the football
players who received post season honors (as noted in the Athletic
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 7 extra bus trips for the month. Bus inspections were held
on November 18th. The rest of the month was spent doing general
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:
The Primary School had good attendance for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
We had 95% attendance at our fall parent/teacher conferences.
Our annual Veterans Day assembly was held on Monday, November 11th,
with the Cub Scouts demonstrating the military style of the folding
of the flag and all of the children joining the audience –
including many area veterans - in the singing of familiar patriotic
songs. The local Girl Scout troop presented the veterans with poppies
they made. A cookies and punch reception was held for our guests
in the media center following the program.
The Primary School has been busy preparing for Milo’s annual
Small Town Country Christmas. We appreciate all of our parents who
donated cookies, donated items for the holiday gift baskets and
volunteered their time at the Primary School. This day is an important
fundraiser for our Partners in Education organization.
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan
In November we had 2 students leave the district and 3 students
enter, increasing our numbers to 98 students in Lacona.
November 22nd marked the halfway point for the 2nd quarter. Midterm
progress reports have been sent home.
The Intermediate’s Holiday Program is scheduled for Tuesday,
Board salute to Jesse Seuferer and his Building
Trades class for helping to install the new Goalsetter basketball
hoops at the Intermediate Center, and to Mrs. Jennifer Miller, who
along with Iowa Dance Theater, arranged for the entire Intermediate
Center to go to “The Nutcracker” this month.
Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:
Football Sportsmanship Ratings
Average Coach Rating was 1.30 for SEW
Class A average was 1.43
State Average was 1.41
Average Athletes Rating was 1.55 for SEW
Class A Average was 1.36
State Average was 1.32
Average Spectators Rating was 1.32 for SEW
Class A average was 1.43
State Average was 1.36
1st Team All District
Cameron Hertzler Wide Receiver
2nd Team All District
Keetan Lawler Running Back
Honorable Mention All District
Gabe Henderson Quarterback
Justus Sherman Linebacker
Academic All District
All players who had above a 3.25 GPA for the first quarter were
academic all district
The Winter Sports season is off and running and our coaches have
been tremendous to work with in making sure they are sharing our
facilities with other teams for practices or games.
The varsity team is 1 and 1 at the time of this writing and have
6 more games between now and Christmas Break
The varsity team is 0 and 1 at the time of this writing and have
7 more games between now and Christmas Break
The varsity team started their season at home on December 5th against
Martensdale St. Mary’s and Moravia. We have six meets between
now and Christmas Break with 12/17 being at home and on 12/21 our
wrestlers will be wrestling in the POI Conference Tournament.
The boys are almost done with their season with only five more games
left. The boys’ team may not be winning a lot of games but
they are in about every one and their fundamentals have improved
greatly since the start of the season.
The girls team has the same amount of games between now and Christmas
plus two additional dates after the holidays. I am impressed with
the amount of athletes that are in the 7th and 8th grade class and
it shows on the court.
The Dance team participated in the State Dance Competition on December
Our Head Volleyball Coach and our Assistant Volleyball Coach has
submitted their letter of resignation.
The company that is installing our new lockers in the boys locker
room has informed me that as of right now everything is on schedule
and they will be planning on tearing the old lockers out on the
20th and installing the new ones on the 23rd and 24th of this month
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the
1. November 11, 2013 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve
the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent
Galvin reported on the following items:
1. Country Propane submitted the low bid to air condition the classrooms.
A walk through with Country Propane will be done after the holidays
to determine the number and location of air conditioning units to
2. Teacher Leadership Grant – The process is underway to develop
a teacher leadership and compensation system.
3. The District Leadership Team met and discussed hours vs. days
for the 2014-2015 school calendar. The consensus of the committee
was to go with a calendar based on hours. The calendar will be very
similar to this year’s calendar and has been sent to all three
buildings for review and comment.
4. The Pride of Iowa Conference schools jointly financed the speaker
fee for the Pride of Iowa Leadership Conference.
5. The High School Student Council, winter sports teams, sponsors
and coaches are planning a Hoops for Hope night during the basketball
game on January 17th.
6. Kudos to the dance team for their performances at State Dance
Competition on December 6th.
7. The wrestling team has started their season. They placed 2nd
as a team at the Woodward-Granger tournament this past weekend.
8. The Superintendent roundtable discussion will be held with the
Lacona staff this Thursday.
9. Semester tests will be given on Wednesday and Thursday of next
week. Students will be dismissed for winter break on December 20th.
Teachers will resume on January 3rd and students will return January
10. The Iowa Assessments tests will be given to students in mid
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the resignations of Shelby Naylor, Head High School Volleyball
Coach; and Sarah Sealock, Assistant High School Volleyball Coach;
approving the appointments of Jerry Stewart, Substitute School Bus
Driver; and Shane Rowlands, Golf Coach; and approving the unpaid
leave requests from Kathy VanderEcken for one day of unpaid leave
on December 2, 2013; and from Nathan Bauer for two days of unpaid
leave January 16-17, 2014. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by
Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes:
SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATE POSITIONS: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the addition of two 7 ½ hours
per day special education associate positions, one at Lacona and
one at Milo, and also a 6 hours per week special education associate
position at Milo due to changes in student enrollment and IEP changes.
Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve
the addition of two 7 ½ hours per day and one 6 hours per
week special education associate positions. Ayes: 5.
EARLY GRADUATION REQUESTS: Superintendent Galvin
recommended approving the early graduation requests from Preston
Carruthers and Leah Ripperger pending completion of all graduation
requirements. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich
to approve the early graduation requests from Preston Carruthers
and Leah Ripperger pending completion of all graduation requirements.
CHILDREN FIRST FORUM MEMBERS: Superintendent Galvin
related to the Board that a few new people had shown up for the
last Children First Forum meeting and recommended adding those individuals
as members on the committee. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by Rande Seuferer to approve the list of Children First Forum members.
TECH COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Superintendent Galvin
related to the Board that due to going to a 1:1 computer initiative
the need was felt to have a tech committee to help provide guidance
on the process. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the
Tech Committee members as listed. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded
by Bruce Williams to approve the Tech Committee members. Ayes: 5.
SUBSTITUTES FOR SNOW REMOVAL: Superintendent Galvin
related to the Board that substitutes are needed to remove snow
due to temporary health issues of the individual awarded the snow
removal bid. Tom Bales has volunteered to push snow at Milo and
Rob McCaulley has volunteered to remove snow at Liberty Center at
the same rates as awarded in the bid. Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the substitutes for snow removal. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich,
seconded by Bruce Williams to approve Tom Bales and Rob McCaulley
as substitutes for snow removal. Ayes: 5.
BID FOR SALE OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: Superintendent
Galvin related to the Board that one bid had been received from
Bev Schurman in the amount of $611.00 for the sale of the playground
equipment in Milo. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the
bid from Bev Schurman for the sale of the playground equipment with
a timeline to be negotiated for the removal of the equipment when
the frost goes out of the ground. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded
by Bruce Williams to approve the bid from Bev Schurman in the amount
of $611.00 for the sale of the playground equipment. Ayes: 5.
AGREEMENT WITH AMATEUR SPORTS PROMOTION: Superintendent
Galvin recommended approving the three year agreement with Amateur
Sports Promotion to create and produce the district’s sports
calendars. Amateur Sports Promotion will return to the district
a portion of the proceeds collected from the sponsors. Motion by
Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the
agreement with Amateur Sports Promotion. Ayes: 5.
2014-2015 MODIFIED ALLOWBLE GROWTH APPLICATION:
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2014-2015 Modified
Allowable Growth Request for Dropout Prevention in the amount of
$148,218. The funds will be used to pay for salaries and instructional
costs for at risk programs. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded
by Rande Seuferer to approve the 2014-2015 Modified Allowable Growth
Request for Dropout Prevention in the amount of $148,218. Ayes:
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 200, 201, AND 202: The Board
reviewed Board Policy Sections 200, “Statement of Guiding
Principles”, 201, “General Organization”, and
202, “Specific Duties of the Board”.
President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.
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