SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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 Director’s Report).

REPORTS:

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 repairs.

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 Dow:

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, December 10th.

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

Team Honors
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
Blake Bauer
Gabe Henderson
Tanner Allen
Josh Sundberg
Justus Sherman
Jordan Hughes
Brian Jimenez
Camerosn Hertzler
Luke Ulin

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.

Girls BB
The varsity team is 1 and 1 at the time of this writing and have 6 more games between now and Christmas Break

Boys BB
The varsity team is 0 and 1 at the time of this writing and have 7 more games between now and Christmas Break

Wrestling
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.

JH BB
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.

State Dance
The Dance team participated in the State Dance Competition on December 6th.

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 consent agenda:
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 install.
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 6th.
10. The Iowa Assessments tests will be given to students in mid January.

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: 5.

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. Ayes: 5.

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. Ayes: 5.

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: 5.

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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