SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
January 12, 2015

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session January 12, 2015 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: Larrie Williams, Rande Seuferer, and Jennifer Mihalovich. Bruce Williams 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 Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized the following: The wrestlers for winning the POI wrestling tournament. Beth Mosher for her generous donation towards the purchase of pink uniforms for the boys and girls basketball teams. They will be wearing these uniforms on Hoops for Hope night. Also, Mrs. Birchette and the Student Council for a successful Angel Tree operation. They sponsored 12 families with a total of 40 children. This was the largest number of children the group has sponsored. The community generosity was evident through monetary donations and the numerous gifts dropped off at school for the council members to wrap and present to these needy families. This was a lot of work, so hats off to the Student Council for their efforts.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 21 extra bus trips for the month of December. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

Small Town Country Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, was a success. Many cookies, books, and classroom basket raffle tickets were sold. The elves’ workshop, which entertained many children while their parents shopped, and vendor fees from several community vendors, who set up their tables in the new gym, brought in some additional revenue.

The basket raffle money will be used to fund our field trips at both the Primary and the Intermediate buildings, and the rest will be used for future playground needs and classroom supplies. The Country Christmas day, along with our fall and spring fundraisers, are the three biggest fundraisers for the Partners in Education group.

PIE is sponsoring an Accelerated Reader party for second and third graders reaching their reading goals for the second quarter on January 9th.

Second quarter report cards will be sent home the week of January 12th. Teachers are preparing for our upcoming parent/teacher conferences in February.

Third graders will be given the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills the week of January 12th, and kindergarten through third graders will be taking their mid-year FAST tests during the next week. Following these tests, the teachers meet on Data Day and reorganized reading intervention groups. These new assignments, based on student performance, will start on Monday, February 2nd.

Coming up in January, PIE is serving supper during the adult volleyball league, which meets in Milo on Sundays. This free-will donation supper is a good fundraiser for them.

Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

Winter DIBELS has been completed.

Report cards for 1st Semester went home with students on Friday.

Iowa Assessment testing started today in the Intermediate Center.

The Geography Bee will be held here in the Intermediate Center on Friday, January 23rd at 8:30am.

We have tentatively scheduled the 1st Semester Awards Assembly for Friday, January 30th. This assembly is held in the gym and parents are welcomed to attend. Awards are given for attendance, honor roll, and for showing good character.

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:

JH Wrestling
We have started wrestling practice this past week and we currently have 15 kids out this season. Two MD students and one home school student.

Girls JH BB
We have three games left for this season.

Boys BB
The boys BB team is currently 2-7.
The leading scorers are Lance Hoch at 16.5 pts per game and Jackson Fischer 11.8 pts per game.
Jackson Fischer leads the team with 20 assists.
Keetan Lawler is leading the teams in Rebounds at 9.3 per game.

The first of February Post Season Brackets will be posted.

Girls BB
The girls BB team is 5 and 4.
The leading scorers are Sierra Dorsey at 13.9 pts per game and Raelyn Meling 9.9 pts per game.
Raelyn Meling leads the team in assists with 41.
Sierra Dorsey leads the team in Rebounds at 7.3 per game.

Post Season Brackets will be announced the first part of February.

Wrestling
In late December we competed in the POI Wrestling Tournament and finished 1st in the conference. We had 7 champions and 1 runner-up.
In early January we competed in the Eddyville Blakesburg Tournament where we went 5 and 0 as we beat EBF in the championship.
This last week we competed in the 1st annual Warren Co. Duals and went 2 and 1. Beating Carlisle and Norwalk and losing to Indianola.

We are making final preparations for hosting sectionals on February 7th.

Additional Info
We will be competing in the POI Academic Bowl at East Union on January 28th.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. December 8, 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. We had our first snow day on January 7th; the day will be made up on January 19th.
2. January 5th was a teacher workday. EMC Insurance presented slip and fall training for the certified staff and bus drivers. Support staff will have the training on January 28th.
3. This is one of the better winter sports seasons the district has had for a while. Girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and wrestlers are all doing well.
4. The next Children First Forum meeting will be held on January 27th. All board members are welcome to attend.
5. We will be hosting the wrestling sectionals on February 7th.
6. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 9th and 12th.

WELLNESS COMMITTEE UPDATE: Dianne Chambers related to the Board that the Wellness Committee had met and developed the following list of items to be addressed in the coming year:
• Continue to look for new members as well as encourage current members to get involved.
• Continue to encourage K-6 teachers for healthy snacks and rewards.
• Check into the backpack program for our district. Dianne will contact Pastor Amy Johnson for clergy support that is needed for this program to be successful.
• Get more information out to parents in regards to packing healthy lunches for their students.
• Have Mr. Dow and Mr. Galvin address teachers in regards to holding kids out of PE class for makeup work/tests. PE is a required class, not a “fun” class.
• No sales of candy, etc. that don’t meet the guidelines!!
• Encourage drinking of water at all grade levels and look into cost of a water filling station at the Jr./Sr. High School.
• Identify students with weight issues as “at risk”.

JOINT WARREN COUNTY BOARD MEETING: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that the joint Warren County board meeting will be held on January 19th at 6:30 PM in Indianola if any board members are interested in attending.

NOTICE OF PULBIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PLANS, SPECIFICATIONS, FORM OF CONTRACT AND ESTIMATE OF COST FOR THE DAYCARE BUILDING AND FOR THE TAKING OF BIDS THEREFORE AND AUTHORIZE THE NOTICE TO BE PUBLISHED AS PER CODE OF IOWA TIMELINES: Superintendent Galvin recommended tabling this item until the architect could be present to review the daycare building plans and specifications with the Board. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to table this item and schedule a special board meeting for Thursday, January 15th at 5:30. Ayes: 4.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignation of Carol Roland, Daycare Associate; and approving the supplemental appointments of Wesley Creason, Assistant JH Wrestling Coach and Volunteer Assistant HS Wrestling Coach. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 4.

START DATE WAIVER REQUEST RESOLUTION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Start Date Waiver Request Resolution to request permission from the Department of Education to start school before the week in which September 1st falls, with the understanding that the resolution may need to be modified after guidance is received from the state. The Calendar Committee will be meeting in a couple of weeks to draft the 2015-16 school calendar. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Start Date Waiver Request Resolution. Ayes: 4.

STUDENT TEACHING AGREEMENT WITH SIMPSON COLLEGE: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the student teaching agreement with Simpson College. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the student teaching agreement with Simpson College. Ayes: 4.

WIRE TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH PEOPLES BANK: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. The agreement allows the District to electronically wire the 403b payments to Voya. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the Wire Transfer Agreement with Peoples Bank. Ayes: 4.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 400 AND 406: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 400, “Statement of Guiding Principles”, and 406, “Part-Time Personnel”.

Board President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 5:54 p.m.

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