SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
October 13, 2014

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session October 13, 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, Rande Seuferer, and Jennifer Mihalovich. Larrie Williams arrived at 5:33 p.m. 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 Bruce Williams to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4. (Larrie Williams was absent from the vote.)

BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin congratulated the varsity volleyball girls for winning the Wayne tournament this past Saturday. Also, a big thank you goes to Peoples Bank for their donation of $12,000 towards a new CAD lab for the Industrial Technology program.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 19 extra bus trips for the month of September. The first round of bus inspections will be held on October 31st. Bus drills are being done at all three buildings.

Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:

October is a busy month at the Primary School. It seems like there is a special event every week. Our students have filled the Character Tree in the hallway just off the main foyer with leaves in September and pumpkins in October. Each leaf represents a child who has demonstrated responsible behaviors to a teacher or staff member.

There was a Pep Rally with high school students on Wednesday, October 1st, for homecoming week. There was a lot of green and white at the Primary school that week.

Forty-seven of our students participated in the Cheer Clinic held by the high school football cheerleaders. It was great to see so many enthusiastic little Warhawks cheering at the football game on September 26th.

Fire Prevention Week starts October 5th. A visit by the local fire department with some of their equipment is a highlight of this week. This year we are planning an alternate route fire drill and classes will be exiting the building through the windows.

Kindergarten Grandparents Week begins October 20th. Every year the kindergarteners enjoy the visit from their grandparents (or other adult). They are proud to show off their school and everything they have learned.

October 27st will mark the beginning of Red Ribbon Week, with the high school FFA students coming to the classrooms to distribute red ribbons for the children to wear at school throughout the week. Throughout the week teachers talk about healthy lifestyles and the differences between good and bad drugs.

We have invited the parents of our 4-year-old preschool students to participate in our Children First Forum district advisory group, allowing the CFF to function as our early childhood advisory council.

We finish out the month with the delivery of Partners in Education’s fall fundraiser.

Athletic Director Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:

Football
We are just past the midpoint of the football season and we are 2 and 4 overall and 1 and 3 in our district. Even though we have fallen on hard times the last couple of weeks things are looking up for our football program. We have three regular season games left at the varsity level and one JV Game as well.

Volleyball
The volleyball team is continually getting better with each passing day and right now is playing the best they have all year. For the 1st round of the POI VB Tournament we will be traveling to Bedford to take on Bedford and East Union.

District assignments have been posted and we received a 1st round bye. We will be hosting a 2nd round game on Tuesday October 28th at 7pm against the winner of the Twin Cedars vs. Melcher Dallas game. If we win that game we will play 10/31 at Wayne and then if we win that one on 11/5 at Bloomfield.

Cross Country
The team will be running in the POI Conference Meet on the 14th at Graceland University. They have one more regular season meet on the 16th at Mt. Ayr. District Assignments should be coming out in the next week.
-The boys team finished 7th at the Clarke Meet recently.
-Elise Emmick is consistently in the top 10 of each meet and looking to see how she develops as a runner over the next four years.
-Bryant Seuferer and Kaleb Miller are consistently in the top 10 to 15 at each meet.

JH FB
Despite the low number of kids out for JH Football we have a record of 2 and 1 with two games remaining.

JH VB
Between the 7th and 8th grade teams this year we have only lost one match. The 8th grade team is undefeated and the 7th graders have only lost one match. They have one more game left on their schedule this year.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. September 8, 2014 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The volleyball girls traveled to Bedford tonight to play in the Pride of Iowa tournament.
2. The cross country kids travel to Graceland tomorrow for the Pride of Iowa cross country meet.
3. We will be hosting the regional volleyball games on October 29th.
4. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held the first week of November.
5. Preliminary certified enrollment numbers show an enrollment increase of 4 students.
6. The next Children First Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28th.
7. We have received notification that we will be hosting sectional wrestling meets in February.

CERTIFIED ANNUAL REPORT: Julie Wilson briefly reviewed the 2013-2014 Certified Annual Report.

2015 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: The Board reviewed and discussed their top five legislative priorities selected in preparation for the IASB Delegate Assembly.

FFA TRIP TO NATIONAL CONVENTION: Chelsea Arensdorf, along with three students, presented information on the proposed trip to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, to be held on October 28th – November 1st. Ms. Arensdorf, seven students, and four chaperones will be attending. The FFA Chapter will pay for the hotel rooms, registration costs, and transportation expenses for each member. All attendees will be expected to pay for any food costs and additional miscellaneous costs. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the trip. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the FFA trip to the National Convention. Ayes: 5.

VOCAL TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY: Information was presented to the Board on a proposed vocal trip to New York City on March 19th – 24th, 2016. Superintendent Galvin recommended tentative approval of the trip in order to start fund raising activities with final board approval of the trip next year. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve to start fund raising for the proposed vocal trip to New York City with the stipulation that a presentation, by the students, be made to the board with the trip itinerary and a list of the students and chaperones going. Ayes: 5.

SPANISH CLUB TRIP TO PERU: Andrea Vlahakis asked the Board for preliminary approval of a proposed Spanish Club trip to Peru in either March or June of 2016 in order for students to start fundraising activities. Currently, 5 students have committed to going and another 3 students have expressed a strong interest. Superintendent Galvin recommended preliminary approval of the Spanish Club trip to Peru. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to grant preliminary approval of the Spanish Club trip to Peru in order to start fund raising activities with the stipulation that the students going on the trip make a presentation to the Board prior to final approval. Ayes: 5.

DESIGN OF DAYCARE BUILDING: Superintendent Galvin presented the final daycare building design, based on feedback to Mr. Dow, to the Board for approval. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the design of the daycare building. Ayes: 5.

BID FOR PURCHASE OF CHROMEBOOKS AND CHROMEBOOK CASES: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that enough money was left in last year’s technology budget to purchase the remaining Chromebooks to distribute to all students in grades 7-12 as part of the One to One Initiative. Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the low bid from Best Buy for the purchase of 45 Chromebooks and 75 Chromebook cases in the amount of $12,839.42. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the bid from Best Buy for the purchase of Chromebooks and Chromebook cases. Ayes: 5.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignation from Joe Salazar, Assistant HS Boys’ Basketball Coach, effective immediately; and approving the appointments of Joe Salazar, Head HS Boys’ Basketball Coach; Jocelyn O’Brien, Co-Wrestling Cheerleading Advisor; Dani Bauer, Co-Wrestling Cheerleading Advisor; and Candy Cronbaugh, Technology Assistant. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.

EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUEST: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that Amanda Carnes has requested to take an extended maternity leave the entire second semester of the school year; she understands that once her sick leave is exhausted the time off will be unpaid. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the extended leave of absence request. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the request from Amanda Carnes for an extended leave of absence. Ayes: 5.

ATHLETIC SERVICES AGREEMENT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the Athletic Services Agreement with Physiotherapy Associates, Inc. The agreement provides athletic training services for all 9 Friday night varsity football games, 3 home JV football games, 4 home Junior High football games, 4 “Injury Check-In” dates and 2 home wrestling dates for a cost of $2,279.05. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the Athletic Services Agreement with Physiotherapy Associates, Inc. Ayes: 5.

TEACHER LEADERSHIP COMPENSATION GRANT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Implementation Grant application. The legislature mandated a Teacher Leadership and Compensation System two years ago. The grant will help pay for the costs of putting teachers into leadership roles to improve education for students. If the grant is approved, the district will receive $350 per student for three years. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Implementation Grant application. Ayes: 5.

AUTHORIZE TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR SALE OF SCHOOL BUS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval to advertise for bids for the sale of the mini school bus with the wheel chair lift. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Larrie Williams to authorize to advertise for bids for the sale of the mini school bus with the stipulation that the Board may reject any or all bids. Ayes: 5.

REQUEST FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH AND SUPPLEMENTAL AID FOR SPECIAL EDUATION DEFICIT: Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the request for modified allowable growth and supplemental aid for the 2013-2014 negative special education balance in the amount of $116,879.97. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the request for modified allowable growth and supplemental aid for the 2013-2014 negative special education balance in the amount of $116,879.97. Ayes: 5.

BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 403 AND 409: The Board reviewed Board Policy Sections 403, “Certified Personnel Contract Termination”, and 409, “Non-Certified Personnel Contract Termination”.

President Ron Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:37 p.m.

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