SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
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
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
Athletic Director Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:
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.
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.
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.
Despite the low number of kids out for JH Football we have a record
of 2 and 1 with two games remaining.
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
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,
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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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