SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board Meeting
July 13, 2015

The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session July 13, 2015 in the ICN room 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: Jennifer Mihalovich, Bruce Williams, and Rande Seuferer. Larrie Williams was absent. Superintendent/Secondary Principal Delane Galvin, Transportation Director Joel Mosher, and Board Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members from the community.

AGENDA: Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the agenda. Ayes: 4.

REPORTS:

Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:

We had 41 extra bus trips for the month of June. I made it over to the Interstate 35 School District and went through their fleet. The sharing arrangement should work fine. The rest of the month was spent doing general repairs.

Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:

Baseball
The Baseball team wrapped up their regular season the other night and ended up
18 and 10 and 11 and 5 in the conference (4th Place).
They begin post-season play on Tuesday 7/14 against Mormon Trail at Twin Cedars at 5 p.m.
Their second game, should they win, is Thursday 7/16 at 7p.m. again at Twin Cedars against the
winner of Moulton Udell and Twin Cedars.

Softball
The Softball team finished their season this last week in the 2nd round of regional play by losing to
Murray 6 to 2.
They finished the season 16 and 18 and 7 and 9 in the conference (tied for 7th place)

Football, cross country and volleyball practice starts on August 10th.

CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the consent agenda:
1. June 16, 2015 minutes
2. Financial reports

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 4.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Galvin asked for the Board’s feedback on the replacement of vacant assistant coaching positions, taking into account the ratio of students to coach and safety concerns. The consensus of the board was to use good judgement based on the projected number of players and hire replacements if needed.

SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: A copy of the Superintendent’s evaluation with board members’ comments and goals was included in the board packets for board member review. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the Superintendent’s evaluation. Ayes: 4.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: Superintendent Galvin reminded board members that this is a school board member election year. School board election papers are available and are due back to Julie Wilson by 5:00 p.m. on July 30th.

ELECTION OF AEA BOARD MEMBERS: The Heartland AEA is accepting Statement of Candidacy submissions for the election of five AEA board members. Any board member or community member in the Southeast Warren School District may submit a Statement of Candidacy if they are interested in running for the Heartland AEA Board of Directors.

GOVERNOR’S VETO OF ONE-TIME FUNDING: Superintendent Galvin informed the board members that the Governor’s veto of one-time funding means that the district will receive approximately $65,000 less than had been hoped for. Due to not receiving the one-time funding, the library and study hall associate positions will not be recalled.

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the resignations of Shelby Lucas, Elementary Teacher; Shane Rowlands, Head JH Softball Coach; Megan Birchette, Technology Assistant; Zeb Birchette, Special Education Associate and Assistant JH Girls’ Basketball Coach; Jackie Beard, Lead Teacher; Randy Manser, full-time evening custodian; approving the appointments of Edwin Ricks, Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor; Misty Herold, Daycare Lead Associate; Paula Schultz, Media Specialist; Megan Flaws, Kindergarten Teacher; and Erin Johnson, 4th Grade Teacher; approving the transfer of Megan Cooper from 4th grade teacher to 3rd grade teacher; approving the contract modification for Pat Butler from 3 ½ hours per day to 3 hours per day due to deletion of Media Specialist duties; and approving the reassignments of Donna Clay from Early Intervention Reading Teacher (.75 FTE) to 4-Year-Old Preschool Teacher (1.0 FTE) and Cynthia DeJoode from 4-Year-Old Preschool Teacher to Early Intervention Reading Teacher and 3-Year-Old/4-Year-Old Special Education Teacher. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 3. Jennifer Mihalovich abstained from voting.

STUDENT FEES FOR 2015-2016: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the following 2015-16 student registration fees:

Book Rent: $70 per student
Band Instrument Rental: $40
FACS Project Fee: $10 for 7th graders only
*Afternoon Milk (K-3): $31.50 per semester
Preschool, 4-year-olds: $0 tuition + $25/semester milk + $25/year snack fee
*Preschool, 3-year-olds: $45 tuition (without daycare) + $25/year snack + $25/sem. milk
$20 tuition (with daycare) + no snack or milk fee
Chromebook Deposit: $50
*Activity Year-long Passes: Adult - $70, Student - $60, Family - $160
*Ten-Punch Card Pass: Adult - $35, Student - $20

*No discounts based on income

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the student registration fees except for the athletic pass prices. Ayes: 4. (The athletic pass prices were approved at a prior board meeting.)

INCREASE IN LUNCH PRICES: Superintendent Galvin recommended increasing breakfast prices by $.25, lunch prices by $.10, and ala cart prices by $.05 - $.25 to bring the Nutrition Fund back into good standing. Prices recommended were:

Student Breakfast -$1.25
Adult Breakfast - $1.60
Student Lunch JH/HS - $2.30
Student Lunch Elementary - $2.20
Adult Lunch - $3.45
Lunch Entrée - $1.80
Breakfast Entrée - $1.25
Side Fruit/Vegetable - $0.75
Side Dessert - $0.75
Yogurt - $0.85
Milk - $0.35
Bottle Water - $1.25

Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the lunch prices as recommended. Ayes: 4.

FOOD SERVICE MILK BIDS: Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that two bids had been received for milk products. Sue Ellingson recommended approving the bid from Anderson-Erickson Dairy based on price, product specifications and past experience with the vendor. Superintendent Galvin recommended staying with Anderson-Erickson for milk products. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the bid from Anderson-Erickson Dairy for milk products. Ayes: 4.

CHANGES TO STUDENT HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the changes to the 2015-2016 student handbooks. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the changes to the 2015-2016 student handbooks. Ayes: 4.

CHANGES TO STAFF HANDBOOKS: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the changes to the 2015-2016 staff handbooks. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Bruce Williams to approve the changes to the 2015-2016 staff handbooks. Ayes: 4.

NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH THE SEW EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. The total cost of the package increase was $85,661.79, a 3.0% package increase. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the negotiated agreement with the Southeast Warren Education Association. Ayes: 4.

SALARIES FOR NON-UNION STAFF: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the 2015-2016 salaries for Joel Mosher, LuAnn Ohnemus, Julie Wilson, Sue Ellingson, Scott Dirkx, Dan Dow and himself as listed. The salary increases represent a total package increase of 2.86%. Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the 2015-2016 salaries for non-union employees as presented. Ayes: 4.

AGREEMENT WITH THE PLEASANTVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SHARED MEDIA SPECIALIST: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the agreement with the Pleasantville Community School District for shared Media Specialist based on sharing 10 days per year at $250 per day. Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Jennifer Mihalovich to approve the agreement with the Pleasantville Community School District for shared Media Specialist. Ayes: 4.

2016 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the following 2016 legislative priorities:

1. State Penny for School Infrastructure: Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average, and supports the extension of the statewide penny by the repeal of the Dec. 31, 2029 sunset.
2. Foundation Formula Equalization: Supports revising the foundation formula to equalize per pupil funding regardless of the school district.
3. Three-year Board Member Terms: Supports returning to three-year board member terms with less than a majority of the school board elected in any one year.
4. Unfunded Mandates: Opposes any new mandate that does not provide sufficient and sustainable funding for successful implementation and supports the repeal of existing unfunded mandates.

Motion by Jennifer Mihalovich, seconded by Rande Seuferer to approve the 2016 legislative priorities. Ayes: 4.

CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Bruce Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer to go into closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(j) of the open meetings law to discuss the purchase of particular real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property. Ayes: 4. The time was 6:10 p.m.

President Miller called the closed session to an end at 6:16 p.m.

President Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:16 p.m.

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