SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Regular Board Meeting
October 12, 2015
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met in regular session
October 12, 2015 in the media center of the Junior/Senior High School
building. Board President Ron Miller called the meeting to order
at 5:31 p.m. The following board members were present: Dave Youmans,
Anna Rowe, Larrie Williams, and Rande Seuferer. Superintendent/Secondary
Principal Delane Galvin, Elementary Principal Dan Dow, and Board
Secretary Julie Wilson were also in attendance, along with members
from the community.
AGENDA: Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by
Rande Seuferer to approve the agenda. Ayes: 5.
THE BOARD SALUTES: Superintendent Galvin recognized
Mrs. Birchette and the Student Council for the very successful and
positive homecoming week. Congratulations to Homecoming King Bryant
Seuferer and Queen Morgen Greif.
Transportation Report submitted by Joel Mosher:
We had 24 extra bus trips for the month of September. The rest
of the month was spent doing general repairs.
Primary Principal’s Report submitted by Dan Dow:
Thirty-nine 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 18.
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.
On October 5 the Primary School is celebrating Blue Shirt Monday.
October is national bullying awareness and prevention month. The
first Monday of October is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying
Prevention to signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention
Awareness Month each October.
There will be a Pep Rally with high school students on Thursday,
October 8, for homecoming week. There was a lot of green and white
at the Primary school that week.
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 the Milo Fire Department is bringing their smoke machine
and simulating a smoky classroom. Students will be practicing evacuations
from the guidance room.
Kindergarten Grandparents Week begins October 12. Every year the
kindergarteners enjoy the visit from their grandparents (or other
adult). They are proud to show off their school and everything they
Parent/teacher conferences are also the week of October 12. It
will be a very busy time for the Primary School.
October 19 the AEA will hold Hearing Screenings for kindergarten
through third grade students.
Fall Picture Day is October 22.
The first quarter ends on Friday, October 23.
October 26 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.
We will be hosting an anti-bullying assembly on Monday, October
26th. Throughout the week teachers talk about healthy lifestyles
and the differences between good and bad drugs.
We finish out the month with the launch of Partners in Education’s
Intermediate Principal’s Report submitted by Dan
1st quarter mid-terms were sent home with our students on September
Partners in Education kicked off a donation drive in September.
This is something new they are trying due to some discontent with
the usual fall and spring fundraisers. Any student that did not
participate in the drive will be sent home a fundraiser packet from
Mrs. Chambers, along with Warren County Public Health, organized
a flu shot/flu mist clinic for students and community members. The
clinic was held Friday, October 2nd. Over 50 students were vaccinated
Homecoming week was a big success here in Lacona due to the planning
of our student council. Dress up days were planned for everyday
and themes included American Pride, Crazy Day, Pajama Day, Western
Day and of course, Green and White! The high school visited on Thursday
afternoon for our annual pep assembly.
Fall conferences were moved up nearly a month this year to October
13th and 15th. The scheduling process has been completed.
Athletic Director’s Report submitted by Blake Cruikshank:
The FB team sits at 2 and 4 and 1 and 3 in the district which is
good for 6th place. Injuries have started to pile up for our team
and because of this and low numbers we have cancelled the rest of
our JV Games. The coaching staff has done a nice job of preaching
discipline and team first and the team has continually gotten better
each and every week.
The VB team is 9 and 10 overall and 4 and 1 in the POI.
The VB team secured the second seed on our side of the bracket and
will host a 1st round tri-angular on Monday the 12th. If the win
on Monday they will move onto the Semi-Finals and Finals on Tuesday
the 13th. We have one regular season game left with East Union on
the 15th. We have been selected to host a 1st round regional match
against Melcher Dallas on Tuesday October 20th.
We have 2 regular season meets left this year. The 1st one is the
POI Meet at SWV on Tuesday October 13th. We also run at Mt. Ayr
on Thursday October 15th. We will run a state qualifying meet on
Thursday October 22nd with the site still TBD.
Boys finished 4th at Clarke
Boys finished 4th at Pleasantville with Bryant Seuferer winning
Boys won the Lynnville Sully meet with Bryant Seuferer winning the
Boys finished 4th at Chariton and Bryant Seuferer got 4th and Kaleb
Miller got 11th at this race
Elise Emmick got 2nd, Madi Collins got 14th and Reagan Swanson
got 16th at Clarke
Elise Emmick got 2nd, Reagan Swanson got 9th and Madi Collins got
22nd at Pleasantville
Elise Emmick got 2nd, Madi Collins got 8th and Reagan Swanson got
20th at Lynnville Sully
Elise Emmick got 3rd, Madi Collins got 16th and Swanson got 17th
We have 2 more matches remaining this year
The JH FB team won their first game the other night against Indianola.
At the time of this reading our season is over. Our numbers were
a little low this year which hinder us in playing the amount of
games that we wanted to this year. We would like to play 2 games
each night but we ended up playing 1 game with one extra quarter
sometime 2 quarters.
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Football
Redistricting of football is coming up in the next couple of months.
We need to make a decision by December 4th if we would like to go
down and play 8-man football. The reason that we need to make a
decision by December 4th is because we would not be permitted to
play varsity 8-man football until the 2018-19 season.
-To qualify for 8 man football our BEDS number in grades 9-11 needs
to be 115 or less
-Our current BEDS numbers are as follows:
9, 10, 11 - 128
8, 9, 10 - 119
7, 8, 9 - 112
Even though our BEDS numbers are above the 115 mark our BEDS verifies
that our enrollment will be below 115 or less during the 2-year
period of redistricting so we would be eligible to play 8 man football
and also qualify for the playoffs
Things to think about with this decision
-Would need to move one goal post in 20 yards
-The width of the field is smaller
-Our JH FB would need to go to 8 man as well
-Would give us a chance to allow some of our younger players to
play a full season at the JV level.
-Our record the last 6 years (including this year) is 10 and 42
-This is not an experiment or something that is brand new. 24 other
states play 8-man and there are 55 and 60 schools in Iowa that will
play 8 man football in the next two years
-I believe that going 8 man would allow our kids a greater opportunity
to be successful
-This season we started with 27 members on the team. We are down
to 23 with injuries and kids that have quit
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items were on the
1. September 14, 2015 minutes
2. Financial reports
Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by Dave Youmans to approve the
items on the consent agenda. Ayes: 5.
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent
Galvin reported on the following items:
1. The next Children First Forum meeting will be held on November
2nd at 6:00 p.m. in Lacona.
2. The cross country team will be traveling to Corning on Tuesday
for the POI meet. They will also be traveling to Mt. Ayr on Thursday.
The cross country district meet will be held in Ankeny on the DMACC
3. The first round of volleyball regionals starts tonight; the winners
will play at Interstate 35 on Tuesday.
4. Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday and Thursday
of this week starting at 4:00 p.m.
5. October 1st is the official student count day. Preliminary numbers
show the K-12 enrollment up by 13 students.
6. The Athletic Boosters have purchased all of the state qualifying
banners from previous years; the banners have been hung up in the
IASB DELEGATE ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE: President
Ron Miller volunteered to serve as the board representative at the
IASB Delegate Assembly held on November 18th.
EIGHT MAN FOOTBALL: Superintendent Galvin related
to the Board that Southeast Warren is too large by 3 students to
consider changing to eight man football for next year. The district
will have the opportunity to consider the option again in two years
based on enrollment at that time.
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING: Superintendent Galvin related
to the Board that the Indianola School District will be having ISFIS
(Iowa School Finance Information Services) come to Indianola on
October 28th to provide board training on board roles/duties, open
meetings and school finance training and are inviting area districts
to attend. Superintendent Galvin asked board members to contact
him if interested in attending the training.
BOARD POLICY 403.5: Superintendent Galvin asked
for the Board’s input on updating Board Policy 403.5, “Early
Retirement Payment”. The consensus of the Board was to offer
an early retirement payment plus an additional one time incentive
to certified employees of the district. The policy will be revised
and brought back to the board for approval at the November board
CERTIFIED ANNUAL REPORT: Julie Wilson reviewed
the 2014-2015 Certified Annual Report.
APPROVE FFA TRIP TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION: Mr.
Ricks, along with two FFA students, requested permission from the
Board to attend the FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky
on October 28th - 31st. FFA will be paying for the cost of the registrations,
hotel, and transportation. Superintendent Galvin recommended approval
of the FFA trip to the National Convention. Motion by Larrie Williams,
seconded by Anna Rowe to approve the FFA trip to the National Convention.
ATTENDANCE TO THE NATIONAL A.D. CONVENTION: Superintendent
Galvin related to the Board that Mr. Cruikshank had received a grant
to cover the entire cost of attending the National A.D. Convention
in Orlando, Florida. Superintendent Galvin recommended allowing
Mr. Cruikshank to use professional development days to attend the
National A.D. Convention. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded by
Dave Youmans to approve attendance to the National A.D. Convention
in Orlando, Florida. Ayes: 5.
PERSONNEL CHANGES: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the resignations of Phil Oliver, Assistant JH Boys’
Basketball Coach; Fran Isley, Assistant Speech Coach; and Dani Bauer,
Wrestling Cheerleading Coach; and approving the appointments of
Melissa Collins, Regular Route Bus Driver, retroactive to August
24, 2015; Phil Oliver, Head JH Boys’ Basketball Coach; Todd
Verwers, Head JH Girls’ Basketball Coach; and Fran Isley,
Head Speech Coach. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Anna Rowe
to approve the personnel changes as presented. Ayes: 5.
CONSTRUCTION CHANGE ORDERS FOR DAYCARE FACILITY:
Superintendent Galvin related to the Board that he had received
several change orders from Ruepke Construction for the daycare facility.
Superintendent Galvin recommended approving the following change
1. Water line $317.70
2. Sewer line $410.86
3. Addition of 2 wall cabinets $661.00
4. Change to toilet stalls $2,183.00
5. Additional sidewalk $3,093.00
Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Dave Youmans to approve the
change orders. Ayes: 5.
OFFICIAL DEPOSITORY LIMITS: Superintendent Galvin
recommended approving the bank depository limit for Peoples Savings
Bank at $3,500,000 and the depository limit for Bankers Trust Company
at $2,000,000. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Rande Seuferer
to approve the bank depository limit for Peoples Savings Bank at
$3,500,000 and the depository limit for Bankers Trust Company at
$2,000,000. Ayes: 5.
GRANT APPLICATIONS: Superintendent Galvin related
to the Board that Connie Neer had written a grant for funds to purchase
cribs for the daycare facility and Dianne Chambers had written a
grant for funds to purchase new water fill/water fountain stations
at the Jr./Sr. High School; both grant applications are to the Warren
County Philanthropic Partnership. Superintendent Galvin recommended
approval of the grant applications. Motion by Rande Seuferer, seconded
by Anna Rowe to approve the grant applications to the Warren County
Philanthropic Partnership. Ayes: 5.
HOME BASE IOWA PLEGE: Superintendent Galvin recommended
approving the Home Base Iowa Pledge. The agreement serves as a commitment
to post open jobs with this group so that Iowa veterans have access
to job openings, making it easier for them to find employment. Motion
by Anna Rowe, seconded by Larrie Williams to approve the Home Base
Iowa Pledge. Ayes: 5.
TEACHER LEADERSHIP COMPENSATION GRANT APPLICATION:
Superintendent Galvin recommended approval of the Teacher Leadership
Compensation Grant application. The grant application has been updated
based on feedback from the prior years’ submission. If approved
by the Department of Education, the grant will generate approximately
$183,000 per year to implement a new teacher leadership and teacher
coaching program. Motion by Larrie Williams, seconded by Dave Youmans
to approve the Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant application.
REQUEST FOR MODIFIED ALLOWABLE GROWTH AND SUPPLEMENTAL
AID FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION DEFICIT: Superintendent Galvin
recommended approval of the request for modified allowable growth
and supplemental aid for the 2014-2015 negative special education
balance in the amount of $133,948.29. Motion by Rande Seuferer,
seconded by Anna Rowe to approve the request for modified allowable
growth and supplemental aid for the 2014-2015 negative special education
balance in the amount of $133,948.29. Ayes: 4. (Larrie Williams
left the meeting at 6:48 p.m.)
BOARD POLICY SECTIONS 500 AND 501: The Board reviewed
Board Policy Sections 500, “Student Personnel” and 501,
ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Anna Rowe, seconded by
Dave Youmans to adjourn the meeting. Ayes: 4. The time was 6:50
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