Highlights from the January 23, 2020, Southeast Polk Board of Education Meeting

**These are highlights and should not be considered official minutes**


  • The Board of Education approved the following upcoming meetings: 
    • January 30, 2020 – building visit @ Altoona Elementary
    • February 6, 2020 – board meeting
    • February 20, 2020 – board meeting
    • February 27, 2020 – building visit @ Southeast Polk Junior High
  • The Board approved increasing substitute teacher pay from $125 per day to $135 per day. 
  • The Board offered its endorsement of a grant proposal to the SEP Education Foundation for recruiting and hiring teachers.
  • The Board set the date of the public hearing on February 20, 2020, for the High School, Junior High, and Altoona Elementary Roof Project.
  • The Board approved Shive-Hattery, Inc. as the architect/engineer firm to manage the High School, Junior High, and Altoona Elementary School Roof Project.
  • The board approved the agreement with Iowa Demolition to demolish the building structures located at 6770 NE Rising Sun Drive in Pleasant Hill.
  • The Board approved the application to the SBRC for spending authority in the amount of $2,582 for special education administrator costs for students enrolled in the Grandwood Education Center.


  • Stephen Pettit, high school principal, and assistant principals John Steffen and Scott Belger provided an update on the continued progress of becoming a High Reliability School. 
  • Dr. Dirk Halupnik, Superintendent, shared his monthly report
  • Kevin Baccam, Executive Director of Business Services, provided the monthly financial report
  • Dr. JoEllen Latham, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, shared an update on district professional learning day that took place on January 20. 
  • Gary Haines, Director of Buildings and Grounds, provided an update on projects taking place around the district. 
  • Joseph Horton, Associate Superintendent, presented the proposals for the Prairie Meadows Betterment Grants. 

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be February 6, 2020. For the full agenda, exhibits, and more information visit the Board website