By Ken Ross
At last week's meeting, the Aurelia School Board discussed the need to better publicize the advantages of the district, relating both the academic success achieved by the district and the caring. personal atmosphere.
"There's a feeling in the community that it's needed," Tom Vint, superintendent, said.
"There are positive points we need to push," Kirk Nelson, board president, said.
There have been preliminary moves toward that goal with a few citizens meeting with the superintendent. Further discussion would involve exploring means for establishing a budget.
The district would be promoted as a good place to live or, in the alternative, a good place to open-enroll in for students in neighboring district.
Progress has been made in reversing the flow of students from the district. A few years ago, there were far more students open enrolling out from the district than open enrolling in, as is the case for most districts bordering more populated districts, but Vint reported that the count is expected to be about even for the next school year.
The Cherokee district has been the top destination for students open enrolling out from the Aurelia District with Storm Lake and Cherokee about even as a source for students opening enrolling into the Aurelia District.
When asked about contacting families of students opening enrolling out, Vint said parents were asked during the application process why they were making that move. He added that it wouldn't hurt to make a subsequent phone call to the families.
Vint reported that the district is in good financial shape, better than in the previous year. Assets are up 19 percent.
Part of this is the result of receiving SILO funds resulting from a county sales tax for schools. Another part of the favorable economic news results from a reduction in expenditures over the previous year.
The board approved LeeAnn Patton as assistant girls golf coach and T.J. Sheafer as assistant baseball coach.
The board approved renewing a cooperative agreement with Galva-Holstein for the wrestling program. Vint reported that the agreement is working well.
The board approved out of state travel for a high school science team scheduled to travel to competition at the NASA facilities in Houston, Texas. A team of students from Aurelia went last year with teacher Jolene Hultgren. This year, Tim Limbert agreed to be the chaperone.
Kyle Biggerstaff, a senior, made a request for recognition of a chess club that has been formed this year. There are about 22 students who participate in the chess club. Participation in tournaments and conducting fund raising activities for travel to tournaments are expected to eventually be done by the group.
The board approved official recognition of the group.