By Ken Ross
The Aurelia School Board approved several building projects at the regular meeting on Monday.
The board approved a bid of $11,409 for waterproofing brick work on the 1920 building from Vinton Tuck Pointing of Vinton.
The board approved a bid from H&S Roofing of Spencer to put a coat of asphalt on the flat roof of the 1920 building.
The board approved bids for three projects from Iowa Direct of Cedar Falls. The board accepted the bid of $13,521 for telescoping bleachers wit plastic seats to replace bleachers that are over 50 years old.
The board accepted a bid of $950 for a custom pad protection for the scorer's table as a safety measure. the board accepted a bid of $6,770 for 18 lockers for the boys' locker room.
The projects will be paid for through a combination of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy and the local option sales tax funds.
The board delayed taking action on replacing glass in the high school entrance doors. The board will look into the cost of replacing doors with self locking doors although board members expressed concern that this would likely be cost prohibitive at this time.
Self-locking doors, which could be opened from the inside after regular hours but not from the outside without a key, would avoid the need for somebody to secure the door with a safety bar after everyone has left.
The board approved hiring Grant Peckenschneider as assistant boys' track coach.
The board approved levying property tax for the partial budget guarantee. This allows the district to recover part of the loss of revenue of per-pupil based funding for the general budget due to loss of enrollment.
The amount to be raised from the levy for the next fiscal year, beginning in July, will be $65,291 which is down from the present year's amount of $130,000.
The lesser amount is because the enrollment only declined by two students, because the per-pupil formula increased by 4 percent and because only 80 percent of the lost funding can be recovered for the next fiscal year.
The funding guarantee, at one time at 100 percent, is being fazed out, with funding for the current year at 90 percent and for next year at 80 percent.