The Board approved the following projects for the summer of 2006:
* Additional playground equipment. The Board approved spending up to $7500, but will seek input from elementary teachers before selecting which equipment to purchase;
* Replace the old wooden bleachers on the third base side at the softball field at an estimated cost of $2500;
* Replace the water line to the 1920 building, at an estimated cost of $25,000;
* Install padding on the stage in the gymnasium, estimated cost $4000;
* Replace the flashing on the shop/gymnasium roof - about 40 feet (work will be done by the roofing company). The total estimated cost for the project will be $44,000.
Another project, replacing the flooring in the lunch room, was tabled until the March meeting, as they have received another bid., and the Grounds and Building Committee (Keith Glienke and Jim Hultgren) will investigate further, looking at the flooring in the BVU Rec. Center. The committee will report at the next Board meeting.
One other project, which is still in the early discusion stage, is the possible construction of a new weight room. Local contractor Rob Kannegieter presented some sketches of a proposed building, which he had developed with football coach Myron Radke, and discussed his ideas at length with the Board. The Board decided they need to decide just what they wanted in such a facility, then invite bids for the construction.
The Board voted to accept the recommendation of the School Improvement Committee, and present a plaque to long-time high school basketball coach, Kiwanis Youth basketball organizer, and all-around good guy Duane "Nobby" Buttenob, at the Winter Sports Banquet.
The Board is hoping that Nobby, who already has a wall full of plaques at home, will graciously allow the school to keep this plaque and display it, either in the trophy case, or perhaps on the wall outside the gym where all can see it and share their appreciation and memories of "Coach Buttenob."
It was also mentioned that perhaps another ceremony awarding the plaque can take place at a basketball game next season. Coach Buttenob is a member of the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame, coaching Quimby and Aurelia teams to over 400 victories.
Elementary teacher Kate Westphal and four 4th grade girls demonstrated the FOSS Science kits they use. These are "hands-on" applications of science principles, and the teachers and students love them, according to all present. The girls presented demonstrations of magnetism and electricity.
Elementary administrator Ann Sandine noted that the elementary students and teachers collected $1 a person to commemorate the 100th Day of School, and raised $114. This money will be used to purchase and plant flowers in the Sunset Knoll flower garden.
The first grade enrollment has increased significantly, and this has necessitated dividing the first grade into two sections for a portion of the day. Shanda Reilly is being assisted by former teacher Joan Sherkenbach.
There are two student teachers in Aurelia this semester, one with Tanya Wilkinson in kindergarten and another with Jason Heeren, the band director. Parent-teacher conferences will be held next week.
The Board approved two out-of-state travel requests. A group of high school students will be going to Houston, Texas as part of the NASA Project organized by AEA 12. That trip is scheduled for March 9- 13. The Jazz Band and Swing Choir will also be going to Vermillion, S.D. on March 14.
A team from the Iowa Dept. of Education will be at the school Tuesday (the 14th) and Board members were given sample questions they might ask Board members. The exit meeting for the group will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Room 407.
The Board reviewed an estimate from Pro_Electronics for an additional surveillance camera in the weight room, and approved the $908.29 purchase.
Finally, a public hearing was held , in accordance with the law, because Aurelia will be strating classes this fall prior to August 28. Classes are scheduled to start on August 22, 2006.