The Aurelia School Board has approved renewing the cooperatve wrestling agreement with Galva-Holstein for next year. This information needs to be sent in each year to the state Athletic Association. In other business Tuesday night at their monthly meeting, the board approved the hiring of Matt Mullen as assistant high school baseball coach and Marv Munden as assistant boys' track coach. Kate Westphal, who had been assisting both the girls and boys track teams, will now work with just the girls. It was felt that track requires two coaches because of the field events requiring athletes to be at separate locations. Superintendent Vint felt the shot put and discus areas require some supervision at practices, and this would not be possible if the coach is working with athletes out on the track. Both the boys and girls have about twenty athletes out this year, and it was felt that this size of group would require separate assistants for the boys and the girls, in order to provide adequate time for working with individual athletes.
In other personnel matters, Aaron Ware submitted his resignation as the sponsor of the yearbook, and this was approved by the Board. Football coach Myron Radke had requested a third paid assistant, and this was denied. Superintendent Vint had polled ten area 8-man schools, and of the nine who responded, seven had two assistants and two had one assistant. Aurelia had three assistants last year, but Jim Demers was an unpaid volunteer. Though his work has been greatly appreciated, Vint felt that paying a third assistant cold not be justified.
The Aurelia and Alta school districts have requested that the Iowa Department of Education conduct a feasibility study, examine the facilities, finances, enrollment and other topics of interest between the two districts. The Department responded, and the first dates they have available will not be until the week of May 8-12. The DOE would like to meet with the School Board, Administrators, faculty, parents, and students in both communities, and accomplish this in a day-and-a-half. No decision was made at the meeting, as it was felt that schedules need to be checked, both in Alta and in Aurelia, before commiting to a date. The topic will be brought up again at the April meeting.
Preliminary figures show that the enrollments in TK through second grade next year will be up, so the administrative team is discussing staffing options . They would like to utilize their current staff, and it may require some "creative scheduling" to get that done, perhaps having teachers in different grade levels.
The Board also approved a trip for students Steven Rupp and Jana Radke and their advisor, Tim Galvin, to attend the DECA National Conference in Dallas,Texas from April 29-May 2. The school will provide the same amount of financial assistance to help cover expenses as they did last year- $350 for each student and $850 for Mr. Galvin. Other costs will be paid from DECA funds, earned through several fund raisers.
Tim Limbert said that the seven Aurelia students who attended a conference at the Space Center in Houston this past weekend did extremely well. Five of the seven were chosen to present to the large group, and three - Courtney Glienke, Steven Rupp, and Kyle Doherty - were on the winning team in a team competition to design a habitable base on the planet Mars. They had to overcome some technical problems (computer glitches), but worked long and hard to overcome these. Limbert, who chaperoned the group, was very pleased and proud of the Aurelia students.
Limbert demonstrated the wireless computer lab that the school has been using on a daily basis (he said that he and two other teachers "battle" daily for its use) by showing how the teacher can monitor the students' laptop computers, or be interactive with the student - one student, selected screen(s), or the entire class.