Two recent visits by organizations to the Aurelia school have resulted in recommendations for the district.
The written report from an Area Education Agency Site Visit in February has not yet been received, but the visit went well, according to Superintendent Tom Vint.
The site visitors were very complimentary, and were especially impressed with the quality of the elementary program, the bullying education program, test scores in the middle school, and the portfolio process in the high school. The official report is expected soon, and will be reviewed at the April School Board meeting.
Mid-American Energy also did a recent Energy Audit, and made the following recommendations: Have the air conditioners cleaned and serviced; replace the boilers installed in 1960 and 1971 with high efficiency boilers; replace the 20-year-old 80-gallon water heater with a high efficiency water heater.
In other business at the March Board meeting, it was resolved that the Board of Directors would levy Property Tax for the fiscal year 2006-07 for the regular program budget adjustment, as allowed under Iowa Code Section 257.14. The amount of the budget guarantee is $102,757, an increase from $65,291 last year.
Budget Enrollment count is down 25 from last fiscal year, district valuation is up approximately $8.5 million from last year, and state aid will be decreasing 9.1 per cent. The property tax levy will be increasing 18 cents, to $11.59, still far below the state average of $14.38, and also the lowest rate among 15 area schools.