The Aurelia High School Class of 2006 lost two of its members to sudden, unexpected deaths in the past year, and they have proposed a memorial to their two departed classmates. Class members Ryan Mattheis and Shana Kai presented their final plans to the Aurelia School Board.Tuesday. The class plans to place a bench with a plaque commemorating Kay Ann Kruckenberg and Jacob Dreier near the sidewalk which runs in front of the school, "North of the bike rack" in front of the elementary building (see photo). The project will be funded by the senior class, Student Council and other donations, including a donation made to the Dreier family by Galva-Holstein students. The class hopes to have memorial completed before the May 21, 2006 graduation. They also hope to plant a tree or shrub at the site as well. The plan and site were approved by the Board at the special meeting.
The other order of business Tuesday involved opening bids for the construction of the proposed Weight Room/Wellness Center project. The only bid received by the 3 p.m. deadline was from Grundman -Hicks Construction from Cherokee. Steve Nobles was at the meeting representing Grundman-Hicks. Project designer Bill Smith of Smith Productions Ltd. , and football coach Myron Radke were also present.
Board President Kirk Nelson opened the sealed bid and shared it with the other Board members (Board member Susan Corderman was not present, as she was with the Aurelia Jazz Band at the State Jazz Championships in Des Moines). The Board felt that the bid was a substantially higher figure than they had hoped to pay for the project. Considerable discussion followed, and opinions were exchanged about possible ways to cut the expense. Eliminating a hallway, changing the design and/or material for the roof , using a different material for the outside wall, eliminating one of the doors, and having a different keying system for the doors were some of the ideas discussed, Nobles said his company's bid is good for thirty days, but also stated that he was quite willing to do some "value engineering" to get the proposed cost closer to the figure the Board was hoping to commit to the project.
The bid was not accepted, and Superintendent Tom Vint will contact the school attorney to see what the Board's next step should be. They may have to "go back to the drawing board" and request bids on the project with new design specifications. It was agreed by all that there really was not a deadline date for this project. It would be nice to get the project done this summer, but that is not essential, so taking the time to get what they want is essential. The Board will meet again after Vint consults with the attorney, but it may be at the regular May meeting on the 13th, rather than a special meeting. A photo, showing where the proposed room will be located, accompanies this article.