Aurelia Superintendent Tom Vint informed the school board members at their monthly meeting Monday that the claims against the school by Henry Kruckenberg have been dismissed without prejudice.
The charges stemmed from the accidental death of Kruckenberg's daughter, KayAnn, an Aurelia student, at the 2005 after-prom party. The plaintiff has initiated a second lawsuit, but the Aurelia School District is not a defendant in this case.
It is possible, said Vint, that one of those defendants may bring the school district into that suit, but he also felt that this was improbable, given the dismissal of the first suit.
In other business, the Board approved the resignation of Tammy Allen as a bus driver and assistant transportation director, with a commendation for her years of excellent service. Industrial Technology and CAD/CAM instructor Tim Ireland has asked for release from his contract.
The Board reluctantly approved this request, on the condition that a suitable replacement can be found, as per established School Policy. Ireland plans to teach at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn this fall. He has taught and coached at Aurelia for ten years. Vint says that they interviewed two candidates for the position a few days ago, but have not yet offered the job to anyone.
Technology Director Tim Limbert was present to explain the Technology Committee's request for purchases. The estimated cost of their recommendations would be $41,700, with the three "big ticket items" being 1) an additional ten-station laptop computer lab to help meet the demand brought about by the very popular first station. Limbert's tentative plan is to request a third lab for the 2007-2008 school year also; 2) 12 PCs for the High School PC Lab, with replacement of the other eight PCS in '07-'08. Much of the upgrading is being done so that the hardware will be ready for the new Vista Operating System that Windows is introducing this fall; and 3) Upgrading of ten classroom computers which currently have a G3 processor (which is no longer produced) to a G4 processor.
The Board approved the purchases as recommended.
Elementary administrator Ann Sandine presented two options for a change in elementary staffing for the upcoming school year, due to large classes in the first and second grades, and the Board approved the recommended option - hiring a half-time elementary teacher to help with those two classes. It was estimated that the cost for this position would be roughly $15-20,000, with benefits, depending upon the teacher's level of education and experience. The position opening will be advertised immediately.
Superintendent Vint presented bids from three bus companies on the purchase of a new bus. The Board approved the purchase of an International bus from Hoglund of Marshalltown. The school has a similar bus, which has presented no operating problems. Cost for the bus will be $56, 998, including the trade-in of 1990 International and 1992 Thomas buses.