AURELIA - A large group of Aurelia School District teachers met with Aurelia School Board members Dan Winterhof, Jim Hultgren, and Paul Pingel Wednesday afternoon, April 15. to open a dialogue regarding the future of the District.
Teachers had requested such a meeting after contracts for next school year were issued.
Board members opened the meeting by presenting a brief recap of financial and enrollment issues the District has faced over the last 2-3 years, and the reasoning behind decisions they have made.
The teacher's group had submitted some specific questions they had about the budget and their workloads, and these were answered one-by-one by the Board members.
Teachers were generally supportive of the Board, and especially of their effort thus far to try and maintain a school in Aurelia. The Board members encouraged the teachers to maintain an active line of communication with them, including offering input or suggestions. Board members assured the teachers that they have the highest respect for the quality education the Aurelia students have received through the years, and that the Board's number one goal is to assure that the students continue to receive this quality education.
Board members also assured the group that if or when there comes a time when major changes are going to be made in the District, they will make sure that an adequate amount of advance notice is given to staff, as well as to parents and other community members, so that people can make adequate plans. Board President Winterhof's thinking is that at least 12-18 months' notice would be a good plan.
All of those present seemed to appreciate the meeting, and the hope of both groups is that this dialogue will continue on a regular and timely basis.