AURELIA - At its monthly meeting on November 10th, the Aurelia School Board heard from teacher Tim Ireland about the Career Development program he has initiated this fall.
Principal Ann Sandine and the teachers had expressed a desire to make the students' home room period a more productive one, and the Career Development Program is one of the results. Ireland has been having guest speakers from the area meet with a group of students at a Career Day, talking about their own career, the path they took to get there, what they like and dislike about the job, and so forth. Students are encouraged to ask questions, as they prepare to make their own career choices.
In other business, Sandine told the Board about 5th grade student Micah Barnes, who was selected as a "Smiles for Education" winner by Hy-Vee Foods. Micah received her own peronal laptop computer and the Aurelia school received a $5000 check for the school to use as they see fit.
Sandine also spoke about the prent-teacher conferences which were held last week. She reported that the attendance of elementary parents was close to 100%, but that parent attendance for Middle School and High School students has been somehat lower over the past few years. Sandine said that over 75% of the MS and HS parents have access to their student's grades online, and speculated that this may be one of the possible reasons for the drop in parental attendance.
Superintendent Lynn Evans recommended that the Board direct him to apply to the state for At-Risk Modified Allowable Growth, as it would give the District spending authority and eliminate the cash reserve levy. This recommendation was accepted, and Evans will submit the application. Evans also reviewed and explained the significance of the district's Annual Progress Report and Adequate Yearly Progress Report form, which are viewable on the Dept. of Education's website.
Series 300 of the Board Policy Manual was reviewed, and only 2-3 minor changes in wording were recommended.
In other business, Board President Jim Hultgren and Vice President Colby Entriken discussed the recent IASB Officers ICN session they attended. Both found the session helpful and instructive. The IASB Conventon will be held in Des Moines on Nov. 20-21, and all Board members plan to attend. The Board also discussed Strategic Planning sessions and reviewed student demographic information.
The Board discussed a date for a Workshop session in January or February, and Board members and Board secretary Vicki Kolpin will be corresponding via e-mail to set a date for that meeting.
The Board also approved moving the meeting time for the December 8th Board meeting up to 5 p.m., to allow Board members to attend that evening's High School winter concert.