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Aurelia Board fills coaching vacancies

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Dec. 15th, and approved the issuance of contracts to six athletic team coaches.

Grant Peckenschneider will be the new head football coach. Peckenschneider has served as an assistant under retiring coach Myron Radke for several years, and is also Athletic Director and head boys' basketball coach.

Tim Galvin, who is currently the head girls' basketball coach, was approved Monday to be issued a contract to serve as head girls' track coach and head softball coach.

In other contract moves, Marv Munden will be issued a contract for junior high boys' track coach, Peckenschneider for assistant high school track (boys and girls) coach, and Liz Laursen for assistant high school softball coach, pending completion of her Coaching Certificate.

Principal Ann Sandine reported that the majority of the High School students, in coordination with the Red Cross, had participated in CPR training on Dec. 11. Effective with this year's 9th grade class, all students must complete a CPR course by the time they graduate.

Sandine also reported that the Staff Development on Dec. 3 focused on Core Curriculum and curriculum mapping. The Iowa Core Curriculum details the essential concepts and skills in the areas of literacy, math. science, social studies and "21st Century skills," and need to be implemented in all Iowa high schools by 2012.

On the upcoming schedule, High School students will be taking Semester tests Dec. 17 - 19, and school will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m., marking the end of the first semester and the start of the Winter Break. The gym will be closed from Dec. 20-27. Teachers will have an in-service on CRR on January 2 with a representative from the American Heart Association, and second semester classes will begin on January 5.

In other business, the Board listened to Alec Ohlson, representing a group of five senior students, and approved a Senior Release Program for the second semester, per past practice. Students who choose to participate qualify by having posted a minimum GPA through the first semester and also maintain compliance with the school conduct code.

The Board reviewed the participation of Aurelia students in athletics over the past few years with Athletic Director Grant Peckenschneider and projected future participation.

Next month, they will look at participation in the Fine Arts programs. Board members spoke about the break-out meetings they attended during the November Iowa Association of School Boards Convention, and everyone agreed it was a well-planned Convention, dealing with timely subjects.

Superintendent Lynn Evans spoke about Spending Authority, potential problems for School Districts in receiving donations or grants, and how to deal with those situations so that it best suits the wishes of both the school and the donor.

He also spoke about the problems which have been encountered with one of the school buses. It is still under warranty and has been returned to the dealer, where the problems are being dealt with. There have also been some problems with the heat in some rooms, and he stated that the school's heating system is "not as efficient as it could be."

The Board did an annual review of the Early Retirement Policy and a second reading, with some minor changes, will be reviewed at the January meeting. Superintendent Evans said that upcoming changes in General Accounting laws may limit Early Retirement provisions for schools Aurelia's size in future years.

Two representatives from the Aurelia Board, along with Superintendent Evans and Principal Sandine will be meeting on January 7 with a similar representation from the Cherokee District to discuss "sharing in a general sense;" that is, nothing specific, according to Evans, similar to a previous meeting with the Alta Board representatives and Administration.

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