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Galva-Holstein school looking to the future

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dr. Harold Post, Galva-Holstein Superintendent of Schools. Photo by Dan Whitney
HOLSTEIN - The Galva-Holstein School District has been working towards building a brand new Performing Arts Center for a few years now. The school's Foundation have been the primary movers and shakers of the project, raising funds and meeting regularly to keep the project moving. The building will be used not only for school plays and music department concerts, but also for the presentation of any productions or concerts put on by the communities of Galva and Holstein, as well as for any meetings of any community organizations.

The theater will have theater seating for 300 audience members. G-H Superintendent Dr. Harold Post said that the Foundation members have been looking into booking various well-known performers to stage concerts there also. Foundation members hope to stage 6 -8 such events each year, according to Dr. Post.

Unfortunately, there have been some delays on the project, as well as some changes from the original plans. Dr. Post said that the most recent estimated cost of the entire project is $2.3 million, most, if not all, of which has been raised through generous donations from community members.

This drawing shows the concept for the proposed Galva-Holstein Performing Arts Center. The latest drawings may be viewed on the Galva-Holstein High School web site.
At the most recent meeting of the Galva-Holstein School Board, the contract for construction of the building was awarded to H.W. Design from Sioux City, who submitted the low bid of $1.674 million for the project. Dr. Post said that it is hoped that construction will begin this month, with a tentative completion date of the fall of 2009.

The other main news item in the District at this time concerns the on-going talks between the Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland Districts regarding sharing of programs, which is seen as a cost-sharing measure for both districts in these days of declining enrollment and, subsequently, decreased state funding.

Post stated that following the March 24 Joint Board Meeting between the districts, the Districts signed one-year agreements to share the following: one half-time Special Educator teacher; a math teacher, for two periods a day; wrestling (also shared with Aurelia); softball, beginning this spring; cross country, beginning this fall; basketball, beginning with the 2009-2010 season; and football this fall, which would be the second season for sharing that activity. The Administrative Team has decided that they would hire a single head coach for the football team this fall, and have advertised for the position. All applicants, including last season's co-head coaches, are welcome to apply for the position.

The "school name" used by the shared athletic teams (other than the 3-way wrestling sharing) will be Buffalo Ridge, but the nickname and team colors have not yet been finalized. Last fall, the football team was nicknamed the Bison, and their uniforms were black, gold, and orange - a combination of the G-H and S-C school colors.

There have also been discussions between the two Districts concerning whole-grade sharing, but no action has been taken on that issue at this time. Post said that one plan which has been discussed in joint Board meetings between the two Districts would involve pre-school through 2nd grade students attending classes in their respective home districts; 3rd -5th graders attending in Galva; 6th -8th (Middle School) students in Early; and High School students in Holstein. But again, he stressed that a final decision is a long way off. Public hearings are just one of the events which would have to take place before any final action could be taken on the matter.

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