AURELIA - At their monthly meeting on Monday, the Aurelia School Board approved the graduation of 25 students at the May 17 Commencement, contingent upon their successful completion of requirements.
At a Public Hearing prior to the regular meeting, the Board also approved the FY 2009-2010 budget totaling $4,635,105 at the presented levy rate of $11.62, although Superintendent Lynn Evans anticipates that the actual rate will be closer to $11.50.
Last year's FY budget was $4,202,382, and carried a tax levy of $11.46 per $1,000 of property value.
In personnel matters, the Board accepted the resignation of Angie Bruce as Cheerleading Sponsor, and approved a contract for Sara Walter, High School Math teacher, to serve as the Cheerleading Sponsor next school year. The Board also approved the resignation of Nick Bretz as High School Science teacher. He is getting married this summer, and has accepted a position as a Middle School Science teacher in the Hampton - Dumont School District, which is located closer to his future wife's job. The Board also approved the resignation of Todd Walter as the Middle School and High School Band Director.
In other business, the Board reviewed a proposal for additional equipment for the Fitness Center with Athletic Director Grant Peckenschneider. The Board will review the request further, and make a decision at the May meeting. Peckenschneider and Superintendent Evans also said that the Northwest Conference Athletic Directors have approved discussing a possible merger with the Twin Lakes Conference, but have not heard back from the Twin Lakes.
Evans reported that the school had received the annual sportsmanship ratings from the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and that the Aurelia coaches, student-athletes and fans all received average or above average ratings from game officials.
Principal Ann Sandine reported that Sarah Hansen, a Buena Vista University student, is student teaching under 4th grade teachers Kate Westphal and Mary Ann DePuma during the final quarter of the school year. Sandine also said that there was an excellent turnout for the annual "See What We Can Do Night" on March 30, where students in grades 4-12 displayed their science projects and/or demonstrations.
The Scholastic Book Fair was also held during the week of March 30, and Sandine reported that the school took in a profit of almost $900 from the sales. All of that money will go towards the purchase of additional books for the guided reading and accelerated reading programs.
Sandine also reported that the Aurelia chapter of the National Honor Society held its induction ceremony on April 2, and inducted 10 new members from the junior class. Prospective members must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and a council of five faculty members then selects new members based on their character, leadership and service.
Upcoming school events include a community clean-up by the high school students on Friday April 17 (weather permitting), the Small Group Music Contest at Rockwell City on April 18, and the Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.