AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board met for a Board Retreat last week to discuss ongoing issues. Superintendent Lynn Evans characterized the meeting, which which was moderated by former Northwest Iowa School Administrator Les Douma and lasted over three hours, as "very productive."
The Board first reviewed the goals and priorities they had set at earlier retreats, and also discussed sharing possibilities with either the Cherokee or Alta school districts. During this discussion, the Board members weighed both the 'pros' and 'cons' of possible sharing scenarios. Also included in that discussion was a review of the latest sharing proposal from the Alta District.
Brief discussions were also held regarding the District adopting a "Core Plus" model, where some classes or activities would be held in Aurelia and others in a sharing district, or the option of remaining as an independent school district. No one felt that remaining independent was a viable long term solution for the District.
Board members were then asked to complete a "Priority Matrix," and the results revealed that Board members feel that sharing with the Cherokee District would be the best solution for future Aurelia students. It was also felt that Aurelia Board members should meet with the Alta Board members personally to deliver the Aurelia Board's response to the Alta District's sharing proposal, and two members of the Aurelia Board will meet with two Alta Board members in Alta today (Wednesday).
The next step on the timeline will be a public meeting to share data and Board discussions with community members, allowing those attending to break into small groups for further discussion before reconvening to conclude the meeting. It is hoped that this forum can be held in late summer or early fall, with a tentative goal of meeting in August. The public will receive ample notice of the details when a meeting has been scheduled.