Principal Ann Sandine reported that the second annual "Back to School Night" on August 17 was very successful. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) served hot dogs at the event, and elementary students and their parents were able to sign the "Hands and Words are Not For Hurting" poster.
Sandine also said that Barb Huseman organized a kick-off for the "Hands and Words are Not for Hurting" program, and that an assembly was held for that occasion. Aurelia mayor Jeff Bowen, fire chief Deloy Bruce and High School Athletic Director Grant Peckenschneider all attended, as did the Aurelia Bulldog and Cat in the Hat.
Though the focus of that program is just the elementary school for now, Sandine noted that several high school students have gotten involved too, and that middle school students will also get involved later in the school year. Sandine also said the new playground is very much appreciated by the elementary students and teachers, and that the area east of the upper playground has now been seeded.
The 2009 Homecoming parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday September 24, followed by the Pep Raly in the gym. The week's activities are being planned by Diane Kannegieter and the Student Council and Sara Walter and the cheerleaders. Sandine also said that the school's web page will hopefully be up-and-running by the end of the week. She said it is easier to manage and navigate than the previous edition. Sandine also said that the teachers will have a Professional Development Day on Wednesday (Sept. 16), focusing on implementing technology in the classroom.
Board Secretary Vicki Kolpin reviewed the official results of the Sept. 8 school board election. In all, 202 ballots were cast, and incumbent Colby Entriken and Jennifer Kaskey were both elected to four-year terms. Voters also approved extending the PPEL levy another 10 years by a 111 -12 vote.
Superintendent Evans commended retiring Board member Jim Hultgren and thanked him for his nine years of service to the District. Hultgren will receive a lifetime pass to all Aurelia school activities and an Award of Merit card from the Iowa Association of School Boards. The Retiring Board then adjourned.
After a brief recess, the Board met for their Organizational Meeting. Board Secretary Vicki Kolpin administered the oath of office to newly-elected Board members Colby Entriken and Jennifer Kaskey , and then Board officers were elected. Dan Winterhof was elected to serve as the Board president and Entriken as vice-president.
The Board approved adopting Roberts Rules of Order as the rules and procedures to be used in Board meetings, and, after some discussion, determined the time and place for regular Board meetings to be the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This represents a change from the previous starting time of 7:30, and will be effective with the October meeting.
Board Committees for the 2009-2010 school year were then appointed, as follows: Transportation - Colby Entriken and Jen Kaskey; Building and Grounds - Entriken and Winterhof; Legislative Network - Paul Pingel and Jen Kaskey; Finance - Brad Rohwer and Winterhof; Curriculum and Staffing - Pingel and Rohwer.
In other business, the following Board policies were adopted, following their second reading: Family Medical Leave Act Provision for Military Service, Conflict of Interest, and Physical Activity.
The Board approved contract offers to Don Steemke as a 1/2 time bus driver, for a morning route, and to Heather Dungan as a Special Education Associate and 1/2 time (afternoon) bus driver.
The Board discussed the condition of two of the treadmills in the Wellness Center, and approved the purchase of two commercial treadmills , at a cost of $3600 each, from 2nd Wind Exercise in Omaha. There will also be a $350 delivery charge. This will be funded from the PPEL fund. The Board also approved a $600 maintenance agreement, which involves three visits a year. This agreement will be funded from a special fitness center fund in the General Fund. Total cost for the machines, delivery and maintenance agreement will be $8149.
The Board concluded the meeting with a discussion about their presentation at the community meeting which was scheduled for 7:30 that evening.