The Galva-Holstein School Board met with the Schaller-Crestland Board on Monday for a work session regarding tentative plans for the two districts to pursue a whole grade sharing agreement.
According to Galva-Holstein Superintendednt Dr. Harold Post, " Nothing official has been decided, and once public meetings are held in December, I will have a better feel for when the whole grade sharing will happen. It still appears that it will happen, with time being the variable.
"The majority of the meeting," said Dr. Post, "was spent on core curriculum, possible curriculum for next year, and questions the Boards posed for discussion. The questions discussed included long term vision, which from my perspective was discussed as being open to other opportunities and changes as they occur. The question on making the district a top education district was answered through the creation of more opportunities for students in grades six through 12. There will be additional offerings in both the middle and high school as a result of the sharing.
"Timelines were discussed, and my feeling is that Schaller-Crestland would like to proceed toward whole grade sharing by the beginning of the 2010-11. school year. The G-H board would also consider that, but would like to discuss it more. It appears that there may be two public meetings in December. The first being a forum where the G-H Board would hold a question and answer session and the next a public hearing where comments can be made. The decision for 2010-11 needs to be made by Feb 1, 2010, so time is rapidly slipping away.
"A committee of two board members and the superintendentt from each district was appointed to study and make recommendations concerning the financial arrangements of a whole grade sharing agreement. "
Dr. Post also said that some discussion took place concerning the assignment of staff. Based on the discussion he had with the school district's attorney, Post said that teachers would hold contracts in the district in which they taught . Post said that he contacted the school's attorney again on Tuesday, and was told that one needs to be very specific when seeking general advice. He said he had thought he was clear when he asked the attorney Monday on how the districts could accomplish the use of both staffs in both districts.
"Tuesday, after doing some further investigation, Post specifically asked the attorney if the districts could share teachers and his response was "yes."
Thus, said Post, it appears that when spots need to be filled in either district, they can develop individual teacher sharing arrangements rather than offering contracts from the district in which one is working. In Post's opinion, he feels this will be a better way of doing things than terminating staff and then rehiring. Any staff shared will work under the master contract of the district for which they are employed.
A consensus was reached at Monday night's meeting that the shared athletic teams will be called "Ridge View," and that the team mascot will be the "Raptors."
It also appears, said Post, that volleyball will be a shared program next school year, regardless of the status of the whole grade sharing issue at the time.