AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board approved the purchase of a new 72 passenger bus at its monthly meeting last week.
The bus will replace a route bus which has exhibited several transmission problems in the time the district has owned it. The 2011 IC-FE 72-passenger transit school bus will be purchased from Hoglund Bus Co. in Marshalltown for $43,780, including trade-in allowance on the 2006 bus. PPEL funds will be used for the purchase.
In the Showcase on Education, High School Math instructor Sarah Walters demonstrated how she is using graphic calculators in her classes. The demonstration took place in Walters' room in the high school, utilizing the room's white board. Board members each got to use one of the calculators.
A public hearing was held to announce that the district is applying for an Early Start Waiver, allowing it to start before the date set by the Legislature.
In other business, Nancy Webb and Paula Weathers, representatives from the All-School Reunion Committee, requested the use of the school on July 17. Many activities will be held elsewhere in the community, but the committee wished to have the school available to allow alumni to tour the building and meet in small, informal groups to visit in the gym. The request was approved.
The Post-prom committee also requested use of the school for some post-prom activities on April 24. This was approved by the Board, pending a report on the planned activities at the next Board meeting.
In other business, the Board approved the purchase of additional equipment for the playground from Boland Recreation. The cost for the add-on slide and some heavy swing mats will be approximately $9,300.
Principal Ann Sandine reported that the Aurelia Jazz Band had just earned first place at the Class 1A District Jazz Festival, earning them the honor of competing at the Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines on April 13.
She also reported that four groups represented Aurelia at the Large Group Speech meet in LeMars the previous weekend, and that all four groups received Division I ratings. They were waiting to see if any of the groups will be selected for All-State, which will be held later this month in Ames.
Sandine also reported that Buena Vista University student Keith Kiburz is student teaching in physical education with Mike Fry; that six students will travel with teacher Will Dible and other students and teachers to Houston on March 11 for the Space Settlement Design Competition; Tim Galvin will be taking eight students to Des Moines on Feb. 28 to compete at the State DECA meet; the Middle School and High School will present their Pops Concert on March; and the annual Kindergarten Roundup will be on March 5.
A good deal of time was spent in discussing a proposed activities sharing agreement with the Alta District, and the Board was in general agreement, with a few questions. A meeting between two Board members from each District was scheduled. so the issue was tabled until after that meeting, and a special meeting may need to be scheduled to resolve the issue in a timely manner.
The next regularly-scheduled Board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 8.