AURELIA - The Board of Directors of the Aurelia Community School District held their 2010-11 organizational meeting at the school on Monday, selecting Board officers and committees to serve in the current school year. Board member Myron Radke, who was selected to replace departing Board member Paul Pingel and sworn into office previously, was officially acknowledged as a member of the Board, and extended full voting privileges. Dan Winterhof was re-elected as President of the Board and Brad Rohwer was elected to serve as Vice President. The two were sworn in by Board Secretary Vicki Kolpin.
The following committee members were named : Curriculum and Staffing - Myron Radke and Brad Rohwer; Finance - Winterhof and Jen Kaskey; Building and Grounds - Myron Radke and Mike Kruger; Transportation - Kruger and Winterhof; Legislative network - Rohwer and Kaskey.
The Board also approved continuing to use Robert's Rule of Orders as parliamentary procedure at meetings and also to continue the time and place of regular Board meetings as 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, at the school.
In old business, Superintendent Jack Johnson stated that he is in the process of preparing a sharing agreement for the transportation coordinator and will send it to the Alta District for its approval. Under the one-year sharing agreement, the position of Transportation Coordinator would be funded thusly: 60% by the Alta District and 40% by the Aurelia District. This is in line with the current enrollment figures, which show that approximately 63% of the students in the two districts reside in the Alta district and 37% in the Aurelia district. The bus barn is also located in Alta, and it is anticipated that the Transportation Coordinator will spend three days a week (60%) in Alta and two (40%) in Aurelia.
In other old business, President Winterhof stated that a small committee of Board members and administrators from both the Aurelia and Alta districts had voted on four proposed school logos and selected one as the official logo of the shared district. This selection was approved by the Board, with the understanding that the logo's designer will adjust the size of the lettering as discussed with the designer.
Principal Sandine reported that the school's annual "Back to School" night on August 17 had been very successful, attended by many parents and students. The PTO served hot dogs to all the guests. Both districts also had mandatory Good Conduct meetings for parents and students in their respective districts.
Sandine also reported that the Aurelia school district currently has 233 TK-12 students enrolled. The pre-school also has 11 students who are counted in the enrollment figures.
Sandine said the pre-school began its first year of operation on Sept 7, and there are 11 4-year-olds and 12 three-year-olds enrolled. The 4-year-olds attend school Monday - Thursday and the 3-year-olds attend twice a week. Tim Galvin and the Industrial Technology students have constructed a small fence in front of the school to enclose a playground area for the pre-schoolers.
Principal Sandine also reported that she and Johnson are working with the Alta District administrators to coordinate activities for Homecoming Week, October 4-8. Both schools will have their own Royal Court, with the Kings and Queens being crowned at a joint Pep Rally at Alta on Thursday, October 7, following the Homecoming parade, also in Alta.
Final plans haven't been coordinated yet, but it is expected that each District will also stage their own Homecoming activities, such as games and skits, during the week.
In other business, the Board approved the continued funding of the District's Title I Reading and Math program and the second reading of Board Policy 905.2, which changes the wording in the policy from "No Smoking" to "Tobacco-Free."
The Board approved the resignation of Patricia Engelke as Drill Team sponsor and approved offering a contract for Drill Team instructor for this year to Sara Walter. In another personnel item, the Board approved offering Kasey Reilly a contract to serve as a Study Hall Monitor for the year at the rate of $8.25/hr. ($10,864 annually).
In a non-action item, the Board reviewed a report on planning for the future
of the school facilities, both inside and out, and it was recommended that committees be organized with a goal of setting up a plan for facility upkeep.
The Board also discussed the upcoming Iowa Association of School Board (IASB) Convention in Des Moines, which is held annually in November and has been reduced to a one-day meeting this year, with a "pre-meeting" the night before. It appeared that all Board members would be interested in attending the convention.
The Board also agreed upon a time of 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 21 for a joint Board meeting in Aurelia with consultant Les Douma's report on the search for a Shared Superintendent being the primary item on the agenda. Superintendent Johnson said he will contact Douma to see if that time and date would work for him.
Band Director Ryan Meyer asked the Board to consider approval for out-of-state travel for the members of the High School band members to travel to, and perform at, a Band Festival in Dallas, Texas from April 28 - May 1, 2011. No action was taken, but the Board will consider the request and put it on the agenda in October, and action will be taken at that time. Meyer said he would present a detailed plan for trip activities, as well as the cost of the trip, at that meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Aurelia Board will be Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m., but the joint Board meeting with the Alta District will probably be held prior to that, depending on Les Douma's response to the Board's request for a Sept. 21 meeting.