AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board met in a special session on Thursday to consider a request for a one-day field trip to Omaha by a group of high school science students and their teacher. The Board reviewed the trip itinerary from teacher Will Dibel and approved the Oct. 29 trip to several Omaha area sites for Dibel and 34 Environmental Science and Biology students from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.
In other business, the Board approved the first reading of several Board policies which are being revised in accordance with changes in Iowa laws, including the change in school board election cycles. A second reading will be on the agenda at the regular November meeting of the Board.
Superintendent Jack Johnson and Principal Ann Sandine reported on the search for a Shared Superintendent. Consultant Les Douma was at both the Alta and Aurelia buildings on Wednesday and met with groups of staff and community members of both districts, explaining the search process and procedure.
Superintendent Johnson said he also has written a column for the November school newsletter, so that all members of the community can be kept up-to-date on the procedure and progress.
Johnson and Sandine also discussed the upcoming compliance site visit by the Department of Education on Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, and the DOE's expectations for the school. This compliance visit occurs every few years.
The administration discussed current staffing needs, and Johnson indicated he would place an advertisement for certified teaching help in the elementary school, due to the need for assistance.
Board members Myron Radke and Mike Kroger submitted a priority list of maintenance items for Board members to look over prior to the next meeting, when it will be an agenda item.
The next regularly-scheduled Board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on November 8.