AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board met in its regular monthly session Monday. The meeting began with a Showcase on Education, featuring a slide show of photos from the recent "Read Across America Day" at the school.
Following the approval of consent items, February Board minutes, financial bills and claims, Principal Ann Sandine presented her monthly report.
Sandine said that the Alta and Aurelia teaching staffs have continued to meet on a regular basis in advance of next year's District whole-grade sharing. She said that April 20th is the tentative date on which next year's Middle and High School students and teachers will see what a typical school day will look like next year, with all Middle School students and teachers participating in classes in Aurelia and all High School students and teachers participating in Alta.
Sandine also noted two upcoming performances by the Aurelia High School Jazz Band and Choir prior to their appearances at the State contests. The Jazz Band will be playing at El Fredo's Pizza in Sioux City on Monday, March 21 and competing at the University of South Dakota on March 24.
Also on March 24, the Aurelia Commercial Club will be having a benefit at the Aurelia Community Center, and free will donations will go towards expenses for the Jazz Band and Jazz Choir's State trips to the State contests. The Board approved following past practice in providing financial support for these trips.
The Board then reviewed the proposed Certified Budget for the Aurelia District 2011-12 school year. Following an extensive review and discussion of the budget process with Interim Superintendent Jack Johnson, the Board resolved that it will levy property tax for fiscal year 2011-2012 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa. The Board also approved levies for the Management Fund and Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) fund and set the instructional Support Income Surtax Rate at 9%.
The Board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2011/12 school budget at the school on April 11, 2011, starting at 6:30 p.m.
In other business, the Board approved a proposed Master Calendar for the 2011-12 school year, contingent on the Alta Board also approving the calendar as presented. Under the proposed calendar, students will register on August 4, and begin classes on August 17, 2011. The last day of classes is scheduled for May 17, with graduation on May 20.
Johnson noted that the District needs to have compliance plans from two recent compliance and equity visits by the State Department of Education submitted to the state by May 3, and he said that this will be done on schedule.
Johnson also noted that he has been asked about moving the deadline for declaring for Early Retirement from the current March 12 to the end of March, because some employees have meetings scheduled with IPERS during the last week of the month. This was approved by the Board.
In other business, Johnson touched on the timeline for a proposed Facility Study. Johnson has reached an agreement to contract with Invision Architects and Estes Construction for $7,000. The two firms will co-ordinate to provide a visual non-destructive inspection, facility tour and evaluations, meet with the District's Building Committee to review school modification options, provide a written report on the feasibility and constructability of planned projects, provide a cost analysis on facility changes, and make a joint presentation to the Board at the conclusion of their studies.
Johnson hoped to have a firm date for the site visit at the meeting, but it has not yet been set. He did feel, however, that the visit will probably take place sometime during the month of March.