AURELIA - The Aurelia and Alta School Boards met for their regular monthly meeting Monday at the Aurelia school. Not all of the Board members were present, but each Board did have a quorum.
After adopting the agenda and approving the minutes from the previous meeting, Superintendent Lynn Evans recognized the team achievements over the summer of the Alta-Aurelia High School softball and baseball teams, as well as Conference, District and State recognition of some of the individual players.
High School Principal Tom Ryherd reported that the "team" Professional Development model used in the Alta school last year was very successful and well-liked by the teachers, and will be used again this year in both districts. Ryherd said he felt good about where the school is at and feels that the students will have a lot of new opportunities this year.
Middle School Principal Ann Sandine reported that parents in both districts will have access to their students' lunch accounts and grades through the JMC link on the Aurelia school website, and that parents who have students in both Middle and High School can use their passwords for the student accounts on either the Alta or Aurelia website.
She also reported that a computer lab using both Macs and PCs will be used for the Middle School Computer Exploratory classes, and that the Middle School will also have 14 interactive whiteboards and seven document readers. The Middle School day will run from 8:20 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., and all students who come from Alta on the bus will be allowed to eat breakfast at the school when they arrive.
All Middle School students will be taking reading, language arts, math, science, social studies and physical education classes; 6th graders are required to take a general music class, with band being an option. Band and choir are both optional for 7th and 8th graders.
Exploratory classes, which run for six weeks, will be as follows : 6th grade - Computer, Art, Drama, Industrial Tech., Family Consumer Science and Iowa History; 7th Grade - Computer, Art, Intro to Ag, Family Consumer Science, Guidance and Health; and 8th Grade - Computer, Art, Industrial Tech., Family Consumer Science, Careers and Spanish.
In old business, Evans said that the room across from the Superintendent's office in Aurelia has been offered to Aurelia Daycare for their use, and the lease agreement has been sent to the school's attorney for his approval before the agreement is signed by all parties.
In other business, the Alta Board approved the EMC Insurance Plan for their district, following a presentation by the insurance agent; The Aurelia Board approved the low bid by the Aurelia Star to be the district's newspaper of record; and both Boards approved the second reading of Board Policy 701.4.
The Alta Board approved the resignation of elementary teacher Lynn Wunschel, the request from Rory Payne to be let out of his contract as an assistant High School football coach; approved offering a contract as assistant high school football coach to G.G. Harris; offering a contract as freshman volleyball coach to Kacee Jensen; and offering a contract to Mandi Quirin for a High School cook position. She is aware that this position may be cut when the kitchens of the two districts merge.
The Aurelia Board approved offering a contract for the elementary special education position to Lori Zieman; approved offering a contract for freshman boys' basketball to Kasey Reilly; and approved offering a contract for junior high volleyball coach to Jenn Wittmack.
Both Boards approved the contracts as presented for the new positions of shared School Nurse and Shared Teacher Librarian.
School registration took place on Tuesday August 9; teachers have in-service on Aug. 15 and 16; "Meet Your Teacher Night" is August 16 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; the first day of school, with an 11:30 dismissal time, is Wed, Aug. 17, and there will also be an early (1:30 p.m) dismissal on Thursday Aug 18.
The School Board election is Monday September 12, which would normally be the meeting day for the Boards, so the next monthly meeting boards will be held instead at 6:30 p.m. on Monday September 19 in Alta.