ALTA - The Alta and Aurelia School Boards met in Alta on Monday evening for three joint Board meetings - 1. the final meeting of the 2010-11 Boards; 2. organizational meetings for the newly-elected Boards; and 3. the first monthly meeting of the newly-organized Boards.
All Board members were present. Superintendent Lynn Evans presided over the first meeting, at which the two Boards reviewed the bills, claims and financial reports with Financial Manager Vicki Kolpin, and approved the closure of the final budget for the 2010-2011 school year.
Superintendent Evans and both boards thanked Greg Kueny, who is leaving the Alta Board, for his years of service to the school - in particular for his work in helping implement the whole grade sharing program with the Aurelia District. Kueny thanked the Boards, and wished them well in their continued endeavors to provide a quality educational program for the students in both districts.
With that, the meeting was adjourned.
The Organizational Meeting was then called to order immediately afterwards. The agenda was approved, and the Oath of Office was administered by Kolpin to all of the Board members who were recently elected to their positions. In the Alta District, Ila Galvin and Dave Turnquist were re-elected to their seats and Mark Henningsen was elected for his first term on the Board. All of the votes were by write-in.
After the oath was administered, each Board selected their President and Vice-President for the 2011-12 school year. Alta selected Brian Glienke as President and Gigi Nelson as Vice-President. Both served in those positions last year as well. Aurelia selected Brad Rohwer, who served as Vice President last year under President Dan Winterhof, as its Board President. Jen Kaskey was selected as the Aurelia Board's Vice President.
The Boards approved 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month as their regular Board meeting time, with the meeting sites to rotate between Alta and Aurelia each month. By agreement, it was decided that if any special meetings need to be held, they will be held at the same site as that calendar month's regular meeting.
Both boards approved using the Parliamentary Procedure set out in Robert's Rules of Order as their official rules and procedures for meetings; the Aurelia Board approved First Trust and Savings Bank in Aurelia and Heritage Bank in Aurelia as their District's depository for funds, and set no limit on deposit amounts. The Alta Board approved continuing their use of several local financial institutions as depositories, with Heritage Bank having a $5 million limit on deposits and the other institutions having a limit of $2 million each.
The Alta Board approved Brian Gruhn as their School District Attorney, and the Aurelia Board approved the Ahlers Law Firm as their attorney. Vicki Kolpin will serve as the Joint Board's Secretary-Treasurer.
The Alta Board approved the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune as their official District publication and the Aurelia Board approved the bid of The Aurelia Star to serve as their District's official publication.
With this organizational business concluded, the meeting was adjourned.
The results of the monthly meeting will be in Friday's edition of The Chronicle Times.