At Monday's monthly joint School Board meeting in Aurelia, the Aurelia Board held a public hearing to review and award bids for the renovation project to address ADA compliance, remodel and repair existing facilities at the Aurelia school. The Board approved the architect's recommendation of Woodruff Construction's bid of $950,000 for the project.
With two additional projects which were awarded to other contractors, including $88,800 for moving the equipment from the kitchen area in the current cafeteria in the basement to the new kitchen area in the current shop area, and $49,305 for the removal and installation of new bleachers in the gym,the total cost of the project will be approximately $1.3 million, which is less than had been originally projected.
There are several funding options available to the District for these projects, and a series of special meetings for the Aurelia Board will be held over the next few weeks to finalize which method, or combination of methods will be used.
The project is scheduled to begin soon after the final day of classes this spring and go through the summer.
In other business, a public hearing for the audit report from Burton Tracy was held, and the Board accepted the audit.
Brian Lockin presented a summary of the Districts' EMC insurance policies and both Districts excellent standing with the IASB -backed group insurance policy, to which 370 of the 380 Iowa School Districts belong.
Superintendent Lynn Evans gave recognition to junior student Sam Styler, who has qualified for the National History Day in Washington, D.C. this summer - the second consecutive year she has qualified.
Recognition was also given to the boys varsity Golf Team, which recently finished second in their Sectional Tournament and will play in the District Tournament this Friday, and the Girls varsity Golf team, which won their District Monday and will play in the Regional Tournament next Monday.
Evans also reported that he had received a $450 offer for the Aurelia District's 1966 Suburban. whose transmission does not work at all, and the Board approved the sale.
Ann Sandine, the Middle School Principal, gave a brief presentation on the 10 i-pads which the Middle School recently purchased and the many ways the students have used them. Board members from both Districts had a "hands-on" experience with the tablets, as Sandine described some of the applications which have been loaded on them.
Transportation Director John Hill was present at the meeting, and he spoke to the boards about his concerns involving traffic flow and parking at the elementary/high school building, and presented his ideas for the boards' consideration about a new parking space for buses in front of the school. No action was taken at this meeting.
In other business, the two boards heard recommendations for salaries for next school year. The Aurelia Board approved the recommendation of a 3.86% total package increase for certified staff members, including a $600 increase to the base salary, which would bring it to the same base as the Alta certified staff.
The Boards also approved the recommended salaries for classified staff, which were similar in percentage increases to those of the teachers. The one exception was the teacher associates at Alta, who were given a slightly larger increase in an attempt to offer a competitive wage.
The Board secretary, Elementary Principal/Curriculum Director, Middle School Principal and High School Principal each received a flat salary increase, which (by percentage) is a smaller increase than that received by support staff.
The Alta Board approved the purchase of a Thomas-built bus for $45,000, with $8,000 deducted from that amount for the trade-in on one of the District's two handicap-accessible buses, which Evans said the District does not need.
Both boards approved the suggested process of meals for the coming school year. As part of the continued effort to bring prices to an equal or near-equal amount, next year the prices for K-8 lunch ($1.85), Adult lunch ($2.60), K-8 and K-12 Breakfast ($1.15) and Adult Breakfast ($1.35) will be the same in each district. The 9-12 lunch in Alta will be $1.95. All other prices will remain the same next year.
The Boards approved a milk bid, which is actually lower than last year's cost, at an average of 20 cents per carton, from Dean Foods. They also approved a bid to provide bread from Earth Grain Baking Co. (Sara Lee) with the brand involved being Old Home Bread.
Elementary Principal/Curriculum Director Stacie Cole reported that she is looking to start a leadership team next year, with a goal of creating one curriculum for both elementary schools. She also reported that at this time there are 66 potential pre-school students next fall, so this may need to be addressed if more classroom space is needed.
Sandine reported that the 6th graders were going to be taking a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and that the students had projects they were to complete in conjunction with the zoo visit. She also reported that at this time she is planning on having some kind of awards program for students on the last day of school.
Last week,the Middle School students were able to take advantage of the great weather, planting trees in Both alta and Aurelia and working in the Outdoor Classroom across from the school in Aurelia.
High School Principal Tom Ryherd reported that Graduation activities this week will include a Baccalaureate service Wednesday at 7 p.m., a Senior Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and Commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday. All three events will be held in the air-conditioned gym at the new High School in Alta. Ryherd also reported that next year the High School will be going to an 8-period day instead of the current 9-period day, and that study halls will all be at the end of the school day.
In personnel actions, the Alta Board approved the resignation of the High School Football Cheerleading sponsor, Aurelia approved the resignation of Physical Education instructor Jim Demers, and Alta approved the resignation of G.G. Harris as High School Girls Basketball Head Coach and Assistant High School Football Coach.
Contract offers were approved for Randy Bissen as Head High School Boys' Basketball Coach, and Brandon Osmond as a Part-time English Instructor, extra curricular High School Speech Coach, and High School At-Risk Associate.
Evans reported that teacher Dave Curbow had withdrawn his retirement application, and has been issued a contract for next year. He will be forfeiting any early retirement incentive he would have received from the school.
The Board then went into closed session for the annual evaluation of the Superintendent.