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Aurelia, Alta Boards discuss Federal Nutrition Standards

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ALTA - The Aurelia and Alta School Boards met in Alta on Monday night to wrap up business from the 2011-12 school year, organize for the 2012-13 school year, and take care of some new business as well.

The final bills and financial report from 2011-12 were approved.

The Aurelia Board re-elected Brad Rohwer as its President for the 2012-13 school year, with Dan Winterhof to serve as Vice President, while Bruce Glienke was re-elected as the Alta Board President and Gigi Nelson will serve as Vice President.

The time for regular monthly Board meetings will again be 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Vicki Kolpin was re-appointed as the School Board Secretary, and Jim Hanks will serve as the Aurelia Board's attorney, with Brian Gruhn serving as the Alta Board's attorney.

The Alta Board approved the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune as its official District publication, and the Aurelia Board selected the Aurelia Star as its Official publication at last month's meeting; Heritage Bank was approved as a Depository for the Alta District, with a maximum limit of $5 million, and four other institutions were also approved, with a $2 million limit at each one; The Aurelia Board approved First Trust and Savings Bank and Heritage Bank as the Aurelia District's Depositories.

The Boards viewed a video presentation on the changes in the school lunch menu in accordance with Federal Nutrition standards, and Superintendent Lynn ed out that the video may also be viewed by any parents, students, or other concerned community members on the school's website.

Elementary Principal Stacey Cole complimented the Title I teachers in both Districts for their work on revamping the system-wide assessments for Title I. In her role as Curriculum Coordinator, Cole reported that the students will not have class this Friday, September 14th, because the K-12 teachers - in conjunction with teachers from nine other Districts - are taking part in an all-day training session on "Investigating the Core Curriculum" at Pocahontas. Cole said that an estimated 500 teachers will be taking part in the session.

Middle School Principal Ann Sandine reported that the students had handled the renovation work at the school well, and they got their first peek at the new lunchroom this week. It is expected that they will be able to use the new lunchroom in 2-3 weeks. She also reported that a group of students will be working on putting together information about what they've been doing in class and in extra-curricular activities. They will submit this information to Sandine and she will put it on the school website.

High School Principal Tom Ryherd reported that Pilot Rock Signs of Cherokee had completed the new sign for Alta-Aurelia High School and it is in place. Ryherd noted that Pilot Rock was very easy to work with and commended them on their work.

Ryherd also mentioned that Wednesday September 12 is the annual Blood Drive, sponsored by the Student Council, and that the goal is to get 100 pints of donated blood from students, staff and community members. He also noted that September 17 marks the date of mid-term, and that September 17-21 is Homecoming Week.

The Aurelia Board approved two pay applications - one for $190,950 and the other for $289,190- from Woodruff Construction, for this summer's renovation projects at the Aurelia buildings. Evans said that the gym floor has been sealed, and the bleachers will be installed in a few days.

The Aurelia Board approved change orders on the cafeteria door for $2913, the elevator wall closet for $1500, and the logo on the gym floor, for $2140. There was also a credit of $600 on a retaining wall.

In other business, the price of lunch for adults has been raised slightly, to $3, in accordance with the Federal Nutrition Program; both boards approved membership in the Iowa Association of School Boards; Gigi Nelson will serve as a delegate at the November 14 meeting of IASB, and the Aurelia Board may select a member at a later date; the Boards both approved applying for Special Education Modified Allowable Growth; a request for transportation for a student who is Open enrolling to Schaller-Crestland was denied; and contract offers were approved for Mary Hoffman, as a .375 FTE Special Education teacher at Alta; Josie Schrage as a Middle School Special Education Associate at Aurelia; Ashley Brock as an Elementary Special Education At-Risk Associate at Alta; and Kris Granville as a Teacher Associate, to take Ashley Brock's former position.

Superintendent Evans reported that the Governor's Town Hall meeting resulted in the formation of seven task forces, each dealing with a specific area of concern about the education of Iowa students; that the IASB District Meeting will be hosted by South O'Brien on September 24; the IASB Annual State Conference will be a one-day meeting in Des Moines on November 15; and that Ag Partners of Alta had donated 380 pounds of fertilizer for the Alta football field and applied it to the field.

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