Aurelia Board approves equipment purchases for Track

Friday, February 17, 2017

ALTA - At Monday’s meeting here of the Alta and Aurelia school boards, the Aurelia Board approved recommendations from Middle School Athletic Director Grant Peckenschneider for the purchase of equipment for the track in Aurelia. Peckenschneider, who hopes to host two or three meets on the brand new all weather track in Aurelia this spring, recommended equipment with an estimated coat of $15- $20,000 - including a high jump mat, high hurdles, starting blocks, and a rack to hold equipment.After some discussion, the Board approved the purchase of the recommended items,

In other business Monday, the boards were presented with a Power Point presentation “What Can The Board Know,” produced by the Iowa Association of School Boards, dealing with the subject of what board members can know about staff performances and evaluations, and board members read some scenarios and discussed the appropriate actions to take to deal with the situations presented in the scenarios.

An architect from the Waggoner and Winegar Architectural Firm was present to discuss current plans for the proposed Tornado Safe Room at the Alta Elementary School , and after considerable discussion, the Alta Board authorized the letting of bids for the project. The hoped for timeline calls for bids to be received by March 9, 2017. The District will be responsible for 15% of the total cost, with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) responsible for 75% of the cost and the State of Iowa responsible for 10%.

Representatives of the Alta-Aurelia Trap Shooting team were present to discuss the team’s most recent season and expectations and to thank the boards for their past support. The team is expected to have 40-42 members this season, ranging from Grade 4 through High School, and both boards decided to increase the amount they provided last season from $750 per district to $1.000 per district. The Booster Club has also pledged to match funds provided by the district. The sport is the fastest growing sport in the United States, but it also involves significant expense, and the funds from the districts helps with registration costs for the meets in which the team competes.

The two boards approved contracting with attorney Rick Engel to serve as the districts’ attorney for the purpose drawing up any forms, such as petitions, which will beneeded during the process of reorganization.

The boards approved the date of April 10, 2017 for approving the 2017-2018 Certified Budget, and Superintendent Evans will present his pre-approval budget at the March 13th joint board meeting.

The boards also approved overnight and out-of-state travel, as well as sponsor’s registration and travel expenses, for the upcoming annual NASA Space Settlement Competition in Houston, Texas..

In personal matters, the Aurelia Board approved the resignation of Hannah Sefcik as Middle School Volleyball Coach and the Alta Board approved early retirement requests from two teachers at the Alta Elementary School, Mary Pedersen and Lisa Brown, and the Board expressed their appreciation to the teachers for their service to the district.

The Alta Board also approving extending a contract offer to Mark Henningsen for the position of High School Boys’ Golf Coach.

Superintendent Evans closed the meeting with a brief discussion about the Iowa Legislature’s proposals for Iowa schools, including a 1.1% State Supplemental Aid Allowable Growth figure and proposed changes on Collective Bargaining.

The next regularly scheduled joint Board meeting will be on Monday March 13th.

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