The Alta School Board discussed many issues at its regular meeting Monday night.
Superintendent Fred Maharry thanked Jim Carney, Storm Lake Hy-Vee manager for a $2,000 check which was sent to the school as part of the Commitment to Community Excellence Program. The money will be used for technology for kindergarten through eighth grade students.
Forms have been submitted for the state tax refund. The total is slightly less than $59,000.
The Driver's Education program expenses and student fees were discussed. The dollars coming in fell short by over $1,000. The cost to take part in the program were raised to $150 per student this year. The fees will be looked at again next year and an increase may again be necessary.
Grandparents Day for the middle school will continue again next year. A calendar change was made for this event to occur Oct. 13. Classes will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. that day for a staff development, which has already been scheduled.
"I think it's important to give grandparents the opportunity to come into the school," commented member Richard Marshall.
The board approved the purchase of 10 laptop computers from Buena Vista University at a cost of $500 each. The computers are two years old and come with a one and one-half year warranty. If repairs are needed, the computers can be taken over the BVU and students, trained by Gateway, will make the repairs. The computers are a good start to the addition of the computer lab.
There is still work needing to be done at the middle school. Work in the shower area has been completed, after numerous telephone calls. Frost-free footings will be redone near the entrance this week. Testings on the roof to check for leaks have been addressed. It is hoped to get these testings complete and any problems tended to before school starts.
There are still cracks in the walls of the fifth and sixth grade science room. Supt. Maharry has called about this several times. Steve Delp is working on a way to reduce sound into the music practice room. He plans to install a panel in the large window near the door to see if this will muffle the sound. It has been decided this will be more economical than if outside help is brought in.
Shrubbery work in the front of the building will be complete soon.
The board made final decisions on priority projects for the sales tax and Physical Plant and Equipment Levy funds.
Top projects are:
* electrical work at the middle school - $4,160 - and elementary rooms - $2,698
* sound system for the new gym - $6,102.50
* new wrestling mat - $3,000 (school's contribution with the remaining cost of $5,550 to be picked up by the Kiwanis, Booster Club and wrestling parents)
* new volleyball stands - $3,352 (after applying a $1,566 credit)
* new basketball hoops for the playground - approximately $2,800
All these funds will be paid for by PPEL funds.
The Roxy Theater Roof also deserves attention and will be looked at. A combination of sales tax funding with outside funding will be used to improve the theater over a four or five year period.
Jim Black was on hand to talk to the board about the insurance plan. the cost has increased by about 11.63 percent for the property, workman's comp, liability and health. There is no way to get around the increase, he said.
Fees for the 2004-05 school year were approved. Student book fees for kindergarten through grade 12 increase to $30, up $2 from last year.
Breakfast fees will increase by a nickel. Students will now pay 75 cents for these meals. Lunch for K-5 will remain at $1.40 and 6-12 students will pay $1.50. Adult meals will be $2.
Adult, K-12 and senior citizen athletic passes will all go up $2, bringing the prices to $42, $22 and $22.
Northwest Conference adult athletic ticket prices will increase to $4, as compared to last season's $3.