The Aurelia High School Class of 2006 lost two of its members to sudden, unexpected deaths in the past year, and classmates have proposed a memorial to their two departed classmates.
Class members Ryan Mattheis and Shana Kai presented their final plans to the Aurelia School Board. The class plans to place a bench with a plaque commemorating Kay Ann Kruckenberg and Jacob Dreier near the sidewalk which runs in front of the elementary building. The project will be funded by the senior class, Student Council and other donations, including a donation made to the Dreier family by Galva-Holstein students. The class hopes to have the memorial completed before the May 21 graduation. They also hope to plant a tree or shrub at the site as well. The plan and site were approved by the board at the special meeting last week.
Kruckenberg died after falling during a prom activity last spring. Dreier died suddenly after contracting meningitis.
The other order of business involved opening bids for the construction of the proposed Weight Room/Wellness Center project. The only bid received by the deadline was from Grundman-Hicks Construction form Cherokee. Steve Nobles was at the meeting representing the firm.
The Board felt that the bid was a substantially higher figure than they had hoped to pay for the project. Considerable discussion followed, and opinions were exchanged about the possible ways to cut the expense. Nobles said his company's bid is good for thirty days, and offered to do some "value engineering" to try to reduce the cost.
The bid was not accepted. The board will discuss the project further and could choose to redesign and rebid.
There is no deadline for the project. The district had hoped to construct this summer, but may delay it if necessary to create a successful plan.