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School board takes care of annual business, welcomes Ila Galvin back as winner in election

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ila Galvin was welcomed back by the Alta School Board Monday after winning the election that will keep her on the board for an additional three years. Galvin ran unopposed for the position and garnered 22 votes. There were 10 write-in votes.

The board took care of other annual business including approving the depositories, attorney, board secretary and official publication for the district.

Heritage Bank of Alta, MetaBank, Security Trust and Savings, Central Bank and Citizens First National Bank will be the official depositories with a limit of $2 million at each location.

The district will continue to employ the services of Brian Gruhn of Cedar Rapids as the attorney. Connie Jensen will continue to be the board secretary and the Pilot Tribune will serve as the official publication.

The board voted that Val Rosenthal will remain as president of the group and Ila Galvin will continue to serve as the vice president. The meetings for the Alta Community School District will continue to be held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 is the magic date to certify enrollment figures for the year. As numbers stand at this point, the high school is down five from last year's 177 number. The elementary numbers are up by five and the middle school is down by 11. Making it confusing for this year will be how the 18 students in the new 4-year-old program will be counted; those numbers may bring the total figure up if the students can be counted for state references.

There was a discussion about the installing a sprinkler system at the baseball field at an estimated cost of $18,550 with Mike's Lawn Service doing the work. It is being asked that $12,000 be paid upfront and the remainder be paid over a two-year period interest free. The district would not be responsible for any of the funds; the concession stand funds would be paid from the league fund. In addition, batting cages for the softball field, at an estimated cost of $5,500, would be purchased and down the road, a sprinkler system would be installed at this field as well.

HS Principal Tom Ryherd pointed out that Alta has one of the best ball complexes in the area and it is important to keep it in top shape to attract district and sub state tournament teams.

No action was taken and discussion will continue.

The board approved contracts for:

* Katie Henrichs, kindergarten teacher at $29,187.

* Monte Radloff, middle school custodian for $9.50 an hour and a 45-hour work week. The wage will increase to $9.80 after the completion of a three-month probation.

* Mary Stout, bus foreman, paid $6,000 for her work as bus foreman and $19.33 per hour for the special education route.

* Jeff Hirschman, bus repair.

* Lisa Lawrence, food service worker at the elementary at $8.50 an hour.

* Lisa Poulter, high school associate at $7.25 an hour.

* Lindsey Harwath, fall musical assistant.

* Louie DeRoos, head wrestling coach at $2,330.

The board also approved a resignation from:

* Loree Zwemke, food service at the elementary.

It was recommended and approved to increase the substitute teacher pay from $85 to $95 a day to remain competitive with other districts.

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