Two groups to share responsibilities for new Alta Community Library beginning this fall
Details of a proposed 28E agreement between the City of Alta and the Alta Community School District concerning the new town library were unveiled for the first time at the City Council meeting on Monday, and representatives of the two groups say they will share responsibilities once the new facility opens up this fall.
The 28E agreement has not yet been finalized between the city and the school, as there is still room for negotiation if either the City or the Board of Education wishes to look at any changes. City Council members expressed satisfaction with many of the main points of the proposal, however, which were outlined by Alta school superintendent Fred Maharry.
Some of the details of the proposed plan include:
* The school district would provide insurance on the facility, while the city would handle the insurance costs for the books, magazines and other reading and educational materials in the library.
* Custodial work would be provided by the school district, as the custodians would already be in the middle school portion of the building for regular middle school activities.
* The district would pay the costs of utilities and maintenance upkeep on the facility throughout the entire calendar year.
* The school would be responsible for library supervision between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., while the city would be responsible for supervision between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Supervision during vacation and holiday hours would likely be taken care of by the city.
* A group composed of members of the City Council, Board of Education and the Library Board would be responsible for the financial aspects of the operation, including the purchases of new materials, and different personnel issues such as the hiring or firing of staff.
While some city-school partnerships in other Iowa cities have not worked out due to differences over which group should pay what, Maharry said he feels that will not be a problem with the Alta library.
"If we all work together and work out of good faith, then I think we'll be fine," Maharry said. "I think it will truly be a win-win situation for our community."
Maharry said he believes the new facility, which will be named the Alta Community Library, will be ready to receive books from the old library in either July or August.
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