Alta and Aurelia School Boards meet

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Alta and Aurelia School Boards met Monday in Alta.

One of the first orders of business was to conduct the annual organizational meeting and the election of new officers.

Bruce Glienke will serve as the president of the Alta School Board and Dave Turnquist will be the vice president.

Brad Rohwer was voted in as the president of the Aurelia School Board and Dan Winterhof as the vice president.

Other business at the organizational meeting included approving the school attorneys - Brian Gruhn will continue to serve as the attorney for the Alta District and Jim Hanks as the Aurelia District attorney.

Both boards voted to approve the continuation of Vicki Kolpin as the board secretary.

The Alta Board approved the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune to serve as their official district publication.

It was also approved to continue conducting regular meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

The organizational meeting was adjourned and the regular meeting was called to order.

Stacey Cole, curriculum director/elementary principal told the board that Title I reading is being revamped and will be meeting the needs of more students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade that need assistance in reading and communication with parents will be improved. She commended Tiffany Miller and Laurie Aube for their work.

Ann Sandine, middle school principal, shared that the students at the Aurelia building are off to a good start and the students are adapting well to working around construction still going on at the building.

Supt. Lynn Evans shared that the construction continues to move forward. The new gym floor is in and has been sealed, the bleachers will be installed in the next week and the kitchen is near ready for equipment.

He added that purchasing new tables for the cafeteria needs to be looked at.

The old tables are currently planned to be moved to the new cafeteria but the safety catches on them are not functional. Cost for one new table is $1,500, seating eight. He said 15 tables are needed for a cost of about $22,500. the Aurelia board will have more discussion on the item.

High school principal Tom Ryherd told the boards that the new ninth hour study hall for all students is working well. He has heard positive comments from teachers and students about the extra time they now have to do homework and meet with teachers if they need to.