School boards meet; talk start date, driver's ed

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Alta and Aurelia School Boards met this week at the Alta building.

Driver's education fees will be going up to $235 per student, an increase of $5 over last year.

Jerry Sandine, who has been the driver's ed teacher in Aurelia for a number of years. will not be teaching this year. Aurelia students will be taking driver's ed with Alta's teacher Kevin Hammer in the spring. Hammer will be paid $175 per student, a $5 per student increase from last year.

The boards held a public hearing for those wishing to discuss the date for the first day of school. There was no one present to discuss the issue but a hearing is required each year if the school wishes to start school sooner than the current legislated start date of the Monday of the week that Sept. 1 falls in.

The schools in the area have been starting mid-August so that the first semester can be completed before Christmas break begins.

Early retirement plans for Alta and Aurelia were discussed.

Supt. Lynn Evans suggests that Aurelia extend the current policy language through June 30 and the board may restrict applications to the first three received.

At Alta, he recommends extending the current policy through June 30, offering 60 percent of the employee's base salary less the teacher support fund and that the board may restrict applications to the first three.

Supt. Evans said that both schools have staff eligible for early retirement. Application must be made by March 1.

No action is taken at the first reading of the plans, which took place at this week's meeting. The second reading will take place at the January meeting.

The superintendent also gave an update on the elevator being put in at the Aurelia building. "It's coming along," he said, but not yet complete. The fire marshal is requiring that "smoke doors" be put in on floors one, two and three. Those will need to be put in before the final inspection. It is hoped that the project will be complete very soon.