by BETH WOLTERMAN
The Battle Creek-Ida Grove and Odebolt-Arthur School Board met for a quarterly joint meeting on Monday in Odebolt. All board members were present.
BC-IG approved a contract for Cindy Wilcke as head high school softball coach.
During his report, Superintendent Nick Ouellette noted that Schaller-Crestland was to vote that night on sharing with Odebolt-Arthur (see separate story) and East Sac was asked to discuss in more detail what it would be willing to share with O-A before setting up a meeting.
Ouellette noted that the upcoming PPEL vote will not increase property taxes. The new design on the BC-IG Elementary project should be ready next week, which includes four classrooms, a JV gym with bleachers and locker rooms. He noted if the BC-IG board keeps moving forward with the project, it could be completed in 18-20 months.
Ouellette also reported on a meeting with the city and sheriff to discuss traffic control around the elementary school, including a traffic crossing guard program. He touched on the proposed new football, baseball and high school parking lot lighting project, the teacher leadership compensation grant the district is hoping for and state aid projections.
In January, the principals will be invited to the meetings to discuss class sizes and make recommendations about staffing.
Both boards approved a first reading of 700 series board policies. The policies were distributed at the November meeting and are modeled after the IASB sample policies and are grounded in the most current Iowa Code and case law.
Both boards approved the SBRC application requesting modified allowable growth for dropout prevention for the 2015-16 school year. It is a means of raising funds to support local programs and services for students at risk of dropping out of school.
The budget items include alternative high school, at-risk coordinators, response to intervention, mentoring program, credit recovery program and extended learning plan plus. The 2014 application for BC-IG is $136,509 and for O-A is $77,988.
Julie Weeda presented results from a clarity survey given in the spring of 2013 and 2014.
Mary Rohlk and Traci Allen gave a curriculum report on the libraries/media centers.
Both boards approved the nomination of Al Hazelton of Harlan to the IASB District 4 board for a three-year term.
The next O-A board meeting is Jan. 12 at 6:30 p. m., the next BC-IG board meeting is Jan. 19 at 6:30 p. m. and the next joint board is March 9, 6:30 p. m., in Ida Grove.
Christmas school concerts continue
The O-A/BC-IG High School will present its holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p. m., in the high school gym. The concert choir is singing “Venite Adoramus Te” by J. Estes, “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” by C. Jennings, “Still, Still, Still” by N. Luboff, “Bell Carol of the Kings” by P. Kern, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by O. Overby and “Christmas Sleigh” by D. Irwin. Linda Johnson directs the choir.
The O-A/BC-IG High School concert band will perform “Allied Honor,” “Greensleeves,” “Christmas at the Movies” and “A Christmas Festival.” The jazz band will also perform. Becky Maher directs the bands.