Thursday, March 19, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 3-17-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Boards review summer projects—
BC-IG, O-A boards okay sharing agreements

The Battle Creek-Ida Grove and Odebolt-Arthur School Boards approved budget guarantee resolutions, 2013-14 audits and operational sharing agreements during a joint meeting Monday in Odebolt.

Both boards approved budget guarantee resolutions. The resolutions state the districts will levy property tax for fiscal year 2015-16 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under Iowa Code section 257.14.

Both boards approved the 2013-14 audits from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson.

The boards also set public hearing dates for fiscal year 2015-16 budgets. The BC-IG board hearing is April 13 at 6 p. m. O-A’s public hearing was set for April 6 at 6:30 p. m.

Both boards approved the following operational sharing agreements for fiscal year 2015-16: curriculum director, director of innovation and technology integration, business manager, middle school principal, home school assistance program, maintenance director, school nurse, PK-5 guidance counselor, superintendent, lawn care services, district librarian, transportation director and state reporting services.

The following open enrollment applications were approved: Quinn David Weeda Anderson open enroll out to Denison (O-A), Nicole Marie German open enroll out to Iowa Connections Academy online (O-A), Amber Johnson and Ryan Acosta open enroll out to Iowa Connections Academy online (BC-IG) and Garrett Bruce open enroll into O-A/BC-IG HS from East Sac County High School (BC-IG).

The BC-IG Board approved a list of summer building projects estimated to cost $105,185 plus the addition of backstop ($14,000) and art display cases ($3,915).

The O-A board reviewed a list of summer projects totaling $349,566. Board member Pat Hoefling suggested tabling a decision until they review the list of projects.

Board member Paul Neumann’s motion to approve the list died for lack of a second. Pat Hoefling’s motion to table the list until the next meeting was seconded by Joey Hoefling. The Hoeflings voted in favor of tabling a decision, Neumann and Bengford voted against tabling the list.

The boards approved the first reading of the 200 series board policies, the BC-IG lighting project, the loading dock at O-A, a contractor coming to look at the O-A roofing project, the new buses are in service and Northwest AEA Executive Director Tim Grieves will attend the April meeting to discuss the reorganization process.

The BC-IG board approved hiring FRK Architects for the elementary addition/renovation project, the change orders for the sports lighting project for an additional $2,068, an out-of-state/overnight trip and Schau Salvage’s $255 bid for the sale of the 1989 red pickup.

The BC-IG board approved the purchase of high school band storage from Wenger Corporation for $19,745. Money for this project will come from Celebrate My Drive funds, miscellaneous donations received from groups the past two years and the O-A/BC-IG Music Boosters.

O-A approved hiring Taylor Clark as high school ag education teacher.

Superintendent Nick Ouellette reported the school calendar is ready to come to the boards with an early start date. He told the boards if there’s no new legislation on the start date, it will be redone with an Aug. 31 start date.

Ouellette also gave updates on state funding, Senate File 409, Iowa Assessment data, BC-IG’s lighting project, O-A’s loading dock project, the new buses are in service, an architect will be looking at O-A’s roofing project and NorthWest AEA Executive Director Tim Grieves will attend the April meeting to discuss the reorganization process.

Alicia Nelson and Kurt Brown gave curriculum reports on vocation and technology departments.

O-A/BC-IG music students experience Chicago this week
A total of 69 O-A/BC-IG music students, two music directors and 11 other adults will board charter busses and travel to Chicago, Ill., this Thursday, March 19.

The O-A/BC-IG Music Boosters have offered fund-raising opportunities to their music students for the last four years to help pay for this opportunity.

This trip is offered to any high school student who is enrolled in band and/or choir during the entire year of the offered trip, as well as at least one other year during the four years prior to the trip.

While in Chicago, the students will visit the Chicago Skydeck at the top of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower), Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, Chinatown, The Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium, The Navy Pier and Smith Museum of Stained Glass and try authentic Chicago-style pizza at The Original Gino’s East restaurant.

Musical experiences will include a private Cabaret Show (featuring Kyle Hustedt, former O-A vocal music student), a dinner musical theatre production of West Side Story, “Wired Fridays” DJ performance and a performance and dinner at Andy’s Jazz Club.

Students will also perform in Arlington Heights. They return Sunday, March 22.

Brandon Sunday is All-American
Brandon Sunday earned All-American status the week of March 2 at the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament in Topeka, Kan.

Sunday is the son of Rusty and Stacey Wilke of Temperance, Mich. and the grandson of Al and Kathy Wilke of Odebolt.

Wrestling for Indiana Tech of Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday placed seventh at the tournament at 197 pounds with a record of 4-2. The top eight finishers in each weight class earned All-American honors.

All of Sunday’s victories were by fall. His four pins came in a total time of 3:29, which garnered Sunday the tournament’s individual award for most pins in the least accumulative time.

While in high school, Sunday was the Michigan state champion at 215 in 2013.

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