Saturday, September 26, 2015

Courier news

Courtesy of the 9-23-15 edition of Ida County Courier (  
The Ida County Courier is available at Cubby's in Odebolt, and Sparky's in Arthur.

O-A/BC-IG homecoming scheduled
O-A/BC-IG High School has released plans for homecoming week Oct. 5 – 9. This year’s theme is “Back in Black.” 
  • Monday, Oct. 5, is Pajama Day. Power Volleyball will be played during Success. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, is Tacky Tourist Day. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, is Wacky Wednesday—wear mismatched clothes. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, is Throwback Day.
     - At 5 p.m., United Bank of Iowa will be grilling in front of Family Eye Care (proceeds go to Athletic Boosters).
     - Staging for parade entries begins at 5:30 p.m. on Second Street from Quimby to Jasper. From 5 to 7 p.m., the public is asked to not park on the parade route. The homecoming parade gets underway at 6 p.m. The parade will travel east on Second Street to Main Street and turn south on Main to Fourth Street.
     - At 7 p.m., coronation takes place in the gym.
     - Super class night competitions begin at 8 p.m. 
  • Friday, Oct. 9, is Spirit Day (black, purple and silver). Friday activities include:
     - 2:45 p.m. powder puff football at the high school field;
     - 5:30 p.m. athletic booster grilling prior to the football game;
     - 7 p.m. football game versus Missouri Valley;
     - 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. dance at the high school cafeteria.
No races will highlight city council elections
City council and mayor nomination papers are in, and there will be no races in Arthur, Battle Creek, Galva, Holstein, Ida Grove or Odebolt. Municipal elections will be Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

City council openings in Odebolt are: Council members Ruth Ann Mohr (unexpired term), Todd Bengford, Lee Hemer and James Scott have expiring terms. Mohr, Bengford, Hemer and Scott are seeking reelection unopposed.

Board recognition:  The BC-IG and OA School Boards recognized and thanked four board members for their years of service to the districts.  From left - Brian Riessen, Traci Bengford, Paul Neumann and Jill Godbersen Setp. 14 during the joint board meeting in Odebolt.  (Courier photo by Deb Loger)

O-A/BC-IG boards reorganize for coming year, elect new presidents

 - by DEB LOGER 
The O-A/BC-IG School Boards recognized retiring board members, swore in new members and elected board presidents Sept. 14 during their joint meeting in Odebolt. BC-IG elected Stephanie Konradi as president and Kim Claussen as vice president. O-A elected Joey Hoefling as president and Brad Lundell as vice president. 

Both boards approved the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. as the date and time for meetings, alternating between Odebolt and Ida Grove. 

Board members Brian Riessen, Jill Godbersen, Traci Bengford and Paul Neumann were recognized and thanked for their years of service to the districts. 

Board secretary/treasurer Kathy Leonard reviewed both districts’ annual financial reports. Both boards approved adding the board presidents on signature cards at United Bank of Iowa and First State Bank. 

Superintendent Terry Kenealy reviewed the actual students in attendance enrollment report, noting the official certified enrollment count day is Oct. 1. O-A Elementary’s enrollment is 151, up six students; BCIG Elementary’s enrollment is 315, up three; the middle school is 238.5, up 3.5; and the high school is 245, down seven. Kenealy’s report also included: a $6,500 bid to add a sidewalk from the gym to the street for bus access at Odebolt; thresholds for the Odebolt gym floor will be installed in a couple weeks; geothermal work and moving the phone line has begun for the BC-IG Elementary project; getting a quote for asbestos abatement in the BC-IG Elementary tunnels; work sessions; goal-setting session; building advisory committee meetings; citizens’ advisory committee will meet Oct. 5 and upcoming IASB meetings. 

BC-IG approved the 28E contract with Iowa Central Community College for the 2015-16 school year. 

O-A approved the exhibits and authorized the administration to make a request to the SBRC (School Budget Review Committee) for modified budget authority in the amount of $43,780, due to general fund expenditures for the asbestos abatement project. Both boards approved a consortium agreement for services at the Rabiner Treatment Center with Manson Northwest Webster Community Schools. 

The BC-IG board approved Isaiah Salmon’s early graduation request and a $1,750 payment ($750 each for boys’ and girls’ golf and $250 for cross country) to the Ida Grove Golf and Country Club for golf and cross-country use for fiscal year 2015-16. Both boards approved school improvement goals for 2015-16 as recommended by each district’s school improvement advisory committee and school administrator and Dark Fiber Lease Agreements with Iowa Communications Network effective July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2021. The BC-IG board approved a contract with Certified Testing Services for construction materials inspections and testing services for the elementary building project not to exceed $13,900, a contract with Schaller Telephone to relocate the telephone lines to conform with the new addition and purchasing 70 Wenger “Nota” music chairs for the high school vocal room for a total cost of $5,412. 

O-A approved casting a ballot for Jeremy Riesenberg to represent O-A and director district four on the Prairie Lakes AEA board of directors. BC-IG cast a ballot for Creston Schubert to represent BC-IG and director district five on the Northwest AEA board of directors. 

Old board business: The O-A board approved the resignation of Angie Kastner as school nurse. Substitute bus driver contracts approved for BCIG were Fred Anderson, Kurt Brown, Kevin Dausel, Byron Hartwig, Jamie Hewitt, Charlie Luke, Barb Meier, Brian Renze, Roger Walter and Allen Yeager. O-A approved substitute bus driver contracts for Larry Allen, Richard Bloyer, Keith Fineran, Rudy Thies and Steven Walsh.  Other contracts approved included: Kelly Hewitt, accounts payable/data entry (BC-IG); Kendra Krager, high school wrestling cheerleading coach (BC-IG); Krystal Weber, middle school head volleyball coach (O-A); Holly Nuetzman, high school assistant volleyball coach (BC-IG); Melissa Jensen, middle school mock trial (O-A); Mike Iversen, AK-PK bus route (BCIG); Jeannie Grove, AK-PK bus route (BC-IG); and Deanna Thies, AK-PK bus route (O-A). 

Open enrollment applications were approved for Brenyn Hayden, kindergarten into BC-IG; Aubrey Pirigyi, fourth grade into BC-IG; Keaton Ullrich, kindergarten into BC-IG; Dani Shattuck, ninth grade into BC-IG; Lily Shaw, second grade into O-A; and Marilyn Johnson, first grade into O-A. Both boards approved the second reading of board policies 410.2 (summer school licensed employees), 503.1 (student conduct), 505.2 (student promotionretention- acceleration) and 603.2 (summer school instruction). 

The O-A board approved the Instructional Support Levy Resolution of Continued Participation. BC-IG approved the final change order for the elementary addition for a total deduction of $223,439. Leonard reviewed reports from the Ida and Sac County commissioners of elections. 

A work session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at Odebolt. The next regular board meeting is Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the BC-IG Elementary music room in Ida Grove.

Sac County Quilt-a-Fair this weekend
The Sac County Quilt-a-Fair is this weekend at the Sac County Fairgrounds. More than 300 quilts will be displayed.   
Sac County Quilt-A-Fair
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21-22
WHERE: Sac County Fairgrounds.
ADMISSION: $7 for quilt buildings. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free. See the tractor parade, car show and food vendors for free.
TRACTOR RIDE: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21, ride leaves at 9 a.m., no charge, freewill donation for lunch.
CAR SHOW: Begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 22, no registration fee, trophies given out at 3 p.m.

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