Courtesy of the 12/9/15 edition of Ida County Courier (www.idacountrycourier.com). The Ida County Courier is available at Cubby's in Odebolt, and Sparky's in Arthur.
O-A/BC-IG school boards discuss reorganization
petition during work session
The Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove school boards met in a joint work session Nov. 24 in the elementary media center in Odebolt.
The work session was held to discuss the reorganization petition, timeline, ballot language, options for setting up the reorganized school board, projections of unspent budget authority and combined facilities’ meetings. The boards also reviewed the questions and answers for the school website reorganization page that is being created. Discussion was held on the recent Department of Education decision to dissolve the Farragut School District and related matters. No action was taken during the work session.
committee tours high school
The Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove combined facilities’ study committee met Dec. 1 at O-A/BC-IG High School in Ida Grove. Members of committee in attendance: Vicki Beckman, Traci Bengford, Joyce Flink, Roger Buehler, Dave Anderson, Whitney Simonson, Jennifer Bower, Julie Weeda, Shelley Malcom, David Petersen, Ann Holst, Roger Walter, Devlun Whiteing and Terry Kenealy. Guests in attendance: Stephanie Konradi, Stacy Raasch and Patrick Miller.
The members of the committee were provided a document that shows what projects were undertaken at BC-IG during the 2015 fiscal year to repair, maintain and improve the facilities, similar to the document the committee members received at the November meeting that showed the projects at O-A that were undertaken during the 2015 fiscal year. In addition, the committee members were provided with an updated summary sheet of items that were identified as needs/ wants for the high school facilities and some district needs from the BC-IG Facilities Committee review process that took place during the 2013-14 school year.
Miller and Walters then led the committee members on a tour of the high school building and, during the tour, the programs offered in each area were discussed, various building needs were identified and a history of the building and improvements that have been made over the years were reviewed.
Following the tour, the committee met briely before adjourning. The committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Odebolt-Arthur Elementary School Library and will begin discussions on what they have learned about the facilities in both districts, the strengths and the needs that need to be addressed.
Local school board members honored for excellence
The Iowa Association of School Boards recognizes that learning and leadership on the part of school board members makes a difference at the board table and for students.
IASB’s Better Boardsmanship Award recognizes board members who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities through formal in-service programs, workshops and other commitments, such as advocating with legislators or serving on statewide committees or boards.
At IASB’s 70th annual convention on Nov. 19, OdeboltArthur board member Paul Neumann was honored. Through IASB’s Better Boardsmanship Awards Program, Neumann received an Award of Achievement certificate.
This award recognizes board members who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities through formal in-service programs, workshops and other commitments such as advocating with legislators or serving on statewide committees or boards.
O-A board member Naomi Lozier also earned the award but was unable to attend the convention.
Shopko Foundation supports local school districts
This holiday season, as shoppers seek the ideal gift for their loved ones, the Shopko Foundation is giving back to the Hometown communities it is privileged to serve.
For every signature Shopko Hometown in Ida Grove receives between Dec. 1 – 24, the Shopko Foundation will make a $1 donation to O-A/BC-IG Community School District (up to $2,000 a store) as part of its Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 219 store locations across the country.
Customers can sign up once a day, every day, and show their support; no donation or purchase is required