Fire prevention and safety bonds fairly easy on taxpayers

Carol Townsend

The Galva school board plans to sell $200,000 of fire prevention and safety bonds. This will only increase the taxes for property owners about four cents the first year and only about a penny on $100 of assessed valuation during the four years.

The Galva board presently has other bonds still active so the cost will be up until those are paid in full.

The board accepted the resignation of Eric Lawson, who was hired at the June meeting as Dean of Students and athletic director. Lawson has taken a position in the Bureau Valley school district.

Three candidates seeking Lawson's position have been interviewed and a

selection is hoped to be made in the next few days. A special board meeting

will be held for the approval of that position and a biology position.

The board also approved hiring Rachel Wigant as the elementary language


Gloria Wilson and Kandy Engels were re-assigned as special education aides

in the elementary school.

The board voted 6-1 to accept a water main from the City of Galva free of charge. The city is running the main 1000 feet, from James B. Young Road through the soccer field 439 feet and to the football field. The board granted the city a 20-foot easement for the project.

Board member Andrew Larson cast the only no vote. He said he feels the school district cannot afford to water a football field.

New superintendent Dr. James Minick, conducting his first Galva School Board meeting, thanked the board for his first three weeks on the job. He said the "hospitality had been great."

"This is a first class operation and so far it has been wonderful," he added. "There are great people here. I consider myself blessed to be sitting in this seat."

Parent Bob Leemans, a physical therapist, presented board members a plan for students in grades 5-12 who plan to use fitness equipment.

"It will promote better health and fitness," Leemans said.

The plans are for competitive body building that show the negative of using drugs and alcohol.

Leemans gave a copy of his plan to each board member to study and they will take action on the proposed plan at the August board meeting.

It was reported that the summer employees, custodians and maintenance workers are making good progress with all the district's summer projects.

Elementary Principal Doug O'Riley reported that Community State Bank and GalFEE are donating seven more smart boards to the district. There will be a total of 20 in district classrooms.