District 224 bonds get go-ahead

Carol Townsend

The Galva School Board on Oct. 20 unanimously passed the resolution allowing issuance of $200,000 worth of general obligation bonds. The bonds have already been sold.

The money will be used for life safety repairs such as the front doors and the new roof over the cafeteria, both at the junior-senior high school.

The district will pay interest only on the bonds until December 2011 since it already has old bonds issued that must be paid back.

The interest rate on the bonds is 5.75 percent.

After an executive session, the board approved the following hirings:

*Megan Haurberg and Pam Foley as special education aides

*Marci Strand as 8th grade girls basketball coach

*Tom Watson as 7th grade boys basketball coach

*Brian Droege as girls junior varsity basketball coach

*Resignations were approved for Tina Hufford as a special education aide and Ron Peterson as 8th grade boys basketball coach.

*The board tabled taking action on Jamie Theesfeld as 8th grade boys basketball coach.

In other business:

*The school report card was discussed with Judy Taylor, curriculum director.

The scores for the third and eight grade were good, but eleventh grade scores were not as good. Taylor said other schools are seeing the same with the high school scores.

Galva’s graduation rate is 77.4 percent. High School Principal Richard Kucharz said Galva had several seniors drop out last year. He said he is really working to keep students in school until they graduate.

Galva did make their adequate yearly progress.

The scores will be on the Galva school web page after Nov. 1.

*The board unanimously voted to let the administration seek sports co-ops with other districts.

*The board will hold its annual retreat on Monday, Nov. 3 in the GHS library, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

*The lunch program showed a $2,007.35 gain for August and September.