O’Riley likes district’s financial standing

Carol Townsend, For The Galva News

Superintendent Doug O'Riley told the Galva School Board Monday night, "I feel the best about finances here since I have been superintendent."

O’Riley noted the finances are more stable which should keep the district "moving forward." The state is paying on last year’s enrollment figure —548 students. He said the EAV in the Galva district has increased every year for the past six years, and O'Riley hopes that trend continues.

There are 15 years left on the wind turbines. O'Riley’s goal for the Galva district is to maintain a $2 million balance in the education fund. He expects that the tax rate could go down.

One of the board members asked when the TIF districts would be done in Galva and O'Riley replied 2023, 2026 and 2029.

O’Riley said it would be up to the school board to vote on renewal of the TIFdistricts. O'Riley said he would recommend at that time, if he was still superintendent, that the board vote “no.”

In other business Monday night:

n No one from the public was present at 6:55 p.m. for the FY18 budget hearing.

The budget was approved with $6,578,782 in revenue, $7,463,428 in expenses leaving a deficit of $884,646. There was more than $600,000 received for the athletic complex in FY 17 that will be spent in FY 18 and $200,000 as a result of overestimating expenses and underestimating revenues.

n The board received a quote from Lovewell Fencing of Davenport, Iowa, for $44,520 for fencing around the track area.

The next steps for the athletic complex are putting in the shot put and discus areas; completing the south ticket booth and ADA ramp; seeding the south end; landscaping; scoreboard and goal posts; and hurdles.

n The board approved two Galva High School seniors to graduate at the end of the first semester.

n The board approved the graduation date of May 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. for the Class of 2018.

n The board discussed working more with Black Hawk College’s English, math and science departments.

The Galva teachers work with the teachers at BHE on what the high school can do to improve the subjects so that students transfer more efficiently.

The board approved the following employment items:

n Linda Hamilton as cafeteria aide.

n Dan Russell as girls varsity basketball coach.

n Mark Jeffrey as girls fresh-soph coach.

n Amber Sherban as volunteer for JH girls basketball coach.

n The resignation of Lindsay Osborne as fresh-soph girls basketball coach.

n The resignation of Alex Klimbewicz as paraprofessional effective end of fall semester.

The school board heard about NaviGatePrepared, a program that helps improve speed and accuracy during drills and emergencies.

NaviGate Prepared includes FEMA based plans, the organization and sharing of safety documents, floor plans and site plans to share with first responders, safety drill logs, quick access for staff to step- by-step emergency procedures directly on their smart phone or tablet, and effective ways for staff to account for students by name,

Supt. O'Riley said the plan costs about $7,000 but Galva can purchase it for $2,400.