Galva School Board sets tentative budget for 2018-19 school year

Carol Townsend, For The Galva News
Galva Superintendent Doug O'Riley introduced the district’s new teachers for the 2018-19 school year to the board of education Monday night. Teachers in attendance at the meeting were, from left, Kurtis Smyth, athletic director and dean of students; Katie Sailer, kindergarten; Tarol Suddeth, special education; Ralph Brown, school resource officer; and Josh Morris, STEM.

The Galva School Board approved the tentative budget for the 2018-19 school year with a deficit balance of $645,693.

The expenses are $6,975,955 with revenue of $6,330,262. The budget hearing was set for Sept. 24 at 6:55 p.m. at the Galva Junior-Senior High School library.

In other board business Monday night:

n The board set the graduation date for the Class of 2019 for May 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the gym.

n It was noted the building trades class project fell through that was going to be held in the Cambridge School District this year. Instead, the class will work on projects on the Galva school grounds.

n The board approved the resolution for a school bus to transport town children who live .75 miles from the school and live south of US 34 and the BNSF tracks. The board did approve to continue with three trial extra stops this year. The stops include —end of West Division, James B. Young Road, N.E. Fourth Street and N.E. Third Avenue.

Any of these stops can be terminated with a two-week notice due to bus overcrowding. The district will not hire an additional driver or obtain an additional bus.

n The board approved the air conditioning project for the Junior-Senior High School. The total cost of both the elementary school and the junior-senior high school is less than $50,000 according to Superintendent Doug O'Riley.

n The board unanimously approved the following personnel items:

Maternity leave request for Jacquie Kendall.

Krista Peck as long-term sub for maternity leave.

Drayson Owens as volunteer for junior high baseball.

Ali Weston as dance drill coach.

Sarah Townsend as volunteer for volleyball.

Anna Olson as volunteer for girls/boys basketball.

Darcy Swanson as volunteer for junior high girls basketball.

Chad Rogers as volunteer for boys golf.

The resignation of Robert Beebe as junior high boys basketball coach.

The board voted 4-2 to approve Jackie Clucas as a volunteer for junior high softball. Those voting in favor were Darcy Jeffries, Dr. Jeff Hawes, Andrew Larson and Mike Clucas. Those opposing were John VanDeVelde and Gary Edmunds.

n It was noted that letters have been given to parents about bullying. On the district's webpage, there is a form to report bullying incidents immediately. The teachers are trained to look for bullying and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance received a grant to allow for speakers to come into the districts.

n Several elementary teachers were present and thanked the board for installing the air conditioners in the classrooms. The teachers said it has made such a difference for the students and they are able to concentrate more on school.

n Elementary teacher Anna Olson was present and thanked Board President Andrew Larson and Shane Kaiser, who have been working on washing the windows at the elementary school. It was noted several windows have needed "vinegar and an SOS pad."

n Parent Brandy Funke asked the board why it had removed the afternoon snack from K-2. She said her daughter is five and eats lunch at 11:10 a.m. and is not allowed an afternoon snack.

Funke said she has talked to several people about the issue and has been given several different reasons. One told her that they could make an exception for her daughter. Funke said she did not want that.

Funke has even checked with area school districts and has not found one that does not allow a snack for these young students.

n Galva's first home football game will be Sept. 7 against Ridgewood. There will be a membership drive for the Galva Athletic Boosters at the game.

n The board took a tour of the elementary school at the end of the meeting to see the improvements over the summer.

n Board member Laura Heinrich was absent from the meeting.