The Oelwein College Board heard a report on district before- and after-school programming from a brand new director. They permitted federally-required adjustments to a board well being coverage, a STEM-focused journey to London and the Licensed Annual Report for final faculty yr.
Barb Schmitz has directed a twenty first century grant for numerous years, and final yr was her final full yr on this challenge.
The most important “win” final yr, Schmitz stated, was that the district acquired the twenty first Century Grant for the highschool, which started in July. The grant will fund the highschool for 5 years and the district acquired an nearly $700,000 award, she stated.
Schmitz indicated a younger workforce of educators had been concerned in scripting this grant and gained that have.
Catherine Wedemeier has been with the district for 2 years as FoodCorps service coordinator. She moved into Schmitz’s former position as coordinator of the twenty first Century Grant-funded before-and-after-school programming, titled the Husky Adventures Program, and Summer time College.
The district restarted its Husky Adventures program on Monday, Sept. 12, Wedemeier stated. There may be now a fourth-grade Chess Membership led by new Ok-5 faculty counselor Jacob Garnette.
The grant is principally for earlier than and after faculty, Superintendent Josh Ehn informed the Daliy Register.
“We have completed some earlier than faculty stuff on the center faculty and highschool with some success. We have by no means had quite a lot of success on the elementary (earlier than faculty),” Ehn stated.
“That is one of many new issues for us this yr is to attempt to push a studying e book membership for elementary youngsters within the morning,” he stated. “That is nonetheless below improvement however we’ll be rotating round by grade degree over the following few months.”
Morning Studying Membership will run from 7:30-8:30 am, Wedemeier informed the board.
This faculty yr, twenty first Century before- and after-school sort funds for grades 1-8 can be a $138,750 annual award, and for the highschool, a $162,000 annual award, Wedemeier stated.
Key gamers who assist with the each day staffing for the grants, conferences, embrace Tammy Stasi on the center faculty, Kelli Roth at the highschool, and Wedemeier on the elementary.
For summer season faculty in June, the district introduced in 200 college students, grades 1-8, 32 employees members and 12 licensed academics, she stated. Applications included swimming classes, theater camp, bowling, and visiting Fontana Park, Hawkeye Buffalo Farm and the varsity backyard at Wings Park Elementary. Breakfast, lunch and transportation had been offered.
July sports activities camp lasted 4 days with six academics instructing 50 college students together with 10 highschool college students.
August studying camp for grades 1-8 lasted six days, with 35 college students and 7 academics.
The board continues to replace insurance policies by collection because it goes from outdated insurance policies to a digital model.
“It is a model new necessary coverage,” Ehn informed the board. “Faculties receiving federal cash to carry out annual exams and screenings of scholars, the faculties should yearly notify mother and father of such exams and screenings except imaginative and prescient, listening to and scoliosis. This isn’t one thing we apply, however it’s a regulation that handed.”
Considerations had been raised with lawmakers over whether or not some colleges had been doing an excessive amount of on the well being screenings aspect.
“Legislators needed to drag again on that,” Ehn stated.
“Not one thing that I am essentially fearful about on the floor proper now, however once more now we have to have this coverage on the books as a result of it is a new mandate.”
The board permitted the Licensed Annual Report for the fiscal yr ending June 30, 2022. The treasurer report by fund to the Iowa Division of Schooling reveals the overall fund ending steadiness at $3,786,364.14. The scholar exercise fund ended at $393,749.97 and the administration levy fund at $88,461.54.
In building-related funds, SAVE ended at $1,592,025.15 and PPEL at $539,056.81.
The board additionally permitted the particular schooling deficit.
“You are taking a look at and approving the overage,” Ehn informed the board. “So 95% of college districts in Iowa run a deficit in particular schooling. We have now particular tax levying capability to get money, to cowl that overage. Our deficit has run in six figures a few years, so we have been taking a look at slowly bringing that down.
“These are very wholesome numbers for us,” Ehn stated. “We’re operating a deficit, that is the approval on this one.”
The subsequent merchandise they permitted was a request to the College Price range Evaluate Committee for permission to levy for the overall fund to pay for the particular ed deficit.
The board permitted a STEM-related (science, expertise, engineering and math) journey to London with Academic Focus Excursions after an in depth presentation from math trainer Bethany Hadley. The journey will final 9 days in March. Many hands-on interactive actions are listed.
A few of the instructional points embrace visiting
the Nationwide Historical past Museum or the Science Museum; taking part in an interactive forensics workshop, a guided Jack the Ripper tour, visiting Stonehenge and participating in an interactive hands-on exercise, taking in a theater efficiency, visiting Bletchley Park and taking part in a code-breaking workshop, visiting the Nationwide Museum of Computing, and visiting the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.