Friday Board Bulletin 10/20/17

Board Members:

Thank you for your hard work and attention during our board meeting on Monday night. The discussion was fruitful and hopefully, sets the stage for more robust conversations in the future. With the number of phone calls this week, I am sure you would agree this week has included some unique challenges!

As you all know, the insurance covered the lion’s share of the loss we encountered during the brownout at the end of September. I believe this may be the largest claim we have ever turned in! I have executed the purchase order and spoke with the engineer yesterday; if all goes well we should be about 4-6 weeks from being made whole again. Because of the timing and moving to the heating season shortly, we have been moved to the head of the line with this repair. Although this is really good news for us, we will still be faced with some decisions and tough choices in the coming months as we make decisions about phase two of the elementary renovation project within the context of the mechanical issues that will need to be addressed.

It was a big week for the business office! On Wednesday we had auditors in the district for our three-year IPERS review; immediately following that we had our annual school audit! I am happy to report that both audits went well. If you have any specific questions about these, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. The official report won’t be available for some months yet.

Tuesday I had an opportunity to co-present with Joe Kramer (Superintendent of Schools for Pocahontas) at the IASB Employee Relations Conference on the topic of collective bargaining. Our session was very well attended with roughly 90 participants, and there were many questions following the session about our work last year and how that has prepared us for this year.

Our fall sports teams continue to enjoy successful seasons. The volleyball team defeated Applington-Parkersburg 3-0 and will advance to round 2 on Monday evening when we travel to Grundy Center. Both our boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the state tournament yesterday; the girls team won the meet and the boys came in second! Tonight our football team will travel to Belle Plaine in their final regular season of the year with a shot at the district title and an opportunity to finish the regular season undefeated.

Today marks the end of the first quarter, and with that, we will have parent-teacher conferences next week on Monday and Tuesday. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! I wanted to remind you that we will have our fall ABLE meeting on Thursday in Oelwein. Please plan to meet in my parking lot by 4:30 so we can get there in plenty of time for dinner.

The picture I am sharing this week is of the cross country team yesterday at lunch. They had this team meal prior to leaving for Ottumwa. Congratulations to our cross country team for making it to state!
Have an awesome weekend, and I look forward to seeing you next week!
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent