The Galva School Board passed its tax levy at Monday night’s meeting.

The Galva School Board passed its tax levy at Monday night’s meeting.

The rate goes from $4.70 to $4.54. The total amount for the levy is $3,626,231. The levy passed with a 4-2 vote with Dr. Jeff Hawes, Mike Clucas, John VanDeVelde and Laura Heinrich in favor and Darcy Jeffries and Gary Edmonds opposed.

In other board business Monday night:

 It was reported there was a meeting about the Mid-County co-op and several suggestions were discussed, including ideas regarding the bands and dance and drill squads.

Another suggestion was the weight rooms be open with a schedule so all of the students could meet with the coaches on a more personal basis.

 The possibility of offering home economics was discussed and merits further consideration.

 Installation of the new fencing at the outdoor athletic complex will begin Wednesday. 

The board will check further into the possibility of adding more restrooms somewhere around Galva's new sports complex.

 Principal Jerry Becker gave some proposed schedule changes to junior high for 2018-19 — from eight periods to a seven-period day; longer periods in core subjects (ELA, math, science, social studies); RTL-tiered Language Arts period with reading interventions; junior high lunch; and common planning time for junior high team — dean of students; ELA, math, science and social studies teacher; special education teacher; social worker/school psychologist weekly.

That common planning time would help the junior high team with shared decision making/problem solving, interventions/instructional strategies, teaching executive skills, designing integrated curricular units, curriculum alignment to Illinois learning standards, conducting student-parent conferences, and discussing and resolving student needs

 Proposed schedule changes for the high school included — common study hall/RTL at end of day, addition of STEM classes, high school lunch, two sections of core classes, consumer education nine weeks from 18 (per school code), bridging the gap with Black Hawk College in math and English, and seniors potentially taking more BHC/dual credit classes.

 The board  unanimously approved the following employment items for the 2018-19 school year — Mike Landis as boys golf coach, Bob McGraw as girls golf coach, Chris Johnson as assistant cross country coach, Valerie Furrow as head cross country coach, Shelly Welgat as varsity head coach and eighth grade volleyball coach, Lacey Rosenberg as fresh-soph volleyball coach, and Anna Olson as seventh grade volleyball coach and junior high softball coach.