Galva superintendent will retire in October 2021; Larson re-elected board president

The Galva School Board accepted Superintendent Doug O'Riley’s intent to retire in October 2021 at Monday night’s meeting.

O’Riley’s final day as superintendent will be June 30, 2021. From July 1 until Oct. 11, O'Riley will aid the new superintendent by providing transitional assistance. O'Riley will receive no additional compensation for the transition period. The plan will provide a smooth transition for the district, and allow O'Riley to gain a full 35 years of service.

The board also approved pay hikes for support staff and the district’s two principals.

The support staff received a two percent pay increase. The board gave Elementary School Principal Mary Kelly a 1.5 percent pay increase to a base salary of $77,138 and Junior Senior-High Principal Jerry Becker a 1.5 percent pay increase to a base salary of $106,418.

Both principals had their contracts extended until June 30, 2021.

In other board business, Andrew Larson was re-elected as president of the Galva School Board. Also earning re-election were Jeff Hawes as vice president, Darcy Jeffries as secretary and Bob Lewin as treasurer.

The votes were unanimous for the officers except for the office of vice president. Hawes earned the vice president nod by a 4-3 vote over John VanDeVelde.

Voting in favor of Hawes were Larson, Hawes, Laura Heinrich and Mike Clucas; while VanDeVelde was supported by Jeffries, Edmonds and VanDeVelde.

The following board members will serve on the board committees:

Transportation — John VanDeVelde.

Special Education — Andrew Larson.

Operations and Maintenance — Gary Edmonds and Laura Heinrich.

Curriculum and Technology —  Darcy Jeffries and Jeff Hawes.

Extra Curricular — Mike Clucas and Andrew Larson.

The following employment items were approved:

n The resignation of Stephanie Peterson as high school science teacher.

n The re-employment of the non-certified staff for the 2018-19 school year.

n The reassignment of Trish Klein from junior high math to high school math.

n The reassignment of Jeramy Painter from elementary teacher to junior high math teacher.

n The appointment of Amanda Dynes for 4-8 grade ELA interventionist.

n The appointment of Kathryn Sailer as kindergarten teacher.

n Robert Beebe as eighth grade boys basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Josh Harris as seventh grade boys basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Dan Russell as head girls basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Mark Jeffrey as fresh-soph girls basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Chance Jones as head boys basketball coach for 2018-19 school year.

n Adam Norway as high school and junior high scholastic bowl coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Michelle Mersman as high school cheerleading coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Karissa Haptonstall as junior high cheerleading coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Acknowledged the resignation of Anna Olson as seventh grade girls basketball and volleyball coach, and junior high softball coach.

n Drew Cotton as assistant boys basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

n Jackie Clucas as eighth grade girls basketball coach for the 2018-19 school year.

Also Monday night:

n It was reported the building trades class will turn a corn crib in rural Cambridge into a home next year.

n The board approved the low bid for removing the asbestos in the elementary restrooms at a cost of $38,114 from Midwest Service Group of Downers Grove. There were four bidders ranging from $38,114 to $59,600.

The elementary school will be sealed off in June while the asbestos is removed and no one will be allowed in the building.

n In a recent survey sent to parents, several comments shared with the board were — look at bullying in the district, extend the hours of the social worker, and look at safety on the bus going to Excel each day.

n The weight room at the Junior-Senior High is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for current and future district athletes. Cecil Duffy will supervise the weight room, which has been recently upgraded with new equipment.

n The board approved the district’s continued participation in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).