The Galva School Board spent the majority of its meeting time Monday night discussing school safety and how to handle students that are not being cooperative in classrooms.

The Galva School Board spent the majority of its meeting time Monday night discussing school safety and how to handle students that are not being cooperative in classrooms.

The board talked about how long it takes to go through all the steps — and only with parent permission — with students who are repeat offenders and could be placed in an alternative classroom.

The board agreed students with problems need to be identified at a young age so the district can pursue help, rather than having the student end up repeatedly on the district’s monthly suspension list.

Regarding school safety, the district follows the ALICE training and teachers have received training. The Galva Police and Henry County Sheriff's departments work with the school and conduct a drill each year. The police change the drill to create different emergency scenarios. 

Board members also considered several options the district could pursue to make the schools safer. Galva schools are locked at all times.

The regional office recently sent a letter stating floor locks are not allowed on doors because of students potentially being unable to get out of the building during a fire.

The board also discussed the possibility of hiring a police officer to patrol in the schools. The board would welcome any Henry County or  Galva Police officers stopping by and touring the buildings during the day, noting it’s good to have their presence periodically.

In other board business Monday:

n The board discussed the possibility of allowing the children of current employees that live out-of-district to attend Galva schools.

Other districts in the area who participate in this program are Annawan, Wethersfield, ROWVA and AlWood. The Galva district has 13 employees with children in other districts. The board will get more information on the subject.

n Teacher Mark Jeffrey gave a presentation on a Study Skill class he will teach to his special education students. A lot of the skills taught will be available to other students by video or internet.

The class will teach students how to fill out applications, prepare for an interview, fill out an apartment application, open a checking account and get a credit card. The class also aims to help students working part-time jobs while in school.

Most kids who work in school are more likely to have success with a job later in life, Jeffrey noted.

Jeffrey added it would be good to get the community involved in the class. If any employer has some part-time work, they can call the school to give their information.

Corey Fineran, the director of content of Transition Education Revolution, will be contributing supplies for the class. The program encourages  students with needs to complete school, get a job and live independently. The program works with students to assist in developing desirable work habits, provide opportunities to explore careers, offer meaningful work experiences and encourage students to develop the social and personal skills needed to maintain successful employment.

n The Galva District still needs bus drivers. Call the district (932-2108) if interested.

n Bids will be coming in soon for remodeling bathrooms on the first and second floors of the elementary school.

n New equipment has arrived for the weight room.

n The board transferred $500,000 from working cash to the education fund.

n The board approved the following employment items — the retirements of Kim Lindberg and Shirley Hertz effective at the end of 2017-18 school year.