Flowers, Olson join district's school board; VanDeVelde elected board president

The Galva School Board seated its new members and elected officers at Monday night’s meeting.

New members joining the board are Megan Flowers and Whitney Olson. The board officers are John VanDeVelde, president; Mike Clucas, vice president; Darcy Jeffries, secretary; and Robert Lewin, treasurer.

The following committees were appointed at the meeting:

Curriculum and Safety — Darcy Jeffries and Megan Flowers

Transportation — John VanDeVelde

Special Education — Andrew Larson

Extra-Curricular — Mike Clucas and Whitney Olson

Facilities — Gary Edmonds and Whitney Olson

The board approved a two percent pay increase for the non-certified support staff for the 2019-20 school year. The board also approved an increase of two percent for Junior-Senior High Principal Jerry Becker, Elementary School Principal Mary Kelly, and Dean of Students and Athletic Director Kurtis Smyth. The contracts of Kelly and Becker were each extended for one more year.

n The board unanimously approved the re-employment of the non-certified staff for the 2019-20 school year.

n The board unanimously approved the following personnel items — the resignation of Alex Anderson as sixth grade classroom teacher, the reassignment of Carol Kitterman to Elementary ELA Intervention, the intent to retire for Sharon Murray as elementary library clerk, Josh Harris as eighth grade boys basketball coach, Mitch Boston as seventh grade boys basketball coach, Adam Norway as both high school and junior high Scholastic Bowl coach,Michelle Mersman as high school basketball cheerleading coach, Karissa Haptonstall as junior high basketball cheerleading coach,Mark Jeffrey as seventh grade girls basketball coach, Rachel Remmert as seventh grade volleyball coach, the resignation of Shelly Welgat as varsity volleyball and eighth grade volleyball coach, the resignation of Lacey Rosenberg as fresh-soph volleyball coach, the resignation of Chance Jones as varsity boys basketball coach and the resignation of Drew Cotton as assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

In other board business:

n The board approved the tentative calendar for the 2019-20 school year.

n The board unanimously approved the purchase of new band uniforms at a cost of $19,775. That amount will supply 50 uniforms.

n The board discussed several changes to the school handbook for next year. No action was taken.

n The Galva School District was awarded a grant that will pay for solar panels at no cost. Superintendent Doug O'Riley said the district will be able to get electricity for four cents per kilowatt and will save more than $400,000 in the next 15 years.

n Parent Heather Anderson voiced concerns about the lack of communication between the school and parents. Anderson said she was shocked when she read a Galva man was arrested on a threat to the school in January and parents were never notified. The board will look into the issue.

n The board approved the 2019 and 2020 extension of the Mid County (Galva-ROWVA) co-op for golf and cross country.

n Jeff Olson from the facility committee presented the board with a booklet of long-term planning ideas for the district. The lists were compiled by the public, teachers and students who met in January. The group will meet again in the fall.

n Board member Jeffry Hawes was absent from board meeting before the board reorganization.