Mid-Prairie reviews ALC, sets budget hearing
WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie Alternative Learning Center (ALC), with 30 students currently enrolled, offers viable education options for students in grades 9-12 other than regular high school setting. Monday, board members learned that the ALC has the same core curriculum as the high school, but allows individuals to work at their own pace to obtain a high school diploma.
“Many of these students have had life experiences beyond their age,” explained Principal Amy Shalla, including having to live on their own well before age 18. She noted that three (Jeremiah Lassy, Allyson Hanson and Roland “RJ” Bontrager) are graduating Friday, March 14.
Shalla outline the staff duties, which range from probation officer to parent, noting that many ALC students remain in the community and many do on to classes beyond high school.
The ALC is set to get new quarters in a new Central Administration Building as part of the district $10.6 million improvement project that goes to the voters April 1. The planned new facility, noted Shalla, “will open up a lot more opportunities for us.”
In other business, the board:
• set 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, for the budget hearing for the 2014-15 $33.9 million estimated budget. The figure reflects the possible $10.6 million bond issue that would see a $12.35726 levy per $1,000 taxable valuation;
• approved a resolution authorizing redemption (refunding) of $2.6 million in GO bonds of which $1 million is outstanding. The district will redeem the bond by June 1, 2015, six months before the maturity date of Dec. 1, 2015;
• accepted the low bid of $172,028 total bid for two buses from School Bus Sales of Waterloo. Price per bus is $86,014. Other bids were Hogland Bus Sales, Marshalltown, $86,327 total and Thomas Bus Sales, Des Moines, $88,999 total;
•approved a 28E Agreement with Kirkwood Community College for educational services;
• approved matching funds for the district’s schools; specifically: high school, $3,557 for Athletic Boosters, new baseball lights and $1,331, Fine Arts Boosters, trumpet and amplification system; middle school, $1,176.50, Junior boosters, emergency two-way radios and Fine Arts Boosters, $1,633.74, instruments; Kalona elementary, $8,788 (includes a $3,632 carry-over) Kalona Elementary Boosters, playground improvement; Washington Township Elementary Boosters, $1,978, reserved for 2014-15 and Wellman Elementary Boosters, $5,136, playground, to be carried over from last year and this year; and
• held a closed session for superintendent evaluation.
Prior to the meeting, the board held a supper with all new staff members at the high school media center, an annual event.