Architects Channing Swanson and Jackson DenHerder from Niewman Monson Architects attended the meeting to update the Board on the progress for the Academy, which will be located next to the High School. The architects provided the Board with site plans showing the location of the building, and a proposed parking and floor design. The building will be a 2 story, 24,000 square foot building. It will accommodate several shops for work space as well as classroom and office spaces. The design is scheduled to be complete by August 1, with specifications being worked out until the end of September. Construction for the building will likely happen late this year or in early spring 2014.
In smaller news, the Board discussed milk bids for the 2013-2014 school year and decided to go with AE Dairy, in the interest of benefiting local business. The Directors also reviewed and approved the Agreement with Central Buying Consortium. This is the agreement for central buying of food, chemicals, and other supplies between the Pella Community School and 14 other school districts in Central Iowa. The agreement was approved as presented. In the next existing agreement addressed by the Board, concerning after-school childcare with Crossroads of Pella, it was decided to amend the motion in order to include specifics about the use of the facility during the summer.
The School Board closed their meeting by examining Iowa School board legislative priorities for 2014. Resolutions the Board aims to focus on are:
1. Improvement in student achievement through various standards and development of assessments.
2. Financially, setting allowable growth at a rate that supports continuous school improvement.
3. Reform of Iowa’s K-12 Education system that: is research based, focused on student achievement, including comprehensive assessments to meet the Iowa Core, maintains oversight by locally elected board of directors and does not repurpose existing education funds.