(EXIRA) Whole grade sharing is going well with the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton school districts, according to Superintendent Dean Schnoes.
The Exira and Elk Horn Kimballton School Boards held a joint meeting Monday night and discussed how things are going as far as how the students are doing together, how the staff are doing together and what they see coming down the road.
“I know that this is just the first year of whole grade sharing, but each year you need to go back and reflect on what you have,” said Schnoes. “So part of the meeting dealt with a review of our facilities as far as extra-curricular activities, we had our AD visit with other coaches, some of the students and other people, and make recommendations as far as what we see happening down the road as far as our facilities.”
Schnoes said they want to keep communication open and let everyone know that things are working out very well.
“We always have little rocks in the stream that you have to work around, but I would say for the most part things are really going well and we want people to understand that the students are getting a good education and that things are working out really well,” said Schnoes. “I know that one of the other things that we had in there was we gave each district’s vision and mission statements so they could compare them and sitting there looking at those, they are very similar to each other. Both districts have the same idea as far as the vision and mission of what they want for their education of the students that are in their district.”
Schnoes said in 2014 there will be no more supplemental funding for whole grade sharing and so they talked about down the road they will be looking at reorganization and consolidation.
The next joint board meeting will be held March 26th.
In other activity, the preschool and kindergarten room in Exira is nearing completion.
“Right now they (the students) are in a building that is almost adjacent, so you have to walk outside to get there and I’m uncomfortable with them being outside, especially with the cold weather and who knows in Iowa when you’re going to get your next ice storm or blizzard, and I would just like to have them inside,” said Schnoes. “But the overall construction is moving along and we’re looking at hopefully somewhere at the end of January of being able to be completely finished with everything.”
Schnoes said most of the foundation on the outside has been taken care of, the bricks are up, the windows are in, they are working on putting the metal edging around the top and they are even doing some work in the rooms.