(Atlantic) Atlantic School Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein outlined three legislative priorities for the 2014 legislative session at Monday night’s School Board meeting. Amstein says there are several things that are coming to pass.
“There is a lot of chatter about allowable growth, now supplemental aide, that’s not been set for the 2015-2016 school year,” stated Amstein. “I would encourage you to contact our local representatives and senator to let them know that it really puts a school board in a difficult position to try and set up a budget for the 2015-2016 school year and not know what state aide is going to be available.”
Amstein says another piece is operational sharing.
“One of the things that passed last year was the addition of some of the positions to operational sharing. Last year they approved that operational sharing dollars would be at 100-percent for a five-year period. Well it appears the legislature overlooked the cost of that legislation so hopefully during this session they will get that straightened out. It certainly would not only be a benefit possibly our school district, but also the school districts that we might partner with.”
Dr. Amstein says the last thing is a push to get the schools state mandated Iowa Assessment tests aligned with the Iowa Core.
In other activity, the board approved the hiring of James Northwick as the District’s Homeless Coordinator. The board approved the Atlantic High School Science curriculum for the up coming school year. However, the curriculum change was not approved for the 2015-2016 school pending available funds for a personnel change.
In other action the school board approved the second reading of the board Policies 500 series, and first reading of the Board Policies 600 series.
The Financial Advisory Services Contract with Piper Jaffray was also approved by the board.
January 13, 2013