Galva schools see large kindergarten class for 2022

The Galva School Board has set September 19 at 6:55 p.m. for the 2023 budget hearing. The proposed revenue is $6,744,758 and the proposed expenditure is $6,312,838.

The class of 2023 will graduate on Sunday May 21 at 2 p.m.

The Galva council learned Monday evening that there was a large kindergarten class starting this school year. It was reported that there were 41 students in 2 classes.

The board has approved the plan for online learning when school cannot be in session.

The days will have five hours of teaching from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and depending on the class on how teaching is handled,

Superintendent Joe Becker presented information on electric buses and Galva receiving these buses.

Galva is on the Electric Bus Preferred List which is part of a grant scheme through the Environmental Protection Agency under the Infrastructure Bill.

The district must have vehicles to exchange in order to receive electric buses and Galva currently has two buses.

Each electric bus costs approximately $400,000 and each voucher is valued at $375,000 towards the purchase of the bus.

In addition, schools can receive up to $20,000 to apply towards charging station electricity needs. Becker said he had a lot of reservations about it and decided to wait maybe until next year. He said the battery system in the buses cost more than $100,000 and the buses could only travel 130 miles on a charge.

He said they should be used on the school bus route because you can’t travel far with them until other schools have them or there won’t be any charging stations.

He also said it was very unclear how much Ameren would cost to install the charging systems.

He said transformers might need to be replaced in some cases. The deadline to apply is August 19.

Brittany Boston served as interim president in the absence of board chairman Andrew Larson.

The board also:

  • Accepted Krista Loncka’s resignation from Leo Club activity
  • Approved Vicki Conner as Leo Club Supervisor
  • Endorsed Whitney Fahner as a long-term replacement for Elementary Music and Jr/Sr High School Choir
  • Approved reassignment of Jeremy Painter as JH math professor
  • Approved reassignment of Tricia Klein as high school math teacher
  • Approved Mark Jeffrey as 8-a-side football head coach
  • Approved Sierra Dunn and Eric Anderson as 8-a-side football assistant coaches
  • Approved Matt Bersell as a long-term replacement for JH/HS Social Studies for the first semester
  • Approved Mimi Schweitzer as a Jr/Sr High School Student Teacher
  • Endorsed Ali Weston as a long-term replacement/spotter advisor in Jr/Sr high school first semester
  • Endorsed Amanda Norway as a high school school coach
  • Approved Toni Pickard as JH School Bowl Coach
  • Approved Jennifer Maertens as a 6th grade teacher
  • Approved Drew Larson as cafeteria worker

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