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Preparations for the 2020-2021 school year comprised the majority of discussion at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of directors Monday, June 8.
• School registration was set for Monday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, August 4 from 2-7 p.m.
The registration fee of $35 remained unchanged from last year.
• Fees for the Junior Raider before- and-after-school daycare were increased.
Students may attend the before-school sessions for $3 per day Monday through Friday.
After-school sessions will run $5 per day Monday through Thursday.
Students may attend both sessions for $30 per week.
• Admission fees to athletic events remained unchanged from last year.
Adult admission is $5, $3 for students.
All middle school and junior varsity admission remains at $3.
Season passes remain the same price – the combined cost of home varsity contests grants free admission to all middle school and junior varsity games in a season.
Student passes remain at $35.
• The cost for driver’s education will increase from $250 to $300 next year.
• The costs of meals also increased due to state recommendations.
K-6 breakfasts and lunches will now cost $1.65 and $2.45, respectively.
7-12 breakfasts and lunches will cost $1.75 and $2.50, respectively.
Adult breakfasts and lunches increase to $2.85 and $3.85, respectively.
The board approved a 28e agreement with the Bedford school district to share the services of elementary art teacher Diana Fisher.
Under the agreement, Mount Ayr will pay Bedford 50 percent of Fisher’s salary, FICA and IPERS, $3,500 for insurance, and transportation expenses.
Mount Ayr will receive approximately $2,000 from the state as an incentive to share positions.
The board approved the hiring of Shana Hogue, Ryan Gregg, and Tina McCreary as cooks; Lynette Schaller as a teacher associate; and Ryan Reynolds as assistant softball, Jeff Levine as assistant baseball, and Lucas Smith as assistant football coaches.
The board approved elementary Chris Elwood’s recommendation to hire Courtney Adams, Betsy Budach, Katie Coulson, Jess Frost, Dara Greeland, Mariah Mason and Tess Rinehart as model teachers as well as Abbi Elliott and Jill Weehler as teacher leaders.
In other business the board:
• renewed the agreements with the Family Resource Center to house pre-kindergarten and with the Glenwood district to offer special services.
• heard a report from 7-12 principal Bill Huntington about the upcoming baseball and softball seasons.
He said calls to cancel games due to weather will be made by noon each day. Canceled games will not be rescheduled.
By state requirement, only 13 individuals will be allowed to ride game buses. All other players and personnel are to ride with family members. Permission slips will be required for all.
Mount Ayr will continue to charge a $5 admission fee for adults, but students will be admitted free.
Mount Ayr will have restrooms available, but other locations may not.
Seating is discouraged in the bleachers. Audience members are advised to bring lawn chairs and to practice social distancing between family groups.
Due to the shortened schedule, no conference champion will be crowned in either baseball or softball.
• learned that prom has not yet been canceled. Huntington said a final decision will be made near the end of July if not before. He emphasized, however, graduation will take place July 19, whether in the gym or on the football field.