by Steve Peterson
West Sioux High School students will be able to use the velocity training program this summer but it will be in a different form.
Falcons’ coaches will run the program at the school’s weight room this summer, said West Sioux Grades 6-12 Principal Ryan Kramer at the April 15 school board meeting. “We have the coaches with the experience to run the program.”
School board members approved this option.
About 55 students participated in a velocity training program last year run by CNOS of Sioux City at a Hawarden gym.
School board members learned repairmen were called in to work on a water line break near the football field. The concession stand and restrooms were the only portions of the campus impacted.
In other business:
• Shared Superintendent Randy Collins urged those present to contact legislators regarding the Allowable Growth rate of 2 or 4 percent.
“We could live with either one but a stalemate would be significant because it would put it back at zero percent,” said Collins.
The Iowa House Republicans favor two years of 2 percent while the Democrat-led Senate favors 4 percent.
“A 2 percent rate would be worth $6,120 per student, times our 738.1 enrollment, that would mean $180,000,” said Collins. “The Senate’s 4 percent rate would mean an additional $90,000 for the district.”
In his monthly report, Collins said the district is doing well financially with 75 percent of the school year done and 63 percent of expenditures in.
A closed session was held for negotiations.
The meeting was held in the school auditorium but no members of the public spoke.
School board members approved the graduation list for the Class of 2013, which stands at 53 members, pending completion of the semester, said Kramer.
Graduation will be on May 19.