Sheldon Community Schools Audit Report Released

Sheldon-Schools-logoIowa Auditor of State Mary Mosiman has released an audit report on Sheldon Community School District in Sheldon, Iowa.

The District’s revenues totaled $12,533,468 for the year ended June 30, 2013, an increase of 1.8% over the prior year. Revenues included $3,989,200 in local tax, charges for service of $1,156,790, operating grants, contributions and restricted interest of $1,871,491, instructional support surtax of $533,248, statewide sales, services and use tax of $859,280, unrestricted state grants of $4,056,253, unrestricted investment earnings of $9,067 and other general revenues of $58,139.

Expenses for District operations for the year ended June 30, 2013 totaled $12,168,215, an increase of less than 1% over the prior year. Expenses included $7,270,091 for instruction, $3,203,771 for support services, $127,925 for non-instructional programs (excluding food service operations), $987,872 for other expenditures and $578,556 for food service operations.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the District Secretary’s office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at

Sheldon School Board Discusses School Calendar, Approves Union Contract, Sets Budget Hearing

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, Iowa — Much of the discussion at the March meeting of the Sheldon Community School District Board of Education centered around the District’s calendar for the 2014-15 school year.  One of the suggestion for the calendar is a suggestion for a one-and-one-half-hour late start each Wednesday for Teacher Professional Development.

Superintendent Robin Spears told the Board that the Calendar Committee had talked about some of the issues related to a late start, and it’s impact on the District’s students and parents.  After much discussion Spears suggested the District hold a community forum on the issue to explain exactly what the District is looking at doing, and why they are looking at doing it, as well as to get input from the District’s parents on the idea.  He says that after the community forum the Calendar Committee will come up with a final 2014-15 calendar and bring it to the School Board for their approval.

In other action, the Board approved the negotiated settlement with the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the District’s teachers, for the 2014-15 school year.  The contract agreement marks a total increase in salary and benefits of 4.38%.  The Board then went on to authorize the issuance of employment contracts for the District’s teacher’s, coaches, and non-teacher co-curricular staff for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Spears gave the Board an update on the East Elementary Building-Remodeling Project.  He said that the progress made on the project in the last week has been amazing, with studs up, and drywall up and taped.  Spears says all HVAC work in he new section will be completed this week, the gym is about half painted, and the office is basically done, save for carpeting.

Spears says that the only thing slowing down progress at this point is asbestos abatement in the building’s tunnels.  He says the asbestos abatement contractor can’t remove the asbestos insulation from the heating pipes in the tunnel until after the boiler is turned off, which is slowing down the plumbers and electricians who can’t complete their work in the tunnels until after the asbestos is removed. This is slowing down the installation of the gym floor, since the gym’s climate control system runs through the tunnels, and that climate control must be working before the floor can be installed.  He said, however, that the HVAC people are trying to come up with a temporary roof-mount climate control for the gym, so that work can progress on the floor.

The Board set April 9th at 6:30 pm as the date and time for the Public Hearing and Certification of the District’s fiscal year 2015 budget.  This hearing will be held as part of the Board’s Regular April Meeting, which will begin at 6 pm in the Sheldon High School Library.

MOC Floyd Valley Falls in State Quarterfinals

MOC logoMOC Floyd Valley saw their season come to an end in the 3A quarterfinals of the State Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday night. Central Clinton turned out to be two points better winning on a final score of 69-67.

The Sabers opened up a 17-8 first quarter lead but MOC Floyd Valley took a 30-29 halftime lead with a 22-12 scoring advantage in the second quarter. At the end of the third quarter Central Clinton was back in front 48-45 as they held on for the win and a spot in the semifinals.

Levi Jansen of the Dutch and Kyle Bauer traded points throughout the game finishing with 32 points each. Jansen went a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line and pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double. Christian Korver joined him in double figures with 18 points. Christian Wright hit for 11 points for Central Clinton.

The Sabers move on to the semifinals with a 22-3 record while the Dutch close the season at 19-6.

U Albany Game Away From NCAA Tourney

Dallas EnnemaUniversity at Albany men’s basketball (17-14) took the lead early and never gave it up in a rematch of the 2013 America East title game, downing Vermont 67-58 at SEFCU Arena in the league semifinals on Sunday evening.

In 12 minutes of play true freshman and former Orab Dallas Ennema pulled down a pair of defensive rebounds and registered 1 steal in the contest.

Vermont came within eight with 42 seconds left, but free throws down the stretch kept the Catamounts at bay and the Great Danes emerged with the 67-58 victory.

U-Albany will square off against (23-9) Stony Brook who knocked off Hartford 69-60 in the other America East semifinal game. The America East Men’s Basketball title game will take place at Stony Brook New York Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN2.

By winning the Conference Tournament the Great Danes would earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Sheldon School Board To Discuss Teacher Contract, School Calendar During Wednesday Meeting

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, Iowa — The Board of Education of the Sheldon Community School District will meet in regular session Wednesday March 12th at 6:00 pm.  Among the items on their agenda is the approval of the negotiated contract with the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the district’s teachers, for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the issuance of teaching and coaching contracts for the upcoming school year.

The Board will also hear a report on the work of the School Calendar Committee.  That body has been working on the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year, and the Board will get a look at the proposed calendar at Wednesday’s meeting.

Superintendent Robin Spears is scheduled to update the Board on the East Elementary Building-Renovation Project during Wednesday’s meeting, and the Board will consider a Change Order for the renovation of two restrooms in the 1957 addition to East.

The Board will also set the date and time for a Public Hearing and Certification of the fiscal year 2015 budget.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Board Room at the Sheldon Community High School.