The Nevada school board began Monday’s meeting by saluting Kids at First volunteers. Around 20 students and 10 community members were present for Superintendent Dr. Steve Gray to hand the volunteers their certificates of appreciation. The program has been in place since the district moved to late start Mondays.
Later, the board heard from drama participants in this year’s spring play, “Seussical the Musical.” Director Karen Niblock detailed some of the major awards that Nevada Drama productions have earned, including awards for acting, as well as awards for set design and lighting. Niblock also pointed out that in drama there are no classifications like in sports, so Nevada is winning these awards competing directly with larger schools like West Des Moines and Waukee.
Sophomore Clay Bauman, who played the “Cat in the Hat” in the play, won a Triple Threat Award. He is one of 20 participants who will perform at the Des Moines Civic Center for a chance to represent the state of Iowa at The Jimmys (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) in New York.
Other drama participants explained the set designing process, and the actors and actresses in attendance agreed that all aspects of the set and performance, also including the lighting and vocals, work together to make a great performance.
“I just give them ideas and tell them to go do it – and they do,” said Niblock.
Niblock thanked the community for supporting the drama program, noting that all three shows are typically sold out for each play. She also thanked the board and the administration for providing a great facility in which to perform and rehearse.
“Congratulations on another fantastic show; it’s always incredible,” said Dr. Gray.
Scott Tscherter of the Nevada Booster Club spoke to the board about some of the purchases the Club has recently made for various athletic programs. In addition to a new scoreboard for the middle school gym, the club purchased volleyball nets, basketball backboards, a baseball batting shell, softball pitching mats, as well as hurdles and track starter blocks, in addition to several other things.
The Booster Club has also decided to fund the design of a large synthetic Cubs’ paw in the turf of the new baseball field. The booster club would like to eventually extend this design to all of the district’s athletic fields.
In financial news, the board approved a loan of over one million dollars from State Bank & Trust at 3.5 percent interest.
The board also approved Piper Jaffray for the district’s financial services and Cooney/Ahlers for legal representation.
Finally, meal costs for the 2018-19 school year will increase 10 cents across the board.