The Nevada school board discussed two potential improvements to the district’s middle school during its meeting this week.

The board approved installation of a Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - compliant swing for the middle school playground. The dost to install the outdoor swings, designed for special education students, is estimated at $12,363.

Earlier, the board learned from Superintendent Dr. Steve Gray that the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) has established the Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT) to help schools with decisions regarding facilities. ICAT is designed to be a cost-effective way to receive services, and thus far 55 Iowa schools have used the service.

The ICAT process takes eight to 10 weeks, including reviewing building plans the first weeks. The board could conduct a workshop with ICA in the coming months to help prioritize facility improvements and give advice on any future bond referendums. The board agreed to proceed with the ICAT program.

In other news, the board approved Modified Allowable Growth for Special Education for the 2019-2020 academic year. During the 2017-18 school year, there was a special education surplus of $167,079, while in 2018-19 there was a deficit of $206,515.21. Subtracting the surplus from the deficit, the district applied for $78,786.21.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.