The Nevada Community School District could soon be hosting adult welding classes for Des Moines Area Community College, District Superintendent Steve Gray said at the school board meeting Monday.
The classes will likely not begin until next spring, but DMACC is currently working with the Ames Chamber of Commerce to recruit underemployed and unemployed people who would benefit from adult welding classes on evenings and weekends. A similar agreement is already in place with the Pella school district.
Cost of materials and use of the facility would be paid for by DMACC. The college would select the instructor for the courses, but the board discussed suggesting Dustin Johns, high school instructor for DMACC welding courses to teach the class since he is already familiar with the facility.
The board also discussed whether they would be part of the screening process for adults enrolled in the welding class. The college is working with the Center for Creative Justice to recruit students, and members of the board expressed concerns about the background of the adult students. Gray said the concerns will be included in future negotiations with DMACC.
A resolution was adopted to acknowledge the school’s policy on students with concussion injuries returning to school and returning to sports. According to Tom Maier, vice president of the board, the school already had these policies in place but the school board is required by a state law passed in 2018 to adopt the resolution.
The board voted on four legislative priorities it recommended to the Iowa Association of School Boards. A list is issued each year with 31 priorities for school boards in the state to choose from. The topics chosen by the Nevada school board were community mental health support, state special education funding, school calendar organization and state supplemental aid.
Gray presented a report on college readiness for the school district based on ACT scores from the last five years. Students in the district have improved in all areas of the test this year, with the average composite score increasing from 21.4 to 22.7. The number of students taking the ACT has also increased.
The district will soon need to renew its revenue purpose statement due to an extension of the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) law passed in May of this year. This extension increases the timeline for SAVE from 2031 to 2050. The law allows the Nevada school district to borrow against the statewide penny sales tax revenue to help fund school infrastructure projects.