The Pleasantville School Board met in regular session Monday night. One of the actions taken at the monthly meeting was to identify its legislative priorities for the Iowa Association of School Boards.
Pleasantville's top legislative priorities include:
• Ensuring sufficient state revenues to adequately fund public education as Iowa's top priority.
• Preserving the "statewide penny" sales tax for school infrastructure.
• Continuation of the four-year-old preschool program.
• Establishing State Supplemental Aid (formerly allowable growth) by the date specified by the Iowa Code.
• Minimizing property tax disparities that occur between school districts because of the additional levy rate in the school foundation formula.
• Predictable and timely state funding.
The board has also established its own priorities and goals for the new school year. Superintendent Tony Aylsworth said that more details are forthcoming regarding these goals, but they basically state:
• Improving district communications.
• Beginning short-term and long-term strategic planning.
• Improving academic programs for all grade levels.
• Increasing academic options and opportunities for students.
• Improving teaching and learning.
• Improving student and employee safety.
• Creating a plan for teacher leadership and compensation.
The board also recognized the varsity baseball team, and Coach Sheldon Card, for an outstanding season. The team lost only eight games, and five of those were to teams who qualified for the State Tournament. All nine Pleasantville starters were named all-conference and received several other honors.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Sept. 8. An organizational meeting, which will include election of a president and vice president, will begin at 6:30 p.m., prior to the regular meeting, in the high school library.