Southwest Iowa News

AUDUBON — The Audubon Community School Board tabled action on a real estate sale during their regular meeting tonight. Superintendent Eric Trager explained that a property — a duplex in Washington state — had been bequeathed to the district from the estate of Jeanette LaFoy. The matter had been on hold for some time with no money left from the estate to pay the attorneys. Trager said the property had been appraised at $205,000, and one offer had been made on the property. The offer was low and the district had asked $195,000 but as of Monday night’s meeting had not heard back from the possible buyer. Trager said he would try to contact the individual, and if there was no word, he hoped to list the property with a real estate agent at $230,000.

In other action, the board approved continuing SU “Breakdown” insurance for Fiscal Year 2021. The insurance helps the district by paying for repairs for school equipment like projectors or computers. The cost — $34,339 — comes out of management funds, but is paid back into the general fund.

The board approved the hiring of a new social studies teacher, Andrew Renkin; Principal Quentin Stanerson Renkin was excited to get started. Trager also updated the board on the current Spanish teacher situation. A husband and wife with two young children were interested in coming to Iowa through the Spanish teacher from Spain program — the husband would teach at Audubon and the wife at Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. Trager said the COVID-19 situation was complicating things but it was hoped the couple would be able to come in August and were possibly interested in staying more than one year.

The board also approved a bid for milk through AE Dairy, a company that the district has worked with for several years.

Student fees were also approved for FY 21 — student lunches went up 5 cents; adult lunches by 10 cents; breakfast for both students and adults by 5 cents and the snacks fee went up by $10 to $60 per year. Other fees remained the same.