The Decorah School District is seeking two more citizens to serve on its Shareholders committee.

At Monday's meeting of the Decorah School Board, the Board approved the appointments of David Vasquez, Kathryn Whitsitt and Mark Lovelace.

"We will look forward to their service," said Board President Melanie Tietz following the approval.

There are still two vacancies on the committee, and Superintendent Mike Haluska encourages anyone, including retirees, to apply.

The Shareholders are the District's citizen advisory committee. Persons appointed to the committee serve a term of three years, and the group meets three to eight times a year, depending on the tasks. The main focus of this school year will be technology and facilities.

Those interested should send a letter of application/interest to Superintendent Mike Haluska, Decorah Community School District, 510 Winnebago St., Decorah. Questions can be directed to Haluska, at 382-4208.



Construction update

At Monday's meeting, District Building and Grounds Director Greg Schaller reported the new high school kitchen equipment will be installed in November.

"The kitchen should be to the point we could tour it before the next Board meeting," said Schaller.

Haluska said the District is considering commencing kitchen operations during the District's two professional development days in January.

"We figure taking the whole staff through for lunch will give the cooks the opportunity to prepare a meal, use the equipment and see how the whole scenario works. It will give them a real approach to having a number of people walk through the door," he said.

Schaller said the family and consumer science classrooms will follow the same timeframe.

Schaller added the parking lots are coming along, and by the next Board meeting the east lot will be done.

The ground in front of the building is seeded and the geosystem will go online next month.



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The Board also approved the certified annual report.

"Our finances continue to improve," said Haluska.

"Our solvency ratio has increased from 10.03 percent last year to 14.51 percent this year," he said. (Solvency ratio is a financial calculation that expresses the amount of a school district's undesignated and unreserved fund balance as a percent of its revenues.)

"It's the highest it's been for quite some time," he added.

Additionally, Haluska said the District's unspent balance is the highest it's been in a decade.