The Nevada School Board will move its meetings to the first and third Mondays of each month, effective Oct. 1 (currently the Board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month).


Newly appointed Board member Dave Sutherland was also sworn in Aug. 12, and the the Board welcomed Ben Humpel-Pash as its student Board representative on Aug. 26.


In Nevada FFA news, Iowa Public Television (IPTV) traveled to Nevada to see firsthand the district’s Ag Mechanics program of restoring tractors. IPTV utilized this as part of its annual Iowa State Fair coverage (the video can be seen on the school’s website). Student Zach Larson presented a restored Farmall tractor at the State Fair, which he told the Board took him three years to complete. Addison Anderson also presented an Allis-Chalmers (AC) tractor. Anderson received a sow and 13 piglets to raise from the Animal Learning Center. As a group, the Nevada FFA chapter placed 6th overall in fruit and vegetables entered at the fair.


A citizen from Ankeny also donated an old Farmall tractor to the chapter for future restoration.


Six members of the chapter — Anderson, Larson, Averie Dobson, Will Owen, Kennedy Steffes and Ella Toot — presented to the Board and spoke about their recent trip to the Washington, D.C., FFA Conference, designed to hone their leadership skills. The students enjoyed meeting new people, seeing how other FFA chapters are run, touring the city and attending community groups in the evening.


The Board also approved a Registered Apprenticeship Program. (See a separate story inside this week’s Journal on it.)


The district will replace security cameras around the schools’ premises. Director of Technology Joe Wakeman recommended that all the cameras be replaced at the same time as opposed to replacing them one-by one as they fail, due to ease of maintenance. A bid of $85,054 was accepted from Verkada.