The Pella School District has a potentially bumpy road ahead as it tries to nail down the 2020 fiscal year budget. Superintendent Greg Ebeling said the school board heard a presentation about budget projections at their meeting this week – two options presented to the board showed the district’s spending authority if they keep operations as is, and if they were to implement an early retirement incentive similar to what was provided three years ago. Ebeling said they can either have older teachers retire early and replace them less-experienced, less-expensive teachers, or have fewer teachers overall – both options the district wishes it could avoid.
The Pella Youth Coalition is hosting a kick-off event for parents and concerned adults in the community this evening. Dave Beukelman, a member of the group, said the Pella Youth Coalition is a partnership consisting of parents, the Pella Police Department, students and staff from both Pella Community and Pella Christian Schools, and community resource groups, with the aim of providing resources and hope to those struggling with substance use. Buekelman said the group ultimately is about sending a message of hope – whether someone is a first responder dealing with overdoses, a parent with a child who is using, or an individual struggling with substance abuse, there is hope when it comes to the issue of substance abuse.