Members of the Maquoketa Valley School Board gathered Sept. 16 to hold their monthly meeting in the high school’s conference room.

Representatives from the high school’s Spanish Club trip presented some of their experiences to board members. Kim Sellner, a student at MV, said it was a lifetime opportunity for her and that if the school hadn’t offered it, she may never have gone out of the country to experience different cultures.

Jennifer Ries, Spanish instructor, recapped the trip. She said that the group went to several different locations for nine days and eight nights. She is hopeful that the group can keep doing trips, and believes they are effective because the students get immersed in the culture.

The board also discussed Head Start preschool. Currently, they are having some logistical issues with how the process is running. Head Start is using one of the school district’s facilities free of charge. Doug Tuetken, superintendent, said that he needs to see better organization from the group.

Fundraising efforts were reviewed for the upcoming school year. Eighty total fundraisers were listed, but the board said that not all of them would happen.

The Annual Progress Report was covered as well. Based on the 2018-19 school year, Maquoketa Valley High School had a graduation rate of 100%, and 98% of MV students were involved in an extracurricular activity.

The next Maquoketa Valley School Board meeting is Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m.