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KLEM News AM Update January 10, 2011

All Plymouth County Schools CANCELLED CLASSES.

There's a snow emergency in Le Mars which means odd and even parking will be enforced.

As of 5 a.m., new snowfall in Le Mars totalled four inches.

A winter weather advisory for the possibility of reduced visibility and snow covered roads is still in effect until six tonight.

According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, total snow accumulations of five to 10 inches. The heaviest snowfall will accumulate along and south of Highway 20 and east of Sioux City.

Due to the snow removal efforts city of Le Mars employees began early this morning, Christmas trees will be picked up later in the week.

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(LE MARS)--A process that leads to bids for construction begins at the Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting tonight.

The board will be asked to set February 14th as the time for public comments and bids on the Phase 2 construction project. The second part of a school building  plan focuses on athletic, music and art facilities.

The board will receive information about decisions that need to be made for financing the construction. The board is considering issuing bonds to be repaid with school local option sales tax.

The Parent Teacher Organization presidents will discuss a fund raiser that put SmartBoard technology in all three elementary school buildings.

The public meeting begins at 7:30 tonight at the Education Service Center.


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AGENDA REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER 940 LINCOLN ST SW JANUARY 10, 2011, 7:30 PM I. CALL TO ORDER II. DISPOSAL OF ARLENE URBAN PROPERTY EXCESS BUILDINGS HEARING AND BID OPENING The Board of Education will conduct a hearing to allow public comment on the project, open bids received, and take appropriate action for the disposal of the Arlene Urban property excess buildings. III. ELEMENTARY PTO RECOGNITION The presidents of the parent teacher organizations at each elementary building will be present to discuss the recent fundraiser that resulted in the purchase of SmartBoard technology at all three elementary buildings. IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Regular Meeting – December 27, 2010 Special Meeting – January 3, 2011 V. CONSENT GROUPING

  1. A. Claims and Accounts (see enclosed)
  2. B. Budget Report (see enclosed)

C. Superintendent’s Office Fund (see enclosed)

D. Lunch Fund (see enclosed)

E. Elementary Activity Account (see enclosed)

F. Middle School Activity Account (see enclosed)

G. High School Activity Account (see enclosed) (see enclosed) VI. REPORTS AND INFORMATION A. Reports

  1. 1. Unscheduled Audience

A 10-minute module of time is available for audience participation.

  1. 2. Building Administrator Reports

Building principals will present brief reports to the Board of Education.


3. Special Education Balance 2009-10

Dr. Turner will report on the 2009-10 ending balance for Special Education costs. (see enclosed) B. Information

  1. 1. IASB Legislative Issues Webinar

The Iowa Association of School Boards will be conducting a webinar on January 12, 2011 beginning at 6:30 pm for the purpose of discussing legislative priorities and the state budget. Board members interested in attending should make arrangements with Dr. Wendt.

  1. 2. Board/Administrator Retreat

The annual Board of Education/Administrative Retreat has been scheduled for January 24, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Education Service Center. Dr. Wendt will review the proposed agenda for the retreat with the

Board. (see enclosed) 3. Plymouth County Legislative Forum The Le Mars Community Board of Education will be hosting the annual Plymouth County Schools Legislative Forum on February 12, 2011 beginning at 8:00 am at the Education Service Center. 4. Superintendent Evaluation Forms to be completed by board members for the Superintendent evaluation process will be distributed. Completed evaluation forms should be returned to Mr. Murphy prior to January 31, 2011. 5. Phase II Financing

Dr. Wendt will review information with the Board of Education related to upcoming decisions that the Board will need to make regarding the financing of the Phase II construction process. (see enclosed) VII. ACTION ITEMS

A. Personnel

  1. 1. Resignations

2. Contracts B. Other Items 1. Notice of Hearing and Letting

The Board of Education will consider approving a notice of hearing and bid letting for the Phase II construction project as developed by Jim Ruble of Cannon, Moss, Brygger Architects. The hearing and letting will occur on February 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Education Service Center. (see enclosed)


RECOMMEND: Approve for publication in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel on January 27, 2011. 2. Open Enrollment a. Yvonne Obbink has requested open enrollment to allow her two sons to continue their education at Le Mars Community. VIII. OTHER BUSINESS IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS X. ADJOURNMENT Negotiation Strategy Session The Board of Education will conduct a negotiation strategy session immediately following the regular meeting. The strategy session is exempt from the Iowa Open Meetings Law.


High runoff on the Missouri River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The system of reservoirs along the Missouri River should be back near normal levels by spring, so they will be able to help control flooding in the region.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects to be able to reach its target of having 56.8 million acre feet of water stored in the reservoirs by March 1. An acre foot is the volume of water needed to cover an acre of land to a depth of 1 foot.

Runoff from the reservoirs totaled 38.8 million acre feet. The corps says that made 2010 the third-highest runoff in the past 110 years.

The corps says Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs will start 2011 with slightly more than normal water levels. But Oahe Reservoir will be slightly below normal.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Musical shrine honors individuals and groups

(ARNOLD'S PARK) The new inductees into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Arnold's Park are being announced. Mick Butler, executive director of the musical shrine in northwest Iowa, says there are seven performing Iowa bands that will be inducted this fall.

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The list includes: The Expressions from Pocahontas, Roadhouse of Sioux City, Midnite Express of Decorah, The Sheffields from Eddyville, Freedom Road of Whittemore, Tommy Eglin of Sioux City and Dartanyan Brown of Des Moines. The out-of-state headliner for the September event will be Head East, based in Illinois. Butler says several other music-related awards will be given, including to three ballrooms: the Chicken Inn at Creston, the Coliseum in Oelwein and the TAHO Club of Spirit Lake.

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Receiving the coveted Dan Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award will be Ralph Lundquist of Lake Park and Tom Bethke (also known as Tom Alan) of Fort Dodge. Butler says the ceremony and the big series of concerts will be held Labor Day weekend.

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The ceremony is on September 4th with a full weekend of events, shows and memorabilia. Tickets go on sale June 15th. Learn more at: (News report by Radio Iowa)

Republican governor, House eager to cut spending

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Legislature convenes Monday in a session focused on reducing state spending and reshaping government to fit the philosophy of a new Republican governor and more conservative lawmakers.

Terry Branstad was elected governor in November, beating Democrat Chet Culver, and the GOP took a 20-seat majority in the House. That could allow Republicans to move ahead on their priorities, although Democrats still hold a slim Senate majority.

In the first days, Republicans will debate a plan they claim would reduce spending by $500 million over three years. Among the reductions are forcing state employees to change health benefits achieved through bargaining to make them contribute to their coverage and a scaling back of state-paid preschool.

Democrats say many of the proposals would save little money and are political posturing.

Iowa cheerleaders hope school board allows trip

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A high school cheerleading team from Dubuque won the right to represent Iowa at nationals, but the squad won't be able to compete unless the school board overrules a decision by the superintendent.

The Telegraph Herald reports that members of Hempstead High's cheerleading team and their parents plan to appeal to the school board Monday night.

Superintendent Larie Godinez vetoed the trip in January because the team didn't follow the district's policy on student group travel. Godinez says the team started collecting money for the trip before district officials approved, and the cheer competition isn't state sanctioned.

Parent Jodi Sandorf says it's not fair for the district to deny the 17 girls a chance to compete at the National High School Cheerleading Championship Feb. 11 and 12 in Orlando, Fla.

Police ID woman found dead in home near Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified the woman who was found dead inside her home near Knoxville, but they refuse to release details of the suspicious death.

Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat told the Des Moines Register that 51-year-old Teresa Louise Miller was found dead Friday after emergency crews were called to her house.

An autopsy was conducted on Miller Saturday, but officials have not released the cause of her death.

Knoxville is about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.

Uniform company fined $450,000 for pollution

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Minnesota uniform company has been fined $450,000 for violating pollution standards and discharging too much oil and grease in wastewater at one of its laundry facilities in Iowa.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt says G K Services of Minnetonka, Minn., was fined because its negligence allowed the discharge to happen. The company had previously pleaded guilty to violating pollution standards.

In addition to the fine, G K was also ordered to make sure its Pleasant Hill, Iowa, plant complies with pollution rules.

Prosecutors say the pollution happened several times between October 2005 and August 2008.

Indiana State holds on to beat Drake 62-57

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Carl Richard had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana State to a 62-57 victory over Drake on Sunday.

The Sycamores (9-7, 4-1 Missouri Valley) never trailed, but it was 24-all at halftime and Indiana State held a slim lead through the last 5 minutes.

Drake's Rayvonte Rice missed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left that would have tied it, and Steve McWhorter made two free throws with 8 seconds left for the final points for the Sycamores.

Aaron Carter scored 11 points and Isiah Martin had 10 for Indiana State. Ryan Wedel had 17 points to lead Drake (7-9, 2-3) and Rice added 12 points for the Bulldogs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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