School Board Sets Goals and Priorities
After taking the oath, Pat Murphy, Dr. Mark Stelzer, Mark Hemmingson, and new comer, Fred Zenk were officially welcomed to the school board. Brenda Phelan was elected as the new president, and Vice President honors were given to Scott Kommes. The school board established goals and priorities for the year, and heard from each of the principals offering their professional development plans, as well as Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner discussed the Annual Progress Report. Webner told the board that LeMars community "had one of the best testing years ever." Some of the highlights for LeMars community include the students within the district consistently tested higher than either the state or the national average. As for high school seniors, 88 percent of the 2011 graduating class went on to a post-secondary education. 81 percent of the students who took the ACT exam had a score of 20 or better. Last year's seniors tested above average in Science, English, and the Composite Average. Other highlights for the district included high percentage for attendance. The elementary schools had a 97 percent attendance, the middle school had a 95 percent, and the high school had a 96 percent attendance. Statistics for fighting had decreased, and there were no weapon violations reported during last year.
Two areas the district wants to improve upon is the reading proficiency level, particularly in the elementary and middle schools. 20 percent of the LeMars community middle school students are not proficient with reading skills. The other area of improvement was to raise the proficiency levels for Clark and the Middle School to get off the "Watch List" as directed by the "No Child Left Behind" standards.
(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday at noon. On the agenda will be discussion and possible action of the general obligation loan agreement and bond purchase. This is the date for the public hearing on this matter. The city council will take action not to exceed $4,990,000. It is estimated the city will save $312,000 by refinancing the 2006 General obligation bonds. The Finance Committee has already approved the measure and is recommending council approval.
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet on Tuesday at the Plymouth County courthouse. The Supervisors will review the condition of the secondary roads with County engineer, Tom Rohe. The Supervisors will also discuss the couthouse air conditioning unit with a consultant.
(Sioux City) -- It has certainly been an eventfull year so far for the American Red Cross based at Sioux City. Looking back, they provided food and shelter to the hundreds of victims that lost their homes during the tornados that hit Mapleton, then of course there was the flooding of the Missouri River. and again they provided food and shelter to the many displaced families. When you also consider the national catastrophies such as the Joplin, Missouri tornado, along with the tornadoes that hit the southeastern United States, the wildfires of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas, and Hurricane Irene, you begin to understand why the call for additional donations. Tammy Pech, Communications Director for the local Red Cross chapter, recaps the year so far.
She says the charitable organization has been fortunate that so many people remember the Red Cross when disaster strikes. She says besides the disasters that receive a lot of media attention, there are a number of small disasters that require assistance, such as when a family loses their home to a fire.
The American Red Cross is looking for heroes that will be recognized during the Iowa-Nebraska football game. Pech says nominations are being accepted for one person from Nebraska and one from Iowa.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The past five Iowa winters have been
snowier than normal, and colder than usual in four of them. The next one?
State climatologist Harry Hillaker says that it's an even bet for more snow than usual and a slight chance of lower temperatures than normal. The Pacific Ocean's La Nina conditions -when equatorial waters are lower than normal - are expected to be relatively strong this
Hillaker says the last 20 times that such La Nina conditions occurred, Iowa had snowier-than-usual winters on 12 occasions, and 11 of those winters were colder than normal.
But conditions vary from one side of Iowa to the other. He says snow was heavy in northeast Iowa last winter, "but there was not much winter in the south."
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