Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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School Board hears about construcion update

(LeMars) -- Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann made a campaign stop in LeMars yesterday afternoon. Bachmann spoke to a group of about 40 people and told them she is the only candidate that knows and understands the Health Care bill, and if elected, Bachmann would repeal the Health Care Bill. She says America is in need of an energy policy that would take us away from foreign oil imports. She also is in favor of the contruction of a wall at the southern border, and to implement the rules for immigration. Bachmann also said she would abolish the present tax code, in favor of a more "fair" tax code in which everyone would have to pay some type of taxes, no matter how poor the person.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars School Board met last evening and they heard reports from each of the district's principals talk about the recent parent-teacher conferences.  Although the elementary schools reported a high percentage of parents visiting with teachers, with the number in the 90 percentile mark, the middle school and high school reported far less participation with a 64 percent rate of parent participation.  The report bothered Board Member Patrick Murphy who questioned the principals as to what is being done to increase the parent participation?  The principals reported they are working with teachers to follow up with the parents with phone calls, and email messages. Murphy asked the other Board members that the issue needs to be given some priority status, and a plan needs to be developed in order to reach additional parents with regard to students' education.  In other business, Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt gave a report about the progress of the Phase II construction project.  Wendt reported the project is on schedule with most of the exterior work completed.  The cost of the project is a little more than $7.5 million dollars, in which $4.6 million has been allocated.  The board also appointed Mark Hemmingson and Dr. Mark Stelzer as the lead negotiators for the upcoming contract talks, with Scott Komes as the alternate. 

(LeMars) -- Melody Orris, the front desk receptionist at LeMars Physical Therapy was given the honors yesterday of being named the LeMars Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.  Orris has been employed with Phyisical Therapy since September of 2007.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are expected to certify the recent city elections that were held last week, during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.  They will also hear an update regarding the progress status of road construction projects from County Engineer, Tom Rohe. 


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