Tuesday News, June 11
Sam Clovis Announces He Will Run For U-S Senate Seat
(Sioux City) -- Radio talk show host, Sam Clovis of Hinton, made it official last evening when he announced he would seek the candidacy of the U-S Senate. The republican from Hinton made his announcement to seek the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tom Harkin at Sioux City's Holiday Inn.
Around 200 supporters turned out for the announcement. Clovis told them that he believes government is best when it is both pragmatic and honest. He says right now, we have neither.
He wants to halt what he calls the outrageous spending of taxpayer money and the wasteful entity that government has become;
Clovis says he will fight to secure America's borders and supports lawful immigration:
He says he is running to flip 'politics as usual' on its proverbial head. Clovis is a constitutional conservative:
Clovis says nobody should serve in congress for more than 12 years. He believes in the nuclear family and supports the right to life and would remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood.
Clovis is a former Air Force fighter pilot who is a full tenured professor of the Business & Economics Department at Morningside College in Sioux City.
Hospital Trustees To Vote On Expansion Project
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this morning. The hospital trustees are expected to vote on whether to give the green light for the north addition expansion project. Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin says it will still be a series of steps before any construction would actually take place.
Donlin says the expansion project, if approved, will come with a price tag.
One piece of the puzzle that hospital officials had been waiting on was a loan approval being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development. Donlin says the loan is not official, but he feels confident the U-S-D-A's agency will back the low-interest loan.
The hospital has held numerous community informational meetings, and Donlin says the general public has been supportive of the idea for the hospital to expand.
School Board Discusses Salary Increase For Wendt
(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, board members gave early approval for an increase of 12 percent salary increase to Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools. The board will vote on the measure when the contract has been written, which is scheduled for the next board meeting. The School Board discussed offering Wendt a three-year contract with the 12 percent increase initially, followed by a four percent increase each of the following two years. Wendt had presented to the school board for their review and consideration a list of 20 other school districts of similar size to Le Mars, showing the salary and benefits being paid to their superintendent. The average salary paid to the superintendent's position was listed as $148,040. The Le Mars Community School District was shown to be well under the state average, with Wendt's salary at $133,596. Of the 20 schools listed, only Denison and Keokuk had a lower salary for their superintendent. Long time board member, Pat Murphy recalled during the recent era when the school faced some difficult financial conditions, Dr. Wendt had agreed to freeze his salary for a period of three years, when other schools obviously proceeded to increase their superintendent's salary. Murphy thanked Wendt for taking that action and thinking of the school district first. He then informed the board, it may be time for the school district to "step up" and offer Dr. Wendt a much deserved salary increase. In other action, during last evening's school board meeting, the board heard from Rob Bixemann as he described the school's insurance coverage and premium costs.
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