Tuesday Afternoon News, September 24
New School Board Members Take Oath
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education met last evening and the first item was to take the oath of office.
With that... Todd Lancaster, Scott Kommes, Chris Collins, and Brenda Phelan started their new term as a school board director for the Le Mars Community School District. Lancaster is the only new board member as the others were re-elected. The school board elected Wells Enterprises corporate executive Scott Kommes as its new president. Kommes was elected with an unanimous vote. Dr. Mark Stelzer was elected as the Vice President of the Le Mars Community School Board. The board selected Lisa Boehm as its secretary and appointed Kim Clarey as the treasurer. The school will be represented by the Trotzig and Bauerly legal firm.
Student Enrollment Appears To Be Higher For Le Mars Community
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board heard a preliminary enrollment report from Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner during last evening's board meeting. Webner informed the board that it appears enrollment will have increased by 20 students over last year's enrollment. October 15th is the deadline for the school district to certify its enrollment figures.
LEEP To Host MENuMasters Fund Raising Event
(Le Mars) -- Saturday evening will be the second annual MenuMasters event as hosted by the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project. The first time around proved to be successful and LEEP president Gail Vonk says the second year should be even bigger and better.
Last year nearly 600 people attended the culinary event, and Vonk believes more people will attend this year's program. LEEP's mission is to help raise money for the Le Mars Community School District. She says the organization started in 2009 with the idea to help programs that are not necessarily covered with the budget.
Vonk says the organization was able to raise more than $26,000 last year and has contributed more than $24,000 back to the school.
Vonk says MenuMasters evolved from observing a fund raiser held in Rock Valley.
Limited number of tickets are still available at Le Mars banks. MenuMasters will be held at the Century Hall located at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. with food samples available through 8:00 p.m. Afterwards, the band BLT will perform until 11:30 p.m.
Half Of Iowa Schools Failed To Meet "No Child Left Behind" Standards
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A progress report issued as part of the federal No Child Left Behind law shows that more than half of Iowa's schools did not meet educational targets during the latest school year.
But State Education Department Director Brad Buck says Tuesday the results show the federal program is a poor fit for states and needs to be revised.
Buck says the current system is a one-size-fits-all effort that doesn't acknowledge different needs in different schools. He also says schools making progress with disadvantaged students are not rewarded.
During the 2012-2013 school year, 64 percent of the state's 1,361 public schools did not meet standards for test participation and proficiency in reading and mathematics.
The federal law requires annual testing to show proficiency in reading and mathematics.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A 99-year-old woman who dropped out of a Waterloo high school in 1932 has finally received her diploma.
Audrey Crabtree was surrounded by family and others on Monday as Waterloo Community Schools presented her with an honorary diploma during an education board meeting.
Crabtree dropped out of high school as a senior in 1932 due to an injury and to care for her grandmother. She would go on to run her own business for nearly three decades.
At the meeting, Crabtree received a diploma, a copy of her last report card and high school memorabilia from her time at Waterloo East High School. She also received more than 100 handmade congratulatory cards from middle school students.
Attorney General Wants E-cigarettes To Be Regulated
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is part of an effort urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.
Miller is one of 40 attorney generals who signed a letter Tuesday to the FDA. It says e-cigarettes are being marketed to children through cartoon-like advertising characters and by offering fruit and candy flavors, at the same time they are becoming more affordable and available.
The letter says e-cigarettes are also being advertised during prime-time television hours and are portrayed as safe alternatives to traditional cigarettes. But it says they are addictive and capable of delivering high doses of nicotine.