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Roland Story School Board highlights.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 Last Monday evening, the Roland Story Community School Board accepted the bid from Academy Roofing for $84,000 for work on the middle school roofing project. A bid from Bailey Roofing for $66,900 for the high school roofing project was accepted. Both of the roofing projects will begin at the conclusion of the school year in early June. The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Guarantee resolution was approved. The Roland Story Board also adopted the 2015 Fiscal Year proposed budget.

A contract with the Canvass for the Student Learning Management System was approved. The list of graduates for the class of 2014 was approved pending the succesful completion of the graduation requirements. The school calendar for 2014-15 was approved. Opening day of classes will be Thursday,August 14 with the final day being Thursday,May 21,2015 weather permitting.

There will be an increase in meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade breakfast will be at $1.40 for students and adults at $1.65. Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade lunch will be set at $2.15, 5 to 12th grades at $2.25 and adults at $3.30 Special milk prices did not change however the name will now by referred to as snack time milk.

In other matters, the board approved an increase in pay for summer school teachers to $25 per hour and to approve a third class to be added as recommended by Principal Kate Hartzler. Requests for the FFA students to attend the national convention and for the high school basebal team to attend the College World Series in Omaha were approved.

The board accepted the resignations of assistant musical/variety show director Cathy Hermanson and elementary principal secretary Patty Schlorholtz. A contract for boy's golf coach Mike Risdal was approved. Contracts were also approved for learning coaches Michelle Sodestrum, Jil Hogan, Shelly Broich and Cheryl Larson. The board rejected the bids for the bus maintenance facilty in Roland and to rework the design, since the bids were over the budget. A nursing contract for Kristin Greenfield for next school year was approved.

Veishea task force study committee selected.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 President Steven Leath has announced the members of a task force to study the future of Veishea in the aftermath of the event's suspension for 2014.

Leath has asked senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill to chair the task force, which will study Veishea and assess its role and relevance for the future. Hill is working to schedule the first meeting and says he will ask the group to provide recommendations to Leath before the end of June.

"After I receive the task force's report, I will review those recommendations with city and campus leadership before making a decision," Leath said.

In addition to chairman Hill, members of the task force include:

  • Pamela Anthony, Dean of Students
  • Ann Campbell, Mayor of Ames
  • Bob Currie, director of facilities services, facilities planning and management
    (P&S employee representative)
  • Chuck Cychosz, chief of police, Ames Police Department
  • Karl Kerns, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in animal science
  • Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 Government of the Student Body president, junior in biological systems engineering
  • Warren Madden, senior vice president for business and finance
  • Sophia Magill, 2005 Iowa State alumna, assistant director of federal relations, 2004 GSB president (Magill served on executive committee of the 2004 Veishea task force)
  • Nick Morton, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in environmental science
  • Micheal Owen, University Professor of agronomy, Faculty Senate representative and Veishea Advisory Council member
  • Eric Peterson, 2007 Iowa State alumnus, 2006 Veishea general co-chair (the year Veishea was reinstated)
  • Melissa Pierce, general manager, Campustown Property Management
  • Barbara Pleasants, adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, co-president of the South Campus Neighborhood Association
  • Richard Reynolds, director of the Memorial Union and Veishea adviser
  • Jerry Stewart, ISU police chief and director of the department of public safety
  • Dwayne Vande Krol, JD, CPA, 1993 Iowa State alumnus, 2009-10 ISU Alumni Association board chair
  • Pam White, College of Human Sciences dean and University Professor of food science and human nutrition
  • Jeff Woody, graduate student in biomedical sciences, co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Ex-officio, nonvoting member:

  • Paul Tanaka, University Counsel
Webster City Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences set for Monday,April 21.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 All Webster City middle school parents and students are invited to attend the Spring Parent Teacher Student Conferences on Monday,April 21 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Principal Becky Hacker Kluver said this will be a celebration of learning with conferences with teachers to learn about the progress each student continues to make this year and to learn about the results of the Iowa Assessments. There will also be the Webster City Student Art Showcase in the commons featuring many of the middle school students and their artwork. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Media Center with Buy One, Get One Free! The Technology Showcase will take place in the Discovery Centers with students showcasing some of the projects. Also, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about checking grades and attendance on the iPad! Lynx Cookies will be available for those visiting the Discovery Center.There will also be a FREE picnic supper in the commons with Hot Dogs and Chips for everyone. 

Stratford School Board to apply for a grant toward Create Maker Space Station project.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford School Board Wednesday evening voted to apply for grants towards the Create Maker Space Science Laboratory at the school. The board will apply for a $10,000 grant from the "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" through Monsanto and a grant from the Target Foundation for $5000. Board members will find out in the next few months on if the grant will be approved.

The Stratford school board approved the purchase of a 40 passenger bus with wheelchair accessibility from School Bus Sales of Waterloo worth $100,000. Superintendent Sarah Binder said the bus will be ready in time for next school year.

In personnel matters, the board approved the hiring of Alexis Snyder as the new vocal and instrumental music instructor beginning this August. A co-teaching position agreement for Liz Smith was approved by the board. Superintendent Binder said the board will discuss plans for summer building maintenance projects in the Early Learning Center during next month's board meeting.

Binder also said the parent teacher conferences on April 1 and 3 had 100 percent attendance from the parents of the district. She also mentioned the plans for extending the summer school program beginning in June for students that will need further help with their studies.

Webster City Boy Scouts to "Scout for Food" and collect pop cans this Saturday.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 This Saturday,April 19, the Webster City Cub Scouts will have their annual Scouting For Food and Pop Can Drive in the community. The scouts will be handing out flyers around the community on Thursday. The scouts will be picking up the non-perishable food items and pop cans this Saturday from 9;00 a.m.. until 1:00 p.m. The food will be going to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity food pantry while the pop cans and bottles will go to the Cub Scouts day camp at Briggs Woods Park this June. All donations are welcome. There is more information at the Troop 17 Facebook page.

Webster City High School drivers education sign up underway.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 Information and sign-up for WCHS Summer Driver’s Education through ICCC is now available in the Main Office of WCHS.  Classes will be $395 and there will be two (2) sessions this summer on a first-come, first-serve basis:  May 31-June 30 (8:30 – 11:30 am) and July 7-July 24 (8:15 – 11:15 am).  Each session is limited to 50 total students and will consist of 10 classes for each term to be held on the ICCC-Webster City Campus.  Student s must have a valid driver’s permit to take the class.  For more information please stop in or call the Main Office at WCHS at 832-9210.


Stratford City Council looks at an animal protection ordinance.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting on Monday, the Stratford City Council reviewed the ordinance for animal protection and control as it concerns the possibility of an amendment to remove poultry from the definition of livestock since it is unlawful for a resident to keep livestock within the city limits except by written consent of the council. Research revealed that there is a variety of ways that other cities ordinances deal with chickens kept in urban areas.  They include cities with an unqualified no to chickens requiring owners to get council approval. There is also a requirement that cities require owners to get council approval and require owners to get approval from the adjacent property owners. There are requirements including the number of species and housing requirements.  The council chose to take no action on the code. The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the request from Ted and Amy Link at 1725 Tennyson Avenue to have 12 chickens on their property. The Stratford city council denied the request from Dennis Hayden at 1119 Adams Street to have four six laying hens on their property that are allowed to free range in the yard while the owners are in the immediate area.

The Stratford council reviewed the city's ordinance on regulations on the removal of snow,ice and accumulations. The council was concerned about the timely removal of snow and ice by the property owners in the business section of Shakespeare Avenue. City staff will persevere at contacting the property owners to get them to remove the snow and ice accumulations in a well timed manner so that the city snow plow can get it removed from downtown expeditiously.

A presentation by Robert Sich of the electrical department at Brown Engineering was made in regards to the firm's capabilities on doing a study of Stratford's electrical system. The study would be to analyze the viability of changing from a Delta to a Y electrical system plus other possible changes that would enhance or increase capacities of the system. No action was taken by the council on this issue.

The Stratford city council  approve the quote from Bolton and Menk,Incorporated for $2,880 for a professional services agreement for GIS Collection and Point Display mapping of the city electrical system. A request for an Eagle Scout Project from Blake Nelson to renovate the merry go round at the city park  pending research on possibile liability issues was approved by the council.

In other matters, the council set the date of May 12 for the public hearing on the 2014 fiscal year budget amendment. A quote from Fort Dodge Asphalt totaling $56,235 for street work this year was approved. The council approved using Local Option Sales and Service Tax funds allocated for the purchase of a pool diving board for $1,069 with work to begin in the next few weeks.

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Tuesday morning at 9:30.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the conservation office in Briggs Woods Park. The board will receive a progress report on the cabin construction projects at Briggs Woods and Bells Mill Parks. A request from the Stratford Stride club for a pop can redemption center at Bells Mill Park will be considered. There will also be a presentation by the Border Brigade Archery club. Conservation director Brian Lammers will present a year end report to the board plus other matters.

Water valve work begins Monday in Webster City.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 From Monday, April 21 through Wednesday April 25th water valves will be operated for maintenance purposes at several locations throughout the City between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  


The areas involved in this work include:


·        Second Street and all streets North of Second Street to 210th St.

·        White Fox North to 210th St.

·        West to Van Diest Supply



This work may cause very brief water outages and may temporarily cause some cloudiness or discoloration of the water in homes.  Any discoloration of water or small particles of lime in your water should last for only a short period of time.



Hughes resigns as Webster City Police Chief.
Posted: Apr 16 2014 by ppowers


For the past four years Brian Hughes has been serving as the police chief of Webster City. On Tuesday Hughes announced his resignation to accept the position of police chief in the North Strabane Township Police Department in suburban Pittsburgh of where he is originally from. Hughes will continue to serve as police chief for the next 30 days. The Webster City City Council will begin the work on finding a new police chief in the wake of Tuesday's announcement by Hughes.


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