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Only two of four incumbents seek school board reelection

Posted September 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron-Westfield School Board members James Black and Roger Oetken are not seeking another term on the Akron-Westfield School Board.

Black has served since 2001 and Oetken since 2002. Black has served as the board president since September 2003.

Board Members Deb Jordt and Jodi Thompson are both hoping to keep their seats on the board.

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Deb Jordt is seeking her third term on the Akron-Westfield School Board. She represents District No. 6.

“I’m seeking another term because it’s fun,” Jordt told The Akron Hometowner. “I strongly encourage others to become involved.”

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    A-W classes begin with Legionnaires’ ceremony

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The most Legionnaires in several years participated in the Akron-Westfield School District’s Opening Ceremony the morning of Aug. 26.

    Legionnaires included John Dirks, Arden Gale, Doug Graves, Earl Hilliker, Richard Huebner, Garry Jacobson, Lynette Kiger, Daryl Myers, Dennis Oleson, Bill Rabey, Kyle Roberson, Stan Rolfes, Gerry Stowers, Warren Thompson, and Bob Watson.

    “It’s actually an honor for each of us to be here as Old Glory rises up the

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    Election day information for school elections

    Polls will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 for the Remsen-Union, Kingsley-Pierson and Le Mars Community School Districts. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Akron-Westfield and Hinton Community School Districts.

    Voters going to the polls will be voting for school board directors. Voters must be 18 years of age and be registered to vote to be eligible to vote at the polls, or the EDR (Election Day Registration) process can be used at the polls to

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    Student Council serves breakfast

    Akron-Westfield Student Council members served breakfast for staff members at staff Development Day Aug. 24. (Front Row l-r:) Katie Johnson, Danika Tindall, Makayla Swancutt, Jordan Neubrand, (Back Row l-r:) Charlie Anderson, Cameron Wahlberg, Sara Ritz, Autumn Stowe and Aaron Hartman. School began today, Aug. 26.

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    A-W Jazz Choir sings at a Twins ball game

    On Aug. 2, Akron-Westfield’s Jazz Choir No. 1 performed the National Anthem at the Minnesota Twins baseball game. Singing were front row, (l-r) Marlenne Arreola, Kelcie Wakeman, Sydney Pridie, Lexi Hageman, Ryleigh Schnell, Alex Franker, Cali Westergard, Kali Kriener. Back row, Jackson Gereau, Dylan Blinde, Nick Schnell, Jacob Neubrand, Hunter Armstrong, Ryan Foley, Brenden Moore, Cameron Wahlberg. Choir is directed by A-W Vocal Music Director Ryan Schuknecht.

    Collins discusses SSA veto impact

    By Steve Peterson

    Shared Superintendent Randy Collins said the West Sioux School Board was expected to discuss Governor Terry Branstad’s veto of School Supplemental Aide (SSA) at its July 20 meeting.

    Branstad vetoed the legislation which favored 1.25 percent increase for FY 2015 – 2016 and $55 in one-time monies.

    “It did come as a surprise after the Governor and Legislative leaders worked out the agreement. The legislative leaders since reached out to

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    AWEEF holds raffle

    The Akron-Westfield Educational Excellence Foundation (AWEEF) is holding a raffle of a bench chain-saw sculpted by Blair Smith, of Westfield, and designed by Robin Dirks, of Akron.

    The 5-feet long bench has a Panther (representing Westfield), a Westerner (representing Akron-Westfield) and a Raider (representing Akron).

    The bench was donated to AWEEF by Blair Smith, Mike Baker Insurance Agency, Security National Bank, and Peoples Bank.


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    National History Day contestants serve and perform for community

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Last week, Akron-Westfield’s eight National History Day students, heading for the national finals, took time to raise more money for their trip to Maryland this month.

    Wearing T-shirts stating, “We learn, We make, We are HISTORY,” they collected tips bussing tables at the Akron Pizza Ranch, then they performed their National History Day entries for a group of about 50 in the school auditorium on June 9.

    “We are

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    National History Day fundraiser set for June 9

    Akron-Westfield National History Day students will be working bussing tables at the Akron Pizza Ranch from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9.

    This work is to raise money to help pay their transportation costs so they can compete at the National History Day Finals in Washington D.C. later in June.

    Any and all tips the students receive are greatly appreciated.

    Then at 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to see the

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