WS School board talks about finances

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux School Board met Nov. 14 and discussed Students of the Month honors; an upcoming spring musical; and the district’s financial information.

“Do students of the month receive any other recognition,” asked Member Larry Gregg.

“They receive a certificate and their names are read at the announcements,” said Middle/High School Principal Heidi Vasquez. “At the Middle School and High School, students are recognized for various reasons, it may be a student who had struggled but turned it around.”

It is announced which teacher nominated that student and why,” said Superintendent Ryan Kramer.

Also in student recognition, Gregg asked if the high school students are

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    Oak Grove education center funds considered

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Hawarden councilors’ meeting Nov. 9, Sioux County Conservation Board Assistant Director Sunday Ford requested a financial contribution for the Nature Center proposed for Oak Grove State Park.

    “I think it speaks very highly of the community,” said Hawarden Administrator Gary Tucker of the support.

    “It is a great project for the county and for Oak Grove. It will be well utilized and be a great enhancement. Hopefully other

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    Three win in Legionnaires’ Flag Essay Contest

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden American Legion Post No. 254 representatives presented three West Sioux fifth graders checks for their winning American Flag essays.

    Legionnaire Roger Johnson and Commander Ken Vander Plas presented the awards Nov. 14.

    Maria Barajas won $30 for first place; Autumn Elizabeth Beach won $20 for second place and Patrick Scott won $10 for third place.

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    Traveling Nativity is this weekend at Maurice

    Maurice First Reformed Church will host its Travelling Nativity event Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. in Maurice from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    A horse-drawn wagon will travel down a lit path to events leading to the birth of Christ. Participants may enjoy warm refreshments in the church’s Family Life Center before or after the ride.

    Freewill donations will go toward the senior high youth group at the church.

    WS enrollment increases for fifth year in a row

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School District has a certified enrollment of 777 students in Grades K-12 for 2016- 2017, according to the Iowa Department of Education.

    Actual enrollment is 829 students, said Superintendent Ryan Kramer, explaining his number takes into account Dual Enrollment and Open Enrollment students.

    Kramer said this is an increase of 14 students from the previous year. School districts receive $6,469 per student in state reimbursement.

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    HRH hosts Fall Festival

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH) Employee Engagement Committee hosted its second Annual Fall Festival at Hawarden Community Center Oct. 22. A total of 23 vendors participated.

    Photo, Mindy Hartman (l) and Amy Yoerger (r) of Hawarden Regional Healthcare, sold Nystrom Orchards apples.

    Resident gives concerns on nearby property

    by Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors met in regular session Oct. 26.

    In open business from the community, resident John Freese gave concerns about a residence next to his on Eighth Street.

    “It’s an eyesore. There is a lot of sheet rock in front of the trailer. The roof leaks — you can see it from the west side. Every time there is a wind, I have to pick up shingles. The last tenant

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    Sparks fly as Historical Society seeks repair funds

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors will further discuss a funding request by Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society (BSRVHS) for needed repairs.

    Councilors considered a request from BSRVHS at the Oct. 26 meeting but tabled it to further discussion at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9.

    Councilors Monte Harvey and Tim Kurth disagreed with the direction to delay the vote as Kurth had presented a request for $10,000 for immediate assistance due to a

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    FCCLA chapters gather at West Sioux

    By Steve Peterson

    About 120 members of seven Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters attended a district meeting at West Sioux High School Oct. 26.

    “I think this year’s District meeting went very well. I have heard great compliments and we thank those who helped put it together,” said WS FCCLA Advisor Elizabeth Fettes.

    Elected as District officers were President Kiana Smutzler of Hinton; Vice-President Maggie Grond of Boyden-Hull; Secretary

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    Wheeler ready to serve people of House Dist. 4

    By Steve Peterson

    Iowa House of Representative District 4 winner Skyler Wheeler, 23, expressed thanks after beating Jeff VanDerWerff (nominated by petition) Nov. 8 in the General Election.

    “Words cannot describe how thankful I am and how humbled I am! It was an incredible year, one that I can’t even begin to get into but I am just extremely thankful!,” said Wheeler.

    “I want to congratulate my opponent, former professor (at Northwestern College)

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