A-W School Audit release

Posted February 26, 2019 at 11:10 pm

Williams & Company released an audit report on February 12, 2019, on the Akron-Westfield Community School District in Akron, Iowa.

In the report, Williams & Company recommended that the accounting and financial reporting functions be closely monitored due to lack of segregation of duties. School officials agreed with the auditor’s recommendations and are continuing the necessary reviews.

Williams & Company reported that the Akron-Westfield Community School District’s General Fund revenues totaled $6,827,482 for the year ended June 30, 2018, an 8.7 percent increase from 2017. The revenues included $1,917,539 in local taxes, $3,526,026 in state aid, and $210,449 in federal funds.

General Fund expenditures for the year totaled $7,022,497 a 5.4 percent increase from the prior year, which included $4,545,947 for Instruction

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    Blizzard resembles scenes of yesteryears

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Midwest was hit hard by Old Man Winter’s antics this past week.

    First, it was snow and more snow, then Old Man Winter went into a blustery rage Saturday evening, dumping rain, sleet and snow across the area.

    Drifts taller than vehicles — some bigger than snowplows covered much of Iowa. Most events and activities

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    Akron to spray for mosquitoes this summer

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Residents won’t need to ask “Who you gonna call?” this summer to get rid of mosquitoes.

    At their Feb. 12 meeting, the Akron City Council authorized Mayor Sharon Frerichs to enter into a contract with Matt Welter, owner of Mosquito Control of Iowa.

    Welter informed the council about his insecticide spraying business, beginning with it’s a Rolfe, Iowa, family-owned business with more than 50 years of experience and a

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    Kenny: Youth wrestling state champion, Morrow finishes fifth

    Morrow finishes fifth

    Akron-Westfield had four wrestlers qualify for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) state youth wrestling tournament which was held Feb. 23 – 24 in Des Moines. They were Lane Kenny, Cael Morrow, Conner Morrow, and Laytin Koch.

    Eighth grader Lane Kenny came home as state champion in the Class C (seventh and eighth grade) 145 lbs. class. In the first round he had a bye; in round

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    Three-peat for Henrich – state champion!

    By Hank Krause

    The Iowa State Wrestling Championship held in Des Moines from Feb. 14 – 17 ended with two Akron-Westfield wrestlers on the stand.

    Jader Briggs and John Henrich both stood proudly to accept awards for their efforts. Briggs, a 106 pounder, placed eighth as a sophomore.

    John Henrich, a three-time champion at 160 pounds, absolutely dominated his

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    A-W proposes salary ‘hard freeze’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Jan. 12, Akron-Westfield Shared Superintendent Randy Collins presented the school board’s bargaining response to the Akron-Westfield Education Association’s proposal.

    Salary Package

    The Board proposed a pay freeze — 0 percent increase — for licensed staff salaries in response to the AWEA’s proposal of a 4.2 percent total salary package increase.

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    At the S.D. Legislature with District 16 Rep. David Anderson

    This week the Legislature set the revised General Fund revenue projections for the balance of the 2019 fiscal year. The fiscal year started on July 1st 2018 and ends on June 30th 2019. Last February the 2019 revenue estimate was set at $1,641,545,684. With seven months of actual revenue collected, we have revised the 2019 estimate to $1,645,588,238. That’s an increase of $4,042,554 or .246%. To put that in context, if your salary is $50,000/year it’s an increase of $123. Pretty good estimating, in my opinion!

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    Kevin Jensen, SD Legislature

    This is the final week to hear bills in each house. Next Monday is called cross over day which means every bill that has been introduced will either be dead or it has been passed by the house of origin and moves to the other house.

    There were a few bills last week that drew some interesting and heated debate. One on those was HB1108 which limits the instruction or teaching of a certain type of sex education. The bill in its entirety is one sentence; “No

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    Week of Feb. 11 – 15, 2019 This Week at the Capitol Senator RaAndy Feenstra

    Once again the winter weather is creating issues in Des Moines and around the state. Many groups who were planning to join me in the Capitol have cancelled, and I’m hoping they will be able to reschedule their visits.

    This week I ran a subcommittee on repealing the inheritance tax, SF 1. I believe estate and inheritance taxes discourage business investments and it creates a burden on family members. Often it is family-owned farms that bear the brunt of this tax which threatens future generations

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    Love at first glance

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Wither I goest, I will go; and

    “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.”

    That’s the sign hanging amongst their family photos in their dining room in the farm house they’ve shared for most of their married life.

    Phyllis Rollins, of Merrill, was attending the wedding dance of Robert and Bonnie (Tooker)

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    Five A-W players named All Conference basketball

    Posted March 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Five Akron-Westfield basketball players were named to the War Eagle Conference All Conference teams – three girls and two boys.

    Senior Brooke Koele and senior Nick Jacobs were named to the First Team.

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    A-W boys come up short against K-P

    Posted February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Dodie Hook

    I must say it was not a good week for my basketball teams. My Purdue Boilermakers lost to Maryland, the Akron-Westfield girls lost to Kingsley-Pierson, and the

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    A-W girls end season falling to K-P

    Posted February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Dodie Hook

    There’s a reason the Kingsley-Pierson girls basketball team is ranked No. 10, they are tough, physical, and just plain good. They made Akron-Westfield work for every point

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    Henrich and Briggs advance to state wrestling tournament

    Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield wrestler senior John Henrich (160) and sophomore Jader Briggs (106) advanced to the state wrestling tournament by placing first in their division at the District meet held Feb. 9 at Sibley-Ocheyedan. The top two places advanced to state.

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    Westfield UCC hosts Lenten suppers

    Posted March 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Lent.

    The 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting,

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    Pizza Ranch owners celebrate first anniversary

    Posted March 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Lori Rabey (far right in photo above) congratulated Akron Pizza Ranch owners and general manager on their successful first year of business at a

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    New books for adults arrive at Akron library!

    Posted February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

    If you thought the librarians were only stacking the Akron library shelves with new children’s books, you are wrong. Another shipment of books came in filled with books adults will enjoy. Just stop by and check

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    Mercy changes name

    Mercy Health Network, a leading health care system, will soon become MercyOne hospitals and clinics. The change is set to officially launch Feb.

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