Education

Wed
19
Jul

EACSD Board of Directors hears of difficulties finding a vocal music instructor, updates on preparation efforts for upcoming school year

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, July 17 at Kee High School. Board Member/Vice President Bobbie Goetzinger called the meeting to order. Bruce Palmborg and Kelli Mudderman were present along with Board Secretary/Business Manager Marian Verdon, Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier and Principals Mary Hogan and Chad Steckel. Board member Melanie Mauss and board president Heather Schulte were absent.

Wed
19
Jul

ACSD Board of Directors hears updates on summer projects and preparation for the upcoming school year; Board selects legislative priorities, approves volunteer coaches

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, July 17. Board member Scott Melcher was absent.

During the Secretary's Report, Board Secretary Jaime Curtin noted that her office has been busy working on the fiscal year-end reports and state reports. ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold gave the school lunch report, noting that at this time of the year there is money going out but not a lot coming in because of school not being in session. However, he said the balance is "very healthy overall."

Wed
12
Jul

Young local artist attending renowned Interlochen Arts Camp


Vivian Khan ...

Vivian Khan, age 13, of Waukon has been accepted and is attending Interlochen Arts Camp this summer in northern Michigan, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists in grades three through 12. She is the daughter of Gary and Peggy Khan of Waukon and is studying in the piano program at the camp.

Khan currently studies piano under the guidance of Dr. Du Huang at Luther College in Decorah. She participated at the Dorian Keyboard Festival hosted by Luther College last fall and was selected to perform in the evening concert. She also plays occasionally for the congregation at Old East Paint Creek Church in rural Waterville.

Wed
12
Jul

Teen Summer Book Club at Robey Memorial Library

This summer, area teenagers will meet monthly at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon to discuss books as part of the library's Teen Summer Book Club. Snacks will be provided, and any area teenagers are welcome to attend any of the scheduled sessions which are slated for the second Wednesday of each month. Monthly selections to be discussed include the following:

July 12 at 10:30 a.m.: Read any title - fiction or non-fiction - based only on the cover.

August 9 at 10:30 a.m.: Read "We were liars" by E. Lockhart. Attend either or both of the previous two book club sessions (June or July) to receive a copy of this title free, sponsored by the Robey Memorial Library Foundation. For additional information contact Robey Memorial Library at www.waukon.lib.ia.us or 563-568-4424.
 

Wed
12
Jul

Candidates can apply for Keystone AEA Board of Directors positions to be up for election in September

Elections for four members of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) will be conducted in September. The board positions are four-year terms that expire in October 2021.

The elections are conducted in accordance with Section 273 of the Code of Iowa. Nominations may be submitted by filing a “Statement of Candidacy” form with the board secretary of the Keystone AEA on or before August 15, 2017.

Director District 1 includes the Howard-Winneshiek, North Winneshiek, Riceville and Turkey Valley Community School Districts and the following precincts in the New Hampton Community School District: Chickasaw, Dayton-Richland, Deerfield-Washington, Jacksonville-Utica, New Hampton 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Washington.

Director District 3 includes the Allamakee, Clayton Ridge, Eastern Allamakee, and MFL/MarMac Community School Districts.

Wed
05
Jul

ISU Extension hosts Bike Camp for area youth ...

Eight youth who attended the June 20 Bike Camp hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach now know how to change a flat bike tire and also know proper bike riding etiquette. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnered with Troy Carter, Safe Routes to School Director, and Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator, to host Bike Camp for youth in third through fifth grade. They spent the morning learning about riding etiquette, rules of the road, hand signals and the ABCs of riding. While getting their bikes ready to ride, youth had to check the air in their tires to make sure they were at the appropriate pressure, checked the brakes to see if they were hooked up and working, and looked at the chain to make sure it was in place and oiled. Once the youth had their bikes fitted correctly, they were ready to hit the trail.

Wed
28
Jun

Ag Safety Center at NICC delivers life-saving training programs

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) Director Dan Neenan presented to the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Board of Trustees at its June 19 meeting to provide updates on successful outcomes of its farm safety programming and give an overview of services the center delivers to local, regional, national and Canadian communities. Neenan and his team coordinate a variety of safety training programs for fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, agribusinesses and independent farmers each year. NECAS is the only farm safety training center in the U.S.

Wed
28
Jun

EACSD Board of Directors approves fee schedule for 2017-2018 school year, hires Lynn Winters as varsity volleyball coach

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD)was held Monday, June 19. Board members Melanie Mauss and Kelli Mudderman were not present at the meeting.

The board approved the following food service and registration fees for the 2017-2018 school year:

Breakfast - PK-6 Students: $1.75; Grades 7-12 Students; $1.75; Adults: $2.25
Lunch - PK-6 Students: $2.55; Grades 7-12 Students: $2.65;  Adults: $3.55
Extra milk - PK-6 Students: $0.55; Grades 7-12 Students: $0.55
Book fees - PK-6 Students: $45; Grades 7-12 Students: $55
Activity Ticket - PK-6 Students: $45; Grades 7-12 Students: $45;  Adults: $65
Drivers Education - $260.

The following approvals were all passed by the board:

Wed
28
Jun

ACSD Board of Directors hires new girls basketball and volleyball head coaches, approves bids for work on new high school sports complex entrance at special session; Board advised of registration online for upcoming school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met in a pair of meetings this past month. Coverage of both meetings appears below.

MAY 25 SPECIAL SESSION
The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Thursday morning, May 25 for a brief special meeting. In personnel matters, the board approved staff for the 21st Century After School Program.

Greg Criswell was hired as Middle School Physical Education teacher ($59,947) and head girls' basketball coach ($5,568). Andrew Turpen was hired as a fourth grade teacher ($33,304) and Bridget Dolan was hired as a sixth grade teacher ($33,304). Randy Nordheim was hired as head varsity volleyball coach ($5,714). Virginia Kurth was hired as the Middle School 21st Century Site Coordinator ($15 per hour). The board also accepted the resignation of Jackie Rubendall from her paraprofessional position.

Wed
21
Jun

Waukon Middle School included among eight school programs to receive grant funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center


Waukon High School/East Elementary Writing Conference … Submitted photo.

by Brianne Eilers

In April of this year, the Waukon Middle School of the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD), along with the Cora B. Darling Elementary School of the Postville Community School District, received $990,000 for the 21st Century Community Learning Center. The Community Learning Center program was one of eight Iowa school programs to receive a grant for the 21st Century program.

The grants are funded on a three-year grant cycle, with an optional two-year extension after a site visit. During the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 1,000 students were served in the local 21st Century programming.

Barb Winters-Kelly is the 21st Century grant director for the elementary schools, middle school and high school in the ACSD. She has been with the ACSD since 1998, when the program was funded by a two-year grant.

"People wanted after school programming (for the students)," Winters-Kelly noted.

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