Loebsack cautions on budget cuts
Congressman Dave Loebsack discusses the negative impacts of across-the-board cuts for programs that are essential to the public, such as providing health care to those with special needs.
E-B-F weighs proposed budget cuts
The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont School Board began this week to act on recommended budget cuts. The board approved cutting the buildings and trades teacher, a special education teacher and a partial cut for an art teacher. Several support staff positions will be considered at a future meeting.
Fairfield school district voters to consider bond issue
The benefits of remodeling Fairfield High School via a $10 million bond vote extends to more than just the students in the classrooms, local officials say. The issue is up for a vote April 2, but it may be an easier decision than other school construction projects.
Talks continue over Van Buren schools superintendent
The Van Buren school board continues to discuss which direction the district should take as to the hiring of a new superintendent.
Loebsack’s visit focuses on job training
Rep. Dave Loebsack was in Ottumwa on Monday, joined by local leaders in education, labor and business. The congressman was in town discussing jobs and training, including budget cuts in the Job Corps program.
Message on target: Much more to diversity than race
Organizers of the 2013 Diversity Conference emphasize that diversity isn't just about race. This message was made more real by keynote speaker Matt Stutzman, "The Armless Archer."
School Board to hold work session at Liberty, take tour
The Ottumwa School Board will meet at 6 p.m Monday at the front of the new elementary school building. The board is expected to approve the terms for issuing and securing the payment of $8.9 million in school bonds.
- PHOTO: Happiness is a good story The energetic Linda Fox kept kids engaged at Agassiz Elementary School during story after story Thursday. Each story has her own twist, including a plug once in a while for public libraries. "Mrs. Fox" is a former Oskaloosa librarian.
- SLIDESHOW: Students win iPad2s through Hy-Vee promotion Ottumwa Christian School seventh-grader Julia Peace, standing, and Wildwood Elementary third-grader Teagan Holman, seated at right, each won an iPad2 Thursday morning. North and South Hy-Vee officials presented Wildwood and Ottumwa Christian with a SMART Board interactive whiteboards. Shoppers who bought Procter & Gamble products during Hy-Vee’s SMART Points promotion from Sept. 1-Nov. 30, 2012 earned points that could be designated to their chosen school. Ottumwa’s two winning schools achieved the highest average point scores in their regions, each winning a SMART Board, which is valued at $1,500. Holman had the most points designated on her behalf at Wildwood and Peace had the most points designated on her behalf at Ottumwa Christian, thus allowing each to win an iPad2 valued at $500.
Ottumwa students enjoy visit from 'fantastic' Mrs. Fox
A former librarian kept students at Agassiz Elementary riveted Thursday with some updated stories.
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