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January 20th, 2021

Budget woes ahead for ICCSD

A decrease in enrollment could mean an increase for taxpayers

IOWA CITY– The continuing pandemic has reached into seemingly almost every aspect of our lives. And for the taxpayers of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), it may well reach into their wallets once the district’s school board of education sets the budget for the next school year.

NL council approves new city hall

Action paves the way for design work to begin

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about whether to build a new city hall in North Liberty or extensively renovate the current facility turned into action late last month.
North Liberty City Council members approved moving forward with design work for a new building during their Dec. 22 regular meeting.

January 7th

Board takes peek at 2022-2023 school calendar

SOLON– Solon’s school board went back to the future.
Board members were presented with a draft of the school calendar for 2022-2023 during a Dec. 17 meeting.
According to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Davis Eidahl, the calendar was prepared based on previous years by administrative assistant and board secretary Kris Wentzien.
Eidahl reviewed the draft to ensure 180 school days and a minimum 1,080 hours of student contact.
The first day of school would be Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, and the last day for students would be Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Johnson County Board of Supervisors appoints Heiden as chairperson

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors addressed a number of organizational issues for 2021 in its first formal meeting of the year, Monday, Jan. 4. The board began by appointing Pat Heiden as chairperson for 2021. Royceann Porter was appointed vice chairperson.

Iowa frontline workers on COVID's severity: 'We've never seen anything like this'

NORTH LIBERTY– Elaine Hernandez and her husband were in a store when someone started to make fun of her for wearing a mask.
“Anyway, I mentioned COVID and he started screaming at me,” Hernandez, a nurse serving as a navigator/care coordinator clinician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ post-Intensive Care Unit COVID unit, said as she recalled the incident. “He said, ‘Fake news, it’s a hoax.’ You know, he was like, he was very adamant about it. And, I was just crushed. I mean, I was shaking down to my knees.”

It’s retirement day!

Four men and 130 years of law enforcement experience retire from the sheriff’s office

IOWA CITY– The “Thin Blue Line” (which represents the men and women of law enforcement standing between the civil society and chaos) is thinner today in Johnson County. Four longtime members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO): Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, Major (Chief Deputy) Steve Dolezal, Captain Gary Kramer and Lieutenant Brian Adolph, all retired as of Thursday, Dec. 31. Combined, the men add up to over 130 years of law enforcement experience.

District readies for state assessment

Rebound from COVID layoff expected

SOLON– After a one-year, COVID-induced hiatus, Solon students will take a statewide assessment in 2021.
And while districts nationwide are dealing with a learning gap due to school closures and online curriculum, Solon’s administration expects to bounce back.
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) was introduced two years ago, explained Solon Community School District (SCSD) Director of Teaching and Learning Josh Lyons during a Dec. 17 school board meeting.
SCSD students took the ISASP during the 2018-2019 school year with paper and pencil, he noted.

Status quo for spectators; contract approved for HS addition

Highlights from CCA’s December school board meeting

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District met in regular session on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the district’s administrative offices near Oxford.

Some good things to remember about 2020

Three area teams had state tournament firsts

JOHNSON COUNTY– 2020 will of course be remembered as a year where many activities were cancelled due to the pandemic, including the entire high school spring sports season. However, winter sports wrapped up just in time, and a successful summer season led to the approval of fall sports.

Bolts finally open their wrestling season

Liberty places 10th at Maquoketa’s Zimmerman Invitational in season debut

MAQUOKETA– Liberty High’s wrestlers finally opened the 2020-2021 season with an appearance in Maquoketa’s Zimmerman Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 2. The Bolts’ season had been delayed thanks to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) being out with 100 percent online learning, which wiped out the first three meets of the season.