The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

December 25, 2013

Van Buren, Harmony discuss sharing options

KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren Community School Board weighed in on the prospects of establishing greater ties with their neighboring district, Harmony Community.

At the regular board meeting Dec. 18, Van Buren board member Andrew Lydolph said he had discussed with Dan Smith, a Harmony board member, sharing possibilities with Harmony.

Members of both school boards met during Van Buren’s regular board meeting on Oct. 16 to discuss sharing opportunities between the two school districts. It was agreed to tour each district’s buildings. However, since then, there has not been momentum to craft additional opportunities, as each district weighs its own needs and desires.

“While they are not opposed to continue talking, right now they would like to discuss among themselves bench marks, where they are at and where they want to go. They might have something in January or February. They agreed with you Bob (Steingreaber), that there needs to be specifics and plans," Lydolph said.

Van Buren board member Bob Steingreaber said, “these discussions need to be board to board. I think complete boards need to get together, not committees.”

“That was brought up,” Lydolph said. “What they want to discuss is secondary sharing proposals. They didn’t want to be pushed into it.”

Van Buren board member Sheila Parsons said, “I think the best way to communicate, is to keep it simple and direct.”

Board members said they would like Harmony board member Smith to put his opinions in the form of a letter to the Van Buren Community School Board.

In other action and discussion:

• Secondary principal Chuck Banks asked the board to consider adding staff to the secondary music department. A few years ago, there were two instructors in the secondary school, one teaching instrumental and the other choir. However, budget cuts forced the district to reduce the staffing to just one. That caused the school to reduce its offerings. In the meantime, the popularity of music has grown in the district. According to Banks, in 2009, there were three full-time instructors in elementary and high school, with 62 students in band from sixth through 12 grades.

Text Only
Local News
  • The Art of Kong OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014

  • Slideshow: Truck overturns on roundabout

    July 28, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Picture veteran -T -M Veteran finally receives his medals OTTUMWA — A World War II injury may have saved the life of a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Iowa, but he lost friends and a box of military awards. Francis Hardy Harbour was born on Dec.16, 1919, in Drakesville. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941 as a mach

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seasonal forecast Cool summer leading to cool fall? OTTUMWA — By late July, the average daytime high temperature starts to drop. What is normally the hottest part of the year is over. Averages are still in the mid-80s, and it certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see days in even the upper 90s.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant helps Hills keep students on track OTTUMWA — Thanks to a grant designed to improve graduation rates, Indian Hills Community College now has even more tools in its campuswide effort to help students with needs and give them the resources they need to stay in class. Indian Hills is one

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mediacom: Rural cable consumers and companies mistreated OTTUMWA --- You may want to add just a racing channel, a court channel or a nature channel to your cable line up. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to buy a "bundle," which, ironically, is what it will cost you here in Wapello County. That's accord

    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

  • Overcome testing fear, get a good job OTTUMWA — It's not who you know, it's what you know. That's what City leaders say about getting a good paying job in Ottumwa. "It seems like in the last year we've had a real reduction in the number of individuals who've applied," said Joni Keith, hu

    July 25, 2014

  • Water Pollution Control Facility gets OK to upgrade OTTUMWA — An emergency Ottumwa City Council meeting resulted in spending $140,583 for the Water Pollution Control Facility. Friday afternoon, council members listened intently as Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Kam Reeves told

    July 25, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook