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03
Jun

NFV students participate in design challenge

Jordan Einck (left) explains some of the decisions that his group made on how to build their table for a coffee shop, while the other members of his group wait for their turn to speak. Other members of the group, all of which are involved in the Project Lead The Way program at North Fayette Valley are (from left) Jayde Blue, William Miller, and Jared Kerr.

 

NFV students participate in design challenge

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

bsmith@fayettepublishing.com            

 

Students in North Fayette Valley High School’s Project Lead The Way course participated in a group project designed to enhance their engineering and design process skills. Four teams of students presented ideas for a modular table to be used in a coffee shop to an audience of their classmates; their instructor, Neal Bentley; and other adults.

Wed
03
Jun

City delays resurfacing of Big Rock Road

 

The condition of Big Rock Road, leading to Fayette’s 18-hole golf course is less than ideal, with the asphalt surface largely crumbled in several areas. Although scheduled for resurfacing, the city decided to delay making improvements until work on the wastewater treatment plant is complete. Sludge removal from the lagoons that are adjacent to the golf course, will take place late this summer or early fall, and will involve heavy truck traffic on Big Rock Road. (Janell Bradley photos.)

 

City delays resurfacing of Big Rock Road

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

The condition of Big Rock Road, leading to Fayette’s 18-hole golf course and Big Rock Country Club, is no doubt a bone of contention with motorists traveling the road, but the Fayette City Council begs the public’s patience as it awaits completion of improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

Wed
03
Jun

'Legislators are merely kicking the can down the road'

'Legislators are merely kicking the can down the road'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The day schools districts across the state of Iowa have been waiting for is right around the corner.

 

Iowa legislators have reached an agreement which would provide for a 1.25 percent increase in Supplemental State Aid (SSA) for FY 2016 with an additional $55.7 million in one-time money.

 

Of the $124,960,000 in one-time money being spent in FY 2016 budget, K-12 funding received the largest portion, while Medicaid received $43 million and higher education, including community colleges ($2.5 million), University of Iowa ($2.9 million), Iowa State University ($2.3 million) and the University of Northern Iowa ($1.1 million), received $8.8 million.

 

Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) President Tammy Wawro and the 34,000 ISEA members are “disappointed” about the agreement in place, according to a press release by the ISEA.

 

“Legislators are merely kicking the can down the road another year and short-changing Iowa’s students,” the release said. “This agreement is neither a long-term solution to our school’s financial needs nor adequate enough to cover program cuts, increased class sizes and outdated curricular issues that are plaguing our schools.”

 

North Fayette and Valley school districts serve a total of approximately 1,200 students and are in the second year of a whole grade sharing agreement. Shared  Superintendent Duane Willhite said the district will remain unscathedin 2015-2016, but will run into some trouble in FY 2016-2017.

Wed
03
Jun

Council purchases K-9, discusses Hotel/Motel Tax

Council purchases K-9, discusses Hotel/Motel Tax

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Criminals, beware, there’s a new police officer in town. He has four legs and one mean bite.

 

The West Union City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a K-9 unit at its meeting Monday night.

 

West Union Police Chief Matt Walker told the Union that it has been three to four years since the police force has had a drug sniffing dog.

 

Normally, a K-9 would cost roughly $8,000 to $10,000, but the department is purchasing the dog at the discounted price of $2,000. The dog, whose name is Xena, was originally slated to be purchased by a sheriff’s department in Wisconsin, but it shut down the program before taking ownership of the dog. So the handler is selling the dog to re-coop his vet bills.

Wed
03
Jun

McElvania to retire after 22 years of teaching

Longtime West Union Elementary teacher Lois McElvania will take many memories with her from her 20 years as a Title I reading and math teacher for North Fayette Community School District. Here, she displays a piece of artwork that includes the fingerprints of all the students with whom she worked during her final year of teaching before retirement.

 

McElvania to retire after 22 years of teaching

 

 

            Hugs from kids and seeing students master reading and math skills are among the things Lois McElvania will miss most as she retires from teaching after the 2014-15 school year.

            “Seeing their score go up in a certain area on standardized tests and seeing them gain confidence as they realize they can do it is a really great feeling,” commented the longtime elementary teacher.

            McElvania graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education and then taught for two years in Fonda. After taking time off for a few years to raise her family, she began teaching reading and math at North Fayette Community School District in 1995. She also earned a reading endorsement from Upper Iowa University during her education career.

Wed
03
Jun

Kaleidoscope: where a child's needs are the priority

 

Mary O’Kones has been with Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center since 2008. In 2012, she was named director and has been extremely involved in the Capital Campaign for West Union’s new KKCC facility. She and several of the KKCC staff will be available at the open house on Thursday, June 4, to give tours of the new center and answer questions.  (Megan Mohlis photo.)

 

Kaleidoscope: where a child's needs are the priority

 

 

In 2007, Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center (KKCC) was opened in West Union in response to the community’s search for childcare. During the first year, KKCC served 44 children and 27 families by renting space in the basement of United Methodist Church in West Union.

As the years progressed, the center continued to increase enrollment, quickly outgrowing its first home. In addition to the lack of space was the daily struggle of dealing with classrooms, equipment and furnishings not designed for children.

The Kaleidoscope board asked the community for help as it launched its Capital Campaign to build a more suitable childcare facility.

Wed
27
May

James Otto, Sawyer Brown headline Fair

Sawyer Brown

 

James Otto, Sawyer Brown headline Fair

 

 

Country music stars James Otto and Sawyer Brown are set to highlight the 2015 Winneshiek County Fair July 7-11. The summer celebration will also feature the fan-favorite stock car races, the Tri-State Truck and Tractor Pull, and a rodeo.

Wed
27
May

Lake Meyer enhancement to begin this week

Major enhancement to protect and improve Lake Meyer is scheduled to begin this week. The work includes building a wetland with a grouted rock chute spillway in the headwaters of the lake on the northeastern shore and will involve drawing down the lake's water level. (file photo)

 

Lake Meyer enhancement to begin this week

 

 

Major enhancement to protect and improve Lake Meyer is scheduled to begin the week after Memorial Day. The work includes building a wetland with a grouted rock chute spillway in the headwaters of the lake on the northeastern shore and will involve drawing down the lake’s water level.

  Lake Meyer is a 32-acre lake located in the 160-acre Lake Meyer Park, just off Highway 24 between Calmar and Fort Atkinson. The lake was originally built in 1968 as a 37-acre lake, but sediment from the surrounding watershed over the past 40 years has decreased the lake’s size to 32 acres, and has decreased its volume from 165 acre-feet to 78 acre-feet. Lake Meyer has also been placed on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 303(d) Impaired Waters List due to high concentrations of sediment and nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorous.

Wed
27
May

Public invited to judge student designs

Public invited to judge student designs

 

 

North Fayette Valley’s Introduction to Engineering & Design students will get a taste of real life when they present their projects to the public in a setting much like the popular television show, ‘Shark Tank.’

Four student groups will each give a five-minute presentation detailing the process as to how they designed new tables for a fictional coffee shop. The presentation is Thursday, May 28, from 1-1:45 p.m. and open to the public. 

Maximum material costs were $200 per table, and the table must have a modular design, which interlocks for stability. Anyone participating Thursday, will be invited to ask questions on their decisions and can then vote to choose the best design. The presentations will take place in the Performing Arts Center at the high school in West Union.

Wed
27
May

NFV graduation on Friday

 

NFV graduation on Friday

 

Commencement at North Fayette Valley High School is Friday evening, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The school will graduate 94seniors.

The class motto is: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Class colors are magenta, turquoise and white.

See the special insert with this week’s paper, saluting high school seniors. Many photos from awards night are included in the special tabloid.

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