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EDUCATION AT FOREFRONT OF EGGS AND ISSUES
School Issues took front and center and Saturday’s eggs and issues. Topics ranged from supplemental aid for districts to the school start date. The first issue dealt with supplemental aid for districts. It was noted that there’s a major gap between what is being requested for additional supplemental aid. Governor Branstad is asking the legislature to award 1.25% while the state school board association is asking for 6% supplemental aid. Representative Guy Vander Linden said that there will be about $200 million in new money for the state and he expects schools to receive around half of that amount.
Also discussed was the start date for school districts. Back in December, Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced that the state department of education would no longer automatically grant early start waivers, meaning school cannot begin before the week of September 1st. At issue Saturday was local control of school districts. Representatives Guy Vander Linden and Larry Sheets both agreed that local control was important for school districts and that districts, not the state, should have the authority in setting school calendars. Vander Linden said he expects the issue to a bi-partisan battle in the legislature this year, with strongly differing opinions on the matter.
The next eggs and issues will be on February 14th.
YMCA ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
After nearly five years, Dawn Collins is stepping down from her position as Mahaska County YMCA Executive Director. She joined the Y in April 2010; her last day will be January 30. An interim director, David Phelps, has been hired by the Y Board and will begin January 26.
OSKY WINTER OPEN SET FOR FEBRUARY
The 4th Annual Osky Winter Open will be held February 13-14 at Penn Central Mall. This year’s planning committee is inviting the community to escape the cold and come play a little mini-putt golf while benefitting the Mahaska County YMCA. This creative two-day event is geared for the whole community. The Y and its business partners have put together an enjoyable event where participants can get out and socialize, join in fun competition, and burn off some extra energy.
Event proceeds will go toward your Mahaska YMCA programs and scholarships. If you have questions or want to sign up for the two-person tournament, please call the Y, 641.673.8411.
OSKALOOSA DENTAL OFFICE SELLS PRACTICE, CONTINUES TO TREAT PATIENTS
OSKALOOSA, IOWA—Tom Bowie, D.D.S, 212 North Market, announces the sale of his dental practice to Eric De Boef, D.D.S., principal owner of Town Square Dental Care, 107 High Ave.
“After practicing for over 37 years, I have decided to begin my transition into retirement,” Dr. Bowie says. “Following a long and careful search, I have found the right dentist to take ownership of my practice. Dr. De Boef is a caring, talented and compassionate professional who shares my commitment to providing exemplary dentistry to our community. I am confident in his practice philosophy and look forward to partnering with him.”
“I feel honored to continue the tradition of quality dentistry Dr. Bowie and his father and grandfather began in this community over 100 years ago,” Dr. De Boef says. “When the time is right, Dr. Bowie and I will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition in response to patients’ specific needs.”
Dr. De Boef is a graduate of the University of Iowa dental school. He has been practicing for the last 13 years in Oskaloosa and recently opened a second clinic in Montezuma. Dr. De Boef was born and raised in rural Mahaska County. He, his wife, Amy, and their six children reside between the communities of Oskaloosa and Montezuma. Dr. De Boef has two additional associates practicing with him—Dr. Jones and Dr. Wieshaar.
Dr. Bowie is a graduate of the University of Iowa dental school. He returned to Oskaloosa in 1977, and moved to his current location in 1987. Dr. Bowie followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by practicing dentistry in Oskaloosa. In 2010, the practice celebrated 100 years of Bowie dentistry in the community. Dr. Bowie and his wife, Madonna, are active volunteers in the school and community. They have four children and four grandchildren.
SCHOOL BOARD DELAYS CALENDAR APPROVAL
Oskaloosa school board members met in regular session for the first time in 2015 Monday. On the agenda was consideration for acceptance of the 2015-16 school calendar. Discussion during the meeting has delayed acceptance until the February 9, 2015 meeting.
Superintendent Russ Reiter explained the governor’s request for the state board of education to follow state law and no longer allow early start waivers. State law says schools may begin in a week in which Sept. 1 falls. This year would allow school to start on Aug. 31. School districts can still make a request if it can show that starting later is a detriment to the educational process.
Board member Shawn Moyer expressed concern about fall activities beginning three weeks before school. Reiter said that obviously the governor did not consult the athletic associations about the decision. Band and athletic practices will begin on Aug. 10. The traditional “Old Shoe” football game will be Aug. 21 and the first football game will be on Aug. 28.
Board members said they wished to make sure school staff were comfortable with possible work day options, which prompted the decision to hold off another month. Board member Nik Rule said he had conversations that stressed to either install a spring break every year or do the extended weekends every year. The current calendar has a week-long break while the proposed calendar would include two extended weekends.
RELAY FOR LIFE OF MAHASKA COUNTY 2015 ANNOUNCED
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Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are courting the Republican Party's elite donors in the early maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race.
But several other potential Republican candidates are concentrating their efforts on Christian conservatives.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hosted a prayer rally in his home state, where he called for a national spiritual revival.
Doctor Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, spoke and attended services this weekend at a Houston, Texas megachurch conference billed as an effort to "restore the soul of America."
Several White House hopefuls also addressed social conservatives at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses in 2016.
Republicans agree that religious conservatives still are an important voting bloc. The challenge for a GOP nominee is securing that support while reaching the wider electorate.