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SCHOOL BOARD: Candidates File For Ames Election

SCHOOL BOARD: Candidates File For Ames Election

Three candidates have filed petitions for Ames School Board positions.

Tim Rasmussen and incumbent school board members Bill Talbot and Mike Espeset will complete the field of candidates vying for three at-large seats on the Ames Community School District’s Board of Directors.

The filing period for candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the Sept. 10 school election closed at 5 p.m. last Friday.

SCHOOL BOARD: West Des Moines Meeting Set

SCHOOL BOARD: West Des Moines Meeting Set

by Jesse Wright

The West Des Moines Community School Board of Education will be holding a workshop and meeting on July 8. The workshop will start at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 7:00p.m.

The two events will cover issues such as the district communications audit, changes to school’s handbooks, participation in the instructional support levy program, and the 2013-14 program of studies for Walnut Creek Campus, among many others. 

The meeting will be open to the public. To learn more about the West Des Moines School Board visit  www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/

ARTS SCHOLARSHIP: Gilbert Student Awarded

ARTS SCHOLARSHIP: Gilbert Student Awarded

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds presented the 2013 Iowa Scholarship for the Arts awards Wednesday. Gilbert High School’s Kayla Pierce was one of five Iowa high school seniors awarded during the ceremony at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Kayla (pictured on the far right) received a $1,500 scholarship to go towards her English and Theater studies at the University of Iowa.

The Scholarship for the Arts is awarded annually to students with a proven artistic ability in dance, literature, music, theater, traditional arts or visual arts who plan to attend an Iowa college or university during the next academic year and pursue a major in the arts.

“I would like to congratulate each of these students who are receiving the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts award today,” Governor Terry Branstad said. “This is a significant accomplishment and recognition of the excellence you have achieved in developing and refining your skills as students and artists.”

Art Students Receive Scholarship

Art Students Receive Scholarship

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds awarded five Iowa high school artists Wednesday.

REQUIRED READING: Public Can Review School Textbooks

REQUIRED READING: Public Can Review School Textbooks

The Ames Community School District is inviting the public to review new textbooks for four Ames High School Advanced Placement courses. The textbooks listed below and the Criteria for Reviewing Textbooks Form will be available:

●     8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., during the week of May 20-24, at Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Dr., in the Student Services Center,

●     6  to 9 p.m., Monday, May 20, outside the Ames High School Multipurpose Room, during the regular meeting of the Ames School Board.

Literature & Composition (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

BOND ISSUE: Millions Saved In School Financing

BOND ISSUE: Millions Saved In School Financing

The Ames Community School District sold a $20 million bonds Monday to UBS Financial Services of New York.

It’s the second of four planned bond issuances totaling $55 million to cover the costs of three new elementary schools and renovations to two existing elementary schools.

Chief Financial Officer Karen Shimp said the bid award saved the district $3.45 million in previously estimated interest costs over the life of the debt. 

It’s been helped by the district’s Aa2 credit rating with Moody's Investors Service.

“This is an investment we believe will increase future enrollment and improve the education environment for our students,” Shimp said.

Voters in April 2012 authorized the bond issuances with 70 percent support to finance the construction.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: Grant For Teachers

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: Grant For Teachers

The best teachers are often the ones trying to find creative ways to communicate their message and now one telecoms firm in the state is offering assistance with that cause.

The CenturyLink Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program, administered by the Iowa Association of School Boards, is accepting applications from teachers who want to implement technology in their classroom to increase student achievement.

“The grants recognize and reward teachers on the cutting edge of digital learning who do everything possible to create technology-rich learning experiences in their classrooms,” said Tom Downs, executive director of the Iowa Association of School Boards. “Digital fluency will be required for all students to be successful, and we are excited to be part of helping this grant program provide support to teachers who offer meaningful and creative higher-level learning opportunities for their students.”