Thursday, May 03, 2012

Courier news

Committees to interview superintendent finalists

The Battle Creek-Ida Grove Community School District Board met in special joint session with the Odebolt-Arthur School Board on April 24 in Odebolt.

Jeff Herzberg of Prairie Lakes AEA discussed the timeline for the superintendent hiring process and gathered input from the board on qualifications for superintendent. He reviewed the number of applications received and summarized the qualifications of the applicants.

The district received 23 applications. Herzberg narrowed the number to 11 and the board will interview four of those candidates. Interviews are Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3, with the candidates rotating between five different groups made up of the administrators, staff, students, community and board members.

The O-A board intends to make a final decision on May 3 or ask the top two candidates to return for a second interview.

Finalists interviewing for the opening are Jon Wiebers, Cedar Falls Elementary principal; Dr. Kim Buryanek, West Sioux High School principal; Jacy Large, Ankeny School director of support services; and Dr. Nick Oullette, Dallas Center Grimes High School principal.

Hike-Bike-A-Thon is May 9

United Bank of Iowa and O-A/BC-IG Scholars for Dollars Foundation will sponsor their 18th annual Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-A-Thon next Wednesday, May 9, 1:45 p. m., on the Pleasant Valley Trail in Ida Grove.

Last year’s event drew 619 participants and raised $68,000 for local scholarships.

Prizes this year include bikes donated by Ida Grove Ambulance and Denison Wal-Mart, a gift certificate for Nikes donated from Village Shoe Shoppe, t-shirts to everyone who turns in at least 15 sponsor letters, free hamburger certificates from Ida Bowl and Ida Grove Kiwanis and prizes for the most donations and donation from the farthest distance.

ONRC Auxiliary plans mother’s tea

(Excerpt)  The Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center (ONRC) Auxiliary met April 19.  President Verna Mae Schwaller called the meeting to order with 14 members answering roll call. The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.

Schwaller introduced Julie Eickholt, the new director of nurses.

May 13-19 is National Nursing Home Week.
 - May 14 is the balloon lift off at 2:15 p. m. with an ice cream social to follow.
 - May 16 is the community cookout at 5 p. m.
 Everyone is invited to these events.

The mother’s tea is May 17. Sandy Holst will talk about the country school that was moved to town.

Next meeting is May 17 with Ingna Sweeden serving.

Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser

The Arthur Library will hold a pancake fund-raiser on Sunday, May 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Theme baskets will be available for silent bid.

Boys and Girls State

 OA-BCIG juniors have been selected to participate in the American Legion “Hawkeye” Boys State and Iowa Girls State in June. Iowa Girls State is June 17-22 at Iowa State University in Ames. Boys State is June 10-15 at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary Roose Post 313 is sponsoring Amy Stangl and Kailey Childers.  Odebolt’s Roose Post 313 is sponsoring Dalton Leinbaugh.

Courtesy of Ida County Courier,
Odebolt tree planting  

Odebolt-Arthur fifth grade students planted a tree near the Odebolt Memorial Walk RV Park on Arbor Day (April 27). Lorne Miller, Ida County NRCS District Conservationist, educated the class and planted the tree. Each student was given a Norway maple to take home and plant, courtesy of the Ida County Pheasants Forever. Lori Lapel, fifth grade teacher; Odebolt Memorial Walk Park board member Elaine Rex; and Odebolt Mayor Ron Rex were present for the tree planting.

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