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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NOn NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT N ,MALL-I OWNPAPERS f" 217 WES1 CO]AST." ,: SHEL I-N VVR 98584-26't_ I , I,"h,ll,l00,i,ilUld t,I Iil,,I I" ,I ,I, II . II I....II.I I ilu 'i m0000'll00l Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 35 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 17, 2013 .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools The nation is still mourning the tragedy in Newtown. Each year our School Improvement Advi- sory Committee features a subcommittee regarding safety. The SIAC safety committee worked diligently during construction projects to provide entrances with cameras and observed entry, cameras throughout buildings and in. many parking lots, electronic en- trances with key fobs and many other safety measures. The details of Sandy Hook are being released for study. We are examining these details and developing action plans. Of course, we are turning to the professionals. The Mayor mentioned an "upcoming city/school meeting" in his last newspaper article. A great meeting was held with Norwalk City officials, police, fire res- cue and our SIAC sety team. Officer Brad Criswell presented a PowerPoint with many details of the Sandy Hook situation. It does appear that the staff and stu- dents followed the approved safety plan. The aggres- sive nature of the intruder did compromise some of the initial safety measures and we are examining our pro- tocols in response. Some weaknesses were identified immediately. These countermeasures are being put in place. Norwalk safety officials will tour each facility to maximize our safety protocols and make recommen- dations. We value their expertise and appreciate their willingness to volunteer. Speaking of volunteers, Norwalk Schools have a great resource in the WatchD.O.G.S. Brad Miller planted a seed with other parents, watered and tended this group and look at the results! Many parents responded posi- tively in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. They drove up to school and saw that Brad "called out the D.O.G.S." A parent shared this program with media. A Channel 13 feature story can be found at http://w.com. I had a couple of questions in response to my last article and my blogs in Norwalk Living. I wanted to make sure we are clear and on the same page regarding weapons. Officer Brad Criswell carries. I have always supported our School Resource Office (SRO) being armed and will continue to support the concept. But, the laws are very clear about the difference between an officer and anyone else. (See clarification from Ahlers Law Firm below). The New "Coneealed Carry" Law Has No Impact on K-12 Schools As you have almost certainly seen on the news or read in the paper, on January 1, 2011, certain amend- ments to the Iowa Code provisions governing carrying weapons went into effect. In a nutshell, the amend- ments made it easier to get a non-professional permit to carry weapons in the State of Iowa. However, even if a person has a non-professional permit to carry weapons, he or she is still not entitled to bring firearms onto the grounds of a school. Iowa Code section 724.4B specifically says that bring- ing weapons onto the grounds of a school is a class D felony, unless: The person is a peace officer, member of the armed forces or national guard, or correctional officer, who is carrying the weapon in connection with  or her duties as such; or The weapon is unloaded, inside a closi and fastened container or securely wrapped package or in the luggage or cargo compartment (i.e., trunk) of a vehicle; or The school has specifically authorized the person Concluded p. 3 OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star will host the monthly dinner Sunda) Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to I p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The meal is open to the public. The menu includes homemade chicken and noodles, potatoes, green beans, salad, bread and homemade pie. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will be donated to the 2013 state Eastern Star project: Gigi's Playhouse for children and families with Down's Syndrome. Through the continued support of the Norwalk com- munity for the monthly dinners, Eastern Star has pro- vided donations to the following groups in 2012: Norwalk Food Pantry, Norwalk Public Library, Ameri- can Heart Association, American Red Cross - Hurri- cane Sandy and Military Christmas program, Norwalk Fire and Rescue, Norwalk Elementary School - children's coat, caps., gloves, Lung Cancer Research - University of Iowa, Scholarship for a Norwalk senior and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Your continued support allows us to continue our community gifts. Chinese New Year Since 2004, The Chinese Association of Iowa has pre- sented the annual Iowa Chinese New Year Celebrations in Ankeny, Waukee, West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ur- bandale. In 2013, the celebration will have the annual Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards, Arts craft, Chinese calligraphy, children activities, food demonstration, lunch and dinner, dragon and lion dances, photographic exhibit, China visa application service, membership application, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. This year on February 2, 2013 Norwalk Schools, The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the City of Norwalk will be hosting the Chinese New Year celebration in cen- tral Iowa. The day and evening are filled with exciting cultural events and entertainment. Additionally, local Norwalk organizations and performing groups will have the opportunity to be spotlighted in the daylong celebration. The Lakewood Honor Choir, 75 outstanding singers, has already signed up to perform. The events begin at 11 a.m. in the Eastview cafeteria with many traditional Asian cultural offerings including singing, danc- ing, martial arts, traditional Asian food and even a dragon dance team. The daytime festivities conclude at 3 p.m. The evening offers a New Years Dinner and Recep- tion, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., highlighting authentic Asian cuisine and Service Awards. The tickets for the dinner and reception are available through the Norwalk Chamber office and local chamber member businesses. Immediately following the dinner and reception, in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center, is the Chinese Asso- ciation awards ceremony. Highlighting the awards cer- emony will be performances by visiting Chinese per- formers, local groups and many other exciting acts. With each award, The Chinese Association of Iowa publicly affrms present achievements, seeks to encour- age further work on the part of the recipients and hopes to motivate others to follow their lead in service to Iowa communities. As a major community organization, Chinese Asso- ciation of Iowa believes that it is essential to identi.fy and honor "role models" who can inspire all of us, es- pecially the younger generation. With so many com- munity events and programs, there has never been a more important time to recognize the contributions made by businesses, organizations and volunteers in communities across the State of Iowa and overseas who Continued p. 7 Public Information from Superintendent Wuif and Chief Kuhl The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook has caused every- one to reflect upon the safety of our children and our school staff. We want to assure you that together in partnership the Norwalk School Distri is closely scru- tinizing our facilities, procedures, training and staff- ing, classroom-by-classroom and school-by-school. We know that safety is our greatest responsibility. The School Resource Officer is a one of the keys. to deterrence and a rapid response to violence if needed. This program began in partnership between the Norwalk Police Department and the Norwalk School DistriCt in 2000, through a federal grant and today we have a police officer fulltime in the Norwalk High School/ Middle School c6mplex and a part-time Officer assigned to Lakewood and Oviatt Elementary. These officers are trained, certified and armed. They also maintain In- stant communications with our Dispatch Center. Those Officers are trained and conduct investigations, teach classes and help develop school safety procedures. They also counsel parents and students when concerns arise. They work as the primary liaison between the Police Department and the schools. We have also taken steps to significantly limit pub- lic access into our school facilities, trained the police officers and staff on procedures and conducted train- ing exercises to evaluate our efforts. We have also made advanced information available to the agencies that would likely respond to help us. That will be updated as well. The "Watch D.O.G.S." program and the "Parent Teachers Organization" have also been helpful to get another presence in our schools. These are parents who have volunteered to spend a portion of their time as- sisting the school staff within each school. The Mayor and Police Chief have also met with their counterparts in the metro area to discuss these same issues, the sharing of information and how we might better work together to make our schools more secure. Our School District and Police Department will con- tinue to move forward in partnership and we are pledged to provide for the safety of our students and our staff. AGENDA REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, January 17, 2013 6:30 P.M. This is a tentative Agenda onl) which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hallat least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation 4. Approval of Minutes - January" 3, 2013 Regular Council Meeting 5. Mayor- Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Board of Adjustment appointment 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Consideration and third and final reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordi- nances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 135, by adding section 135.14 pertaining to capital improve- ments projects cost sharing (third of three readings) Concluded p. 7