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Thursday, March 13, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News t Page Seven ( BUSINESS Volunteers Interview Lakewood Students Pictured below are our volunteers who interviewed our Lakewood 5th graders Tuesday, March 4. The purpose was to help the students achieve the experience of job interviews to participate at Biztown Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28. Left to right, Row 1: Kate Baldwin, Amysue Hopkey, Carla Becker, Kathryn Schmidt, Maribeth Wright, Anita Varme, Ashley Graft, Nancy Palks, Mary Jo Fox. Row 2: Tom Phillips, Bryan Greiner, George Meinecke, Pat Williams, Bob Baldwin. Photo submiffed. 39 School Districts Selected for First Teacher Leadership Systems By 2016-17, all districts will be able to participate in centerpiece legislation Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Edu- cation Director Brad Buck have announced the first group of Iowa school dis- tricts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next schoolyear. Norwalk Community School Dis- trict is among those cho- sen. Top teachers taking on leadership roles to im- prove instruction and raise student achievement is the centerpiece of Iowa's land- mark 2013 education re- form package. New teach- er leadership systems across Iowa will allow" teachers to work in great- er collaboration with col- leagues and learn from each other instead of oper- ating largely in isolation in their dassrooms. Teacher leadership systems will be phased in over three years, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-17, although whether to do so is a local decision. Districts were selected for the first round based on the strength of their appli- cation as well as geograph- ic and size diversity. Districts that applied to start teacher leadership systems next fall were re- quired to set a vision and goals for what they plan to accomplish. They also had to address "must-haves," such as setting a minimum teacher salary of $33,500, improved entry into the profession, including mentoring for new teach- ers, and a rigorous selec- tion process for leadership roles. Districts selected will receive about $309 per pu- pil next school year to im- plement their teacher lead- ership systems. The annu- al cost statewide is nearly $50 million in fiscal year 2015, growing to about $150 million annually by the third year. The next step for school districts is selecting their teacher leaders. Branstad's fiscal 2015 budget recom- mendations include $4 million for the Iowa De- partment of Education, working with Area Educa- tion Agencies, to provide technical assistance and leadership development for the districts in the first group implementing teacher leadership systems in 2014-15. Kum & Go Breaks New Ground as Proud Partner of Habitat for Humanity Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site forfirst company-sponsored Habitat home Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity In- ternational, a global non- profit that creates afford- able housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consum- er fundraising, is currently Habitat's only partnership with a convenience retail- er. Kum & Go, the fifth largest privately held, company-operated conve- nience store chain in the U.S., has committed a $100,000 corporate gift to support Habitat's mission The company also will sponsor construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in one of the com- munities Kum & Go serves through its more than 420 stores in 11 states. Customers will be asked to join the effort by adding a $1 donation to their in-store purchases throughout the month of March. Kum & Go will sponsor a Habitat for Hu- manity project in the re- REVIEW gion that collects the most money as a percentage of customer traffic through its stores. Kum & Go's goal is to receive $100,000 in customer donations to support the company's "Let's Build a Home To- gether" project. All dona- tions go to Habitat for Humanity to support their mission to build homes, communities and hope. More than 1,500 Habi- tat for Humanity affiliates are at work in the United States, building houses in partnership with people in need of decent, affordable housing. Habitat homes are purchased by low-in- come families through no- profit mortgages, thanks to the donated labor of Habitat volunteers and the support of partner organi- zations, individuals and foundations. Families buy- ing Habitat homes invest sweat equity hours toward building their homes and the homes of others. Young's Campaign Leadership Team David Young's congres- sional campaign has an- nounced a grassroots County Leadership team. The list is comprised of more than 170 individuals from throughout the third congressional district. Included are John Blaskovich, Norwalk, and John Strathman, Cumm- ing. OOK] OTES] (NAPS)--A new book called "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents" challenges basic ideas about helping fearful Ifs available where books are sold as well as through HCI Books,at (800) 441-5569 and www.hcibooks.com. Register for Youth Gardening Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) training that will feature more than 100 research- based and hands-on les- sons for teachers, home school, after school, 4-H, youth group leaders, com- munity garden organizers, day camp coordinators and master gardeners working with children in kindergarten-sixth grade. Training is March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hardin County Extension office in Iowa Falls. Registration is available online at http://www. extension.iastate.edu/4h/ CLLTraining. Cost for the training is $95; curriculum will be available for pur- chase for an additional cost. For more information, con- tact Annette Brown, annbrown@iastate.edu, 515-432-3882 or Jeff Ma- comber, jmacombe@ia state.edu, 515-993-4281. [tamaat00 (NAPS)--Hunter Douglas has been dedicated to locally producing premium window fashions backed by exceptional servioe for more titan 60 years. For more information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call 800-274-2985. You can add useful space to your closet with Closet- Maid Selectives TM. For more pantry storage, there's the ClosetMaid 4 Drawer Wire Basket System. For infor- mation on solving storage and organization dilemmas, visit www.ClosetMaid.com or call (800) 874-0008. Butler Announces for House Seat James Butler, a Des Moines police sergeant and longtime Warren County resident, plans to seek the Republican nomi- nation for the Iowa House District 26 seat in Warren County. Butler is a dedi- cated public servant and wants to bring his leader- ship skills and abilities to the Iowa Legislature. Butler is a 26-year vet- eran of the Des Moines Police Department. He has advanced to the rank of sergeant and serves as the DMPD's chief humane of- ricer. Butler is also an in- structor at Upper Iowa University, instructing courses in Emergency and Disaster Management, Criminal Justice and Pub- lic/Business Administra- tion. He holds a Master's degree in Public Adminis- tration from Drake Uni- versity and a Master's de- gree in Criminal Justice from Simpson College. "The life experiences I have had as a police officer will translate well into public service as an Iowa State legislator," Butler said. "I want to be known as an honest, sincere, genuine and dependable leader for the Warren County citizens I will serve ." "While working to- wards my various degrees, I was serving on the Des Moines Police Depart- ment, rising through the ranks, protecting and serv- ing, and treating people with respect," Butler said. "Being a police sergeant gives me the opportunity to help people when they are at their worst and do the very best I can to help my fellow Iowans. I want to expand my public ser- vice, representing Warren County in the Iowa Legis- lature." Butler lives in rural Saint Charles. He is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianola. He is engaged to Kateri Duncan and the couple is planning a fall wedding. Iowa House District 26 indudes Indianola, Carlisle, Hartford, Martensdale, Lacona, Sandyville, Ackworth, southern por- tions of Des Moines and ru- ral townships of these cities. 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