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LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mmacrnal Day- Day) i]i!i!i!0000ii00ii000000ii!0000i00ii00ii!i00i!iiii2iiiii!i!iii00iii00iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii00i!i!iii00iiiii}iiiii00iii00iiii!!iiiiiiiiii00i!i00iiiiiii00i!!00iii00i00iJiiiiii 28.04% 8.30% 13.20% 16.93% 8.30% 12.60% 10.07% 6.30% 9.60% * 3 or.above indicates proficiency on the AP exam etting the Record Straight on the Indianola Record Herald Article: Many of you may have seen a recent article in the Indianola Record Herald regarding Norwalk administrative expenses. I know be.cause I have taken quite a bit of ribbing from it. I'm not sure why Norwalk was included in an article about the CIML schools, but it was. I really need to clarify some of the information. The column "percentage of administrative costs" was misidentified , as "the percentage of per-student spending that went to administrative salaries." What an error! Norwalk was incorrectly identified as paying 11.26% of our budget toward "administrative salaries." Obviously,. that cannot be correct. In rough numbers, Norwalk has a $20 million budget. The 11.26% incorrectly attributed to administra- tive salaries would equate to $2,252,00{. I have six principals and two administrators in the central offiice. The math equates to ...... $281,000 per administrator. I am very happy with my salary in Norwalk. However, I can assure you that my administrators and I do not make $281,000 apiece. So, how did such a miscalculation happen? Well, here is where the Record Herald a:rticle "went wrong." The information was taken from work done by Larry Siegel, founder of Iowa School Finamce Information Services. Larry identified many "apples and oranges comparisons" he found in the Record Herald study. These discrepan- cies need to be refuted directly by Larry Siegel original author of the data. Larry identtifies in this communiqud how his work was misunderstood: "It is my understanding that the data that was presented in the newspaper cited the data as reel;resenting "administrative salaries"..., this may or may not be the case - it just depends how the data was coded as part of lthe Certified Annual Report (CAR)for FY 2008. Expenditures for administration can include costs other than just pure salazry costs.'. .... this data is far from a perfect representation - it depends greatly on how the original CAR was coded by indiviidual business managers." - Larry Siegel So, in a nutshell the column that was identified as "percentage of administrative salari(es" was actually "percent of total administrative costs." Larry explained that these total administrative costs incltude materials, secretaries, personnel and materials, maintaining the records of the school, coordination of instrmctional activities ..... or... they may not. It is unique to each district. Norwalk codes more to this budget linee than just administrative salaries. I had a good discussion with the reporter at the Record Herald. It was cert;ainly not his intention to misunderstand the data and he has since received information from Larry Siegel clarifyimg the chart. It is complex work and not easy to understand. I can relate. It was an honest mistake. In a future article, I will lay out more clearly what my salary is and how it compares to other superintendents. As you find with all my articles, it should be riveting reading! Did You Know? (NAPS)--A survey com- missioned by the largest retailer of professional beauty supplies in the world, Sally Beauty, found that 45 percent of women have more than 10 beauty products. For more information, visit SallyBeauty.com or call (800) ASK-SALLY. *** To Stephanie Nelson, author of "The Coupon Mom's Guide To Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half," not taking advantage of coupons is like throwing money down the drain. 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Report inci- dents to postlinspectors.nspis.gov or call (877) 876-2455. $$* Dr. Mary Mokfis, an education specialist for Kumon Math and Reading Centers, says ithout any educational stimulation over long breaks, children could lose more than 2.6 months of math computa- tions skills. Visit www.kumov.cem for tips and information. N U.S. sales of Spanish wine rose nnore than 15 percent in 2008, nd Argentine wines saw a whop- ling 36 percent increase. That's the word from wine expert nthony Dias Blue, who says value wines such as Alamos Mal- bec from Argentina and Martin Cedax Albarino from Spain are a l.uxury that many can still afford. Every school year brings new routines, including changes in child care arrangements and ffmr-school activities. The experts t Champions encourage parents t look for centralized alter-school programs that provide a variety of activities on-site to reduce or limit running from one place to another. clip and save Norwalk Schools Pltone Directory Central OfficeAdministration High School (Grades 10-12) High School Activities Eastview 8/9 School Middle 6/7 School Lakewood Elementary (Grades 4-5) Oviatt Elementary (Grades PreK-3) Transportation Office (Bus Barn) Food Service/Nutrition Office Building & Grounds Office 981-0676 981-4201 981-4204 981-9655 981-0435 981-1850 981-1005 981-0016 981-9876 981-0917 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Healthful Eating Dairy Foods Provide Affordable Health Benefits Important Findings for Children and Adults (NAPS)--The economy has Americans digging deeper to save money, so it is more important than ever to make nutritious choices without putting additional strain on the wallet. The timing could- n't be worse, as many Americans are overweight, yet undernourished when it comes to critical nutrients.As a nation with a calorie sur- plus, it's time to invest in our health by focusing on nutri- ent-rich foods that provide more nutrition per calorie and per permy, Fortunately, nutri- ent-rich dairy foods remain an affordable choice for peo- ple looking to get more nutri- ents for their dollar. "Americans are striving to improve nutrition and healthy eating habits," says Dr. Penny M. Kris-Etherten, Ph.D., RD, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State Univ,. "The review of research fea- tured in the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN) underscores the importance of dairy foods in a daily diet." Together, low-fat and fat- free milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients at a low cost per serving---cium, potassium, phosphorus, pro- tein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents). While the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends those ages 9 and older consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods each day, Americans on average con- sume only half of the recom- mendation each day. Research featured in the JACN sup- plement shows consuming more dairy foods: Helps kids meet nutri- ent needs. Concern over child nutrition is at an all-time high and children between the ages of 9 and 18 need, on average, four servings of dairy a day to meet calcium recommenda- tions and at least three serv- ings to meet magnesium rec- ommendations. Strengthens bones. Dairy foods contribute to bone health at every age. Three servings of dairy foods each day help provide the bone- building nutrients calcium, protein and vitamin D, which are important for strong bones.  in mainmining a healthy weight. A diet con- taining three daily servings of dairy foods has a favorable impact on body weight and composition compared to diets containing less than the rec- ommended amount. Builds a more bal- anced diet. Together, dairy foods provide the nutrients Americans do not consume enough of, like calcium, potas- sium and magnesium. The most practical way to help meet nutrient recommenda- tions may be to add an extra serving of dairy foods to the suggested daily intake. Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods play a key role in the Dietary Approaches to Step Hypertension (DASH) diet, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension. Low- fat diets including a combi- nation of fruits, vegetables and dairy products produce the greatest reduction in blood pressure compared to diets high only in fruits and vegetables. For more information on the health benefits of dairy foods, visit www.National DairyCouncil.org.