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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT S M,A L L TC'v\/L{ F~A.F~ iZ R,~: 2i7 WEST 3OTA ST, " SHEL-i'N WA 98584-2263 ' ,ii ,,!i,t!,i,flali,ijli, !!Pll".'Jjijj, , ,t Norwalk Warriors Inside: City Council Agenda, Norwalk-Prole Saddle Club, Letters Vol. 44 46 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 4, 2013 1 Kindergarten Readiness Awareness Norwalk Student Opportunities for Parents Education Foundation We have two dates set aside for parent awareness of Activities and Events Kindergarten Readiness. Note that the Kindergarten L By Lori Miller, President program needs ready for the child - not the child dem- onstrating he/she is ready for kindergarten. This may The Norwalk Student Education Foundation (NSEF) read like a play on words; however, we want to use this invites you to join us for Taste for Education 2013, an opportunity to address questions parents might have evening guaranteed to be fun! about the Oviatt kindergarten program. Two Saints and Summerset wineries as well as Wine We started this awareness program two years ago and Styles and Doll Distributing will be pouring tastes in have now expanded the program offering two different honor of our students and teachers. Come hear about evenings for parents to participate. Kindergarten teach- what your donations have done and continue to do for ers Brenda Jorgensen and Dawn Myers will facilitate our schools. Cheeses and chocolates as well as other the program. They encourage parents to pose questions appetizers will also be served, throughout the presentation as this event is designed to The event is set for Friday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. at help both parents and children in their transition to The Wright Place, 340 W. Wright Rd., Suite A, Norwalk. Oviatt Elementary.. Admission is $20 at the door or tickets canbe purchased Location: Oviatt Elementary, Rooms 209 and 211; on our website, www.norwalkstudentfoundation.org. Dates: Monday, April 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., or Tuesday, April 100% of the proceeds go directly to grants and scholar- 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP at 981-1005 to let us know if ships, you plan to attend. You can also sign up during Kinder- The risk is low, the pay out- high!! See you there!! garten Round-Up. TOWN HALL OPEN HOUSE Staff photos by Mary Lou Gray. A Town Hall Open House meeting was held Thurs- day, March 28 at The Wright Place for residents to visit with city officials. More than 100 people attended the gathering from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Doug Pierce, City Administrator Marketa Oliver and councilmembers, along with some department heads were present. Proponents for and against the proposed casino/150- room hotel/events center/bowling alley were present to answer the many questions and concerns about the project. Voters in Warren County will have an opportu- nity to vote on the proposal'Tuesday, May 7. More information about the project can be obtained at www.VoteYesWarrenCounty.com or on Facebook at NoCasinoWarrenCounty. NHS CLASS NHS Class of OF 1993 1973 Reunion PLANS Members of Norwalk High School graduation REUNION class of 1973 are planning Members of Norwalk their 40th reunion in May. High School graduation The reunion will be class of 1993 are planning held Saturday, May 4, at 7 their 20th reunion the p.m. at the home of Rich weekend of July 26 - 28. Gates, 2686 Clark St., Friday, July 26, there Cumming. will be a Happy Hour be- Please RSVP by calling ginning at 6 p.m. at Cal's 515-981-5925. Fine Food & Spirits II, 2351 Sunset Dr. Saturday, July27, atour Gumming Seeks of Norwalk High School is Board planned from 5 - 6 p.m., followed by a Happy Volunteers Hour, dinner and recep- The City of Cumming is tion from 6 p.m. to mid- looking for additional night at Countryside Golf members for both the Park Course, 3089 North Ave. If and Recreation Board and interested for Saturday tee the Planning ard Zoning times, call 515-981-0266. Board. All are three-year Sunday, July 28, there terms to start July 1, 201K will be a family picnic at Requirement are Park Billy O Phillips Park from and Recreation: must live noon to 4 p.m. The park is within the 50061 zip code; located at 2500 Lexington Planning and Zoning: Dr. in Norwalk. must live within the city More details are avail- limits. Contact the City able on Facebook pageClerk at 981-9214 or Norwalk IA Class of 1993 cityclerk@cumming- or email norwalkiaclass iowa.com for more infor- ofl993@gmail.com, mation or to apply. From Norwalk School District By Kate Baldwin, Business Manager for Norwalk Community Schools Norwalk School Board to Approve 2013-2014 Budget Reducing the Property Tax Levy by $.91 The Board of Directors of the Norwalk Community School District will vote to approve a $.91 reduction of the levy for the 2013-2014 school year. This meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. April 8 at Lakewood Elementary ,School. The Board received a presentation at the March 15 board meeting summarizing the proposed certified budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed budget was published in the March 28 issue of the North Warren Town and County News and is also posted on the District's website at http://www.norwalk.k12.ia.us/. Paper copies are available at Central Office located at 906 School Ave., Norwalk. For the first time in nearly 20 years the School District's levy will be below $20 per $1,000. The pro- posed levy for 2013-2014 is $19.65 per $1,000. The prop- erty development within Norwalk and Gumming is in- crementally impacting the community and lowering the levy. Why is the levy going down? The District's property Values continue to increase above the state average. New business and residential properties were added to the tax base during the past year. The total school tax base grew by 6% during the past year. The average annual growth over the past five Concluded p. 11 f By Mayor Doug Pierce 2 I think Spring has finally arrived weatherwise and the warmer temperatures with abundant sunshine just seem to make life more enjoyable. I hope that you all had a great Easter and were able to enjoy it with family and/or friends. The Council will be approving Proclamations at the April 4 Council meeting, two of which are for specific awareness topicsfor the month of April. They are Child Abuse Month and Pay It Forward Day which is April 25. Therefore, I am going to briefly discuss the purpose of both. Since Child Abuse Prevention is for the entire month, I will address-that one first. At my breakfast club re- cently, we had a speaker who addressed the topic of Child Abuse and as part of her presentation was a chart showing the long term results of abuse "events" in one's younger years. In essence, each incident has an expo- nential increase in the probability that it will lead to that person either being an abuser his/herself or will have emotional issues as a result of it. The Proclamations "Therefore" statement is to "call upon all citizens, com- munity agencies, faith groups, medical facilities and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the community in which we live." The second Proclamation is for designating April 25 as "Pay It Forward Day." The concept is to promote com- munity spirit through intentional acts of kindness so as to create positive change in our community and world - one good deed at a time. Therefore, the last Thursday of April is proclaimed as Pay It Forward Day in Norwalk and all citizens are urged to observe this day with ac- tivities and acts of kindness that demonstrate and Gel- ebrate selfless giving. Garrett to Host Norwalk Forum Representative Julian Garrett will hold a legislative forum at the Norwalk City Hall Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. Representative Garrett will discuss the current leg- islative session and answer questions and entertain com- ments from those in attendance. The public is invited.