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Thursday, April 11, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven DR. DENNY WULF Concluded from p. 1 increased state requirements of the Iowa Core, training in the new state assessments, professional development and building level strategies. I realize the inconvenience that this will create for families. I regret that. However, to meet the new state requirements, we will have to be- come more like other neighboring districts in our com- parability group. Mark's creative work with the calen- dar also increased on-task student contact time. A final regret is Mark's impending advancement to a "Zone Coordinator's Position" at AEA 11. We will be s.tudying several models to replace the Curriculum Director po- sition in the next few weeks. Good luck to Mark! Andy Mogle is Iowa's Family and Consumer Sci- ence Instructor of the Year-A week ago, I received a notification that Andy Mogle has been selected to re- ceive the Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the, Year Award. This award, along with Andy's Teacher of the Year Award, puts him among the most honored teachers in Iowa. Andy will be honored at a luncheon Saturda) April 6, at Central Campus. Andy joins a grow- ing number of Norwalk educators honored with state- wide awards over the last two years. That includes Iowa Principal of the Year Dale Barnhill, Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year Mark Crady, Iowa Technol- ogy Leader of the Year Tim Geyer and Iowa Teacher of the Year Charity Campbell. Norwalk is honored to have a staff of such high quality. School Improvement Advisory Committee-Tuesday, April 9, we have our SIAC end of the year meeting. Fif- teen parent groups will finalize reports and share them at this meeting. Groups include Gifted and Talented, Title 1 Reading, Multicultural Gender Fair, Activities and Recreation, Special Education and many others. Feel free to attend. If you would like to participate next year, email my administrative assistant, Melissa at melissalake@norwalk.k12.ia.us to get on the list. The district has "closed" on our new central office south of town-The building is the former" chiropractor's center" on the corner of Highway 28 and Wright Road. The address is 380 Wright Road. Thanks to owner Kim Reuter for being gracious and reasonable with the en- tire process. The site will provide office space and stor- age space for years into the future. Anyone looking for a turn-of-the-century brick building for a reasonable price? Call central office with any leads. A New Principal for Oviatt: The Norwalk School Board has approved Sheila Taylor as the next Oviatt principal. After a very intensive search, consensus was found by all four Oviatt interview teams. Sheila is a prin- cipal in the Morton School District In Illinois. Sheila has a wide range of experiences in education. She taught for five years in Adair-Casey at the elementary level and coached. She served 16 years as an administrator in Boone, Knoxville, IL .and Morton, IL. Her present dis- trict is comparable to Norwalk and she works at the larg- est neighborhood school in Morton. She has 66 staff members (certified and classified) and 455 students. Her school was recently an Illinois nominee for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Lincoln has been honored with the Illinois'Academic ExcellenceAward eight years in a row. Lincoln hosts the district's only early child- hood program and the only primary and intermediate programs for challenged learners. A recent work trans- fer for her spouse made it possible for Sheila to return to her home state, Iowa. Background: Sheila has leadership experience in" el- ementary math and reading textbook selection and alignment to the Illinois State Standards and the Com- mon Core; 6 Traits trainer; Response to Instruction (RTI) trainer; teacher evaluation planner; curriculum mapping and master mapping; oversaw the district at-risk pro- gram in Knoxville; wrote and implemented the Knox- ville, IL technology plan and implemented an all-day kindergarten program, among other duties. This hire is the result of weeks of work by many people. My thanks to: an outstanding group of candi- dates!; our Oviatt teacher leadership team that studied the Iowa Administrative Standards and created a selec- tion rubric based on Oviatt's needs and those standards; our "first cut" team that narrowed 41 candidates to 14 with a rubric; our second cut team used a more exten- sive rubric to narrow from 14 to the final eight; our par- ent team, teacher team, classified team and administra- tive team for their unanimous selection over a period of two days of interviews (during an unexpected snow- storm). But more than anyone else, I want to thank Laura Sivadge for providing a high bar for leadership at Oviatt. Additionally; her early announcement provided time to select the most qualified candidates for interview. Go Warriors! LETTERS We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Dear Editor, This is in response to Susan Geddes' letter to the edi- tor, which was published March 28, concerning the vote to approve a casino in Warren County. She refers to 600 jobs that offer all full time positions and full benefits - 401 (k), healthcare, paid time off, holidays. Sounds too to be true--because it is. If she would have checked her facts with the Warren County Citizens for Good Jobs information, there are actually only 450 full time posi- JILL ANDERSON Concluded from p. 10 learning. As a staff, we are trying to use data, stay fo- cused, look to research for the answers and truly try to create a community of professionals. PTO Fun Night: Thanks to the parents and high school students who volunteered to help with PTO Fun Night. It takes a tremendous amount of time and plan- ning to coordinate such abig event. Upcoming Event8 April 17 Early Out April 29 May Term Starts for 5th Grade April 30 5:30- Parent Orientation for Middle School High School 2013-14 Dance Team Tryouts for the 2013-14 High School Dance Team were tions, of which I would not consider "good paying jobs." The Racing and Gaming Commission has established the pay for casino workers at roughly 20 percent over minimum wage, which would be $9.50 to $10 an hour. This works out to an $18,000 annual salary. I don't con- sider a job that pays barely above the poverty level a "good paying job". As far as health benefits, with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act from the federal government all a business has to do is limit a worker's hours to less than 30 hours a week and they would not have to provide healthcare. In her letter, she says a "yes" vote includes a new casino, a 150 room hotel, state of the art event center for local concerts and a bowling cen- ter. If this passes, all it does is give permission for the developer to build a casino. If he does not wish to build these other amenities, he is not under any obligation to do so. Ms. Geddes has referred to Mr. Tom Coates, and his concern of the social impacts on the community, "and the ascertation that casinos prey upon those with gam- bling problems." Mr. Coates included the studies and references in his article on which he based his state- ments. Since he has dealt with people's money prob- lems for over 30 years, I would consider him an expert in the field. Even though Ms. Geddes did not mention her source, I was able to find, on the internet, the information she shared in her letter. The University of Iowa study com- pared results from 1989, 1995 and 2012. They surveyed only 356 residents. The percent with gambling problems did drop from 2% to 1.4%. However, prior to the gam- ing industry coming to Iowa, the self reported addic- tion was rated at .1%. This increase from .1% to 2% sug- gests "casinos have had a great impact on problem gam- blers," said Donald Black, a psychiatry professor at the UI, who has been studying gamblers and gambling hab- its since the late 1990"s. I was also able to find another Ut study from 2007 by Professor Black. "A recent report by researchers with UI Health Care shows pathological gambling can have widespread negative impact upon gamblers, themselves, their spouses and their children." To the notion that a casino would support local busi- nesses, most casinos try to have one-stop shopping or all inclusive environments. Very few businesses in town would benefit from this casino. If you are a Norwalk resident are you prepared to pay for the new infrastructure (streets and sewer) and additional police and fire service (a new ladder truck to reach higher than the third floor of a hotel) this facility would surely require? If you live outside of Norwalk and are in favor of this casino, do you realize that if this passes it could be built anywhere in Warren County - not just Norwalk. Do you really want it in your back yard? Every dollar that is spent at a casino is a dollar that is not being spent at a gas station, a restaurant, a grocery store or many other locally owned businesses. On May 7, please vote NO. /s/Craig McDonald Paid for by Craig McDonald 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 ,lomorid Day-I abor Da3 held Friday, March 29. The judges were Marianne Peterson, Stacey Bouchard and Angela Beenen from Southeast Polk. Those named to the team are: Jordyn Marvelli, Clarissa Lewis, Julie Sheber, Sydney Welch, -,Shaelyn Agee, Meredith King, Abby Burris, Izzy Clark, Elly Hofmaier, Teddi Wood, Lexie Beermann, Olivia Steenhoek, Katie Hagar, Lauren Joniak and Jessica Phipps. NHS CLASS OF 1993 PLANS REUNION Members of Norwalk High School graduation class of 1993 are planning their 20th reunion the weekend of July 26 - 28. Friday, July 26, there will be a Happy Hour be- ginning at 6 p.m. at Cal's Fine Food & Spirits II, 2351 Sunset Dr. Saturday, July 27, a tour of Norwalk High School is planned from 5 - 6 p.m., followed by a Happy Hour, dinner and recep- tion from 6 p.m. to mid- night at Countryside Golf Course, 3089 North Ave. If interested for Saturday tee times, call 515-981-0266. Sunday, July 28, there will be a family picnic at Billy O Phillips Park from noon to 4 p.m. The park is located at 2500 Lexington i Members of Norwalk High School graduation class of 1973 are planning their 40th reunion in May. The reunion will be held Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the home of Rich Gates, 2686 Clark St., Cumming. Please RSVP by calling 515-981-5925. APRIL 13th! May Delivery 10 lbs. for $11 To place your order, call JACK LANE 981-4273 Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Fundraiser i o ORDER BY Dr. in Norwalk. More details are avail- able on Facebook page Norwalk IA Class of 1993 or email norwalkiaclassofl 993@gmail.com. NHS Class of 1973 Reunion SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211