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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR norwalk O&apos;t:: " <. W-. AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren -i/1i I lL t/ , II,I ,, I ,,i ,, I, I, I,' I,, I , , I, ,I ,I , ,I, I , I1,, ,, I I ,,,, II1,,,I , I,I ,I Town and County ews .50 Vol. 43 No. 47 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 12, 2012 NSEF Updates George Meinecke of City State Bank and Lori Miller, NSEF President. Photo submitted. City State Bank has awarded Norwalk Student Edu- cation Foundation with $3,000 to support grants and scholarships. NSEF thanks City State Bank for their con- tinued support of Norwalk Schools! This money will benefit YOUR child! Join us for DRIVE ONE 4UR SCHOOL Monda) April 16, at the High School from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For each test drive, Ford will donate $20. We can raise $6,000 in one day! Come Drive One!!! Spon- sored by the Ford Motor Company, Noble Ford and NSEF. .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools The Impact of the Iowa Legislature on the Norwalk District The politics of this legislative session have been un- usually complex, no doubt due to the long range impli- cations of the decisions in front of them. I have made several visits to legislators in the last two months and sat in on a few night sessions, There is a great deal of partisanship, but there is also a sense of movement. It seems on some key issues such as the teacher pay lad- der, the legislators kicked the can down the road. This may have been wise. There was consensus that "some- thing" needed to be done to incentivize the teaching profession with a focus on student achievement. How- ever, there was little consensus about the correct path to follow. I am serving on a committee, led by Depart- ment of Education Director Jason Glass to examine the research regarding teacher payment options and try to find successful state models for us to study. It is a slow process. There was much conversation about evaluating teach- ers on a yearly basis with the help of administrators, peers and student feedback. This plan drew some op- position from several venues. The School Administra- tors of Iowa believed that much of that work is done already by administrators. Each teacher is required to perform an "Individual Professional Development Plan." The process requires each teacher to meet yearly with each administrator, set goals based on the Iowa Teaching Standards, the needs of the district/building and the needs of the teacher. The teacher works on this plan throughout the course of the year. The adminis- Concluded p.10 WC Saddle Club Event Saturday Members "of Warren County Saddle Club will hold a Pre-Season Kick Off Member Tack Swap and Clean Up Day Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, at the Warren County fairgrounds. Clean up days at the fairgrounds will be held Saturday and Sunday with a Tack Swap from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Members may set up tables at noon. A board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Booth rental for mem- bers and sponsors is free with non-members paying $25. To reserve a spot, call Lori Abernathy at 515-681- 3616 or email her at mikepayday@aol.com. Sunday, April 15, is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird discount on membership fees: The entry shed will be open Sunday to sign up for 2012 membership for the War- ren County Saddle Club. KC Supper, Rummage Sale The Norwalk Knights of Columbus will host their 2nd Annual Giant Rum- mage sale at St. John the Apostle church in Nor- walk April 27 and 28. Do- nations can be brought to the church Thursda April 26, through Saturday morning the 28th. A dona- tion form will be available for income tax purposes. We cannot accept dona- tions of dothing. In addition, the Knights will host a spaghetti sup- per Friday evening, April 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the church hall with sneak peak of the sale at 6 p.m. The official rummage sale will begin Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event proceeds will go to Charitable Works of the Norwalk Knights and Inner Visions Medical Clinic in Des Moines. The clinic helps to better edu- cate young pregnant mothers. Pre-register by May 4 2012 RUNorwalk Area residents are re- minded that the 12th An- nual RUNorwalk, spon- sored by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, City State Bank, Anytime Fitness, Norwalk Family Dentistry and Norwalk Physical Therapy, will be held Saturday, May 12, starting at the Norwalk High School Track at 8:30 a.m. Runners will be rac- ing through Norwalk neighborhoods and there will be some temporary street closings to allow the runners to cross busy in- tersections in a safe man- ner. Maps of the running and walking routes are in- cluded elsewhere in this issue. The event includes an 8K Run, 5K Run/Valk and a free Kids Fun Run, as well as a Health Expo. Chip timing is used for the main event. Cash and other prizes will be awarded. Registration forms are available at the Norwalk Chamber office, 1039 Sunset Dr., or online at www.NorwalkCham ber.org or at www.GetMe Registered.com. For more information call the Chamber office at 981-" 0619 or go to Norwalk Chamber@msn.com. Pre-registration and en- try fees are due by Friday,. May 4, which includes a free T-shirt. Entry fees are as follows: ages 12-65, $25 per person; ages 5-11, $15 per person; ages 4 and un- der, free with no T-shirt and ages 66 and over, free with no T-shirt. After May 4 or Race Day Registration, the fee is ages 12-65, $30 per person (no guarantee of a T-shirt); ages 5 - 11, $20 per person with no guarantee of a T- shirt. Race Day registra- tion is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Norwalk High School Track. Race Packets may be picked up Frida3 May 11 at the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce office, 1039 Sunset Dr., from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at the registra- tion booth on Race Day. 2012 NHS DRAMA PRESENTS: Daddy's Girl 2012 NHS Drama will present "Daddy's Girl" at Norwalk High School's Performing Arts Center Thurs- day, April 19, and Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door only. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Benard Muloovy, owner and cook of Maudie's diner, is served a full plate of comedic chaos when his deceased wife, a talking portrait on the wall, enlists the help of an angel, Michael, to help her reunite Benard with their long-lost daughter, Elizabeth. True to his mischievous nature, Michael delivers two Elizabeths and Benard's task is to decide which young woman is his real daugh- ter. The fun begins when a full cast of zany diner patrons take sides and offer their own theories as to who the real Elizabeth could be. In this contest of laughter and tears, rules are broken and sides are taken as one young lady reveals a secret and ultimately claims her pater- nity, but not without a twist or two. This is a feel good comedy that brings a child and father together, as well as adding a little love and ro- mance, that will sure to delight. . ............ . ( 1 NORWALK POLICE CHIEF Ed Kuhl The Officers of the Norwalk Police Department are appreciative of the community's support for our Public Safety Operations and our staffs. While the Norwalk Police Department will never get involved in a political question, it is our obligation to make certain that our residents have accurate facts to consider in whatever their decision may be. The Conception of some appears to be that we pur- chase vehicles for $45,000 each and trade them every three years. While it is recommended and most Police Departments do trade their vehicles at three years and 85,000 miles, we do not. They accumulate an average of 20,000 miles each year and due to our budget constraints the sedans we drive for five years and the SUVs we drive for six years. Last year we put 98,504 miles on our ve- hicles. These miles are not normal driving miles and the stresses placed on the vehicle are far greater than a personal vehicle. Those vehicles do many times oper- ate 24 hours a day and not for just the driving miles. Our vehicles cost an average of about $23,000 on state bid and the computerized, digitized equipment in it and on it cost with installation cost about $22,000 and about $850 for the markings. We manage our fleet so we replace only one vehicle each year to keep a level budget. The strategy we have now is to use SUVs and attempt to operate vehicles for six years, this will reduce the frequency of equipment replacement and installation costs. We certainly hope this works and the experience of other Police Depart- ments indicates that it should. We are driving two Ford Crown Victorias that have 94,000 and 92,000 miles, they are planned to go at 112,000 miles, a Ford Explorer with 68,000 miles, the SUVs are expected to last past 120,000 miles. When we are done with them, the Fire Department or another City Depart- ment will likely get them, as they bring very little when sold .and it saves the other Department the cost of pur- chasing and installing the used equipment that is al- ready installed. The City purchases these vehicles with bond money; Concluded p.5