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| Thursday, April 21, 2016 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine SOLO FESTIVAL Concluded from p. 8 Ethan Stockwell, Aaron Taylor, Ashton Simpson, Kilian Farrell, Lucy Higgins, Riley Jermier, Grace Laman, Miran- da Murphy, Thomas Supper, Nicole Good, Elizabeth Gideon, Kiera St. John, Mackenzie Donald, Lauren Fick, Vanessa Hautekeete, Brianna Pomero) Pauline Scribano, Madison Sweet, Joslyn Sperry, Aubrey Williamson, TJ Thielen, Kyla Stiegelmeier, Caleb Belden, Nehemiah Gardner, Dean Kimball, Blake Whitaker, Bice/Bowles Mallet Duet, Bice/Bowles Snare Duet, Zach Marker, Brett Dawson, Tyrus Lankford, Nick Bergan, Rebecca Wigg, Emilee Coates Those who received a II rating in 8th grade: Cole Bright, Rian Jessee, Sierra Nava, Katy Reeves, Breana Duffy, Alec Lester, Phoebe Fox, Matt Palen, Jordan Ander- son The band faculty would like to extend their congratu- lations to the following students receiving Outstanding Soloist from their center: 8th Grade: TJ Thielen, tpt; 7th Grade: Emma Chase, t; Seth Lors, percussion; 6th Grade: Brianna Niefert, cl; Grant Kimball, tenor sax; Jessica Erick- son, fl. Be a Strong Broadband Student Ambassador for Iowa; Apply for SYBAC by May 9 Iowa Communications Network is searching for the next generation of strong broadband student leaders. Student applications are being accepted for the 2016- 2017 school year for the Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC). The SYBAC has been established by the Iowa Com- munications Network specifically to engage students on a variety of broadband related topics. Throughout the school year, the students will meet with ICN Executive Director Ric Lumbard to discuss the importance of true high-speed broadband to the next generation. Members of the student advisory council will talk about various technology issues like rural connectivity, wireless ac- cess, infrastructure, and cyber security. Students will identify strategies to improve broad- band connectivity and community environments. This year's SYBAC students have discussed a range of topics including free public Wi-Fi, SunCube FemtoSat satel- lite, driverless cars, lack of strong reliable broadband in some Iowa schools, and LiFi (Light Fidelity). Students enrolled in 10th - 12th grades in Iowa dur- ing the 2016-2017 school year may apply for member- ship. Meetings will take place monthly, beginning in September 2016 through May 2017, via video confer- ence, teleconference, and/or in-person. Council mem- bers also will communicate via other social media. "It is essential to hear directly from students, since they are not only the future of Iowa's tech workforce, but they are broadband thought leaders for the next generation in Iowa," Executive Director Lumbard said. "These students live and breathe technology and it's important to hear their perspectives and listen to their feedback regarding the Internet, we have to bring them to the table." Interested Iowa students can access the application at https://icn.iowa.gov/benefiting-iowans/sybac. [ (NAPS)--Living large in a little home may not only sim- plify life, minimize costs and reduce environmen%~] impact, it can be easier to achieve than many realize. For tips on making the most of small spaces, visit the www.homes. corn Idea Gallery. Since its debut in 1969, The Original Big Wheel has earned its iconic toy status, keeping generations of chil- dren safe and active. Kids today will be able to enjoy the same thrilling experience that their parents and grand- parents did years ago. The National Telecommu- nications Cooperative Asso- ciation (NTCA), the premier a~ciafion representing inde- pendent telecommunications cooperatives, is helping the Federal Communications Commission find a steadfast solution to the call comple- tion problem plaguing rural America. For more informa- tion, visit www.ntca.org or call (703) 351-2000. Tea Collection's sets are a great deal--buy five pieces, get six complete outfits. Each season, Tea Collection design- ers visit a different destina- tion, drawing inspiration from the culture, fashion, architecture, art and land- scapes. For more informa- tion, visit www.teacollection. corn or call (866) 374-8747. Girls Golf Lizzy Putbrese. Photo submitted. Norwalk traveled to Perry to square off in a Triangu- lar golf meet against Perry and Ballard. The young War- rior team placed third. Senior, Rachel Frescoln, over- came difficulty on the 7th hole to carve out a 48 for medalist. Rachel Elliott shot 59. Camri Vivone finished with a 67 and Lizzy Putbrese a 68 to round out the scor- ing. Abby Wermerskirchen also made the trip. The War- riors are in action on Saturday at the Huskie Invitational in Winterset. Agenda City Council Regular Business Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6 p.m. City Hall - 705 North Avenue 1. Call to order. 2. Approval of agenda. 3. Presentations 4. Welcome of guests and public comment. (3 minute limit, no action) 5. Approve minutes - April 7 regular council meeting 6. Consent agenda - a) Expenditures b) Tax abatements c) Liquor license renewals for Villagios' - BB 0033138 d) Letter of support to City of West Des Moines - informational only. e) Monthly reports March 7. Pool maintenance update from Tim Hoskins 8. Discussion on secondary storm sewer hookup dis- tricts. 9. Update from Jean Furler on COLA salary compari- sons. 10. Update from Chief Staples on the State Public Safety Radio System. 11. Discussion of the urban revitalization plan. 12. Motion to consider amending the master plan and rules, regulation and guidelines for the Echo Valley Community Planned Unit Development as contained in Ordinance No 03-08. And potential first reading. 13. Resolution approving the Preliminary plat Mar- ket Place at Echo Valley 14. Council Inquiries and staff updates. 15. Adjournment Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in the 1961 season, set- ting a new Major League Baseball record, and break- ing Babe Ruth's 1927 mark of 60 home runs. He retired in 1968, never having achieved another home run title, but his record stood until 1998. Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. Third Grade Reading I am disappointed to learn that we still have a sig- nificant number of third graders who are not yet read- ing at a satisfactory level. In 2012 we passed the educa- tion reform bill that among other things required that third graders who could not read proficiently, be held back or be required to attend summer school to catch up. I thought that schools would make reading a prior- ity in the early grades to make sure that their third grad- ers could read. The objective of the bill was not to hold back third graders. The objective was to encourage schools and parents to do more to teach students to read. We are now told that nearly 25% of third graders failed the test required under the law. Schools say they do not have the resources to provide the summer school train- ing that the bill required. The legislature has now de- layed the summer school requirement until next year. In addition House File 2413 requires that students in kindergarten through third grade must be provided in- tensive reading instruction if they are not reading pro- ficiently. It requires that parents be notified regularly regarding their child's progress. Reading is absolutely critical for the success of students throughout their school careers. Hopefully schools will make reading the highest priority in the early school years. Agreement on Spending House and Senate leaders have agreed on the overall spending amount for the 2017 fiscal year of $7.53 bil- lion. We have an estimated $174.7 million in new money. As you know most of our available increase in revenue was appropriated for the 2.25% increase in preK-12 funding, about $153 million in dollars. This is barely under 99% of the sum of our estimated revenue and our ending balance, the maximum that we can legally spend. The rest of the budget looks like this: An additional $5.24 million goes to the Justice Systems budget. We give the increase to Public Safety, mainly the Highway Patrol, and the Prisons. Health and Hu- man Services gets an additional $3.496 million. Educa- tion other than PreK-12 gets an additional $4.9 million. Economic Development is cut by nearly $700 million. Agriculture and Natural Resources is at Status Quo. Administration and Regulation (the rest of the govern- ment agencies) is cut by about $1.1 million. About $9 million goes to backfill local governments for the loss caused by the property tax reform that we passed sev- eral years ago. We spent about $300 million more than current revenue in the current fiscal year, leaving less than $100 million in our ending balance. This fund con- tained more than $900 million at it high point. It ap- pears to me that the legislature is again underfunding Medicaid, now Managed Care. We will probably need a supplemental appropriation when we convene next January to make up the shortfall as we have had to do in recent years. We will probably adjourn when all the budget bills are passed. I doubt that we will make it by the April 19 target date. Water Quality Funding A Senate subcommittee has passed a bill to raise the sales tax by 3/8% to help fund water quality and conser- vation measures. The House has passed a very different bill to do the same thing but without a tax increase. I doubt that there will be an agreement between the cham- bers this year. Forum I will be at the Winterset Legislative Forum at the Farmers & Merchants Bank, Saturda3 April 23, at 9 a.m. with Representative Gustafson. Everyone is welcome. As always, feel free tO contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. "-- BAMBINO'S RESTAURANT-- 2025 Grand Ave., West Des Moines 21st 1995-2016 COME CELEBRATE WiTH US. Tues: Discounted homemade fried chicken Wed: Half-off pizza Thurs: All-you-can.eat spaghetti, no cork fee Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to close; Sat., 4 p.m. to close 225-4842