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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren -J ,,: L ,,- ..... ........ i ] ii' I1 I ! ! "' ';' " / Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 7 Vol. 47 No. 3 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, June 4, 2015 4 SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District School Board Election: September 8, 2015 Tuesday, Sept. 8, Iowans across the state will be headed to the polls to elect candidates to their local school boards. In 2009, the Iowa legislature adopted a new law that moved away from annual school board elections of 3-year terms to a model of bi-annual elec- tions in odd number years, electing board members for 4-year terms. The Norwalk Community School District board of directors consists of five members. All directorships are "at-large", meaning candidates may reside at any loca- tion within the school district to be eligible to run for school board office. A candidate must be at least 18 years of age. The Board of Directors conducts one regular meeting per month and usually holds a second special meeting each month. Three of the five positions will be up for election in the fall. Members with expiring terms are Rick Kaul, George Meinecke and Katherine Schmidt. Meinecke and Schmidt have served on the school board since 2002 and Kaul since 2004. Kaul intends to run for re-election. Meinecke and Schmidt have declared they will not be running for another term. We are very grateful to all three of these board members for the service they have provided to our school district. To become a candidate for school board, a citizen must submit a nomination petition to the Board Secre- tary. The nomination forms are available at the Norwalk Community School District office located at 380 Wright Road, during normal office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the Iowa Secretary of State website http:// sos.iowa.gov/elections/candidates/index.html. The nomination petition must contain the signatures of a minimum of 50 eligible electors (citizen's eligible to vote) within the Norwalk Community School District. Once this petition is submitted, the candidate must complete an affidavit of andidacy with the Board Secretar de- claring their intent to run for term of office. The Board Secretary will submit these forms to the county auditor to verify eligibility. Once this process is complete, the Concluded p. 2 Connection Music Festival This Saturday The second annual free outdoor Connection Music Festival will be held Saturda) June 6, at Crossroads Church, 2601 Border Street in Norwalk. Gates to the Christian music fest open at 12:30 p.m. next to the church. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers will not be allowed on site. The headliner band is Building 429. They are known for hit songs "Where I Belong" and "We Won't Be Shaken." Other bands to be featured are About a Mile, Bread of Stone, I Am They, Norwalk's Jeff Arrandale and We Are Vessel, During the evening, Josh Brewer will be the guest speaker as part of his national speaking tour. Last year, the Norwalk festival was launched in part- nership with Lifelight CommUnications under the lead- ership of Paster Glenn Blumer and Crossroads Church. In addition to the live music, there will be a Family Fun Zone with games for children of all ages. Wrist- bands for all-day access to the children's inflatables will be available for $5, Food and beverages will be available to purchase. Vote before June 9 Norwalk PTO Has a Chance to Win $10,000 Norwalk, Iowa, parent teacher organization one of eight finalists in "Home Team Hospitality" community contest The Norwalk School Parent Teacher Organiza- tion (PTO) of Norwalk, has been selected as one of eight regional finalists of the Baymont Inn & Suites spring 2015 "Home Team Hospitality" contest, a community contest cel- ebrating the hotel brand's neighborly hospitality by offering local amateur groups the chance to h3 $10,000 and 1,000,000 Wyndham Rewards points. Selected from more than 1,500 entries from teams and clubs across the coun- try, the Norwalk School PTO will receive $2,500 and 200,000 Wyndham Re- wards points as one of the top eight finalists. The Parent Teacher Or- ganization entered the con- test with hopes to fund a new elementary school playground. To win the grand prize of $10,000 and 1,000,000 Wyndham Rewards points, the Norwalk School PTO must receive the most votes on www.baymontinns .com/hometeamhospitality. Voting is open through June 9, 2015. Baymont Inn & Suites is a midscale hotel brand with a "Hometown Hospi- tality" service promise fo- cused on community. The brand held its first "Home Team Hospitality" contest in 2014 and continues to reach out to communities to learn about inspiring lo- cal programs in need of support. "Congratulations to the Norwalk School PTO for reaching the final stage in our "Home Team Hospital- ity' contest," said Greg Giordano, vice president, operations for Baymont Inn & Suites. For official rules, visit http://www.baymontinns. com/hometeam hospitality. Norwalk Band Directors Honored Jeff Heltman, Dr. Jack Stamp, Ken Huen and Carroll Hardy The Norwalk High School Bands were recipi- ents of a great treat for their final concert of the season, and directors Ken Huen, Carroll Hardy and Jeff Heltman were signifi- cant benefactors. The Norwalk Music Boosters, in celebration of the three directors' 96 combined years of service to Norwalk's Music Program, commissioned an original composition from Dr. Jack Stamp. Dr. Stamp, newly retired Professor of Music and Director of Band Stud- ies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has over 60 published compositions, about a dozen of which Norwalk bands have per- formed. For the celebra- tion of Norwalk Music's excellence and dedication in its directors, the Norwalk Music Boosters commissioned Dr. Stamp to compose an original work entitled Foundation Cubed. The 11-12 Band performed the piece, with- out knowing its signifi- cance, at the State Large Group contest at Indianola May 9 and earned a Divi- sion I rating (the highest rating). It was the first time the music had ever been performed. At the band concert May 13, Dr. Stamp was in attendance to hear the 9-10 band perform a much older composition of his, Grace and Glory. The 11- 12 band then took the stage for the offficial premier of Foundation Cubed. Nick Menke surprised the audi- ence when he announced that the piece was commis- sioned by the Norwalk Music Boosters; Dr. Stamp then addressed the band and the audience with pro- gram notes and the true story of how the piece came to be. (He had been to the school the day prior to rehearse with the bands and concocted a story about the piece to maintain the surprise.) The three H's, as Dr. Stamp referred to the honored directors, had no idea of the dedica- tion or the significance. Ken Huen, Jeff Heltman Photos submitted. and Carroll Hardy were humbled and honored at the surprise. Following the perfor- mance, all three directors appeared on stage to be presented with an original and signed score of the composition. Following the concert, Dr. Stamp stayed to sign autographs for the students. It was an exciting night for all those in attendance. Huckabee In Indianola Saturday Mike Huckabee, Re- publican Presidential can- didate, will be in Indianola Saturda June 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He will be speaking a t approximately 6 p.m. at the First Assem- bly of God Church Fire- side room located at 1700 W. 2nd Avenue in Indianola. The public is invited. 4 8 ?