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Thursday, August 6, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine »DENNY WULF Concluded from p. 1 Math results on Iowa Tests when compared to Central Iowa (ABA 11) and the entire state: MEI Grade 7 “II- “n “_ “a 79 n 7 n Please note that each level performed averages and can u 77 m- Work and College Readiness: The 2013 education reform law (House File 215) directed the‘Iowa Department of Education to develop a system for evaluating and ranking schools based on their performance in nine areas. The first requirements re- ported on the website were student proficiency and college and work readiness. The new website allows users to look up each public school and find performance. As of now, the site is limited to proficiency and college and work readiness, but will soon expand to more measures indicating the health of all Iowa public schools. The scatter plots below represent screen shots of Norwalk’s performance in comparison to Iowa’s 336 school districts. You will see a crosshatch in the top right hand corner. These schools have both high basic proficiency and high college and work readiness in math. Where these lines cross, represents Norwalk’s score. Please note there are only five schools of the possible 336 Iowa districts that scored better than Norwalk in BOTH math proficiency and math college and work readiness. Sumac. Math > v SL101)? £315 In?! Li!‘ . Districts v“: Academic Year " smearing... Norwalk v orwalk Proficiency: 32.2% I ammonia.“ 3 SO esteem are)? $3 a SIS Elli-ions Mama-g (Lnlleself this; Reade Crunch ii. ' 'i a 0 Sure finaéttenoy: 882% _‘ 62.5 as 57 s in ‘52 :55 77.: so are e; :57 9o 92.3 as as Stimuli: martini) (Mizitnfiv M mm" , The second scatter plot represents Norwalk’s performance it comparison to Iowa’s 336 school districts in read- ing. Again, you will see a crosshatch in the top right hand coner. These schools have both high basic proficiency and high college and work readiness in reading. Where these ines cross represents Norwalk’s score. Please note there are only 20 schools of the possible 336 Iowa districts score above Norwalk in BOTH proficiency and college and work readiness in reading. Unfortunately, many districts Ire clustered over Norwalk in the screen shot‘; 80, I chose the one that is directly over the Norwalk Score (Southeast Hamilton). Academic Your District List Scone OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES TO BE APPROVED AT THE AUGUST 4, 2015 MEETING July 21, 2015 The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, July 21, 2015. at 9:00 am. with Supervisors’ Doug ShuII, Dean C.Yordi and Crystal McIntyre present. County Auditor Traci VanderLinden, County Administrator Jean Furier and Bud- get Coordinator Megan Andrew were also present. The following business was had to-wit; DISCUSSION ONLY: The Board met to discuss Sheriff FY16 Budget. Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 9:07 am. ATTEST: AUDITOR, Traci VanderLinden CHAIR, Doug Shull OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTESTO BE APPROVED ATTHE AUGUST 4, 2015 MEETING July 22,2015 The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 4:00 pm. with Supervisors’ Doug Shull and Crystal McIntyre present. Dean C. Yordi was present via telephone. County Auditor Traci VanderLinden was also present. The following business was had to-wit; RESOLUTION 15-129 CLAIMS AMOUNT REVISION BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby ap- proves the corrected claims amount, reflective of the July 22, 2015 Board of Supervisors regular meeting, to be $615,841.48 in lieu of$612,841.48. Carried unanimously Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 4:02 pm. ATTEST: AUDITOR, Traci VanderLinden CHAIR, Doug Shull OFFICIAL PUBLICATION City of Norwalk ORDINANCE NO. 15-06 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NORWALK, IOWA, BY REZONING PROPERTY LOCATED AT 6288 ADAMS STREET FROM A-R, AGRICULTURAL RESERVE, TO RE-1, RURAL ESTATES RESIDENTIAL Passed by City Council on July 16, 2015. Additional information and a full copy of the ordinance is available for inspection at City Hall, 705 North Avenue, Norwalk, IA 50211; 515/981-0228 or on line at h : .norw I .i v v rnment.a Nominations for Classroom Grants Greater Iowa Credit Union is taking nominations for Project Classroom grants for K—5 Elementary classrooms for the 5th consecutive year. I Project Classroom was developed by Greater Iowa Credit Union to allow K—5 teachers to purchase suppliesiijfl- for their classrooms. There are a total of four $1,000; ” grants that will be awarded for classroom supplies, field trips, technology, books—the possibilities are endlessly ,. The online nomination form includes a 500-word or O) O 3 0| 0 State aggregate \n {3 g b O W . E as Students Meeting Coiiegeiflwaer-‘Raady Growth (CCR) 0i Sm: Troikiencv 75.6% ' G :55 s}: so as 7}. 755 so as so 54 Students Meeting iroficiemy Other honors which deserve attention: . 0 Once again, we are in the top 50 for advanced placement (AP) coursework across Iowa. We are one of only 17 schools that have been on that "Belin-Blank AP College Readiness List” since its inception in 2005. 0 Norwalk Graduation Rate exceeds the state average. 0 Our professional teaching staff is currently in the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant from the state of Iowa. Norwalk is one of the early innovators of this statewide honor. ‘ What’s next? . Academically, the United States is increasingly being compared to our counterparts overseas. A beginning inquiry into that international competition has begun. Iowa has selected a small sample of schools to take an international test. Five school districts were chosen to represent Iowa. Even though Norwalk scores well in Iowa, we were interested in understanding how the bar must rise in N orwalk to be considered among the elite schools in the world. We will be meeting with the international testing group to dissect and receive in-servicing regarding the results on September 25. I will keep you informed of our progress. Locally, growth will continue to be a pleasant challenge. We certainly prefer it over the population declines occurring in two-thirds of Iowa’s schools. We are certainly blesed in that regard. The board has hired demogra- phers that worked in other fast growing Iowa schools to make ppulationprojections. We will be releasing infor- mation as it is received. Statewide, all Iowa schools will be challenged by the recent eto of a spending bill proposed by the house and the senate. Spending Will be 1.25% increase over last year. Nirwalk board and administration will gauge the impact on staffing and services. That has already begun. We wil report responses to the funding as they develop. I look forward to another outstanding year for the students and families of Norwalk Schools. N orwalk is not a stranger to great successes and tough times. Americanprogress.com identifies Norwalk’s “spending efficiency” in the top twenty-five percent of all Iowa schools. We will continue to look for ways to improve our services and make them more efficient for Norwalk taxpayers. In the world of horses, palomino Is a "gm m" 0.. golden The tltfe of the classic Disney film “Fantasia” (1 940) horse with an ivory or cream-colored mane and tail. A means “a free Imusma'] ‘=°""P°3m‘='n Structured accord- sabino is a roan or light red horse with a white belly. "'9 “the °°mp°se"s fancy}, #— more essay explaining how the funds will be used. Es- says should include how the grant will enhance the learning experience in the classroom, what creative fea- j tures make it stand out from traditional teaching ap- ' proaches, how much the project/technology/item will. coSt and if it has apprOval from the school’s administra- tion. Nominations can come from members, teachers, stu- dents and administrators. The classroom must be within the Greater Iowa field of membership which includes 33 counties in Iowa. Additional information on Project Classroom and the application is located on our web site at www.greateriowacu.org. The application dead- line is September 1, 2015. A committee will evaluate all nominations and select winners without the knowledge of the school’s location, teacher or party making the nomination. Grants will be awarded October 1, 2015. Questions regarding the Project Classroom program should be directed to Greater Iowa’s marketing depart- ment at marketing@greateriowacu.org or Linda Gibbs at 515-956-3088. 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