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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the f Page Eight SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baidwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Passes!!! The School Board and staff would like to thank the voters for approving the renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy ( PPEL) for another 10 years. The ballot measure received an 81% approval rating among the 245 constituents that voted. The PPEL revenues, by Iowa law, can only be used for building repairs and maintenance, new construction, school buses and ve- hicles, large equipment items costing over $500 and site maintenance and improvements. As the district has added new facilities, the need for a secure maintenance budget is vital. Renewal of this infrastructure funding will provide security for future facility maintenance and help to preserve scarce General Fund revenues for class- room instruction. Without PPEL the District may have been forced to make difficult decisions like choosing between repairing a roof or purchasing new curricu- lum. The public has provided the funding to eliminate these types of choices. It will be my recommendation to this Board and fu- ture school boards that PPEL revenues should not be utilized for new construction projects. In the past, the District has utilized PPEL to supplement new construc- tion project funding. The District needs to avoid using PPEL for new construction if the commitment means that other buildings will be forced to defer necessary maintenance items. The Board of Directors will be reviewing and updat- ing the School's 20-year Facilities Master Plan during this school year. This process is important as we know the communities of Norwalk and Cumming will con- tinue to grow in population. The City of Cumming has recently completed long-term infrastructure and urban planning and We City of Norwalk is currently involved in a similar process. Both dries have contacted school administration during these planning processes to _ gather data and input regarding anticipated growth expectations. The City of Norwalk has invited the school administration to participate in some of the planning sessions along with community and organizational rep- resentatives. The City of Norwalk will be collectively sharing ideas and gathering at-large public input at a town hall-style meeting on October 25 (6:30 p.m. City Hall), just as the City of Cummmg presented plans at a public meeting last spring. 'The cooperation of all local governments is an essential key to successful public planning. The Norwalk Community School District thanks the community for their continued support not .only of the PPEL vote, but other programs and funding measures that serve our students. .t Central Rep At NHS A Central College admissions representative will soon be visiting area high schools. All students are in- vited to visit the representative in the schools" counsel- ing, centers to learn more about Central. Admissions counselor Steffanie Tomlinson will visit Norwalk High School at I p.m. Tuesda3 Oct. 25. Central College is a private, f0ur-year, residential, lib- eral arts college in Pella. Central'a academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. More information about Central College is available , ---at www.central.edu or by calling 877-462-3687. Norwalk COmmunity School District N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 6, 2011 LADY WARRIORS VOLLEYBALL Wet Conditions for the The Lady Warriors Volleyball team has split a pair of Norwalk Cross Country Teams conference matches (currently 1-2 in the Little Hawkeye Monday, Sept. 26 brought some very wet and windy Conference) and took third place in the Des Moines conditions for the Norwalk Cross Country teams as they Roosevelt Tournament last weekend. The Warriors are traveled to the Nevada Invitational Cross Country Meet. showing great improvement and excitement for the Top team performances were turned in by DC-G and game of volleyball. "The girls are playing very hard and North Polk for the Girls Division and Gilbert and North I'm proud that their hard work is showing," said Head Polk for the Boys Division. In the Junior Varsity Divi- Coach Brook Byars. "We have our toughest three con- sions, Gilbert and Norwalk were the top teams for the ference matches out of the way, so we are looking for- girls and DC-G and Gilbert for the boys. ward to playing hard and getting back into second place Individually, the races were led by sophomore Madi in the conference." Waymire from DC-G running a time of 14:23 and Ma- September 13 son Powers, a senior from Gilbert, in a time of 16:15. Norwalk 3, Oskaloosa 2 Top finishers for Norwalk in the Girls Varsity Division Norwalk hosted the Oskaloosa Indians in a five game were: Cassidy Gornick (junior) placing 30th in 17:32, match. The Warriors came from behind (13-14) to win Alexa Berkenpas (senior) placing 35th in 17:47 and Erin the match 16-14. "I was ver proud of the girls I tell Sharp (junior) placing 41st in 17:59. Top finishers for them the reason we condition and weightlift every day the Norwalk Boys Varsity Division were: Chance Sauer is to beat teams in long battles like this one," said Byars. (sophomore) placing 7th in 16:58, Salem Hildebrandt Sam Miller and Sam Feller dominated the offense (sophomore) placing 31st in 17:45 and Dennis Crum with 20 and 18 kills respectively. Dani Richardson con- (sopHomore) placing 42nd in 18:08. nected for 30 assists on the night, followed by Michaela The Nevada Meet was Norwalk junior Sarah Adams' Pearson with 18. Defensively, the Warriors had four play- first meet back since her'injury on August 30. She ran ers with double digit digs. Miller had 14 digs, Pearson in the Junior Varsity Division and placed 3rd in a time had 13 and Feller and Richardson each had 12. Leading of 17:57 (the 3rd best time for the Norwalk Girls Varsity in the first line of defense was Shannon Stephany with Team at the meet). Adams unfortunately is still on the seven blocks and Megan Westhoff with five blocks. From injured list and is questionable for the Norwalk Invita- ,behind the service line, Feller served 15-15 and Calyn tional on Monday Oct. 3. Other top performances turned Thompson 13-13. Miller dominated with seven ace in by the Norwalk Junior Varsity Girls were: senior serves and Natalie Meuler three. Samantha Ri0rdan in 18:21 (7th place), freshman Jes- September 20 sica VanZuuk in 19:08 (16th place) and freshmen twins Norwalk 0, Newton 3 Tisheena and Tiffany Huss in 19:27 and 19:28 (18th and Norwalk traveled to Newton to take on the Cardi- 19th place). nals in a tough three game match. Leading the battle Norwalk Junior Varsity Boys turned in top perfor- were senior Miller and junior Feller with nine and Seven mances by senior Marcus Johnson in 20:27 (60th place), kills each. Richardson had 12 assists. Thompson led in junior Jake Simpson in 20:38 (70th place) and sopho- digs with 10 and Kaitlin Gonder had three blocks. Miller more Kyle Warren in 20:46 (81st place). The winner of had two ace serves, the JV Boys Division was Brock Angel, a West Marshall September 24 senior, running a time of 18:O5. Third place at DM Roosevelt For a complete list of results from the Nevada Meet, In pool pla) the Warriors defeated Esterville Lincoln go to www.AmesAllAmerican.c0m. Central and Des M0ines N0rth, but feUtoDMRoosevelt, Norwalk will be hosting two home Cross Country finishing second in their pool. In semi-final action, Meets this year. The Norwalk Invitational is Monday, Norwalk took on third-ranked (4A) SE Polk. Norwalk Oct. 3 starting at 4:30 p.m. with junior high races. The won the second set, fought hard in the third, but couldn't Little Hawkeye Conference Meet will be Monday, Oct. hold SE Polk. "We proved we can play with anyone. 10, starting at 4:15 p.m. with junior high races. Both The girls need the confidence that they are just as good meets will be held just south of town at McAninch Sports and can take games from these big dogs." Complex. Come out and support the Norwalk runners. Tournament Results: Sam Feller 12 kills, i8 digs; Kaitlin Gonder 10 kills, Booster Club Golf Benefit four blocks; Natalie Meuler 14 digs; Michaela Pearson The Norwalk Athletic Booster Club hosted a best ball 13 assists, 28-29 serving, five aces; Dani Richardson 28 golf outing at Countryside Golf Course on August 20. assists, 10 digs; Calyn Thompson 24-24 serving, 16 digs; NABC President Tim Stephany said the event was very Megan Westhoff nine kills, two blocks, 14 digs. successful and will be held again next year. Stephany added that the Afl'fletic Booster Club has put a focus on Photo Printing is a full commercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa. If you have a flyer, letterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc., that you would like to have printed, give us a call for a Free Estimate. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 515-989-3251 raising additional funds for larger athletic projects and the $9,500 raised from this event will certainly help in that regard. Abig thank you goes out to the 144 individuals who participated in this year's outing. Without their partici- pation, this event wouldn't have been possible. Several area businesses also donated items for a raffle and their help is greatly appreciated. Stephany noted that hole sponsorship was key to the event's success and wanted to-thank the following entities for their support: Coun- tryside Golf Course, Fareway, City State Bank, Scott's F00ds,. quTech gee&, Cyclone Aufomo{ ve Tra n{ng, Accelerated Physical Therapy, Haskin Chiropractic Clinic, JJ Designs, Dr. Lori Miller & Brad Miller, Norwalk Family Physicians, Norwalk Family Dentistry, Ron's Auto Repair, Norwalk Tire & Auto, Norwalk Ready Mixed Concrete, DeRocher Chiropractic & Acupunc- ture, Edward Jones, Burke Golf Academy and Ted's Automotive & Used Cars.