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t Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 8, 2015 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regular Session September 21,2015 The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. Directors Present-Katherine Schmidt, Rick Kaul, George Meinecke, Justin Fletcher, and Maribeth Wright. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: °Approved Amending the Agenda. °Approved the Consent Agenda• • Approved the Board Finance Goals. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m. Official minutes will be available following board approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Reorganizational Meeting September 21,2015 The meeting was called tO order at 6:59 p.m. Directors Present- Justin Fletcher, Rick Kaul, Dana Schuemann, David Albrecht, and Maribeth Wright. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: • Rick Kaul was elected Board President. oMaribeth Wright was elected Board Vice President. °Approved the Norwalk High School Dance Team's trip to Florida on Febru- ary 26 through February 29, 2016. -Approved the appointment of Flick Kaul to serve as the delegate for Norwalk School District to the Special Director District 9 Convention and Dana Schuemann to serve as an alternate delegate in the event that Mr. Kaul is not able to attend the Convention on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. • Approved application to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Modified Allowable Growth for the 2014o2015 Special Education Program deficit of $281,058.58 or as determined by the Iowa Department of Education following DE audit review. °Approved the HyperStream 2015-16 Service Agreement for the Delivery of Iowa's STEM Scale-Up Programs at the secondary level of Norwalk Schools. °Approved the Annual Improvement Goals for the 2015-2016 school year as presented. • Approved the 2015-2016 Agreement for Payment of Woodward Academy Dayschool Program Costs. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m. Official minutes will be available following board approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary Start the day off right! American Red Cross Seeks Nominations for the Hy-Vee Heroes Game Who is your hero? Do you know someone who has A hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be hon- performed an extraordinary act of courage or dedicated ored before a crowd at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, countess hours to a special cause? The American Red NE, when the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Cross is looking for those unheralded and unselfish citi- Hawkeyes play the Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee zens who have gone above and beyond in their every- Friday; Nov. 27. Go to www.hy-vee.com or redcross.org/ day lives. HyVeeHeroes to nominate your hero today. "There are heroes walking among us every day - the LIONS CLUB people who put others above themselves - and it is our Concluded from p. 1 pleasure to work with Hy-Vee, the University of Ne- braska and the University of Iowa to recognize heroes (25 years), Ed Chapman (5 years), JoAnn Chapman/lst from Iowa and Nebraska," said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Vice President (5 years), John Dagenais/Treasurer (14 Executive of the American Red Cross in Iowa. years), Vicki Dagenais (14 years), Mary Sue Demerath People who are nominated to be a hero must be at (25 years), Joe Desmond - New member, Linda least 18 years of age and liye, work or go to school in Echelmeyer (4 years), Aaron Evans (9 years), Dixie Evans either Iowa or Nebraska; however, their act of heroism (9 years), Andrea Johnson (23 years), Jim Jones (31 years), or good deed need not have occurred in either state. Kiboko Kiboko (13 years), Dave Knoblauch (30 years), One person from both Iowa and Nebraska will be se- Amy Lester (13 years), David Lester/Secretary (13 years), lected to represent each state at the Hy-Vee Heroes Game Fred Leverman (6 years), Susan Leverman (7 years), on November 27. Recipients will receive four tickets to Vicki Logue (3 years), Cherie McFarland (26 years), Mary the game and have their name and hometown inscribed Jane Nemetz (5 years), Eric O'Leary (3 years), Jan Reese on the Heroes Game trophy. - New Member, Ryan Riggs- New Member, Bob Stalker Nominations will be accepted through October 26, (3 years), Ray Stroud (38 years), Marlene Tuggle (7 2015. Nomination forms and rules can be found online years), Jim Watts (3 years), Alan Waugh/Tailtwistor (39 at www.hy-vee.com or may be picked up at local Ne- years), Denny Wulf (7 years), Renee Wulf (7 years) and braska and Iowa Hy-Vee stores. Nominations may be Ken Zanker (42 years), filled out online or mailed to the American Red Cross Partial listing of Projects participating in currently: Iowa Region Office, 2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, October and December Blood Drives, Operation Win- IA, 50312 or faxed to (515) 244-8012 by midnight Octo- ter Coat, Norwalk Food Pantry, Camp Courageous, ber 26, 2015. All non-winning entries for the Hy-Vee Camp Hertko Hollow, Iowa KidSight, 9SW Care & Heroes Game will be re-submitted for consideration at Share, Iowa Lions Foundation, Lions Club International the Annual American Red Cross Heroes of the Heart- Foundation, Norwalk Cemetery Flower Beds, Youth land recognition events in 2016 in Iowa and Nebraska. Exchange, Leader Dog, Eye glasses/hearing aid collec- tions, Norwalk High School Scholarships, Norwalk Public Librar Norwalk Ministerial, After Prom, Friends DMACC YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM of Scouting, Norwalk Park & Rec, Norwalk Baseball. As needed Special Projects: July 4th Fireworks, Parade, Bingo and Celebration. Fundraisers: Sweet Corn Fundraiser, Pancake Break- fast, Shrimp/Lobster/Steak Dinner, Dance and Raffle, July 4th - Raffle tickets for Fireworks, July 4th - Bingo and others as needed. Thank You - Casey Bright, President. We thank all our members, families and those who have made our club strong in a community where we are proud to serve through the past "40" years and will continue to serve in future years! We as the Norwalk Lions invite you to come join us. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION ALLFUNDS 16209101000000 CLERK 705 NORTH AVE NORWALK, IA 50211 1417 STATE OF IOWA 2015 FINANCIAL REPORT FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2015 CITY OF NORWALK , IOWA Item descdp6on Governmental (a) 4,423,517 Less: Uncollected property taxes-levy year 0 Net current property taxes 4,423,517 Delinquent property taxes 0 TIF revenues 2,575,360 Other city taxes 289,151 Revenues and Other Financing Sources Taxes levied on property Licenses and permits 389,744 Use of money and property 111,010 Prepdetaty (b) Total actual (c) Budget (d) 4,423,5171 4,345,28C £ C 4,423,517 4,345,28C C C 2,575,36(~ 2,545,000 0 289,151 0 389,744 115,6261 4,616 301,537 270,482 95,912 1,088,054 Intergovemmental 1,006,113 0 1,006,113; Charges for fees and service 975,123 3,529,982 4,505,105 4,275,525 0 0 £ 0 338,006 Special assessments Miscellaneous 159,253 497,259 402,782 Other financing sources 6,656,196 725,549 7,381,745 6,234,865 Total revenues and other sources 16,764,220 4,419,400 21,183,620 19,559,435 Expenditures and Other Financing Uses Public safety 2,529,439 0 2,529,439 2,649,47C Public works 1,340,641 0 1,340,641 1,412,80(; Health and social services 7,000 0 7,000 9,475 Culture and recreation 1,062,656 0 1,062,658 1,209,755 Community and economic development 1,122,235 0 1,122,235 1,238,840 General government 577,963 0 577,963 627,824 Debt service 1,841,006 1,841,006 2,100,255 Capital projects rotal governmental activities expenditures Business type activBes Total ALL expenditures Other financing uses, including transfers out 1,773,976 10,254,918 0 10,254,918 1,483,151 11,738,069 0 0 1,773,976 0 3,551,747 3,551,747 303,469 3,855,216 10,254,918 3,551,747 13,806,665 1,786,620 15,593,285 Total ALL expenditures/And other financing uses I Excess revenues and other sources over (under) Expenditures/And other financing uses ~ginning fund balance July 1, 2014 3,860,847 13,109,277 4,111,595 17,220,872 1,786,62C 19,007,492 551,945 5,950,936 6,502,882 5,026,151 564,184 5,590,335 2,843,391 3,107,545 5,950,936 Ending fund balance June 30, 2015 7,869,542 3,671,729 11,541,271 Note - These balances do not include $0 held in non-budgeted internal service funds; $19,209 held in Pension Trust Funds; $0 held in Pdvate Purpose Trust Funds and $3,575 held in agency funds which were not budgeted and are not available for city operations• Indebtedness at June 30, 2015 General obligation debt $10,865,000 Other Iong-tewn debt $C Revenue debt $1,141,879 Short-term debt $C TIF Revenue debt J $6,320,000 3eneral Obligation Debt Limit $30,751,567 The federal government has extended funding through 2019 for the Des Moines Area Community Col- lege (DMACC) YouthBuild of Central Iowa program. DMACC received an $805,435 YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will fund participant's course work and materials, tools, high school equivalency coursework, testing, industry certi- fications, instructors and stipend. A total of 149 people have completed the program since 2009. "The new grant shows the effectiveness and strength of our program," said YouthBuild Coordinator Cliff Kessler. "This is a very competitively funded national Department of Labor program. Few funding or refund- ing request are honored. It's a testament to the good work of our DMACC staff and our many partners such as Habitat for Humanity, the Fifth Judicial district, Chil- dren and Families of Iowa--the provider of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Laborer Local 353 (LiUNA) and many others that we are able to continue to serve the young people in our program." The DMACC YouthBuild program provides youth ages 18 to 24 with the opportunity to work toward eco- nomic self-sufficiency and an advanced education. The seven month, full-time program gives students a chance to earn their high school equivalency, obtain nationally recognized construction and carpentry certifications and earn college credit. Participants also build homes, partnering with several community improvement or- ganizations such as Habitat for Humanity to provide more low income housing for area families. Twenty-year-old David Bernel completed YouthBuild in August of 2015. "YouthBuild is a place that opens doors," Bernel said. "It teaches you how to get through life and how to live a good life. It's a great opportunity that changes your life. I am forever appreciative and grateful for what they have done for me." Twenty-three-year-old Tyvon Simms is also grateful for the help he received from YouthBuild. "I completed YouthBuild in August of 2015," said Simms. "When I think of YouthBuild, the word support and family comes to mind. For seven months we were not just friends and students, but family. I received my high school equivalency certification and a basic fork lift certification. I also have my OSHA 10 safety certifi- cate from YouthBuild. All of these things helped me get my current job and helped me take care of my own child and family." Kessler said YouthBuild changes the lives of those who, for various reasons whether economic or social, have fallen behind. More than 90 percent of YouthBuild participants have dropped out of high school. "These are people who many have given up on and sometimes they have even given up on themselves, but at YouthBuild we don't give up on people. We see their potential and adapt to their different learning styles," said Kessler. "Participants need to work hard and hav- ing a willingness to change. If they do, this program can be the best thing that ever happened to them."