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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR {@0001 “mum must NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren and News SMALLTOWNPAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 50¢ Vol. 47 No. 27 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -O406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 12, 2015 Holiday Deadline Noon Wednesday, Nov. 25, is the deadline for the Thursday, Dec. 3, issue of this newspaper. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, in ob- servance of Thanksgiving. Linn Grove Free-Will Offering Meal Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering” din- ner Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine-in or carry out. ‘ The menu is meatloaf, baked potatoes, salads and desserts. There is no cost for the meal, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Proceeds will provide Thanks- giving dinner to underprivileged families in Martensdale. For more information, call 971—6303. NSU CAN DRIVES SUCCESSFUL! By Joseph Oswald Thanks to the supportive citizens in Norwalk! The Norwalk Student Union’s 3rd and final CAN DRIVE for 2015 was a great success. NSU has collected cans val- ued in excess of their goal of $1,000! This money will be used to purchase books and winter clothing for local children! Thank you for supporting our efforts and we look forward to beginning a new project after the first of the year! If you would like to donate to this commu- nity oriented organization, checks made out to Norwalk Student Union will be accepted at the Norwalk High School and appreciated by the NSU. By Tom Phillips As I write this, leaves are falling, days are getting shorter and it is getting colder. Snow will probably be falling soon, so I’d like to remind you of a few things. When snow is falling, we may need to implement the snow ordinance for the City of N orwalk. Keep an eye out on our website, Facebook page, the N orwalk Notes e—mail or call our phone system 981-0228 to find out when the SNOW ordinance has been implemented and when it will be lifted. Remember, you need to remove your car from the street while the snow ordinance is in effect and you need to keep your car off of the street until the ordinance is lifted. If your car is on the street while the snow ordinance is in effect, Police may ticket and/or tow your car. Finally, please remember that you need to have your sidewalk cleared within 24 hours of the snowfall ending. By the time this is published, you will have elected three council members to serve you for the next four years. If you recall, upon Jamie Sylvester’s passing, Tom Greteman was appointed to serve out the remainder of Jamie’s term. The person who receives the most votes in the November 3 election will be seated at the first council meeting after the election is certified. I would like to take a moment to thank Tom Greteman for taking on the task of filling in on Council over the past 13 months. Tom brought eight plus years of City Council experience to the table and working with him, this past year has been a great experience. I have appre- ciated his approach to addressing the issues that come before the council.) If you know Tom, please let him know how much you appreciate his service to the city. NORWALK UNOFFICIAL RESULTS Here are unofficial results. They became official at the canvas Monday, Nov. 9, at 9 am. Curbside Yard Waste The last of the leaves are falling which means yard waste season is coming to a close. Wednesday, Nov. 25, is the final day for curb- side collection through the Compost It! program. As you rake leaves, prune bushes and get rid of spent annuals and garden debris, review these tips for dis— posing of yard waste at the curb. 1. Remember, the “Com— post It!” name pays for the cost of collection. If you purchase a bag that says “Compost It!,” you do not need a sticker. If you pur- chase generic store-brand bag(s), you need to buy and attach green Compost It! sticker(s). Brush and branch bundles are also ac— cepted with a Compost It! sticker attached. Bundles cannot exceed 18 inches in diameter or four feet in length. 2. Compost It! bags and stickers are available for purchase at City Hall, Fare- way, and Scott’s Foods. A bundle of five Compost It! brand bags costs $8 plus tax. The cost of store brand bags varies. Green Com- post It! stickers are $1.25 each. 3. Yard waste is picked up on your regular garbage day. Please place bags least three feet from garbage and recycling carts and get it at the curb before 7:00 am. to ensure collection. 4. If your yard waste is not collected on your reg- ular garbage day, and you have proper bags and stick- ers, call 515-24-GREEN 515—244-7336 to report the missed collection. For more information about yard waste collection visit Metro Waste Authori— ty at www.Where ItShouldGo.com or call 515.244.0021. _! Norwalk PTO Fun Night Norwalk Parent Teach- er Organization invites the community to attend the annual Fun Night Satur- day, Nov. 14, from 5—8 p.m. at Lakewood Elementary School. Parking is avail— able at Lakewood Elemen- tary or at New Life Luthe— ran Church, where a free shuttle may be taken to Lakewood. Ride the Shut- tle and get a free raffle tick— et. This event is a fundrais- er for Norwalk PTO and is appropriate for all ages! There will be many cami- val games, clowns, photo booth, a raffle and silent auction. The Silent Auc- tion will have over 150 bas- kets to bid on including artwork made by all stu— dent classrooms and KC Royals Tickets. Food available for pur- chase includes hot dogs, walking tacos and cotton candy. $20 for a wristband lets your .child play unlim— ited games (with a $50 per family max) or you can purchase punch cards for $5 or $10. New this year: Using a punch card system for food and games. (Incre- ments from $50-$10 avail- able.) This event is a great time to have fun as a com- munity and to provide support for our parent teacher organization that provides so much to our local elementary schools. Norwalk PTO has con- tributed funds to both ele- mentary schools that were used to purchase the Keep ’N’ Track security system, special assemblies, field trips, classroom amplifier system, teacher apprecia- tion gifts and to provide family events such as Fun Night. PTO helped fund Concluded p. 2 Community Chat Community Chat is Saturday, Nov. 14, from to 10:30 am. at City Hall in the Council Chambers. SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Schools Superintendent Search-Commu- nity Meeting with Consultants 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, Lakewood Elementary Cafeteria In August Norwalk Schools superintendent, Dr. Denny Wulf, announced his upcoming retirement at the end of the 2015—2016 school year. The Board of Direc— tors has been working with a search consultant (Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids) to prepare to advertise for a new superintendent and for the eventual interview and final selection process. The Board is requesting in- put from a variety of “stakeholder groups” such as par- ents, community leaders, business leaders, school or- ganizations, students, teachers, support staff, adminis- tration and the public in general. To give the general public an opportunity to provide direct input, com- ments or suggestions regarding hiring needs, the Board has organized a community meeting with the search consultants. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Lakewood Elementary Cafeteria. Prior to the November 16th meeting community members are invited to participate in an electronic sur- vey (link to the survey) https://www.survey monkeycom/r/LXMSGNG that lists 33 leadership char— acteristics or qualities for a successful school superin- tendent. The consultants from Ray and Associates will discuss these leadership qualities during forum to de- termine which of these 33 are important for the Norwalk School Board to consider when selecting the final can- didate. The above link is also located on the front page of school district’s website. More InformatiOn about the 33 Leadership Charac— teristics Survey: The search consultants have designed a survey that lists 33 characteristics of school superin- tendent leadership. To assist the Board in the selection process, the consultants would like staff, parents, stu- dents, community members and business leaders to complete this survey. Each respondent will identify the top 10 essential leadership characteristics from among the 33 listed. The survey participation is anonymous and the data will be collected and analyzed by Ray and As- sociates. Board members will have access to the survey data and the individual comments that are offered by each survey respondent. The comments will be cut and pasted by the consultant without edits for the Board to consider. Your participation as a valued supporter of Norwalk Schools is critical to the effectiveness and suc- cess of the selection process. Please try to complete the survey by Monday, Nov. 16. Again, all survey data will be received by Ray and Associates and will be presented to the Board. Your individual participation will be anonymous. Please take this opportunity to provide your input. This survey link has been provided to all school em- ployees, parents, community members, Chamber, PTO, Booster members, school website, newspaper, etc. The Board wants to glean diverse input to detamine the essential leadership characteristics. The more input the Board has the better.