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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SMALLTOWNPAPERS 21, WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 i,ll ,,ll,h,l,q,,l,,Jl,,hld,,hdlll,,i,hl., '"lII"'ll'l' Norwalk Warriors VoI. 47 No. 32 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 17, 2015 Christmas Worship At Area Churches Several Norwalk area churches have announced spe- cial worship services for the Christmas Holiday. This past week I observed another birthday. There Crossroads Church, 2601 Border St., will have Christ- are times when I don't like this growing older thing, mas Eve Candlelight services at 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, but then when I really take time to reflect upon my life Dec. 24. The identical services will include exceptional I have to admit that I truly have been blessed to have music, a great dramatic presentation of the Christmas lived my life during the past 78 years. Story and inspirational visual media supporting the I grew up when families were close. When we knew story of our Savior's birth. our neighbors and we shared food and helped out when Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave., someone was ill, having a hard time or when they just will have three identical Christmas Eve Candlelight ser- plain needed a comforting word. vices. They will be Wednesda3 Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. and It was a time when I learned to appreciate what I had. Thursday, Dec. 24, at 3 and 5 p.m. Children are invited I remember mother saying many times, "a bird in hand to have their picture taken with Frosty before each ser- is Worth two in a bush." I finally learned what she meant, vice. The Candlelight services will feature Norwalk's I could dream of something big, but many times those first-ever "Living Christmas Tree." The 21-ft. tall tree dreams don't live up to our expectations. We need to structure will hold the Christmas Choir. The "Celebra- appreciate what we have at the moment. tion of Lights" will include personal candles. Child care I am loyal to a fault. That loyalty has kept me shop- for ages 5 and under is available. ping at Scott's Foods from the day he opened his first Linn Grove United Methodist Church, Prole, will store in the area of the current Dollar General Store. hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m: Before Scott Havens came to town John Metier had the Thursd~iy, Dec. 24. iiPd6 No h_lk market on Main Street and we had Smith Martensdale St. Paul Lutheran Church, 615 Iowa Meat Market in Orilla. Avenue, will follow the regular schedule Sunday, Dec. Scott's Foods was a great addition to the community. 20, with Sunday School and worship at 10:30 a.m. The Of course he provided us with a wonderful new gro- congregation will meet for a Soup Supper at 5:30 p.m., cery store with fresh produce and meats, but he also followed by the Children's Christmas Pageant, "The provided friendly service. That service was cheerfully Birth of Jesus." Christmas Eve candlelight worship is 6 given by our friends and neighbors who cared about the community. They were involved in our lives through p.m. Thursda Dec. 24. New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr., will school, church, organizations and seeing them weekly hold three Christmas Eve candlelight worship services at the checkout counter, with communion at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. Thursda Dec. 24. And then, there was Scott himself. He was involved Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St., will have and always had a willing hand to help youth with fund- Christ mas Eve Candlelight Services at 7 and 11 p.m. raisers, letting Scouts sell cookies and popcorn from the Thursda Dec. 24. front of his store. He gave to senior citizens and the food Norwalk United Methodist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr., pantry. The school and churches could always count on will have a Christmas Cantata Sunday, Dec. 20, at the 8 him to donate to their various projects, whether it was and 10:30 a.m. services. Christmas Eve Candlelight Ser- food or cash. He was always there. My loyalty to Scott vices is 5 and 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. and his employees at Scott's Foods kept me shopping at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard the store for years. Hills Dr., will have Christmas Eve Masses at 4 p.m. and When Fareway opened I felt guilty not shopping there, 6 p.m. Thursda Dec. 24. Christmas Morning Mass, Fri- but my heart was with the man and the store who had day, Dec. 25, will be held at 9 a.m. New Year's Eve Mass provided so much for Norwalk. I let Brian Griener know will be at 5:30 p.m. how I felt. The one thing I regret now about Brian not being the Fareway store manager is this - - he will not know that his time has come. My loyalty will now switch to the family who gave us another grocery store choice. Ag Another family-run business with family values - another e n d a store to which I can give my support and loyalty.City. Council Regular Business Meeting Agenda Some ople always want bigger and bigger things Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. 6 p.m. thinking thatbigger has to be better, I say to them, beCity H ll - 705 North Avenue grateful for What you have. When you have good people 1. Call to order. serving our community, we deserve to give them our 2. Approval of agenda. loyalty. Remember that the next time you need a dona- 3. Presentation(s) - tion and Scott Havens and his business is not there to Honor Norwalk Warrior Football team on Run- assist you. Thank him now while you have a chance, ner Up Championship Title. 4. Welcome of guests and public comment. Iowa Distilling Company (3 minute limit, no action) 5. Approve minutes - Iowa Distilling Co. is offering their first ever Bour- December 3, 2015 regular business meeting. bon and Rye Whiskey to the public, starting at 8 a.m. Frida Dec. 11, at the distillery in Cumming. (These will 6. Consent agenda. not be sold in stores.) a) Expenditures. Pick up bottles for yourself, your clients, or family/ b) Tax abatements. friends on your Christmas shopping list! Free tasting is c) Liquor license renewal for 804 Main. available before purchase. Please call ahead for bottle d) Approving write off of bad debts from util- reservations: 515-981-4216. ity billing. We also offer other notable products, such as: Prairie e) Resolution setting January 7th, 2015 at 6:00 Fire Cinnamon Whiskey, IngeniOz Vodka, SWELL p.m. in City Council Chambers as date for public hear- Vodka, Steel Drum Rum and Country Gal Moonshine. Concluded p. 2 SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Schools Superintendent Search Update The Board of Directors met with the search consult- ants (Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids) Monda) Dec. 7, to prioritize the selection criteria or leadership char- acteristics for the hiring of the new superintendent. The top 12 criteria items listed below were selected based on the November community survey results indicating the preferences from a listing of 33 Leadership Quali- fies for a school superintendent. 574 individuals com- pleted the survey. The consultants remarked that the Norwalk total number of respondents was among the highest they had ever seen. Most of the 12 criteria listed below received high ratings among all of the stakeholder groups as well as the individual board members. This illustrates a solidarity among cross sections of constitu- ents regarding the expectations of the new superinten- dent. It also provides the candidates with clear job per- formance expectations for the Norwalk Schools super- intendent. Hiring Criteria as determined by the Board with in- put from parents, students, teachers, administration, staff, community members and business leaders. Is willing to listen to input, but is a decision maker. Possesses excellent people skills, presents a positive image of the district and will listen to input and make a decision when necessary. Inspires trust, self-confidence, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance with the ability to develop and communicate a vision of qual- ity education for the future to the board, staff and com- munity. Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing. Has knowledge of and successful experience in sound fiscal practices and management of district re- sources, including appropriate participation of others in planning and decision-making. Is able to delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability. Is strongly committed to a "student first" philoso- phy in all decisions. Has demonstrated strong leadership skills in pre- vious positions. Is able to lead a large organization dedicated to goals of continuous improvement. Possesses the ability to enhance student perfor- mance, especially in identifying and closing or narrow- ing the gaps in student achievement. Has knowledge of emerging research and best prac- tice in the area of curriculum/instructional design and practice. Demonstrates commitment to community visibil- ity with high interest in a broad range of community groups and organizations. Makes recommendations and decisions that are data-driven. Timeline to Complete the Selection and Hiring Pro- cess: Below is the remaining portion of the timeline, list- ing the various responsibilities yet to be completed. Dec. 7 Special Board Meeting to finalize job profile for advertisement of position and recruiting applicants Dec. 8 Post and advertise the position opening. Concluded p. 6 2"