Thursday Afternoon News, October 23
Remsen-Union And MMC School Boards To Discuss Whole Grade Sharing
(Remsen) -- Tonight, the school boards from Remsen-Union school district and the Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn school district will meet separately to vote on whether negotiations should continue in pursuit of a possible whole grade sharing program. Superintendent Jan Brandhorst says the Iowa Department of Education requires advance notification as to whether the two school districts wish to examine the feasibility of whole grade sharing for the next academic school year. He says declining enrollment for both districts is driving the discussion.
Brandhorst says a second vote will be taken later in the school year.
The two separate school districts have already entered some mutually beneficial programs of sharing, including middle school athletics and Brandhorst' positon of superintendent for both school districts.
The school superintendent talks about the two communities sentiments and even fears toward the possibility of sharing programs.
Odd/Even Parking To Begin On November 1st
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the new ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months. The city council approved the new ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st. Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow. Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance. He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight. The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.
Sioux City Children's Museum Breaks Ground
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Children's Museum of Siouxland in Sioux City has broken ground after a decade of planning.
A crowd gathered on Wednesday for the ceremony at the downtown location where children ceremoniously shovel dirt. The museum is intended to provide interactive learning experiences for children ages 6 months to 10 years.
Officials say the $7 million museum is slated for a summer 2015 opening. It was awarded a $900,000 state grant in April.
The demolition on the building that the museum will replace is ongoing.
Amazon To Refund Money To Iowans
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Online retailor Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service.
The state Attorney General's Office says the agreement means Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Services LLC will give $122,000 in refunds and credits to Iowa customers.
State officials say a free shipping promotion enrolled Iowa customers in a free trial of the Amazon Prime subscription service. Its annual $99 membership fee offers shipping discounts, streaming video and other features.
Customers who didn't cancel during the free-trial period were shifted to regular Prime memberships.
The agreement requires that Amazon comply with state law aimed at making the enrollment process for club memberships clear. As part of the deal, Amazon denies any wrongdoing or liability. The company will contact qualifying customers for refunds and credits.
Regent Board Members Want A Tuition Freeze
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Key members of the governing board of Iowa's three public universities say they want to table a proposed 1.75 percent tuition increase and freeze rates for the third year.
In a surprise, three members of the Iowa Board of Regents said they supported the freeze for in-state students Thursday. The nine-member board will vote on the plan in December.
Their statements came as the regents considered a plan to raise the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
The board froze tuition rates for the previous two school years, for the first time since the 1970s.
The proposed increase would have covered the expected cost of inflation and generated $14.5 million in new revenue.