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Monday News, September 13th


Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Convene Tonight

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene this evening for its monthly meeting.  Each of the school’s principals are scheduled to deliver a report to the school board.  Also, School superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner will present to the board his annual report involving the 2020-2021 school year.  The school board will discuss several scheduled conferences and seminars as hosted by the Iowa Association of School Boards.  On October 5th, board members are urged to attend the IASB Strategic Budget Reduction Conference.  Then, on October 12th, school board members are again urged to attend the Employee Relations Conference.  The state convention is scheduled for November 17th and 18th and will be discussed during the school board meeting.  School superintendent, Dr. Webner will review with the school board a total of 18 students who have petitioned to be open-enrollment into Le Mars Community.  The school board will also discuss the goals for the school district during this school year as presented by Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner. The school board will hear a report from Curriculum Director Rachel Leavitt on the District’s Professional Development Framework.  The school board will take action on two resignations: Jenna Pottebaum as the IMC Associate at Franklin Elementary effective September 29th, and Todd Elliot is resigning from his position as a Middle school teacher’s associate effective on August 13th.  The school board is likely to approve the contracts of 18 positions.  The school board is expected to approve the list of mentor contracts for this school year.  Mrs. Leavitt and Dr. Webner will present the proposed 2021-2022 annual goals for reading, math, and science.  The school board will also discuss the possible expulsion of a student who has violated school policy.




Gehlen To Hold Ground Breaking Ceremonies For New Addition

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic officials have announced they will hold groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Heart of School Campaign involving the remodeling and expansion of the school’s cafeteria.  Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled to be held at Thursday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.




Des Moines Businessman, Philanthropist John Ruan III Dies At 78

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Des Moines businessman John Ruan the Third has died at the age of 78.  His son says the death was due to health complications, but not related to COVID-19.  Ruan was responsible for downtown development, Des Moines International Aiport, Gray’s Lake Park, and many other projects.  He died Saturday.  Friends note that he carried on the legacy of his father’s company, Ruan Transportation Management Systems.  He also was a past chairman of the U-S Chamber of Commerce and the World Food Prize.  Ruan is survived by his wife Janis, two children, and five grandchildren.




State Universities In Iowa Experience Enrollment Declines

(Iowa City, IA)  —  Fall enrollment is down at the three state universities The University of Northern Iowa saw a freshman class of one-thousand-554 students — an increase by about five percent — with enrollment at nine-thousand-231. That is down 291 students from last year.  Iowa State’s fall enrollment is 30-thousand-708 — which is down by 11-hundred-17 students. The university saw a six percent increase in new first-year students.  The University of Iowa’s total enrollment is 31-thousand-206, down 394 from fall 2020. Iowa has four-thousand-521 first-year students, up 11 from fall 2020.




Iowa Governor Makes Change In Main Spokesperson

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Governor Kim Reynolds has announced a change for the person who serves as her main spokesperson.  Communications director Pat Garrett is leaving that position to join the governor’s political team.  Alex Murphy will step into the role of communications director. Murphy has held the same position with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.