The Burlington School District is going back to the drawing board when it comes to reshaping school boundaries.
Superintendent Jane Evans says the district’s elementary enrollment is out of balance. She says, for example, North Hill has too many students while Blackhawk is running well below capacity.
The district estimates that 14% of its elementary school students do not attend their neighborhood school. In response, it identified a neighborhood where students could change schools to help balance out the enrollment figures.
Fort Madison’s proposed sports complex has received another piece of bad news from the state.
Supporters traveled to Mason City to make a second pitch to the Vision Iowa Board for funding. The task force promoting the sports complex is seeking up to $1-million to add to the $2.5-million dollars generated through public and private donations.
Unfortunately for the task force, the request for state funding was denied by an oversight committee for the Vision Iowa Board.
There is some apprehension among members of the Keokuk City Council when it comes to supporting the local hospital.
Keokuk Area Hospital continues to face an uncertain future due to its financial instability.
The hospital says it is reimbursed about 75% of the money spent on care and services. That is due to a number of factors, including a large number of low income clients and the formula for state and/or federal reimbursements.
Patrolman Robb Bell is a native of Hamilton who graduated from Hamilton High School. He joined his hometown police department in Sept. 2005 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and with several other local law enforcement agencies.
After 6 ½ years on the force, Bell is in line for a big promotion. He will take over as Police Chief on July 1, 2012.
Bell will replace Walt Sellens, who is retiring after 35-years with the department. Sellens served as a patrolman and a sergeant before becoming chief in 1986.