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Nora Heaton

Stepping up to lead

North Liberty Community Pantry gets a new director

NORTH LIBERTY– Where the North Liberty Community Pantry is concerned, new executive director Kaila Rome believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect. That includes individuals or families visiting the pantry to receive food, and the volunteers serving them. She also loves how the community returns that respect.

SCSD counselors work to set minds at ease

Helping students with the transition

SOLON– We always fear the unknown, said Solon Middle School counselor and facilitator Tony Nicol. This is especially true for kids entering into a new school– an experience that can be scary for a student.
The Solon Community School District’s counseling department works hard to keep transitions between schools as seamless as possible for the students.
“You’re going somewhere you’ve never been before,” Nicol said. “Everything we (the counseling department) do is to try to inform them of what it’s going to be like.”

Lawyers come together to open new law firm

Clark & Schroeder specializes in any type of law that involves a courtroom

NORTH LIBERTY– Attorneys Michael Clark and Scott Schroeder have known each other for more than 25 years. They both attended the University of Iowa as undergraduates then went to Drake University Law School together. In the past 21 years of being prosecuting attorneys, Clark and Schroeder estimate they had 100 or more cases against each other.

Eidahl: State of the school district is strong

SCSD superintendent, board members reflect on the past school year

SOLON– One year after becoming the Solon Community School District’s superintendent, Davis Eidahl said he believes the state of the district is strong.
Eidahl arrived in Solon last year, previously serving as superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District. Eidahl, his wife, and his three children—a son in eighth grade, a son in sixth grade, and a daughter in second grade—attended baseball and softball games and other events to get acquainted with those in the community.

West High hires new athletic director

Huegel to replace Scott Kibby, future Liberty High principal

The Trojans have a new general.
Iowa City West High School has selected a new athletic director.
Craig Huegel, the current athletic director at Marshalltown High School, will take over for Scott Kibby, who has been selected as the new Liberty High School principal. Huegel will take up his post on July 1, according to a statement released by West High Principal Gregg Shoultz.

Making pizza as a family

New owners of Maddi B’s Take N’ Bake Pizza Co. pass down values

SWISHER– Many people find a business they love and become a regular. Shawn Irons goes one step beyond: she buys the business.
That’s how she happened upon her newest business, Maddi B’s Take N’ Bake Pizza Co., a quaint little pizzeria and ice cream shop in Swisher. Eat-in booths were just added, along with a chalkboard wall for kids to draw on, making it a fun place for families to kick back and relax.
Since Irons and her family live within a mile of Maddi B’s, she said they frequently drove past the pizzeria. Every time Irons thought, “I just love this little place.”

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

Getting to know Scott Kibby

West High AD selected as Liberty High’s new principal

IOWA CITY– The Liberty Lightning will be led by Scott Kibby, Iowa City West High’s current Athletic Director, when the new Liberty High opens in 2017.
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved Kibby as Liberty’s principal at a March 22 school board meeting.
Kibby, who will begin with a salary of $147,500, rose to the top of a candidate pool of over 30, said Jim Pedersen, the district’s interim chief human resources officer.

Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

Few changes for school calendar

District’s calendar committee aimed for consistency in 2016-17 and 2017-18, approved by the board last month

What happened
The Solon Community School District Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school calendars at its Feb. 8 meeting. Calendar committee representative Brandi Radcliffe presented the committee’s recommendations to the board in January, and the decision was made in February to approve the calendar as requested by the committee.

One voice

North Liberty resident wins human rights award for community work

NORTH LIBERTY – RaQuishia Harrington has only one voice.
But she uses it to speak for thousands.
Harrington, who lives in North Liberty, is the site director for the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, part of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.
As a social worker, the concept of human rights is immensely important to Harrington’s day-to-day responsibilities. To her, human rights means everyone should be guaranteed the opportunity to do, to be, to exist– equally.