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Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.

Goodbye, Mrs. Sandersfeld

Lakeview first grade teacher Rosann Sandersfeld settles into retired life

SOLON– Three months after her retirement from teaching first grade at Lakeview Elementary School, Rosann Sandersfeld leafed through a book of student letters.
Printed painstakingly in pencil, the children thanked Mrs. Sandersfeld for her teaching career and urged her to enjoy retirement in the simplest of ways. Some hoped she’d be able to sleep in more and watch TV. Some, in a throwback to their first grade nutrition unit, implored their teacher to eat nuts and drink milk. All agreed, she must spend as many days as possible in pajamas.

After Governor Branstad’s veto, officials have tough decisions to make

ICCSD board reacts to statewide drop in education funding

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Community School District will turn its attention to funding, and name Supplemental State Aid as its sole legislative priority for the 2016 session.
Board of Directors Vice President Brian Kirschling presented the district’s new legislative priority report at its July 28 meeting.
“It’s the one and only priority that affects everything we do: funding,” he said.

Girls in Science names Kristine Vanderwiel Scientist of the Year

Solon native recognized for her mentorship to girls

SOLON– Years ago, a teenage girl in Solon dreamed of engineering.
Kristine Vanderwiel, née Gleason, absorbed her experiences in 4-H and youth career conferences with excitement and hope.
Today, she passes that on as a youth mentor, inspiring and encouraging girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New candidates emerge in IC school board race

One week after Baruah resigns, list of candidates is finalized

IOWA CITY – The ballot is complete for the upcoming school board election on Sept. 8.
Voters in the Iowa City Community School District will elect five new members to the district’s Board of Directors.
The fifth open seat was revealed on July 22, when Director Tuyet Baruah announced her resignation from the board in a YouTube video. She was serving her second term, set to expire in 2017. With her resignation, effective in September, she will continue on the board until a new director is elected to complete her term.

Local before- and after-school programs need DHS licensure to continue

ICCSD board requests alternate partnership proposals if city opts not to obtain license

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s before- and after-school programs in North Liberty and Coralville may be affected by a new Iowa law that requires school childcare programs to be licensed through the Department of Human Services.
During the school board’s July 14 meeting, the directors agreed the district should have a plan in place to make sure programs in the two cities will not be interrupted.