Education

Wed
25
Mar

EACSD Board of Directors accepts retirement resignation of Principal Mary Hogan at end of current school year

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held Monday, March 16. The board approved the agenda as presented and proceeded on to the public hearing on the 2020-2021 budget.

There were no public comments on the proposed budget. EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier highlighted some of the specifics about the proposed budget. Later in the meeting the budget was unanimously approved.

The board approved the Resolution entitled “Approve Resolution Authorizing the Redemption of General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2012, Dated April 1, 2012 and Levying a Tax for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 for the Redemption of General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2012, Dated April 1, 2012”. In addition, the board received and filed the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit Report.

Wed
25
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors meets to discuss items related to forced closure

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) board members met Thursday morning, March 19 for a special session to address two issues resulting from the mandatory closing of the schools earlier in the week due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The first item of business was to approve recommendations regarding staff pay during the forced closure.

The board members approved a resolution regarding pandemic response and emergency suspension of policy. The resolution allows for the district to continue paying hourly non-exempt employees in order to retain current employees as well as boost morale during this difficult time. The hourly non-exempt employees will be put on paid administrative leave for up to four weeks during the school closure. Should the closure last longer than four weeks, the board members will then re-evaluate the situation at that time.

Wed
25
Mar

Eastern Allamakee Community School District Grab & Go sack lunch program continues for youth until school re-opens in April

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) began offering Grab & Go Lunch services Wednesday, March 18 due to the COVID-19 virus and will continue to offer them during the ongoing school shutdown, which is scheduled to end Monday, April 13 at this point in time. Until then, all youth age 18 and under living in the same household as an EACSD student may pick up a single sack lunch each weekday, Monday-Friday, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meals can be picked up at Kee High School in Lansing or at New Albin Elementary School in New Albin. It does not matter which school a youth is attending, the meals can be picked up from the school that is closest to their residence. All meals will be “sacked” by meal site staff. Those picking up meals will be encouraged to use the on-site hand sanitizer before reaching for their meals and to wash their hands with soap and water before eating.

Wed
18
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors hears updates on school closure due to COVID-19, approves personnel changes, staff compensation packages for upcoming year, other matters in meeting series

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors has held a series of special and regular meetings within the past couple weeks to address a variety of matters. Coverage of all meetings is published below.

FEBRUARY 21 SPECIAL MEETING
The Allamakee Community School District Board met for a special meeting Friday, February 21 to discuss the upcoming HVAC upgrade and window replacement project at West Elementary School. The contract for the project was awarded to Olympic Builders for $4,639,040.00, which includes all alternates and moving and storage costs. The bid for asbestos removal was awarded to Environmental Management Services of Iowa, a base bid of $100,527 and $40 per door.

Wed
18
Mar

Donations and volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom 2020


Waukon High School Prom/Post Prom set for April 25-26 ... Pictured above is a photo from a previous Waukon High School Post Prom. Donations and volunteers are being sought to help make the annual event a success again for Waukon High School students and their Prom guests. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Prom 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gym immediately following Prom, from 11 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. the next morning.

Very strong past support from parents of Waukon High School students, as well as from local businesses and civic organizations, has resulted in the continued success of providing Prom-goers a safe alternative for celebrating the annual event. That support has provided these young adults with games, food, entertainment and prizes at the Post Prom event each year.

Assistance is needed for the event in two main areas:

Wed
18
Mar

Scholarships available through Northeast Iowa Community Action

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) has announced the availability of NEICAC Scholarships supported solely by employees and friends of Community Action. The application and criteria for eligibility are available through the County Family Service Offices or the Administrative Office in Decorah (563-382-8436), online at www.neicac.org, or at the guidance counselors’ offices from local high schools.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 to be considered. Applicants may include graduating seniors, current college students and individuals who are returning to school for higher education. The scholarships are limited to assisting low-income individuals that live within the seven-county area served by Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC), specifically the counties of Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa.

Wed
11
Mar

Waukon Middle School to present “Chasing Charming” as spring production this Friday ...

Waukon Middle School will be presenting its Spring Play this Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Waukon High School Auditorium. This year’s production is “Chasing Charming” and general admission seating is payable at the door the night of the event. Chaos and comedy ensue when a blundering young narrator discovers that Prince Charming has been kidnapped by the evil witch Hagragard. The narrator struggles to save her family honor while her well-meaning Fairy Godmother mistakenly sends not one, but six fairytale princesses (and Goldilocks) to the rescue. Will a needy dragon, a score of evil minions and big princess personalities keep this unlikely team from becoming heroes? This comedy production is one the whole family can enjoy.

Wed
11
Mar

Kee Speech participants advance to State...

Individual district speech contest was held Saturday, February 29 at MFL/MarMac High School in Monona. Kee High School took six students who were entered in 11 events in the contest. The Kee participants came home with nine one ratings and a pair of two ratings, with all six students earning advancement in at least one event to the State Contest being held this Saturday, March 14 at Starmont High School. Pictured at right, left to right, are the six Kee students who earned advancement to this weekend’s State Contest, each listed with their advancing competition event(s): Abby Wood - Prose, Dawson Sires - Radio News, Ella Strong - Literary Program and Storytelling, Owen Henkes - Prose and Improvisational Acting, Monica Davis - Prose, Allison Donley - Expository Address and Literary Program. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
Mar

Donations and volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom 2020

Waukon High School Prom 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gym immediately following Prom, from 11 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. the next morning.

Very strong past support from parents of Waukon High School students, as well as from local businesses and civic organizations, has resulted in the continued success of providing Prom-goers a safe alternative for celebrating the annual event. That support has provided these young adults with games, food, entertainment and prizes at the Post Prom event each year.

Assistance is needed for the event in two main areas:

Wed
04
Mar

FBLA Carnival scheduled for this Friday at the Waukon High School Cafeteria ...

The Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be hosting the annual FBLA Carnival this Friday, March 6 from 4-7 p.m. in the Waukon High School Cafeteria. All games and activities at the event (such as finger painting pictured here) can be played for just 25 cents each or $5.00 to play 25 games. Concession stand and cotton candy will also be available. All proceeds from the Carnival are donated back to the elementary schools in the Allamakee Community School District, including East, West and St. Patrick Elementary Schools. Submitted photo.

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