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North Liberty Leader

ICCSD diversity policy sets stage for redrawn district

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Students who receive free and reduced lunch will be redistributed across the Iowa City school district, according to a new diversity policy passed after its third reading at a Feb. 5 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting. The plan is to also check high school capacity and will set another trigger for building a secondary school.
The policy will guide the district in its bid toward equity in the schools.

Revenues repurposed with district-wide vote

Passage means accelerated revenues, tight timeline for construction

IOWA CITY– The Yes votes were out in force for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) revenue purpose statement (RPS) vote on Feb. 5, easily passing the language written to inject some cash into school facilities in a district-wide vote.
Superintendent Stephen Murley sounded ready to go to work when results of the revenue purpose statement vote were announced at the school board meeting.
“We have a tight timeline,” he said, for working out construction projects before the start of the building season.

City releases “mutual statement” on police chief’s sudden resignation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty City Attorney Scott Peterson released the following Wednesday, Feb. 6, regarding the departure of North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin.
“Jim Warkentin has tendered his resignation as chief of police effective Feb. 1. The city council will consider Jim’s resignation at its next meeting. The City of North Liberty would like to thank Jim for his service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The release included this statement from Warkentin:

Register by Feb. 25 for North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2013 season is fast approaching.
Sign up your child(ren) at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by Feb. 25. Save $5 per child by registering online before Feb. 15. Paper forms are also available at the North Liberty Rec Center and at the NLYBS website.
Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 4 through 13 years. Call the NLYBS hotline 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website.

Fighting to a bitter end

Dowling derails Trojan grapplers’ run for State Dual Meet

IOWA CITY– Two “firsts” occurred Wednesday night in the West High gymnasium.
One, the Trojans won’t be going to the state dual meet in Des Moines for the first time in a decade.
The other, the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons will be going for the first time since 1993. The Maroons bested West by one point, winning a Class 3A Regional Dual Meet, 35-34.

Creek’s Murphy places fourth in district meet

Connor Murphy was the only Clear Creek Amana Clipper to advance to a Class 2A District Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Solon High School. Murphy is shown here battling Max Wehage of Vinton-Shellsburg in first round action. The sophomore placed fourth, falling to Wehage in 5:07, and to Jaret Probasco of South Tama in the Third Place match in 1:55.

West splits with City on the hardwood

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity boys basketball team posted its 44th consecutive win Tuesday night with a 67-34 pounding of their rival, the Little Hawks, at City High.
The Trojans jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the first period and were up 36-14 at the half.
Three Trojans, Jeremy Morgan, Wyatt Lohaus and Austin Swank were in double-digits with 19 points for Morgan while Swank had 14 and Lohaus contributed 13 to the cause. Jason Stewart had an 8-point game, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy scored 6, Chike Ukah had 4 and David Dileo put in 3. Morgan sank a trio of 3-pointers as well.

Statement on Jim Warkentin’s resignation

City, former chief release resignation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty City Attorney Scott Peterson released the following Wednesday, Feb. 6, regarding the departure of North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin.
“Jim Warkentin has tendered his resignation as chief of police effective February 1, 2013. The City Council will consider Jim’s resignation at its next meeting. The City of North Liberty would like to thank Jim for his service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The release included this statement from Warkentin:

A tale of one sweet city

Garner students create mock city

NORTH LIBERTY– Second grade students at Buford Garner Elementary School in North Liberty got a taste of city development in December, and it was a sweet lesson in collaboration.

Book fest readings bring storybooks to life

NORTH LIBERTY– Storybook professions came to life at the One Book, Two Book Festival held concurrently in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty on Jan. 13.

City confirms police chief’s departure

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty no longer has a police chief, but nobody is saying why, or how the vacancy occurred.
On Monday, Feb. 4, the North Liberty Leader received information that North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin had resigned his position with the city. However officials in the city’s administrative offices declined to say whether or not a resignation was tendered.

NL council balks at some additional contributions, bends for others

City holds second FY14 budget work session

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As budgets everywhere are squeezed, the North Liberty City Council has been hit up for additional donations.
At a second budget work session Tuesday, Jan. 29, the council agreed to fund some requests that would help people in need, while taking a more conservative stance on others for the upcoming fiscal year.