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North Liberty Leader

NL's diamonds under pressure

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s comprehensive plan for developing its city parks has been in place since 2009, but increasing demand for organized recreation has kicked it into high gear.
The North Liberty City Council and the city’s parks and recreation commission met jointly last Thursday, Dec. 6, to talk about plans for two of the city’s major park spaces: one of the oldest of the community’s parks, and the newest to date.

CCA growth: Perception is reality

UI Professor’s statistics back-up CCA enrollment growth projections

OXFORD– A draft report produced by a University of Iowa professor and one of his graduate students uses scientific methodology to pinpoint where enrollment growth is occurring in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, and maps-out the likely continuation of that growth.

CCA girls stun the Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– A slow start Tuesday night turned into a big win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers girls basketball team. The Clippers pulled-off a 47-45 win in overtime in the Lady Mustangs’ stable.
A dismal first period found the Clippers struggling, shooting only 1-11 from the floor, and trailing 8-2. CCA narrowed the gap to 3 points, but watched as the Mustangs galloped away on a 12-3 run late in the quarter. Mount Vernon had the 21-9 advantage at the halftime break.

Good start for Clipper girls

TIFFIN– Following a solid 52-34 win over West Delaware Tuesday night at home, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Haas was more introspective than celebratory.
“We’ve done some good things these first two games, obviously there’s some things we need to capitalize on and work on,” Haas said. The win moved the Clippers to a 2-0 start to the season, an improvement over the squad’s 1-1 record at this time last season.

More TIF in Tiffin

TIFFIN– In order to address projects in the older part of town, the Tiffin City Council will expand its Urban Renewal Area, and subsequently increase its ability to collect Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues in the future.
At a Nov. 28 meeting, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Dr. Denise Schares appeared during the public comment portion of the council meeting to talk about the city’s intent to expand Tiffin’s Urban Renewal Plan and create an additional TIF designation within the city.

Check it out! Lowe's gives Penn library $25K makeover

NORTH LIBERTY– Painters from Lowe’s will deck the library halls over winter break at Penn Elementary as part of a $25,531 grant the school received from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
The project is already underway and scheduled to be completed by February 2013. The makeover includes new moveable shelving, a new circulation desk and other furniture. The Penn Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is supporting the project by contributing $5,000 for new tables and chairs in the library’s classroom area.

Exercise equipment to handle the crunch in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– When North Liberty residents resolve to get in shape this coming New Years Day, the North Liberty Recreation Center will be ready for them.

ThinkFirst! safety talk aims to reduce devastating injuries

NORTH LIBERTY– It only takes an instant to change a life, possibly forever.
Each year, approximately 600 Iowans are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and another 5,000 will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to information provided by ThinkFirst Iowa, an injury prevention program based out of the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

Contingency plans formed ahead of Feb. 5 vote

IOWA CITY– Moving quickly to get the word out about the district-wide vote in February 2013 for a new revenue purpose statement (RPS), Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) officials have held a press conference and informational meetings to explain the ballot move that will enable the schools to borrow up to $100 million.

More data, more questions

OXFORD– They know how many kids are in seats now, and where those seats are. What they don’t know is how many more are coming, or when.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Facilities Committee held their second meeting Monday, Nov. 12, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford, a school recently closed to open enrollment and the second in the district to do so due to lack of space. Committee Co-Chairs Malinda Lamb and Laura Kay Sheely distributed a revised proposed timeline, including data through the month of November.

First steps

CCA’s Facilities Study Committee organizes

OXFORD– Determining the next, best thing for students? That’s a task for the members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district’s Facilities Study Committee. Around 25 committee members, faculty and staff met Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the elementary school in Oxford for an organizational meeting.
The district is continuing to face increased enrollment and a resulting lack of space, leading to the potential need to expand existing facilities or even build new. The board approved a committee to explore the district’s needs and make recommendations to address them.

CCA board will likely green-light NBE expansion

TIFFIN— A six-classroom addition to the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty will likely be approved next month. In the third work session this month, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board continued to look at a list of enrollment growth options, including proposed the addition.
Four of the seven members– Terry Davis, Mic Kahler, president Eileen Schmidt and Ted Hergert– said the addition was their top choice among seven options the board has been discussing. Steve Swenka and Bob Broghammer elected to pursue other options, while Aimee Pitlick said she had no favorite choice.