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Community

CCA lays groundwork for boundary committee

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz was blunt.
“Not everybody will be happy,” said Schwartz. The owner of consulting firm RSP and Associates (RSP) was referring to upcoming elementary school attendance area boundary changes for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Next special program July 9

TIFFIN– You may be hearing some strange noises coming from Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library these days, as young readers explore scientific concepts as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off June 4 with a visit from Sam Dunn, education specialist at Blank Park Zoo, and the friends she brought along induced some squeals, gasp and a lot of laughter from the kids in attendance.

For the health of it

CCA Middle School springs into wellness, physical activity

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Schools don’t just exercise young minds.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school offers physical education classes every day for every student, a somewhat unique model these days, said health instructor Ben Robison.
But even with daily physical education classes, reinforcement is helpful in developing good habits at any age.
That’s why Robison created CCA Middle School’s Spring into Wellness Day.

North Liberty adopts rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council finally settled on a plan for ensuring safety of rental housing in the community.
At its June 10 meeting, the council unanimously approved the third and final reading of a rental housing code, without much discussion.

City of Tiffin, school district come together on the sidewalk at last

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools and the City of Tiffin may finally be moving in the same direction on a proposed sidewalk, pending one more school board vote.
At its Wednesday, June 11, meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved an agreement with CCA for a new sidewalk.

Board gives attendance zone guidance, approves FY2015 budget adjustment

ICCSD talks school zones

IOWA CITY– During a four-and-a-half hour session, the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education provided guidance to Superintendant Steve Murley on mapping attendance zones, and approved the 2015 budget at their June 10 meeting.
The school board appeared willing to moderate the mandates of the district diversity policy when re-drawing attendance zone maps, and the 2015 budget cuts, including world languages, sports, libraries and music programs, were approved without substantial changes.

Iowa City man drowns in Coralville Lake

NORTH LIBERTY– An Iowa City man drowned near Scales Point Campground on Coralville Lake Saturday.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, 36-year-old Somphaeng Syvixay of Iowa City was with a group of friends and family that had jumped from a pontoon and were swimming over to a diving rock on the shore when Syvixay and another swimmer began struggling in the water at approximately 4:54 p.m.

Johnson County 4-H pancake breakfast

IOWA CITY– The 13th Annual Johnson County 4-H pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, June 29, from 7:30 a.m. until noon on the Johnson County Fairgrounds Building C. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy some great food, but many silent auction items will be available for bidding. Local Rural Health and Safety staff will also be on hand for free Ag Risk Assessments. You never know what you may find that day.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Johnson County

Adult beetle submitted by resident, efforts still underway to locate infestation

DES MOINES– An adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) submitted by an Iowa City resident to the Iowa EAB Team has been positively identified as the destructive beetle by a federal identifier. A follow-up examination of ash trees growing in the vicinity of where the beetle was collected has failed to confirm an infestation.
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, and remains in place.

Calendar committee established; lunch prices to increase

SOLON– It’s official.
Solon’s school calendar will be developed by a new committee that looks a lot like the old one, but with one major difference.
School board members will be on board.
At its June 2 meeting, members of the Solon Community School District Board of Education approved the recommended members a new calendar committee.

Solon Optimist Bike Rodeo June 21

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold its Summer Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m. (8:30 a.m. sign-up) at the middle school play area. Age brackets are 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and training wheels. There will be five contests (balance, steering and paper toss), with a boy and girl division for each age bracket. Each age bracket will have first, second and third place trophies. There also will be two overall championship trophies. Come practice your bicycle skills. Be sure to wear your helmet.

Iowa City author Larry Baker takes new book on tour to Solon’s library

“The Education of Nancy Adams,” his fifth novel, was published in March