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CCA board is updated on district news and events

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
MIDDLE AMANA— The following were presented at the regular monthly meeting of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Board of Directors held Wednesday, March 21 at Amana Elementary.
The “We the People” Constitution class has raised 18 of the $27,000 needed to finance their trip to national competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The competition will be held April 26 through May 2 and will also include tours of historic sites in and around Washington, D.C. High school principal Mark Moody reported the team has several major fundraisers coming and were very hopeful to be able to raise all of the necessary funds.
Donations may be sent to Jason Goslin, the team’s teacher, at jgoslin@cca.k12.ia.us or through his website at www.mrgoslin.com. Checks may be sent to CCA High School, ATTN: Mr. Goslin, P.O. Box 199, Tiffin, IA 52340-0199.
Moody also reported that Jake Swenka will participate in the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) summer seminar program. The summer seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, and each student will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life. Also, Gabi Scarpa and Shanea Condon were headed to the All-State Individual Speech Festival Monday, March 26, at UNI.
Ben Macumber, Principal of Amana Elementary reported 34 children will have parts in the upcoming musical “Seussical the Musical,” which will be performed in the high school auditorium April 12, 13 and 14. Originally only half that many were to be cast, however Macumber and director Pete Huch came to the realization they couldn’t cut anybody during the audition due to the talent and enthusiasm they were seeing.
Middle school principal Brad Fox said 60 percent of his students made the honor roll with a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the recently completed trimester. Fox also said his building will be hosting an activity night once/month in the gym. Basketball, dodge ball, etc. will be available for a small fee at the door. The proceeds will go to the physical education department. . In addition, Thursday, May 24, will be the “Eighth Grade Celebration” (in lieu of a “graduation”).
Fox filled-in for North Bend Elementary’s Brenda Parker and reported 70 incoming kindergartners at NBE’s roundup. As with Oxford, the North Liberty school is anticipating a steady stream of new students.
Ray Willoughby, district construction manager, reported work was continuing on the new concession stand at the softball complex in Oxford. Plumbing and electrical work had been roughed-in and he anticipated a mid-April completion date.
Superintendent Denise Schares said the district has taken action to address concerns about students driving themselves to and from athletic practices and events. In the wake of the fatal accident which claimed the life of Mackenzie Lown and injured several other students plus two adults in another vehicle, questions have been raised about the district’s policy. In the accident, student Zach Swenka was driving a car full of cross country team members back to the high school following a practice session at Kent Park when he crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with an oncoming vehicle.
Schares said transportation has been offered to the golf teams and a form was to be reviewed and signed by both students and parents. On it are three options: drive themselves, ride with another, or ride in a school vehicle driven by a coach. She added enough vans have been located within the district to accommodate this effort. If an additional van was needed, Schares said there were Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) dollars available for such a purchase.
Currently, six golfers are riding in district vehicles in the pilot program. Board member Steve Swenka called the program a great idea.
With unseasonably warm weather resembling summer more than early spring, students, especially seniors, can’t be blamed for thinking about the last day of school. With zero snow days thus far, Schares said classes will end on-schedule for the first time in the past few years. Seniors will have their last day on Friday, May 18, with graduation on Sunday, May 27. For the rest of the students, the final day will be Friday, May 25.