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Aurelia Daily Times (Newspaper) - October 20, 1999, Aurelia, Iowa Wednesday, October 20,1999 129th Year, Edition 197 Cherokee m DailiJime Serving Cheroi<ee, Aureiia, Cieghorn, Larrabee, Marcus, l\/Ieridè|>v (ilUìmby and.;^^ 'a diurni Pages 1 - 6 - 7-8-9 Cherokee School Board meets; food service staff recognized Ashley Schable REPORTER The Ciieroliee community school district board of education held it's regular meeting Monday, October 18th, at the central administration building. Prior to the meeting, there was a reception honoring the food service staff. Food service director, Tracy Knebel, introduced the staff and thanked them for their some 220 years of service. The board and others ;-attending thanked and recognized >the entire staff for their pari in the field of education. Before the regular meeting began the board held a public hearing to gain public input regarding the school calendar for 2000-01. An Iowa law states that school cannot start bofore Labor Day, leaving August 28, the earliest school could start. However, the board moved to request a waiver to begin school before August 28, 2000. Superintendent, Mariin Lode stated that most of the schools in the state ask for a waiver to start school before Labor Day. After the public hearing had been adjourned, school board president, Dan Anderson, called" the regular meeting to order. Board member, Laurie Gerstandt, gave a report from the last District Leadership Team meeting. "We're working on getting representatives from different classes," said Gerstandt. Amber Hanson, Wade Johnson, and Kent Oman have recently joined the team. The DLT have made a time change for their regular meetings so it will be easier _SCHOOL BOARD Please turn to page 4 ■J. J , I'K- ■w.'*» ■ - , li; . ■ . t".»». ■■ ». * / * V „ Board of Supervisors meet Tuesday a • Ashley Schable REPORTER The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors held a meeting yesterday morning in the board of supervisors room at the Cherokee County Courthouse. All members were in attendance except Bud Clow. The board discussed a group life insurance for Cherokee county full-time employees. The first recommendation was to change group life insurance from Fort Dearborn to Medical Life Insurance Company and the sec-'ond was to increase coverage from the current $4,000 per 'employee to $10,0QP peLfiipplay.-. ee. The current group life insurance from Fort Dearborn Life Insurance has a current coverage of $4,000 term life insurance & AD&D. This is with a premium of $2.96/employee X 80 employees with a total of $236.80/month. The proposed plan from Blue Cross is the Medical Life Insurance Company with a coverage of $10,000 Term Life and AD&D. This is with a premium of $4.80/employee X 80 employees with a total of $384.00/month. The board agreed to change group life insurance form Fort Dearborn to Medical Life Insurance Company and to increase coverage from current $4,000 to $10,000/employee. County Engineer, Larry -Clark, aiKJ lim Homer discussed some general business with the board. They discussed the work they are doing on the bridges and different road culverts. They went on to discuss the need for a new D8 dozer or caterpillar. Horner believes there's no choice, but to purchase the machine which runs around $110,000. These machines can be rented for $7000/month, which led to a discussion on whether or not to go into a rental agreement to purchase. Horner believes if they purchase the machine, it will be very well-maintained. This machine is used to break up gravel and rocks. A new machine is needed in order to meet the regulations concerning dust and noise. The county hasn't had to stop for accidents or safety in the past year and believes this has been good for _SUPERVISORS Please turn to page 4 ¡V, „4, LSriWik .f " t / Crunch time Jared and Aaron Bruce, Aureiia, enjoyed this pile of falien leaves after school on Tuesday. Photo by Lorri Glawe Benefit to be held for Kathy Woltman on Saturday There will be a soup supper benfit Saturday for Kathy Woltman at the Quirriby ^Commur^ty Center from 5-7 p.m. )fhe event will be sponsored by the AAL Branch 6108 of Quimby. Kathy recently had a cyst removed from her spine and has been unable to work for several weeks. She recently switched jobs, now owning a cleaning business -Dust Buster Housecleaning. She did not have insurance at the time of the surgery. She said, "People get together when someone needs help. If I could help someone, I'd help. This is something you don't think will happen to you." Cherokee County Work Activity Services benefits many Lorri Glawe EDITOR lobin Hoffman, left, and her work supervisor, Phyllis Bahr, work with the new washing machine which wiil be a great adc «on to the Cherokee County Work Services. Funds received from the Knights of Columbus PhonO-a-thon purchased the new piece of equipment. Photo by Lorri plawe. The Cherokee County Work Services has a new industrial washer which will speed up the laundry operations that have grown greatly over the years. The machine was purchased with funds received from the annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon. The new machine replaces a 55-year-old machine that has been used at the facility for the past 20 years. The laundry operations is only one of many work sites set up in the facility which has been helping provide work and training for persons with disabilities since 1968. Other work done includes pallett making, de-burring ports, making rag rugs, stuffing envelopes and packaging hardware. Don Agostine has been the director of the Cherokee County Work Services for the past 25 years. He stressed how important it is to have such a facility. "People here have significant disabilities. This place provides a place for them to go to work, earn money, participate in social activities and give them a sense of belonging. We may be little here but we are very progressive and very successful." The goal of the program is to provide training to the clients and get them out into the community to work; and many have done that. But for those who are just not capable of working in the community, the Cherokee County Work Services is very much needed. Agostine commented that he couldn't attribute just one person for making the program a success; there are many. "It's a convergence of good staff and the generosity of many people." He also stressed that area businesses have supported the facility by making work available for the clients over the many years. In addition to the work provided, the facility provides basic education for the clients two to three times a week. Transportation is also provided to the clients to and from work each day. It is important, Agostine said, for the community to be comfortable around people with disabilities and he is doing his part to help do that. Staff members take two or three clients out for lunch on a rotating basis. "They have fun and it helps people in the community get used to people with disabilities." The Cherokee County Work Services had its beginning on Beech Street, organized by parents of disabled children. The facility went through three expansions there and has expanded twice at its present location on South Second Street. There are currently about 25 clients who work at the facility- 1^143 Today's Weather Today's High 56Low 23 Extended Forecast: Thürs. Sunny 37/68 Frl. Partly Cloudy 40/60 Sat. Sunny 26/55 Sun. 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