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Williamsburg Journal-Tribune (Newspaper) - September 6, 1984, Williamsburg, Iowa Tho Williamsburg Journal Tribune Section B An MPC Newspaper LIS Enrollments Drop By 3 Preliminary enrollment figures this fall at Williamsburg Community schools show enrollment is down two from last Thats the smallest decline in the past five years by a large commented superin tendent Dale Pierce noted the small decline in enrollment reflects an increase of 18 in the elementary mainly kindergarten and which offset a decrease of 20 in junior and senior The increase at the elementary level is shown in the following grade sizes kindergarten 69 this up from 60 for last year first up from 51 second same as last year third up from 48 fourth down from 47 down from and up from Pierce noted junior high enrollment has decreased by five this from 109 to The breakdown by classes shows seventh grade up from 47 last year eighth grade down from Senior high enrollment dropped 15 from 332 to he The break down by classes includes the following ninth down from 84 tenth down from 83 eleventh down from and twelfth up from Pierce projected to the school board in August that enrollment at the junior senior high would steadily decline over the next few to 412 in fall 391 in fall 370 in fall 1987 and 364 in fall he noted total school enrol should remain fairly next few with the school perhaps gaining a few While junior high enrollment is expected to stay in the Pierce Youll notice a dramatic drop in high The high school enrol is projected to drop to 313 in 296 in 278 in 1987 and 269 in Pierce presented the high enrollment projections to the school board in response to a request in July to help them decide on whether to continue to have a halftime junior high principal after high school principal Robert Murphy retires next Board president Flora Heitshusen told board members they should plan to vote on that question at their next meet Kindergarten through eighth grade enrollment at Lutheran school is one less than the 177 enrollment the school had last according to preliminary figures released by principal Roger The breakdown by classes at LIS this is kindergarten 21 first same as last year second up from 15 third down from 18 down from 21 same as last year down from 19 down from and up from Varner noted the schools enrollment has declined by a few each and added that is expected to Next he speculated enrollment could be down by 86 36 1984 Iowas Prairie Heritage A bumblebee rests on a blossom of while native prairie grasses bend in the That scene of the shown in the upper was common on 85 percent of Iowa prior to now only acres of native prairie remain in of which are under the care of state or county conser vation organizations such as the prairie shown above located at Lake Park ranger Rick noted this has been designated Prairie Heritage week by governor Terry and Iowa county conservation board officials are trying to make visitors to Lake Iowa more aware of the prairie as part of the In photo at lower shows a compass so named because its leaves generally line up north and For that he noted some pioneers and Indians may have used it to tell tion on the Omaha Indians also obtained a chewing gum from the plants flowering head when resinous juices were extracted and he as shown in the upper was used by the Indians and pioneers in treating various including bee fevers and intestinal y b Ul I II could be down by Supervisors Schedule Road Closure Hearings Paving The Iowa county board of supervisors decided to hold a hearing on five pro posed road again tabled action on the South Amana paving bids and discussed the purchase of a tract of land to be used as a new sanitary landfill site in a meeting with county engineer Don Tuesday morn Roads proposed to be closed include onehalf mile of a dirt road in the north ern part of section English town on which the supervisors received a petition signed by ten persons last week a northsouth road in section Lincoln a dirt road between sections 27 and running parallel to highway 149 a road in section and a road in section The latter was reported ated and already being Torney Torney noted in all cases except in Lincoln adjacent property owners had requested the roads be In he noted the board wanted to close at least a northsouth section of the road which is flooded every year when the river was Supervisor Leonard Thys noted area property owners agreed to close that road in exchange for a new road being made straight from the V road to the Johns Lutheran That road was paved last Hearings on the proposed road clo sures were set for Tuesday with hearings on each proposal being held consecutively that South Amana Paving Torney again recommended post a decision on the South Amana paving bids until next because he said it would not be known until then whether the low bidder could be put on the Iowa Depart ment of Transportations list of approved or whether the second low bidder could do the work yet this A Marion Mahurin Construction was the low bidder on paving streets in South Amana when bids on that project were opened at the county supervisors the county postponed accepting that bid because the low bidder was substantially lower than the Department of Transportations list of approved low bid on the which consists of paving square yards of village streets plus earthen shoulder was nearly lower than the next low submitted by Metro Iowa Torney noted the engineers staff didnt inform Mahurin company repre that the company needed to be on the IDOT list when they came in to get plans for the he said the countys specifications called for bidders to be on the list five days before the bid If Mahurin can be approved by the Torney recommended the board School Elections Are Tuesday Polls will be open from noon until 8 for school elections across the area and state Iowa Valley has two uncontested can on the Cindy Ballard is the candidate for director district Previous director Maurice who had been on the board six chose not to Nell Shima is running for the She has been on the board since In the HLV four candidates are seeking the three at large positions in the Candidates Hoi Ralph Roger Kuesel and Dennis Kuesel and Shine are Candidates in the Deep River Millersburg district are Earle Hall for the east director and Kenneth Che for the west One each is to be Both are DRM also has another section of their which asks whether or not the district should continue to levy an annual schoolhouse tax on property in the district not to exceed per assessed The would begin for collection July and be for purchase of con struction of or payment of debt for erection or con struction of The levy which has been possible for a number of years is known popularly as the schoolhouse If it runs for a period of five In the Amana district two directors are to be elected with three seeking the They include incumbents Brad Zuber and James board and Randy Incumbents Roger Kretchmer and Robert Scoville are seeking reelection in the Williamsburg English Valleys has two openings on the board being sought by three candi dates incumbents Bruce Hayes and David Hillman and challenger Judy Jor dan who had served on the board some time ago before Voters in all of the districts will also ballot on the area director for district five on the Kirkwood Community Col lege James North Eng who has served on the board since it was is seeking Also seeking the post if former English Valleys and Solon superintend ent Jim Meiborg who is now board for the Clear Creek school who is also serv ing on the Iowa county board of is a North English The Kirkwood as all the school board is for three Voters in the Amana school district are being asked to vote yes or no to relevy the two and onehalf mills on the dollar in any year foi the next ten The levy can be used tor purchase of construction of payment of debt tor and for proc uring or of relet the project to avoid any objection by other contractors that the specifica tions werent he sug the county could ask the other bidders if they had any objection to the low bid being If the firm could not be added to the approved he suggested the board might want to accept the Metro he noted after talking with the Metro he didnt know whether they could do the project yet this fall that would depend on the scheduling of other He added in talking with Amana Society Don Shoup that if they did accept the Metro that would deplete the Amana road and could prevent them doing work planned for the next fiscal including pavement of 200 to 300 feet of road between the Middle school and Colonial Manor nursing That was to be done to connect with a new vision to be Torney reported that trie Amana road fund had a balance as of July LA financial report on the Amana fund for the 19831984 fiscal year showed was available for work in the while was actually spent for paving two streets in Further discussion on the South Amana paving project was set tor the supervisors 10 meeting Landfill The supervisors also discussed with Torney concluding the purchase of land owned by Les South Supervisors chair nun Jim Sauter said hed been told by Acker man he wanted the county to purchase the property by The supervisors had obtained an option from Ackerman to purchase 115 acres formerly owned by Paul Dister hoft along the county pavement west of West Amana for per Torney noted hed have to contact Hickock and Des the consulting engineers studying the feasibility of the landfill to see if they could conduct soil borings this fall after crops are and have a report on the sites feasibility by the first of the 1 Sauter also suggested the sors again talk with Ackerman which Thys said he could The county also tried to obtain another seven and onehalf acre tract still owned by the Disterhoft a former house but Thys noted the family had declined an offer for the and added theyd not agreed to abandon a well on the Larry engineer with Hickock and Associates and former executive director with the Iowa Department ot Environmental had advised the Regional Environmental Improvement Commission to gain control over the additional or get a well abandoned at the house Index This Week In The JT Pages Opinions 3 Family Church Services f Public Notices For The Record Football 20 Pages MPC S Pages I he Weekly Shopper 12 Pages
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