Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Olivia Anderson Participates in World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute

  The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute is growing rapidly into a model STEM program, reaching and inspiring students statewide (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to fight hunger in their hometowns and to explore STEM career paths.  Students participated in engaging activities and interacted with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, ISU President Leath and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Jo Luck.
  The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University is growing rapidly - it has more than tripled in size in three years - and recently brought together over 230 high school students and 120 teachers from across Iowa to explore critical global issues and academic and career paths in STEM fields.  This year, Chariton High School participated in the event, with teacher Susan Greubel accompanying Olivia Anderson.  Anderson researched the effects of salinity on crops production in India. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

$7,500 Approved For an Athletic Facilities Plan

Chariton Leader, April 29, 2014
Sandra Knebel, Staff Writer

  While the Chariton Community School District has achieved many successes in recent years, including the renovation of the entire High School, administrators told the Board of Directors at their April 14 meeting that there is still a major area upon which the disyrict can improve the athletic facilities.
  In making their request to the Board to invest $7,500 in a professionally designed sports facilities plan.  CHS Principal Tracy Hall and Assistant Principal and Activities Director, Tim Milledge, did not find it necessary to add the obvious:  the importance of sports in the life of a student.  Young athletes learn values like discipline, responsibility, self confidence, sacrifice and accountability.
  The recommendation, according to Hall and Milledge, was the result of discussions with a group of community members.  With very little discussion, the board approved hiring the DLR Group in Des Moines, architects, for master planning services for the purpose of evaluating proposed and existing facility upgrades to multiple athletic facilities within the school district.
  Schematic design, design develpment, construction documents, bidding and construction phase services, will be dependent on the conclusion of master planning services and the successful passage of district funding activities.  The funding activity would most likely be a bond referendum, possibly as soon as September of 2014.
  The master planning project consists of evaluating proposed and existing facility upgrades to athletic facilities as follows:  Athletic Site Facilities, High School Gymnasium Community Center, and Buildings.
  Since there was minimal discussion at the Board meeting regarding the $7,500 unanimous vote, Board President, Dr. Craig Scott, was asked to comment on the athletic facilities.  Dr. Scott prefaced his comments by saying that the school district's board of directors cannot take a stand for or against any referendum that may result in the adoption of the athletic facilities plan.  "Whatever I say at this time or any time in the future," he explained "Is to provide facts, figures, and information about it, but neither I nor any of the other board members will take a stand for or against it.  If the group comes to the board with a recommendation of bond issue or something of that nature, our role is only to serve as a pass through agent.  We can set a date for a referendum, but that is all."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks with Franks Honoring Chamber/Main Street Volunteers

Chariton Herald-Patriot, April 24, 2014
Kris Patrick, Staff Writer
Karen Wilker and Linda Baynes say cheese at Thanks
with Franks in are frames made by students
Sawyer Dow and Jacob Jones
Everyone needs a little whimsy and that is just what Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street volunteers had Thursday, April 10.  Volunteers were treated to a free lunch at "Thanks with Franks: held at Carpenter's Hall.  "Without our wonderful volunteers our many community events and programs could not happen," said President Karen Wilker.  Fred Steinbach chair of the Organization Division, with the help of members Linda Baynes, Jenna Danner, Mary Scott and Max Slobodyanik coordinated the event.  "We wanted a fun way to honor these great people," said Steinbach.