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KALONA, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IOWA 52247 THURSDAY, September 8, 199450 Cents 2 Sections, 2 Inserts NO. 36 iii forum with the four candidates for the two seats on the Mid-Prairie rnerabers wrote out questions that would be addressed by all four. Approximately Ig program that touched upon candidate expectations, views about curriculum, and sex education. by Monica Miller The third library director hired at the Kalona Public Library in a little over a year may prove the cliche, the third time is a charm, to be accurate. After the short terms of Bridgette Carey and Jean Shumway as directors, Anne Skaden comes into the position with characteristics not possessed by the other directors. Like her predecessors, Skaden holds a Master of Library Science degree and has library experience. Her advanced degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Unlike the previous directors, however, Skaden knew the ins and outs of the Kalona Public Library very well prior to her employment as director. Anne Skaden Since 1986 she has served as a with the capabilities of the prior member of the library board where librarians we hired," Skaden said. "I hope to combine the people-oriented abilities of Bridgette with the detail orientation of Jean and continue what they started here at the library." Skaden said each time the library she was active in hiring the past four directors, Deb Jensen, Michelle Johnston as well as Carey and Shumway. "I admired and Was very impressed director position was available she either had a new baby or was at home with a young child. Placing priority on being home while her children were young deterred her from pursuing the directorship. With this school year, all her children, "Fail Mark and Mary, are in school and, again the position was vacant. "A friend asked me, 'what do they have to do, drop the job in your lap'?'" said Skaden. Throughout her years of raising young children, Skaden continued to serve on the library board to keep in touch with the workings of the library. She said she intended to work in a library again some day and serving on the board kept her informed and interested in the library. Skaden, who was interviewed as one of four candidates for the :.l,ibrarian Continued on page 15 Sible all goal '- Mid. all as gOal. 'ritten "theis important to invite the parents to thisparticipate at all levels. she "We should invite the parents to the be on the curriculum committee, See whether it is elementary counseling or anything else," said Dillard. the Thrapp agreed that the parents should be involved, but that it also the is important "to ask the kids. See 0n what they want," and cautioned that he sometimes "parents don't get on involved." Adams advised providing eno'd i he time to get people involved in the would like his children "to participate in all that I did when I was here." Asked how each would address high expectations and programs in the face of decreasing funds, all four indicated that much could be done without heavy spending. "Better performance, does not necessarily need more money," said of Anderson, stressing that much could be done with "dedication and time," and that the number one priority for the current board is "creating a better climate...for learning." Dillard agreed with Anderson, adding that performance can be aided the "by trusting one another better than we have in the past," stressing that all need to be involved--parents, teachers, community, board, "to build trust ...and get the best eachpossible job done." Thrapp stressed the need to eachimprove "the students own morale", to adding that achievement and discipline "start in the home." "Morale and motivation are the keys," replied Adams, stressing that it is necessary to get students a excited. for "Most know that we home school," he said, explaining that he for had first-hand knowledge of the need to motivate. "If they don't want to learn, you are wasting your time." aff, When it comes to curriculum development, all four agreed that it decision-making process. "Start early enough to get them involved." "Curriculum is a collective enterprise," said Anderson, noting that all are involved, ranging from the school staff and district parents to the state, the Department of Education and more. "An individual board member has no power to impose any individual curriculum," he said, stressing it is "not anyone's particular property," but a result of "public participation" at all levels. A sPecific question asked why a home schooler would want to serve on a public school board (and what changes would be needed to have him send his children to the public school). Graber asked all candidates to respond .to at least the latter part. Thrapp said he believes it is important to "keep in touch with all parts of the community," although "I don't home school." "I am the home schooler," said Adams, stressing that "just because we home school doesn't mean we do not care about the community," and said that the community offers "diverse education opportunities." Adams said that he saw his candidacy as a means of "bridging of communities," and "..of healing what happened last year." Last year's elections had 12 candidates, four of which we perceived as belonging to the "religious right." Adams said that he believed in "being responsible for my fellow man," and that he wants to "build communications with all the community." Anderson said that home schoolers were not necessarily critics of the public schools and that "there is room for both ways," adding that the board has discussed the possibility .Forum continued on page 12 by Moniea Miller Frustrated by the problems of overgrown weeds, rodents and cockroaches, general rundown appearance of the building and open sewage being pumped out of the basement, three women who live in close proximity to a property located at 10th Avenue and 3rd Street, Wellman, asked the city council for help at Monday's meeting. The women, Shirley Patterson, Sandy Langdon and Nancy Miller, explored with the council options for improving the general condition of the residence. 'Of primary concern to the neighbors is the water, presumed to be raw sewage, flowing behind the building. "I can put up with the weeds and the broken windows, but I can't tolerate the smell," said Sandy Langdon. Nancy Miller asked the council to, "just find out what's being pumped out, raw sewage or water. Find out what it is and take the next step whether it's county, state or whatever." She said the city cannot afford to allow a health hazard such as raw sewage in the neighborhood. Aware of the problem, Mayor Ivan Redlinger told the women he had met with the property owner, contacted the county health officer, Dwight Glinsman, and ."I don't know what else to do." Social services has been involved in the home and, for a time, it appeared neater but, "he (the owner) just don't care any more," said council member, Ivan Ulin. Redlinger told the council he would check out the water problem and after that, it will become a legal, and not city, problem. If a process were initiated to condemn the property the action would need to be taken by the deputy state fire marshal. After investigation by the city, this step may be pursued. The council also heard a report from another concerned citizen, Dawn Jones, who continues to organize a protest against IES and their proposed rate increase. Jones told the council she received a letter from the consumer advocacy division of the attorney general's office. The letter from Gary Stewart, a consumer advocate representative, will be appearing belk)re the Iowa Board of Utilities February 6. He enc uraged Jones to continue a letter writing Weilman Council Continued on page 15 installation By Mary Zielinski Low bidder Owen White tried to resign twice belbre the Washington County E-911 board accepted his low bid tbr sign installation. White, the E-911 committee chairman, submitted the resignations to avoid a possible conflict of interest. However, the committee refused to accept them, and instead White removed himself from the August 23 bid decision. White's total bid of $33,800 . to install signs and numbers identifying rural residences was the lowest of three. Others were $38,000 and $41,000. According to Iowa Code, White was not in conflict since competitive btds were sought. Under the code, because the project was estimated to cost less than $50,000 the county did not have to seek competitive bids. Initially, White submitted a proposal to the board at its August 18 meeting. At that time, Marion L. Hayes, Washington, also submitted a proposal. After considerable discussion about the two submissions, the board voted to set specifications and formally bid the project. The numbered signs are to identify locations for emergency vehicles and signs were installed approximately 18 months ago. However, as the committee learned earlier this summer, the signs proved to be faulty. First, the numbers were not reflective and the poles rusted. work The E-911 board authorized purchase of metal signs, with proper numbers, and the last phase involved the posts and their installation. The board decided that it would be preferable to have a contractor install all of the posts and signs at one time, and also to determine the locations Ibr them. However, a further problem is the actual posts. There is a nationwide shortage of metal posts, the board was told, and only one company in the nation makes them. White expects to receive the posts early enough this fall to see completion of the work by the end of December. That is, provided there are no unusual weather problems, he told the board. The goal is to have all posts and signs properly installed before ground freezing makes it difficult to impossible to drive them in. M-P board meets Monday at HS The Mid-Prairie Board of Education meets in regular session Monday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. Agenda items are board policy development, bus bids, early graduation, technology and strategic plans, board goals, quality climate action plan, discussion of the middle school concept, the four year high school and a safety report. a in attempt to give you an overview of life in Ukraine as well as relate some of the many interesting and educational experiences I enjoyed. This first article will be a chronology of the trip with some commentary. The second article will be about Lviv and additionally on Kiev. The third article will be about the status of the press in Ukraine. The fourth article will be general observations as well as inclusion of some interviews with Ukrainian officials and private citizens. The Trip The journey to the home of the 3-year old independent Ukraine started out with our flight from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare International where I was to meet up with Otting's husband, Brent, whom I had never met. I was surprised at how nice the new international terminal is and how friendly the people are. Otting and I finally met up when we sat only two rows apart on the Air Ukraine flight. He was almost the only one speaking English so I introduced myself. On the same flight, in the row between us, was another Ukrainian journalist who was returning home after a summer in Iowa. The direct flight to Kiev took nine and a half hours. At the Borispol Airport, some 20 miles outside of Kiev, we departed the plane on the tarmac and got into a trailer pulled by a tractor for the trip to the terminal and customs. Fortunately Otting's wife's plane landed shortly after ours and we were able to all meet our host arm guide, Viadimir Bassis. The trip to Kiev, in the old Russian-made station wagon, was along a tree lined expressway, with cattle grazing in the median to keep the grass and weeds down. We went immediatelyto downtown Kiev where Vladimir bargained for a hotel room (2 bedrooms off a shared dining room) for the Otting's, their 6-month old son, Robert (who .Ukraine Continued on page 12 Downtown Kiev Katrina Choursina, who served as an intern at the Kalona News last summer stands near the downtown of Kiev. Building at left was formerly Lenin Culture Cewnter but now is called the Kiev Culture Center. Lenin and Stalin's statues and names have been removed from everything possible. , .t.