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, IN BRIEF Light agenda for supervisors ORANGE CiTY -- The Sioux County Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Sioux County Courthouse Board of Supervisors' room. So far, the agenda is light. Sioux County Treasurer Randy Jacobsma will give a semi-annual report on the revolving loan fund and he will discuss general matters. There will be another meet- ing on Aug. 30. At this meet- ing, there will be bid letting for a geothermal well field planned in the county as well as a public hearing regarding redistricting plans as well as new precincts. NCC Board of Trustees meeting SHELDON rathe Northwest Iowa College Board of Trustees were set to meet this past Monday at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center. The meeting began with a tour of the new cen- ter. Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center program- ming was a highlight of the agenda. Personnel matters were to be discussed and voted upon, as well awarding a contract to an architect for services ren- dered. NCC board member Larry Hoekstra of Hull provided the Iowa Association of Community Colleges Trustees report during the meeting. Dr. Alethea Stubbe was to issue her own report as well. There will be a board work session on Sept. 14. Food pantry looking for donations The Hull Food Pantry !s look- ing for donations of break- fast cereal, boxes of gelatin or pudding and cake mixes. Drop off food at the follow- ing churches: First Reformed, St. Paul Lutheran, First Christian Reformed and Hope Christian Reformed. For more information, call Virginia Linnemann at 439- 6993 or Dwight Sas at 439- 1755. Donations are appreciated. Foster Grandparent benefit ROCK VALLEY -- Th( Rock Valley Rotary Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs will have their annual waffle sup- per on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the Rock Valley High School commons. Waffles, sausages, syrup, whipped cream and strawber- ries are on the menu. The Knights of Columbus will provide the waffles. Freewill donations will be accepted with proceeds going toward the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs. Foster grandparents serve as mentors and tutors to children. Senior companions serve neighbors who may need assistance getting to appointments or helping with home-making duties. For information, call 476- 2628. Starting Sept• 7 Various school pages return to the Index- Reporter• Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 Volume No. 116, Issue No. 33" S1.00 SIOUX COUNTY 'hdh'h"'lh,,d,l,l,,PII,r,,,,dlldllm%hlq,.Iq,! ***************MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPape lnc 09113/99 217 W COTA ST. iL SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 1 CiTY OF HULL Hey, everybody: Let's have a pool party • Residents will be able to say goodbye to pool that's served community By ERIC VICCARO i Editor kids and grandkids have swam in the pool," Van Roekel stated. "It hulleditor@ncppub.com has a lot of memories through dif- ferent generations." et's have a pool party. Greta Grond, a member of the This coming Saturday from 1-8 p.m., there will be a pool Capital Campaign Cabinet fund- party to commemorate the current raising arm for the new pool, concurred. pool in Westside Park, which has "I love it there, it's the best served Hull since the 1960s. "I think the pool has held up for a place to be in the summer," she good 44 years," Hull city administra- said. tor Les Van Roekel said. "It's exceed- When Grond moved to town ed its life expectancy. Most pools like with her husband, Steve, and four this one last 25 years. We want to give children -- Lily, Lydia, Maggie everyone a chance to enjoy the last and Josie- the pool was a place day (of the current pool)." to meet people and connect with Van Roekel said resident Dar Sohl the community. and some of her friends came up with Lydia, Maggie and Josie Grond the idea for a "bon voyage" party, have taken swimming lessons at "A lot of parents and grandparents, Continued on Page 7 Hull resident Owen Ribbens holds his nose while preparing to dive in the Hull Westside Park Pool. -- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter BOYDEN-HULL REGISTRATION Boyden-Hull elementary school employee Nikki Tjossem-Zylstra covers issues with a concerned parent during the registration at the center on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The school year begins this Thursday for the Boyden-Hull school district. Other area school start dates can be found on Page 3 of the Sioux County Index-Reporter. -- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter BOYDEN-HULL SCHOOL DiSTRiCT Usage fee no longer considered • But, parents will be on the hook for the deductible By ERIC VICCARO i Editor hulleditor@ncppub.com t the regular August meeting on ug. 8, the Boyden-Hull school oard determined not to charge junior high and high school students a usage fee for laptops as part of the 1:1 learning initiative. "We can't charge a fee because the money we're spending on (the laptops) isn't com- ing from the general fund," Boyden-Hull school superintendent Steve Grond stated. This fall, Boyden-Hull becomes the latest school district to be a part of 1:1 learning. One-to-one computing means every child receives a laptop for the purpose of learn- ing. All seventh through 12th graders will receive a laptop. Grond reported that money to pay for a 1:1 computing system would come from the Physical Plant and Equipment levy (PEPL). And because of that, the district can't charge students a fee. The board had been considering a $40 technology use fee. However, if a machine breaks, a student could still be on the hook for a $250 deduct- ible. Parents will be charged the deductible for items not covered in the school's Apple Care agreement. The Apple Care protection program will last for four years. This includes technical support, Apple hardware coverage, soR- ware support, What's covered? The MacBook laptops, accessories includ- ing the power adapter, RAM memory and the Apple display monitor. The regional Apple repair facility is located in Memphis, Tenn. Insurance is provided through EMC, car- ried locally by ISB Insurance, Inc. of Hull. Grond said the new laptops are currently undergoing imaging in Dubuque. He expects to roll out the laptops either on Wednesday, Aug. 24 or exactly one week later on Aug. 31. It was leamed during the meeting that roughly 5 to 8 percent of Apple machines were broken or suffered damage during the first-year of the 1:1 initiative in the West Sioux school district. That's about 30 machines. In the end, councilors approved the $250 deductible by a measure of 3-0. Board presi- dent Mark Warntjes, Aric Van Voorst and Jake Ten Haken were the only board mem- bers present, but it still constituted a quorum. Students will have the option of taking the laptop home with them or not. Other con- cems are the possibility that laptops could be stolen. Overall, the district will buy 365 MacBooks for students. Fifth- and sixth-graders will Continued on Page 7 WHAT'S GOING ON SIOUX COUNTY? Outdoor complex is in your hands • Debated facility could open this fall, but it depends on needed opinion By ERIC VICCARO Editor hulleditor@ncppub.com IOUX CENTER Four Sioux County Supervisors approved putting a proposed outdoor sporting complex in rural Sioux County to a public hearing. The public heating is ten- tatively scheduled for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Sioux County Courthouse main courtroom upstairs. The decision was made at the supervisors meeting on Monday, Aug. 8. Hull-based super- visor Denny Wright, Mark Sybesma, Arlyn Kleinwolterink and A1 Bloemendaal voted to send this issue to the public. John Degen cast the dissenting vote saying the matter need- ed to go back "into the court system." "It's a hot-button issue, an emotional issue," Wright said. "It's the hardest issue I've faced on the board of supervisors. Both sides have a strong case. People are excited both ways." Back in April, the Sioux County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the facility -- called the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sportsmen's Complex -- by a measure of 7-4. Originally, it wasn't expected that supervisors would have to give approval to the project. However, legal precedent took place this summer from a group of concerned residents near the proposed complex. Then Sioux City-based district court judge Jeffrey Neary ordered the supervi- sors have a public hearing. Neary said the supervisors should serve as the final authority on the matter. "The judge argued that we, the supervisors, are ulti- mately responsible for mak- ing the decision," Wright explained. Continued on Page 3 There will be a public hearing concerning the proposed new sportsmen's complex outside Sioux Center next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the main courtroom at the Sioux County Courthouse. Proponents and opponents will pres- ent their cases. -- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index- Reporter Commentary. 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