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Rippey first to host info meetings on proposed regional academy, bond referendum

Rippey will serve as the host site for four informational meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Dr. Steve Karber, who is a board member of the Greene County school board, will come to the Methodist Church coffee group at 10 am. He will show a video that informs persons about the potential building of an Iowa Central Community College career academy adjacent to the new (and proposed) Greene County High School. He anticipates and expects viewers to express their thoughts and reactions following the video.

He and others are providing this information throughout Greene County in an effort to inform all Greene County citizens about an upcoming bond referendum. In addition, he is seeking input regarding the plans for the building. He will focus part of his remarks on the success of this type of community college/high school sharing in other communities. The cooperation between Iowa Central and Greene County Schools will allow skills learned to lead to jobs. The potential of jobs in health, computers, electricians, welding, and agriculture will impact the educational and financial future for Greene County’s young people.

The video will be re-played at the large community room at 1, 5, and 7 pm at the Rippey Community Center. Karber will be in Rippey throughout the day to solicit input and answer questions about the proposal. Light refreshments will be available at each presentation.

This is an opportunity for the Rippey area residents to provide their thoughts to Karber and thus the Greene County Schools. It is appreciated that he is coming as a representative of Greene County Schools to the outlying areas and towns to solicit input. “Optimistically, we Rippeyites will respond with our presence at one of the informational sessions,” said Mary Weaver, local coordinator for the meetings.

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