Update – New high school, career academy

Editor’s note – Greene County superintendent of schools Tim Christensen provided the following update on the high school/Career Academy project.

~OPN Architects rendering

Building Project:

I wanted to give everyone an update on the upcoming building project that will include the new high school and career academy.

A steering committee composed of school board members and school staff have been meeting with architects and consultants over the last six months to develop a design for the school and career academy. Continue reading Update – New high school, career academy

Moore released from AD contract

Mitch Moore

Greene County Schools activities director Mitch Moore has been released from his AD and strength and conditioning coordinator contracts as of the end of December, according to a press release from school superintendent Tim Christen Friday afternoon.

The school board approved the resignation of Moore as head football coach at its Dec. 19 meeting. The board action did not address the AD or strength and conditioning coordinator portions of his job. Continue reading Moore released from AD contract

County taking over EMS

Decision made by Muir, Williams

Greene County will spend the next six months transitioning to a county-based ambulance service. The decision was made by county supervisors John Muir and Peter Bardole and sheriff Jack Williams at a recent meeting. Muir briefed the supervisors of their decision at the supervisors’ Thursday meeting. Continue reading County taking over EMS

Community Foundation grant apps available

Applications for the 2019 grant cycle of the Greene County Community Foundation are now available, said Tom Wind, president of the Foundation board.

The board expects to have close to the same amount of funds available for distribution this year as last. Grow Greene County, which provides funds to the Community Foundation, has provided reassurance that the large financial commitment to the Greene County Schools for the new gymnasium will not significantly impact the Community Foundation. Continue reading Community Foundation grant apps available

New HS on track for bidding next month

The south entrance, which will be students’ primary entrance. The gym is on the left.

Bid documents for the new Greene County High School and regional career academy will be available Jan. 17, according to school board member Sam Harding, a member of the district facilities committee.

Harding, Steve Karber and John McConnell have spent countless hours working with OPN Architects and school administrators and staff to bring the project to within the budget. Harding said they’re “close to budget,” now, with only a little more work to do. Continue reading New HS on track for bidding next month

Sharing agreement with P-C, soccer, early retirements topics for school board

The Greene County Schools board of education approved a two-year agreement with Paton-Churdan for academic and athletic sharing at its Dec. 19 regular meeting. The P-C board approved the agreement at its regular meeting Dec. 6.

The agreement does not include whole grade sharing in the second year, as Greene County had hoped for, but Paton-Churdan agreed to increase its share of costs for both academics and athletics. Continue reading Sharing agreement with P-C, soccer, early retirements topics for school board

Ram sportsmanship below average

Greene County School superintendent Tim Christensen opened a school board work session on sportsmanship in a generic way. “Sportsmanship is something every community can work on,” he said as he introduced Todd Tharpe, assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Christensen had invited Tharpe to speak.

Many people in attendance sensed, though, that sportsmanship is something the Ram community particularly needs to work on. Tharpe verified that at the end of his presentation. Continue reading Ram sportsmanship below average

Work starting soon on library roof replacement

The public will see some major improvements taking place at the Jefferson public library over the next few months.

Grell Roofing of Fort Dodge  will  replace the flat section on the 1904 Carnegie building and Affordable Quality Exteriors of Perry will replace the shingles, which were last replaced in 1989. Work is scheduled to be done soon on the Carnegie building.  Continue reading Work starting soon on library roof replacement

Housing still in forefront of GCDC’s efforts

Greene County Development Corporation has had a busy year according to executive board member Sid Jones and executive director Ken Paxton. They updated the county supervisors and made their budget request for FY20 at the supervisors Dec. 17 meeting.
GCDC gets the majority of its funding from Greene County and the city of Jefferson. Grow Greene County also maintains a draw down project fund for GCDC. The development corporation asked the county for $50,000 in the coming fiscal year, which is unchanged from the current year. Continue reading Housing still in forefront of GCDC’s efforts

County supes have long but lively meeting

Scranton fire chief Doug Duff told the county supervisors that spending $3,500 for an assessment of the various fire departments in the county would be a waste of money, and the supervisors listened. A snapshot of turf wars in the county developed in the discussion.

On the agenda for the supervisors’ regular meeting Dec. 17 was Jefferson mayor Craig Berry and a proposal for a “Greene County fire department assessment.” Berry told the supervisors he had contacted Region XII about doing an assessment and learned the cost would be $3,500. He asked the county to pay for it, since it would be a countywide project. Continue reading County supes have long but lively meeting