It's one of the largest jobs for the Oskaloosa City Council every year - how to spend your taxpayer dollars. During Tuesday's city council meeting, city manager Michael Schrock presented the budget for fiscal year 2014 which starts in July.
The word "outreach" simply means to reach out, and in the case of the local non-profit agency Mahaska County Outreach, that means helping needy citizens in Mahaska County. But that's been difficult to do because the agency's thrift store has been unable to bring in any profits over the past two years. However, after some modifications to the store, including new management, that's changed.
The Iowa House of Representatives passed an education reform measure Wednesday morning that includes setting a school funding amount. The Oskaloosa School District has been waiting to see what lawmakers will do for funding. The bill calls for that funding known as "allowable growth" to be set at 2%. The measure now goes to the Iowa Senate.During this time of the year, school superintendents are busy working on next year's budget. By law, local school boards are required to certify their budgets by April 15th. But that's after it's first presented to the public in the middle of March. In order to complete a budget, districts need to know how much money they have to work with, but right now, that's still up in the air.
- The election results are official. Hear from the Candidates. - Where is the airport project currently at and what can we expect next? - A caring community surrounds Helen Edgington - Two Osky High Schoolers are National Merit Scholarships Finalists.
- The Statehouse's Lack of Decision on Allowable Growth is Effecting Oskaloosa Schools - High School Parking Fees Were a Hot Topic at Tuesday's School Board Meeting - The 52577 Scholarship Is Looking to Help Students Pay for College - Hear from Coach John Henry about His Basketball Team Ranking #1
An Oskaloosa woman who's given much to a local non-profit organization for decades is getting help in return. The Mahaska County Outreach Thrift Store has put out a donation jar for Helen Edgington who lost her house and daughter in a house fire two weeks ago. Edgington volunteered at Mahaska County Outreach for more than 25 years.
A familiar issue in Mahaska County came up in this election. Doland and Rielly disagree on aspects of plans for a regional airport for Oskaloosa and Pella. That project has been on the table for several years and three proposed locations were chosen recently.
It's tough to think of this with the snow we've received, but officials say Iowa still needs to be concerned about drought. The head of Iowa State Extension calls the current drought "a super slow-motion disaster".
Supporters of a local scholarship fund in Oskaloosa want the school board and you to know how to help grow the fund. The Oskaloosa High class of 1977 created a scholarship fund for qualified Oskaloosa Seniors wanting to continue their education. It's called 52577. The fund has one-hundred thirty-thousand dollars in contributions, but the people in charge of it want the scholarship to grow.
The school districts board of education met last night and approved fees for the 2013-2014 school year, among other things. Fees associated with the pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools were all mostly kept the same with the exception of one fee at the high school.
Look for more discussion on how to fund Iowa's schools in the Iowa Legislature in the coming weeks.That was one of the first topics to come up at the political forum "Eggs and Issues" at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa Saturday morning. It's the third "Eggs and Issues" to be held this legislative session.
Friends say an Oskaloosa woman who's known for being giving herself needs some giving in return. Helen Edgington lost her daughter Katherine and home in a house fire last week. The fire broke out in their house at 401 North A Street. Helen Edgington was able to escape, but