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.
Mahaska County residents officially have a new supervisor on the county board. Republican Mark Doland won the special election for Mahaska county supervisor on Monday. Supervisors Greg Gordy and Mike Vander Molen canvassed the votes and made the election results official. They were close. 2,777 votes were cast, with two of those votes as write-ins. Republican Doland received 21 more votes than democrat Tom Rielly. Doland was sworn in right away.
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.
We now know a few more details about plans to bring one of the summer's biggest statewide events through to Oskaloosa. The Des Moines Register announced last week that its great bike ride across Iowa or RAGBRAI is stopping overnight in Oskaloosa
The Oskaloosa Water Department says it won't have to raise rates this year. That's part of the message the city council heard this week when the water department gave its annual budget report. The budget is higher than expected because the department has a new shop and more staff.
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