Author: Dean Close

Benton Co. Supervisors Meeting Agenda, March 21

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING March 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. 9:15 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for Brandon and Jennica Jordan part of NW ¼ NE ¼ Sec 27-85-9 3. 9:30 am. 3. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for Ross Hanson part of SE ¼ NE ¼ Sec 35-85-10 4. 9:45 a.m. Ben Turnis Re: Discuss/Approve phone system update 5. Discuss Old DHS Building 6. Approve minutes 7. Approve claims 8. Renewal with ISAC’s insurance plan for FY18 with Wellmark 9. 10:00 a.m. Kelly Geater Re: Discussion/Action on Wellness incentive for FY 18/19 10. 10:15 a.m. Engineer Re: Approve vacation carryover for Penny Applegarth • Accept service truck bids 11. Cyber and Technology Liability Renewal Application 12. Discussion/Action on department heads and elected officials reporting to Supervisors 13. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 14. New Business/Public Interest Comments 15....

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Robot project encourages VSHS engineering students

Learning how to make a robot that can sort a variety of marbles is one of the reasons the students in the VSHS Principals of Engineering class look forward to going to school each day Using a variety of methods, the students in Marsha Furlong’s class recently created robots that can sort a load of marbles, separating the steel, aluminum and clear marbles into separate groups. The project is based on a National Park System trash-sorting hopper, since each project is based on finding a solution to a real-world problem. Working in groups, the students made five robots, using...

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Tractor Day: VS FFA members bring unique rides to school

From the 1936 John Deere A that Grant Ries spent a year overhauling and painting with the help of his father, Paul and grandpa Kenny Henkle, to some larger newer tractors, to a few riding lawn mowers, Vinton-Shellsburg High School FFA members found a variety of farm vehicles to bring to school for their annual Tractor Day. Several FFA members gathered around the iconic green tractor as Grant demonstrated how to start it by hand-cranking. They laughed a bit as he made a few unsuccessful attempts, but soon the two-cylinder was making its familiar sounds. Grant’s mom, Karilea, said...

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Broadway-themed VSMS Choir Concert set for Thursday night

The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School Choirs and Show Choir will present, “The Right Way is Broadway,” Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 in the high school gymnasium. The middle school choirs, show choir, small groups and soloists will be perform songs from several Broadway shows including “Rent,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “13,” “Shrek,” “Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy,” “Little Women” and “Grease” and “Hairspray.” The public is encouraged to attend this concert!   The auditorium will open for seating at 6:15.  A freewill ticket donation will be accepted at the door to help defray the expenses of this show.  Souvenir tickets will be given to all who donate!  We encourage the audience to dress up for a night out on Broadway!  ...

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Teams preparing for VS Alumni Basketball Tourney

March Madness, Vinton-Shellsburg style, takes place on Saturday, March 25, when several teams will compete in the annual VS Alumni Basketball tourney. The participants include the 2000 team, as well as the undefeated WaMaC champs who went to State in 2013. The players invite all local VS fans and basketball lovers to join them as they try to prove who still has skills. The games begin at 1o a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children. Concessions will be available....

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VS School Board meeting minutes, March 13

To see a list of bills approved for payment at this meeting click this link: SUMMARY OF BILLS-Mar2017 Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools March 13, 2017 Call to Order President Sue Gates called the regular meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Rob Levis in at 5:20 p.m., Kyle Schminke, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Jason Hicok , Mike Timmermans, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Business Manager/Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz. Receive Vistor/Public Comments Teresa Meyer, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD Foundation board president, provided an annual update. Eric Upmeyer provided information on the speech contest and was thankful for all the assistance. Administrator Reports Tony Islas gave an overview of the at-risk program. Shelly Petersen shared that the Middle School sports are wrapping up with track starting, play is scheduled for March 24th & 25th at 7:00 p.m. and a vocal concert is coming up. Superintendent Report Superintendent Hainstock reported on safety issues at different buildings, open enrollment applications, food service review, and the schedule. Board Reports/Requests Van Steenhuyse shared a good note on the Food Service Review. Gates, Schminke and Hicok expressed appreciation for work done at speech contest. General Business of the Board Consent Items 633. It was moved by Levis and seconded by Timmermans to...

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Vikette 4 X 200 team earns first win of season for VS track

The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes track team competed in its second indoor meet this season on Tuesday. The 4 x 200 team members came home with T-shirts announcing that they are champions of their event. The four runners —  Hannah Kalous, Sarah Schminke, Olivia Erhardt and Hanna Timmerman — came in first of 26 teams in that event, with a time of 1:56.43. Last week, the Vikettes competed at the Dickinson Relays in the UNI-Dome. See complete results...

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VSMS announces 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade Honor Roll students have been recognized for their work during the 2nd Trimester at VS Middle School Click the links below to see the honorees for each grade: 6th grade: 2ndTrimester-6th-16-17 7th grade: 2nd trimester – 7th – 16-17 8th grade: 2nd Trimester – 8th...

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Human Foosball: Health Fair to include unique new tournament

NEW! Sponsored by VGH and VPRD, teams will compete for bragging rights as Benton Co.’s First Human Foosball champs. Each team will consist of 6 players. The tournament will be located on the V-S Middle school grounds. TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM: CLICK HERE Get your team together … Foosball, the game of table-sized soccer using miniature figurines on sticks is now in life-sized form! Human foosball has become a popular group sport in many areas of the country and now you’ll have a shot to try it out right here in Vinton as part of this year’s Benton County Community...

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VS teams place at District FFA Bowling

On February 11, 2017, 8 members of the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA went to Manchester, Iowa to Lighting Lanes for District FFA Bowling Tournament against other chapters. Team one consisted of Eric Henkle, George “Wesley” Hefner, Madeline Moen and Grant Ries. Team Two consisted of Jordan Pattee, Blake Witzel, Tailynn Tharp and Michael Steele. This was a great time for some of the chapter members to bond and have fun at a district FFA event. Individual placings: 2nd Grant Ries 3rd Jordan Pattee 6th George “Wesley” Hefner 7th Michael Steele   Vinton Shellsburg FFA Team Placings: Vinton #1 Placed 2nd Vinton #2 Placed...

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