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Washington County, Iowa November 17-23 

11/17/2014 1409749 12:30 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

ROTTWEILER AND A BOXER OUTSIDE WITH NO SHELTER, FOOD OR WATER. OFFICER RESPONDED AND SPOKE WITH THE OWNER. DOGS WERE IN THE GARAGE AND WERE FINE.

11/17/2014 1409760 20:30 WELFARE CHECK

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REQUESTS A WELFARE CHECK ON HER 93 YOA MOTHER. //92-7 RESPONDED. SUBJECT WILL GO BY PV TO THE HOSPITAL TO BE EVALUATED.

11/18/2014 1409772 8:48 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

VEHICLE IN DITCH APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THERE A WHILE || 92-15 CHECKED ON THE VEHICLE VEHICLE WAS PARTIALLY IN WATER AND FROZEN. NO ONE AROUND. REQUESTED MOORES TO TOW THE VEHICLE. 0917 92-15 ADVISED LOCATED SUBJECT OUT IN GRASS DOA INCIDENT IS BEING HANDLED BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL

11/18/2014 1409788 18:08 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 220th and Hwy 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS HITTING A DEER ON THE SOUTH BOUND OFF RAMP OF HWY 218 TO G36. VEHICLE IS DRIVABLE. DRIVER ADVISED TO FILE A STATE ACCIDENT REPORT IF OVER $1500 DAMAGE. DOCUMENTATION.

11/18/2014 1409797 20:55 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 240TH ST & HWY 218 AINSWORTH

REPORTS HE WAS JUST IN A 2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 218. NO INJURIES. REQUEST A DEPUTY. OVER $1500 DAMAGE TO VEHICLES. STATE REPORT TO BE FILED. One driver cited for unsafe passing and no proof of insurance.

11/19/2014 1409817 17:24 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 220TH ST & HWY 218 AINSWORTH

REPORTS A TWO VEHICLE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON THE OFF RAMP TO G36 FROM HWY 218 SOUTH BOUND. NO INJURIES. AT 1739 HRS ONE OF THE DRIVERS WAS COMPLAINING OF BACK PAIN. AINSWORTH QRS AND AD55 RESPONDED. PATIENT TRANSPORTED TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY HOSPITAL. AD55 ARRIVED AT 1825. VEHICLE 1  OPR/Female from WINFIELD. VEHICLE 2 OPR/ male from  RICHLAND. OVER $1500 DAMAGE TO VEHICLES. STATE REPORT TO BE FILED. Driver 1 CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.

11/20/2014 1409860 21:44 DRUG/NARCOTICS

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS RESPONDING TO A FIRE ALARM IN ONE OF THE HOTEL ROOMS. ALARM WENT OFF DUE TO SUBJECTS SMOKING MARIJUANA IN THE ROOM. 92-7 & 92-18 MADE CONTACT WITH THE SUBJECTS. UNABLE TO LOCATE ANY MARIJUANA SMELL ONLY CIGARETTE SMOKE.

11/21/2014 1409870 7:56 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS THE NEIGHBORS DOG HAS BEEN LOOSE ALL MORNING AND TRIED TO ATTACK HIS WIFE WHEN SHE WENT TO TALK WITH THEM ABOUT THE ISSUE. || 92-8 RESPONDED VERBAL WARNING FOR DOG AT LARGE ISSUED TO owner.

11/21/2014 1409877 13:34 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REQUESTS A DEER TAG FOR A DEER THAT WAS HIT IN THE 2100 BLOCK OF VINE AVE. || 92-8 RESPONDED, DEER TAG ISSUED to Iowa city resident.

11/21/2014 1409881 15:05 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 3070 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 22 IN FRONT OF TRAVEL MART, NO INJURIES, ROADWAY NOT BLOCKED.Driver 1 41 year old male from CONROY,IA VS DRIVER 2 26 year old from RIVERSIDE. RONS RESPONDED TO TOW THE BEETLE. OVER $1500 DAMAGE. Driver 1 CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD UPON ENTERING A THRU HIGHWAY.

11/21/2014 1409893 18:09 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 3115 220TH ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

STRUCK A DEER AND IS REQUESTING A DEER TAG 1/2 M EAST OF OLD 218 ON G36 || NO DAMAGE TO VEHICLE. DEER TAG ISSUED TO: Riverside resident.

11/22/2014 1409922 14:44 FRAUD

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1178 ENTERPRISE DR RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

Caller REQUESTS TO SPEAK WITH AN OFFICER REGARDING A SUBJECT WHO HAS BEEN IN THE STORE A FEW TIMES NOW AND TRIES TO SCAM MONEY OUT OF THE CASHIERS. 92-11 RESPONDED AND SPOKE TO THE CALLER, REVIEWED THE TAPES. DOCUMENTATION.

11/22/2014 1409927 17:14 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2549 HWY 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS A VEHICLE WITH ITS FLASHERS ON IN THE EAST DITCH 218 NORTHBOUND 1 MILE SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 92. 92-9 AND IHP 461 RESPONDED. Female driver from Vinton. MOORES RESPONDED TO REMOVE THE VEHICLE FROM THE DITCH. THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEABLE, STATE ACCIDENT REPORT PROVIDED.

11/22/2014 1409936 22:13 DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY INVOLVING A NEIGHBOR. 92-19 RESPONDED BUT HAD TO RESPOND TO AN EMERGENCY CALL. WILL RETURN BACK TO THE RESIDENCE OR HAVE A DAY OFFICER MAKE CONTACT TOMORROW. DOCUMENTATION AT THIS TIME.

11/22/2014 1409937 22:36 ASSAULT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

DOMESTIC SITUATION AT THE RESIDENCE NO WEAPONS. 92-14 AND 92-19 RESPONDED. 92-14 ARRESTED NAM/BUSH,ADAM LUCAS 32 year old male from Riverside. OFFENSE/SERIOUS DOMESTIC ASSAULT.

11/23/2014 1409943 2:02 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 220TH ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS VEHICLE ON THE EXIT RAMP WITH ITS LIGHTS ON || 92-14 RESPONDED SUBJECTS HAVE HELP ENROUTE

11/23/2014 1409951 13:09 BURGLARY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 11 E 2ND ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

A VEHICLE WAS BROKEN INTO WHILE AT CHURCH, WALLET IS MISSING. 92-8 RESPONDED, REPORT TO BE FILED. DL ENTERED

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11/23/2014 1409958 20:22 INTOXICATED DRIVER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 3184 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS A VEHICLE WITH HEAVY DAMAGE IS DRIVING ERRATICALLY IN THE CASINO PARKING LOT. IT APPEARS THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. 92-19, DCI, IHP 77 AND 92-9 RESPONDED. Male 77 year old driver from MARSHALLTOWN. ARRESTED BY DCI for PUBLIC INTOXICATION. SUBJECT IS ALSO WANTED OUT OF IOWA COUNTY FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR ON ORIGINAL CHARGE ELUDING WITH A $500 BOND. A DETAINER WAS PLACED. ALSO WANTED OUT OF POLK COUNTY BUT EXTRADITION IS COUNTYWIDE ONLY.

11/23/2014 1409960 22:53 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:3184 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REQUESTS A DEPUTY TO ASSIST WITH AN INTOXICATED MALE SUBJECT IN THE PARKING LOT. 92-10 RESPONDED. THE CASINO DISREGARDED 92-10, THE SUBJECT WILL BE GETTING A ROOM.

11/23/2014 1409961 22:57 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2666 HWY 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

VEHICLE BROKEN DOWN WITH TWO FLAT TIRES || MOORES BP AMOCO RESPONDED FOR TOW CITATION ISSUED to  31 year old from OTTUMWA,IA DOB/ 06/29/1983 for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED X7 AND NO INSURANCE.

 

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Forum Funnies, Volume 1 Number 15

 

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Volume 1, Number 15

 

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Editorial: When Grudges Rule

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First of all, I would like to thank those who commented on the site this weekend past, especially on Sunday. It was an excellent discussion. I would like to thank the City of Riverside for their generous infusion of ideas and thoughts regarding the state of citizens in America, especially some much needed comedic relief.  Your Riverside Forum will be picking from that idea tree for quite awhile! As always, I want to thank those of you who support me, either by commenting, financially or just by reading the blog.

Here’s what happened at the council meeting regarding “Website Policy”:

Absent a policy for entrants into the business and attraction links on the City of Riverside website, and based on second party accounts of the content of Your Riverside Forum (according to two council people, they have both read/looked at the blog maybe one time each), the council voted 3-2 to remove Your Riverside Forum from the city’s website due to its negative content and disparaging light in which they say it places the city. The company that owns and operates Your Riverside Forum, Verum Apparatus Publications, is a Legally Licensed company in Riverside (Your Riverside Forum’s Policy page is here).

giphy (1)Negative is a subjective term. I’m not going to bore you with a side-by-side comparison of the blog and the Current’s articles on the city council; if you are reading the blog, chances are you know and have seen that I have never claimed to not begiphy negative and the Current has its share of attacks and negativity as well. I will give you one example: we both have referenced different council people to barnyard animals…but, at least I’m at the meetings to see the barnyard melee. What I think many people do not understand is that the Current and Your Riverside Forum are both negative. For the most part, the Current is negative to those who support the notorious nare-do-wells Kirkwood and Kasdorf. Your Riverside Forum is negative to those who support Schneider, Poch, Schnoebelen and Sexton

I could bore you with the ways certain members of our elected have targeted me and the blog in this same manner, even though I tried at the very beginning to make them part of the discourse. That is for another time. If you want what we provide on the blog, go to our About page.

If Riverside City Council Members Bob Schneider, Tom Sexton and Ralph Schnoebelen are  embarrassed by some of the subject matter on the blog, then they have themselves and the council  to blame. These things are said and they happen and are documented either on paper or on recording…9 times out of 10, it is the product of open meetings.

At the meeting on Monday November 17, I suggested that a possible solution would be to put, ‘not the official website’ on the city’s website; Schneider had mentioned that he talked to people and they were concerned that the blog represented the city.  Rogerson said “for $100.” McLaughlin asked why. “That’s what you wanted to charge me for the use of your pictures.”  I replied, “That’s for the use of pictures I took. That’s different.” “No it’s not,” Rogerson said. Verum Apparatus Publications, LLC had contacted the City of Riverside offering to sell the pictures used on Riverside’s website for $100 (they were taken down). Their inability to see both sides and work on a compromise does not surprise me. I see it as somewhat of an immediate ‘punishment’ for a recent editorial entitled ‘Etiquette 101: How Rude!’ Overall, it was an attempt to silence the blog.

What they did was wrong. They took a business off their website for having a different opinion, leaving on another business who has opinions more in line with theirs, but equal in negativity. They chose one over another based on differences.

I’ll let you do some research and figure what that big word that is (there’ll be a quiz later).

Those close to me and my co-owners know how stubborn we are…we’re not going anywhere.

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11/21/2014 Riverside Progress Report

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*New information is in bold/italic font or otherwise noted.

**Completed items are struck through, then removed the next week

This list is a short compilation of items we feel  needs to be addressed in Riverside. The Riverside Progress Report is a guide or score sheet, a progress report. It contains issues that citizens are still asking about. Since there are many out there who like to point out when I am wrong (my wife included), please, as with anything posted on this site, point such instances out. If you feel we missed anything or if something should not be included, by all means, let us know.  This list will most likely change, so check in every week. This list does not contain rumors

You can call this living in the past. You can chastise because it does not focus on the positive. Yes we have town celebrations, yes paint and flower pots dressed up downtown, the roof on the shelter at Railroad Park was replaced, etc., etc. Some of these things make me very proud to live in Riverside. Do you know what else makes me proud to live in Riverside? My neighbors, my friends, and those people who are willing to stand up and hold people accountable. Because they believe, like my son said,

“I like this town, ‘cause it’s ours.”

I want to show how important this list is to some people (not necessarily in the way you think):

Tom. Please add the fact that a city council person got fired from their job for sending a fake bomb to a middle eastern war veteran who was a co worker and a former bomb tech. This has never been discussed. Kind of sad we would treat a veteran in to such a childish manner. Everyone has skeletons, don’t be selective if you really are a journalist. Check the sex offender register or how about a parent leaving a severely Austic child alone with younger siblings while the parents are working or attending a meeting. Sound familiar? Those who live in glass houses should check out the facts before jumping on a crusade.

That is how important it is to some people that this town does NOT progress.

Slam Dunks:

The Forum would like to thank Rusty Rogerson and the City of Riverside for making not only agendas, but meeting packets, available on line. They will be found on the city’s website as well as on the Forum. 

Reader/citizen suggestions

  • Sidewalk added up on Ash from Sycamore to Buckeye.
  • Policy for their webpage (to avoid future censorship)

Issues avoided/ignored

  • Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen’s admission that he caused the need for not only the change order for K & E Flatworks in the amount of $1250 for re-grading on Sycamore/22, but also for the future expenses for the reseeding.
  • Council Member Bob Schneider’s apology to the citizens and Ms. Kirkwood for misleading them regarding his/his wife’s records request for employee pay stubs (Schneider used the words ‘we’ and ‘I’ when asking Kirkwood what was requested at the September 2, 2014 city council meeting [see the preceding post, under ‘Check Stub’] )

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  • Review/enforcement of the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools (council members have to follow ordinances too)
  • Junk vehicles- do I really need to explain this one?
  • Employees entering citizen homes without permission was never even addressed by the council or mayor, nor were responses returned to our inquiries ( http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4eL )
  • Freedom of Information: Certain members of the council are in complete denial and/or ignorant to this concept
  • Audit status (the previous audit/special investigation had regular updates)
  • Boise Court- This requires some clarification. The “annexation and rezoning of Boise Ct.” was denied at the June 16, 2014 meeting, even though it is part of the comprehensive plan.
  • Kevin Mills’s Ditch

Issues to keep tabs on

  • Mclure Expeniture
  • Hwy 22 and Washington
  • Methodist church storm water issues Member from the Board of Trustees asked the council for help in repairs. The council accepted a bid for the work on this item at the November 3, 2014 Council meeting; they will assess this issue as well as a related citizen issue.
  • Construction of Hall Park Concession Stand – Council accepted a bid for the buildings construction at the November 3, 2014 City Council Meeting;
  • How long has it been since Community Visioning held an election for chairman?
  • At the June 16 RCCM, City Council Member Nate Kasdorf asked for Conservation Park rules and regulations, i.e. park hours to be on the next agenda. It was not ( http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4fJ ), nor was it discussed at that meeting.
  • What was the attorney’s opinion on the motion regarding Kirkwood putting items on the agenda?
  • Why were only Schneider and Poch allowed to select the final three engineering firms?
  • Resolve fund balances Fall 2014 This is from the City Administrator’s Punch List; it was moved up due to it’s persistence
  • Cherry Lane This was moved down from the above list because it, while important to the expansion of the city, has not technically been avoided.
  • Community Building

     From the City Administrator’s Punch List

  • Meet with Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) Executive Director, Ed Raber about residential development.
  • Fence on the east side of sidewalk of Conservation Park. Fall 2014
  • Primitive camping at Conservation Park Fall 2014
  • Amend TIF [tax increment funding] to include area in Roetlin Property 8/14/ Amend urban renewal plan to include north west corner of Roetlin’s property
  • Holderness property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Citizen Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)
  • Geyer property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)
  • City events- Address profit/loss of events when proposing future events [the latter statement is from the editor]
  • Evaluate all city buildings for heightened security (including City Hall 12/14)
  • Develop working relationships with other communities
  • Conduct open house of city facilities Fall 2014
  • Revise/renew city administrator contract Fall 2014
  • Employee job description revisions Fall 2014
  • Complete evaluations/revise job descriptions
  • Review/revise employee handbook
  • Possible IDOT funds to work on sidewalks downtown 6/14
  • Develop ideas for Spring WCRF grant requests 9/14
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Screwed, Lesson 22

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***Please read the disclaimer to the right. The following is the latest in several installments by former teacher and school board member for the Highland Community School District, Nick Smith. They are lessons to a future student, Cal-Em

 

PS_20140822114049 LETTERS TO CAL-EM A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HIGHLAND By Nick Smith

 

Screwed LESSON 22:  A LIST OF REFORMS AND SCHOOL INITIATIVES THAT YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE!

 

 

Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.  [George Carlin]

So far, I have written about several “reforms” implemented by the Highland Community School District from the initial A Nation At Risk in 1983 to around the year 2000.  The list [below] illustrates those reforms mentioned to date.

 

    1. Back to basics movement
    2. More and better discipline
    3. Qualified teachers
    4. Renaissance of American education
    5. Curriculum writing
    6. Teacher in-service (half of Nations teachers are unqualified
    7. Raise graduation requirements
    8. Grants for taking tougher math and science courses
    9. INFUSED AREA—total revision of all curriculum to include
    10. Action plan training
    11. Madeline Hunter instruction model
    12. Questioning strategies
    13. Guided practice
    14. Independent practice
    15. Massive curriculum revisions begin
    16. Seven step lesson plan
    17. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains
    18. Infused areas of instruction (280)
    19. Technology integration source and IEP
    20. Process writing programs and training
    21. Integration and inclusion programs
    22. Standards-based reform
    23. Achieve
    24. Differentiation
    25. Curriculum maps phases 1-7
    26. Identifying the relationship between every component of the curriculum
    27. Action plans developed by teachers and community
    28. Reading program(s)
    29. Study Skills
    30. Phase I, II, II complete with hoops
    31. The Edison Group [channel one]
    32. Child abuse monitoring [legal requirement for all teachers]

     

     

    Following are some of the things Highland did in the name of school improvement and reform.  Where some of this stuff came from, I do not know, but I do know it came, we did it and it went.  If not for the dedication of the teachers at Highland, I don’t believe the kids would have gotten any education.  I truly believe that if Highland had kept just one of the many school reforms [initiatives, methods and programs] around for any period of time, we might have had better results, but by constantly changing every time something new came along, we doomed ourselves, like most other schools, to perceived failure.

     

    1. Parent contact logs
    2. After school study table
    3. PBS and character counts
    4. Best practice
    5. Research Based
    6. 21st century learning
    7. Post-secondary enrollment act—we start dual credit courses
    8. NWEA (MAP) testing
    9. School reform–the Bill Gates business model of education
    10. No Child Left Behind
    11. Plato training—individual instruction program
    12. IPDP (Iowa Professional Development Plan)
    13. Iowa student achievement and teacher quality program
    14. Data analysis Theory
    15. Classroom demonstration and practice
    16. Observation and reflection
    17. Teacher collaboration and study of implementation
    18. Integration of technology
    19. Research based
    20. Formative assessment
    21. Alternative school program
    22. Teaching portfolio
    23. Rubrics
    24. Grade level expectations
    25. Individual teacher career development
    26. 21st century skills
    27. Co-teaching
    28. Quadrant D lessons
    29. Leadership teams
    30. In-service teams
    31. Research based approaches
    32. Align curriculum, technology and professional development with a plan for school-wide change
    33. Reading across the curriculum
    34. School reform–the Bill Gates business model of education rigor and relevance
    35. 21st century learning
    36. Cooperative/collaborative learning
    37. Collaboration in-services
    38. Learning climate philosophy
    39. Iowa core curriculum developed
    40. Daily diary record kept of skills instruction for 2009-2010
    41. Vertical articulation
    42. Horizontal articulation
    43. Scope and sequence
    44. Iowa standards and benchmarks
    45. Outcome based education [mastery]
    46. Discovery method of instruction
    47. Learning communities method and philosophy
    48. Portfolio grading and instructional practices
    49. At-risk training and program development
    50. Study tables [before, during and after school]
    51. Inclusion [learning disabled and special needs students in the classroom]
    52. Tech prep and school to work programs/projects
    53. Expansion of talented and gifted [classroom integration]
    54. Service learning
    55. Bully prevention
    56. Health and wellness programs
    57. Contextual learning skills
    58. Race to the top
    59. CSIP [Iowa NCLB reporting system and 5 year improvement plan]
    60. Distance learning [ICN teaching]
    61. Schoolmaster electronic reporting and communication program
    62. Individual teacher web pages or schoolmaster parent/student assignment page
    63. Individualized instruction [on-line monitoring and development]
    64. Character counts
    65. CPR training and learning disability training [Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Executive Function, Central Auditory Process Disorder (CAPD), Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, Language Based Disorders (Aphasia, Dysphasia and Global Aphasia), Opposition Defiant Disorder, Anorexia, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Bulimia, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Depression Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Gender Identity Disorder, Mood Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc.]
    66. The Great Conversation [Mr. Jamie Vollmer’s program to reform schools through community involvement, planning and support]
    67. Mainstreaming
    68. Peer coaching/tutoring
    69. Data driven lessons
    70. Learning groups/circles
    71. Modeling

Understand, Cal-Em, my hope for the future of education in America, that the “reforms” and educational initiatives listed are not without merit in their own right.  Most of them are workable methods of instruction, admirable educational philosophies and proven successes in classroom instruction.  The problem is not with their worth but with their quantity.  In my 28 years at Highland, we tried every one of the ideas listed in one form or another.  Some of the reforms were huge, like No Child Left Behind, and others were small and rather easy like the before, during and after school study tables; however, every one of these listed programs required time to master, time to integrate, time to develop and time to deliver in a meaningful manner to the students they affected.   When I think of the enormous amount of time I spent learning these new methods and programs, it boggles my mind.  I estimate that in any given year I spent about 760 hours learning and implementing new methods of instruction, new philosophies, new programs, new approaches to evaluation into my course curriculums and daily instructional practices.  That’s more than half the time I was scheduled to teach classes.  No wonder I worked every Saturday and Sunday during the school year.  I often wonder what I could have done if the time spent on new, faddy trends in education would have been used for planning and instruction in my courses.

The hard part, of course, was the continuous switching from one idea to another.  At Highland, we averaged three or four changes every year, give or take a few.  Many “reforms” ran concurrent to larger initiatives dictated by the state or federal government and were needed to fulfill the requirements of those programs.  Others were merely the wild whim of one of the administrators who attended a meeting somewhere or read an article in a journal.   Suddenly, everything had to change because this new fluffy was all the rage in certain circles.  Much of the good and effective methods learned stayed with me, and I would use them as needed, but often the new directives interfered with the older directives, requiring the termination of the one in favor of the new.  Of Course, Cal-Em, I do not believe in just one method of instruction but in multiple methods [hundreds to choose from] utilized as needed for the purposes of instruction.  For example, I wouldn’t use the discovery method to teach about semi-colons; it’s better to simply use a direct instruction method and show the student how and when the mark of punctuation is used.

Problems arose from the numerous changes in methods and programs during each year.  Often teachers balked at the sudden change in direction, knowing that the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching doesn’t work.   Most resented directives that changed their overall plans and philosophy, getting in the way of their true concern—educating students.  Many teachers were overwhelmed by the continuous changes, resorting to lip service and head bobbing to continue teaching in the effective manner they preferred.  Eventually, it became so ridiculous that most teachers ignored much of the new, becoming unwilling participants performing only the minimum tasks required to keep the Richard Heads off their backs.  Anyone who complained or questioned any of the new “reforms” was immediately pounced upon by the administration, reprimanded, coerced, belittled and punished in a variety of ways.  No wonder our turnover rate exceeded 80 percent in some years.

Too Many Competing Forces

All of the various “reforms” represented in my list have one thing in common—they all somehow want power over children and the system that educates them.  It seems that everyone has an idea how to reform education in this nation, government, business, politicians, special interest groups, billionaires, colleges, and the list goes on and on.   I know I sound cynical, but I don’t believe that all the influential and powerful people and institutions and agencies that pushed these reforms have the interest and welfare of our children and their education as a priority.  So many of these “critics” clamoring over how our public schools are failing, pushing their new quick fix fads down the throats of politicians who dump some new directive on the public school to get votes, have never spent a day teaching in a public school, no they’ve never spent an hour even observing teaching in a public school.  It angers me that the common belief in this country is that anyone, regardless of their experience and education, can be an expert in instruction and teaching.  It’s Hogwash!  It is nothing more than arrogance to believe that billionaires, politicians, movie stars or talk show hosts have any answers for improving education.

An old adage states, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”  That has been part of the failed reform process in public schools for the last thirty-plus years.  It’s not that the reform ideas and initiatives were wrong or without merit; it’s not that bad people were in charge of the system; it’s not that teachers were worthless louts; It’s not that people didn’t try giving one hundred percent to the cause; It’s that there were and are too many “cooks” in the education kitchen bumping into each other, working on their own little recipe, yet nobody is actually in charge of anything.  This situation is created by an antiquated system of governance that lies to itself, forcing all the cooks to remain in place out of desperation. We pretend, for example, to have local control, but, in all actuality, we don’t.  Almost all decisions affecting education is misshaped by four district and separate levels of governance: the federal government, the state government, the local school district and the individual school buildings themselves.

If you look at school “reform” closely, it looks like that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where there is all of this archeological digging going on with people rushing everywhere and activity overflowing in all directions while Indy and his friend, standing on a near-by hill exclaim, “They’re digging in the wrong place!”  All of the hustle and bustle amounts to nothing because there is no real direction—one policy change or initiative is layered on top of another in a constant barrage of activity that leads to the wrong place.   Additionally, reform movements seem to get certain concepts stuck permanently in their collective heads and are unable to see the big picture, but merely fixate on their own small window to the exclusion of any and all logic.  For example, the state of Iowa, during Governor Branstad’s first term of office enacted the Educational Excellence Program for Teachers around 1987.  It included, among other things, a minimum salary for teachers, a mentoring program, teacher accountability, etc.  Now, in his fifth term of office and 25 years later, the Iowa legislature has passed almost the exact same bill, which includes a minimum starting salary, mentoring and accountability.   Why would anyone think that this repeat legislation would work when the original failed miserably?  I don’t know, I’m not a politician, but I do know it’s silly to recycle failed initiatives, no matter how good or how popular a Governor you are in the state.

Once again, Cal-Em, I have rattled on long enough, and I suppose I’ve bored you to distraction, but it is vital that you understand that the massive amount of “reform” has brought nothing to improve the educational quality of American schools.  It is, in my opinion—and you know, Cal-Em, how much I believe that everyone is entitled to their own worthless opinion—an on-going crime that so much money and so much effort is spent on superficial tinkering with education that produces nothing.  This is where you must become a revolutionary, take charge of the educational system and institute real and lasting change for the good of all future generations, and I will bring you to that change once you understand the past.  For now, take heart and remember that all these changes have done nothing but screw the taxpayers, screw the parents, screw the teachers and, most importantly, screw the students.

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‘No’ to Local Business on City Website

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Website Policy

Although  City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson stated in an email that the City of Riverside has no policy governing the website, and council members admitted to have rarely read it, the council voted 3-2 to remove Your Riverside Forum link from the city’s web page noting the negativity of the blog and the bad light in which it portrays the city (some examples of this negative light: http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4wn ; http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4uC , http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4uw ,  http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4tP  ). McLaughlin reminded the council that he is a legally licensed company in Riverside and should be allowed to stay on the site. Rogerson said that he would place “not the city’s official website, “ as McLaughlin suggested, for $100, which was the same amount McLaughlin charged Rogerson for the use of his blog’s copyrighted pictures.

Mclure Expeniture

Council Member Christine Kirkwood asked that the $47,000 McClure expenditure be pulled from the expenditures, citing lack of information Kirkwood provided the council information, which included emails were to and from previous staff and former City Attorney Bob Josten. City Council Member Robert Schneider later suggested that the city subpoena the previous city administrator’s city-related emails. Despite the fact he agreed that the item needed to be tabled in lieu of review of information, Schneider was curious as to who supplied her with the information; Kirkwood  said that did not matter, and that the emails were probably in the city’s files, but was unsure. Since litigation was mention in Rogerson’s summary, Kirkwood recommended that they have the city attorney gather information and present to the council, in a closed session if necessary. Kasdorf said McClure would have sued the city already, since it’s been over 5 years.   In the Administrator summary, Rogerson said that since the former attorney said to pay it, they should pay it. Kirkwood asked for the letter from former city attorney Josten regarding McClure and previous RS penalty letters.

Building Codes

Council voted 5-0 adopting 2015 Building Codes; 2015 Residential Codes; 2015 Plumbing Codes; 2015 Existing Building and 2015 Mechanical Code (They will hold off on the publication of the 2015 Plumbing Codes until they are active). They voted 5-0 to waive the third reading.

The council voted 5-0 to purchase 2 solar lights (one for each entrance sign) not to exceed $1600 each.

Hwy 22 and Washington

Rogerson said he was consulted on the situation and he told them to make it right. Waste Water Employee Kevin Engel gave his concepts to the engineers and workers, and  they chose one of them and used it. Larry Simon spoke to the council about accountability and that the citizen should take some of it. The mayor said they should learn from this, to be more diligent regarding change orders and what work is undertaken on city projects. Rogerson concurred, saying that it’s paid for. City Council Member Nate Kasdorf compared this to the regarding “screw up,” which City Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen said ““I had nothing to do with it.” He went on to state that the ground was not fit to seed, there were rocks sticking out of the ground, ‘and it was terrible.’  Schnoebelen said that his son-in-law Anthony Eden performed the task. K&E Flatworks took issue at the previous council meeting, yet the council’s level of scrutiny into Schnoebelen’s decision to have the land regraded” ( http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4uf ). All this seems all too familiar and should remind one of when Kirkwood was accused of making the same fly by the seat of your pants decision to repair the damaged Veteran’s monument.

Administrative

At Clerk Lory Young’s request, Rogerson asked what the public purpose of Kasdorf’s inquisition of Young was, regarding the viewing of her phone bill in relation to her stipend (i.e., spending of money). Kasdorf said that he wants to know how many calls regarding city business she makes, questioning if the city should even pay it. Schneider, Sexton (City Council Member), Kirkwood and Schnoebelen were all of the opinion that she needs to have a cell phone for city business. Rogerson said to Kasdorf, “I want your records!”  (re:  discussions on his phone regarding city business). Sexton noted that Kasdorf continues to rehash things from the past. Kasdorf made a motion to remove the resolution regarding city council’s request for information. The resolution states:

“Whereas, the City of Riverside in an effort to best utilize the staff resources at City Hall has established an Administrative Policy outlining the procedures for council Persons making requests for information. “

The approval of the resolution included the adoption of City Policy ADM 42014-1.

**Note that it does not state the council can approve or deny requests.

Rogerson referred to the legality of the resolution, referring to citizen Tom McLaughlin’s report to the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB). Kasdorf asked what the relevance was. Although McLaughlin showed signs of agreement with Rogerson’s summary of the complaint, Rogerson repeated over and over, “Ask Mr. McLaughlin!”

McLaughlin, who is co-owner of  Verum Apparatus Publications, LLC which operates the blog Your Riverside Forum, did in fact report the resolution to the IPIB, who did in fact say the complaint was not legally valid. It should be noted that regardless of personal opinion of council, mayor, citizens or city employees, it is the right of citizens to report such occurrences they feel are in violation of the law.

The council voted 4-1 (Schneider dissented) to waive the building permit fees for Hall Park concession stand. Kathy Lindhorst thanked the council and Rogerson for the lights down town, especially the Christmas ones.  Expenditures, excluding Schnoebelen Inc., were approved 4-0.  Schnoebelen arrived before the vote on his expenditures, which were approved 4-0, with Schnoebelen abstaining.

 

 

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11/10-11/16/2014 Sheriff’s Report

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Ainsworth and Riverside

11/11/2014 1409579 9:04 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 220TH ST & HWY 218, AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITHOUT INJURIES ON THE OVERPASS TO HWY 218 ON 220TH. THE VEHICLE HAS SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE, THE OVERPASS IS ICE COVERED. || 92-15 RESPONDED STATE ACCIDENT REPORT FILED.

11/11/2014 1409597 22:05 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 240TH ST & HWY 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS HE STRUCK A DEER ON HWY 218 JUST NORTH OF AINSWORTH. VEHICLE IS NOT DRIVABLE. CALLER WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE THE VEHICLE TOWED. DOCUMENTED.

11/12/2014 1409602 6:48 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: VINE AVE & VINE VALLEY DR RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS VEHICLE IN THE DITCH NO INJURIES || 92-8 RESPONDED OWNER WILL HAVE THE VEHICLE TOWED. OVER $1500 IN DAMAGES, STATE ACCIDENT REPORT FILED.

11/12/2014 1409606 11:36 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTED A CAT BITE VICTIM WENT TO THE VETERANS AFFAIR ER IN LATE OCTOBER. 92-8 RESPONDED AND SPOKE TO THE SUBJECT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, STRAY CAT HASN^T BEEN SEEN FOR SEVERAL DAYS. REPORT TO BE FILED.

11/12/2014 1409618 18:20 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 92 & VINE AVE AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS HITTING A DEER IN LIC/342WJH ON HIGHWAY 92 EAST OF THE AINSWORTH FOUR CORNERS. THE DEER IS DEAD AND OFF OF THE ROADWAY. THE VEHICLE IS NOT DRIVEABLE AND SHE HAS CONTACTED A TOW COMPANY. REQUESTING DOCUMENTATION. 92-9 WAS ADVISED AND THE CALLER WAS ADVISED TO FILL OUT A STATE ACCIDENT REPORT IF THERE IS OVER $1500 DAMAGE.

11/13/2014 1409648 17:45 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2125 VINE AVE AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS HITTING A DEER IN LIC/W7989 ON VINE AVE ONE MILE NORTH OF G36. THERE IS HEAVY DAMAGE TO THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE BUT IT IS DRIVEABLE. REQUESTING A DEER TAG FOR THE DEER. 92-9 RESPONDED. DEER TAG ISSUED TO COLUMBUS JUNCTION resident.

11/13/2014 1409649 18:54 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RED OAK AVE & HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS HITTING A DEER ON HIGHWAY 22 WEST OF RIVERSIDE. THERE ARE INJURIES|| IHP 368, 92-9, AD55, RIVERSIDE QRS AND RIVERSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED. AD55 TRANSPORTED ONE SUBJECT TO MERCY HOSPITAL ARRIVING AT 1948. OPR/Female  from IOWA CITY. STATE PATROL WILL BE HANDLING THE ACCIDENT. EARL^S TOWING WAS CONTACTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE OWNER.

11/13/2014 1409651 19:18 FRAUD

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 90 N WASHINGTON ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS A POSSIBLE FRAUD INVOLVING A HOUSE FOR SALE ON CRAIGSLIST.  REQUESTING TO SPEAK TO A DEPUTY. 92-9 SPOKE WITH THE CALLER. DOCUMENTATION.

11/14/2014 1409679 15:30 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: EMS

Location: 3027 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS A VEHICLE REAR ENDED ANOTHER VEHICLE ON HWY 22 IN FRONT OF BUDS CUSTOM MEATS. UNKNOWN INJURIES. 92-9, 92-16, 92-17, AD56, IHP77, T257, RIVERSIDE FIRE, RIVERSIDE QRS AND RIVERSIDE RESCUE RESPONDED. AIRCARE WAS PLACED ON STAND BY BUT NOT NEEDED. ACCIDENT WILL BE HANDLED BY IOWA STATE PATROL.

11/14/2014 1409684 17:20 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 265TH ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

VEHICLE VS DEER ON HWY 218 SOUTH OF 265TH ST || OVER 1500 DAMAGE. STATE ACCIDENT REPORT TO BE FILED. MOORES BP TOWED THE VEHICLE.

11/14/2014 1409689 19:16 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS THE SMELL OF GAS IN THE AREA || 92-9 RESPONDED AND SPOKE WITH THE CALLER. UNABLE TO LOCATE

11/15/2014 1409698 8:19 VANDALISM

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS DAMAGE TO HER FENCE. REQUEST A DEPUTY.  CIVIL ISSUE. PROPERTY WAS RESURVEYED 2 YRS AGO AND THE PROPERTY LINE HAS CHANGED. CALLER WAS ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY.

11/15/2014 1409704 12:40 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS 2 DOGS ACROSS THE STREET ARE BARKING & RUNNING LOOSE, CARRYING A SMALL METAL CAGE. 1 IS BROWN & WHITE & THE OTHER IS BLACK & WHITE IN COLOR. LOCATED A SPRINGER SPANIEL & BEAGLE. UNABLE TO LOCATE THE OWNERS.

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11/15/2014 1409706 15:14 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 160TH ST & HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS A VEHICLE HAS ROLLED AND IS IN THE ROADWAY ON IT^S SIDE. //92-11, IHP, AD55, AD56, RIFD AND RQRS ALL RESPONDED. ONE SUBJECT TRANSPORTED TO THE UNIVERSITY BY AD55 ARRIVING AT 1623. STATE ACCIDENT REPORT TO BE FILED.  *MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS AND VEHICLES IN THE DITCH SIMULTANEOUSLY

11/15/2014 1409708 15:38 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 160TH ST & HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS A SECOND ACCIDENT AT 160TH & HWY 218. TWO VEHICLES STRUCK EACH OTHER AND LEFT THE SCENE. NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE.

11/15/2014 1409710 15:51 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RAMP RAMP & HWY 218

AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS AN ACCIDENT WITH NO INJURIES ON THE SOUTHBOUND ON RAMP TO HWY 218. TWO

VEHICLES AND NO INJURIES.  3 VEHICLES INVOLVED. NO INJURIES. STATE REPORT TO BE FILED.

11/15/2014 1409711 15:45 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1050 HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

SINGLE VEH ROLLOVER RED OLDER CAR UNKNOWN INJURIES. CELL PHONE PASSERBY. //92-11 RIVERSIDE QRS AND AD56 RESPONDED. ONE SUBJECT TRANSPORTED TO THE UNIVERSITY ARRIVING AT 1639. STATE ACCIDENT REPORT TO BE FILED.  *ALL UNITS 10-6 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

11/15/2014 1409713 16:58 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 92 & LOUISA WASHINGTON RD AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS SEMI VS VAN 1 TRAP || 92-11 92-9 92-72 92-65 IHP 431, 433, 368 AINSWORTH QRS AINSWORTH FIRE RESCUE 92A AD55 & AD57 ALL RESPONDED. AD55 TRANSPORTED 1 SUBJECT TO UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ARRIVING AT 1809. IOWA STATE PATROL IS HANDLING THE ACCIDENT

11/15/2014 1409715 19:10 ALL OTHER THEFT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS CHARGES ON HER DEBIT CARD THAT SHE DID NOT MAKE. BANK HAS BEEN AWARE AND CARD WAS CANCELLED. //92-10 SPOKE WITH CALLER. DOCUMENTATION FOR NOW.

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Forum Funnies, Volume 1 Number 14

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Volume 1, Number 14

 

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Crash on Hiway 22 Update

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From the Iowa State Highway Patrol’s report

UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON HWY 22 EAST OF RIVERSIDE UNIT 2 WAS STOPPED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO A BUSINESS DRIVEWAY UNIT 1 FAILED TO SEE UNIT 2 STOPPED AND REAR ENDED UNIT 2. ACCIDENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION CHARGES ARE PENDING ASSISTED BY WASHINGTON CO DEPUTY, RIVERSIDE FIRE AND RESCUE AND WASHINGTON CO AMBULANCE

 

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2014 RACC Officers/Board Members

Front row left to right... Ruth Phelps Board member, Jennifer Dulling Board member, Becky Laroch Treasure, Kathy Lindhurst  Secretary, Carole Meinders Board member, Mike Meinders Board member, Back row lft to rt Brad Fuhmann Vice President, Phil Richman board member, Ken McCraken President, Fred Monfeli  Board member.

RACC: Front row left to right… Ruth Phelps Board member, Jennifer Dulling Board member, Becky Laroch Treasure, Kathy Lindhurst Secretary, Carole Meinders Board member, Mike Meinders Board member, Back row lft to rt Brad Fuhmann Vice President, Phil Richman board member, Ken McCraken President, Fred Monfeli Board member. (picture provided by Mike Meinders)

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