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October 20, 2014-October 26, 2014: Ainsworth and Riverside

10/22/2014 1408952 18:28 TRESPASS

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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REPORTS THERE IS A SUBJECT IN THE CASINO WHO SIGNED A “SELF BAN” DOCUMENT.

SPOKE WITH CASINO WHO WILL GET THE INFORMATION AND TURN IT OVER TO THE DCI.

10/22/2014 1408954 18:56 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2943 HWY 92 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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REPORTS HITTING A DEER ON HWY 92 WEST OF MARR PARK. REQUEST A DEER TAG.

DEER TAG ISSUED TO JOSHUA KNERR OF WASHINGTON. VEHICLE WILL BE PICKED UP WITH A

CAR TRAILER. STATE REPORT GIVEN TO THE DRIVER.

10/23/2014 1408967 7:35 BURGLARY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS SOMEONE WENT THROUGH THEIR VEHICLE OVERNIGHT. LESS THAN $10 IN

CHANGE AND A POST OFFICE KEY WERE TAKEN. REQUESTING DOCUMENTATION AND EXTRA

PATROL. DEPUTIES WERE ADVISED.

10/23/2014 1408978 19:49 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:220TH ST & TULIP AVE AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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CALLER REPORTS HITTING A DEER WEST OF HWY 218 ON G36. VEHICLE DRIVEABLE. //92-7

ADVISED. DOCUMENTED.

10/23/2014 1408981 21:55 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2700 HWY 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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10-50 P UNKNOWN ONE VEHICLE IN THE MEDIAN. //92-18, 92-7, 92-63, AD55, R92A AINSWORTH

FIRE AND QRS RESPONDED. OVER $1500 DAMAGE, STATE ACCIDENT REPORT TO BE FILED.

ONE SUBJECT TRANSPORTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL ARRIVING AT 2257.

VEHICLE TOWED TO MOORE^S. ENTERED IN SYSTEM AS TOWED SIN/2465309.

10/24/2014 1408985 5:33 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 135TH ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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OUT WITH A VEHICLE NB HWY 218 AT 135TH ST, REPORTED AS A CAR VS DEER BY A PASSERBY.

DRIVER MADE CONTACT WITH A TOW COMPANY AND ARRANGED TO BE PICKED UP

BY A COWORKER. DOCUMENTATION FOR INSURANCE. DRIVER WAS GIVEN A STATE ACCIDENT

REPORT.

10/24/2014 1409006 18:07 PUBLIC INTOX

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS AN INTOXICATED FEMALE IS TRYING TO GET INTO HER CAR AND LEAVE

FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE. NO DCI ON SCENE. || 92-8 RESPONDED AND ARRESTED male  OFF/PUBLIC INTOX

10/25/2014 1409016 6:36 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1100 HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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10-17 REPORTS THE VEHICLE THAT WAS REPORTED AS A WRONG WAY DRIVER VIA SEVERAL

911 CALLS WAS JUST IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON HWY 218.|| 92-8 ARRESTED: 24 year old from WASHINGTON OFFENSE: OWI 2ND

VEHICLE WAS TOWED BY ISP 161

10/25/2014 1409022 11:25 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2930 192ND ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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CALLER REPORTS THE WINDOW OF HIS CAR BROKEN OUT WHILE HE WAS DRIVING DOWN THE

ROAD, POSSIBLY A ROCK FROM ANOTHER VEHICLE, NO SUSPECTS. || 92-11 SPOKE WITH THE

COMPLAINANT DOCUMENTATION ONLY.

10/25/2014 1409033 20:10 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 3070 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

[10/25/2014 8:12:30 PM]

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LARGE BARREL OF OIL IN THE ROADWAY AT THE EAST ENTRANCE TO CASINO OIL IS ON THE

ROADWAY || 92-9 AND STATE DOT RESPONDED TO CLEAN UP THE SPILL. DNR MADE AWARE

OF THE SPILL.

10/26/2014 1409041 1:58 INTOXICATED DRIVER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:

N GLASGOW ST & W 1ST ST

RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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VS 92-14 ARRESTED 25 year old from KALONA,IA OFF/IMPROPER USE OF LANES AND OWI 2ND

10/26/2014 1409056 20:07 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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CALLER REPORTS THERE IS AN ABANDONED VEHICLE ON HIS FARM PROPERTY. REQUESTING A

DEPUTY. 92-19 RESPONDED. MOORE^S WAS REQUESTED TO TOW THE VEHICLE PER THE

OWNER^S REQUEST. DOCUMENTATION.

10/26/2014 1409057 20:14 DRUG/NARCOTICS VIOLATION

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS A MARIJUANA SMELL COMING FROM A HOTEL ROOM. 92-9 AND 92-10

RESPONDED. 92-9 ADVISED CHARGES PENDING PER DCI LAB RESULTS ON 70 year old male from MARION, IA. REPORT TO BE FILED.

 

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A Tree to Honor Jim Leyden

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Jim’s wife Donna Places Dirt on the Tree

Sunday October 26, 2014    A Crabapple  tree was planted in Riverside’s Veteran’s Memorial Park in honor of resident and former Community Visioning President Jim Leyden, a man who loved and gave back to Riverside. An attendee said:

It’ s fitting. Jim loved planting trees.

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Forum Funnies, Volume 1 Number 11

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Volume 1 Number 11

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For past Funnies, go to the Archives page by clicking on the tab in the menu, or here.

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Editorial: Monsters, Bullies and Hypocrisy, Oh my!

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This blog exists to point out discrepancies and hypocrisies. At the October 20, 2014 Riverside City Council Meeting, City Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen.

said his name was brought up as the one who “committed the act” (re-graded) at 22nd and Sycamore, which caused the need for the change order. He said, “I had nothing to do with it,” yet 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.” He said he wanted it done right. Schnoebelen said that his son-in-law Anthony did it, and he took two loads of rocks from the location and that is why the ground was disturbed.n (http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4uf).

Whoever did it, it cost the city $1250 and the future change order for the reseeding.

Veterans Monument replacementNo matter where your allegiance lies, you are delusional or not suitably informed if you cannot see the obvious sh!tstorm that would ensue if the K’s did anything close to jumping in a skid loader and moving rock, causing damage to finished work. I remember when Kirkwood was accused of speaking for the council when the Vets monument needed repaired. This is the kind of shenanigans I’m writing about today.

I will always promote and encourage calling the police if you feel threatened. What I cannot encourage is using the Sheriff’s Department’s investigative powers to perpetrate harassment. Four people, including myself, have been contacted (two of us twice) regarding our connection to the vandalism that occurred at Phyllis Latta’s house. What I can tell you is that the only connection is that the four people investigated had direct and public contact with someone they have every right to associate with.

I can see why the investigator would talk to me and at least one other person. I would be fine with that, if he had been led to us through deduction, but it was requested by Ms. Latta that the deputy speak to me. Afterwards, one of the four had contacted the Sheriff’s Department and was, for lack of more accurate and offensive words, less than helpful. I can see and even sympathize with how he is up in arms as to why he is even involved in this swirl of psychosis, wondering what else he can do, it is of little consolation that I have been informed that it is done.

This whole thing follows the same hypocrisy and lack of action regarding instances occurring to other citizens. There have been issues in town where the solutions are less than just. Someone damaged the wall at city hall, and the city paid for it. Someone walked into a citizen’s house and attempted to open the door of another who was not home, the latter  was never addressed. People are allowed to pursue, some might say stalk, city council members transporting a friend and a child resulting in nothing more than a stern talking to. Two city council people lied and it has been glazed over. Yet when someone even commits a perceived offense to “the other side,” the issue is pursued with more vehemence and tenacity and righteous indignation than the most feverishly hungry wolf after its prey.

Thanks to the official newspaper, those involved (perceived or otherwise) in the vandalism have been warned of recourse during thePS_20140819233949 Halloween season. It seems like a talent with some people in this town; bullying and harassment seem to come as naturally to them as does water running down a hill. Lookout this Halloween…I guess there really are monsters out there.

I guess you have to be good at something.

 
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10/24/2014 Riverside Progress Report

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

**Completed items are struck through

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This list is a short compilation of items that need 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.

Reader/citizen suggestions

  • Sidewalk added up on Ash from Sycamore to Buckeye.
  • Cherry Street

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’] ) Update: At the September 15 city council meeting, this was supposed to be officially amended into the minutes for the September 2 city council meeting, approved 4-0 stating that Lois Schneider had in fact asked for and received pay stubs; Kirkwood has supporting evidence.  If you would like to see evidence, here you go! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39j18PzWLdsdUkzRTdILUJkQ3c/edit?usp=sharing .This was not added to the minutes.  After Christine Kirkwood’s request for it to be so,  at the October 3, 2014 city council meeting, Rogerson stated that after this amendment of the minutes, he would be writing only items of action, not word for word records of the meetings.

 

At the October 20, 2014 city council meeting, there was some confusion as to whether or not Kirkwood actually read the change as read at the present meeting (She did: listen here to the original request for amendment to the minutes at the Sept. 15 meeting (Press the play arrow, let it load, then press play again): 

  • Review/enforcement of the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools (council members have to follow ordinances too)
  • 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
    • Pending requests: After verifying with the County Supervisors, The Forum requested Voluntary Annexation request/proposal for 114th to the County of Washington, Iowa on September 24, 2014 (this request has been acknowledged by Rogerson).***In an email from Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius : “Currently we do not have a Resolution as they have not provided the County with an accurate description of the area being annexed.” (There was a valid reason for this; see the council meeting post)
  • At the August 4, 2014 Riverside City Council meeting, ‘Attorney’s opinion: what open records are and what are not on the next meeting’s agenda’ was approved by the council. Kasdorf and Poch also asked for an opinion at the September 2, 2014 council meeting. This was moved up from ‘Issues to keep tabs on’ to issues avoided and ignored. Council person Kasdorf asked for Sueppel’s opinion again, and Poch made a point to ask a fifth time for said opinion. Kasdorf also stated that they were billed for it.Semis parking along the shoulder of Hiway 22 If the request is denied by the council, then the council person can request the information as a citizen
  • Audit status (the previous audit/special investigation had regular updates)
  • Junk vehicles- do I really need to explain this one?
  • 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.

Issues to keep tabs on

  • How long has it been since Community Visioning held an election for chairman?
  • Community Building The council voted to move $260,000 in community center funds to University Credit Union to take advantage of a higher rate at the October 20, 2014 city council meeting.
  • 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.
  • Methodist church storm water issues Member from the Board of Trustees asked the council for help in repairs. This was brought up at the May 19, 2014 city council meeting, where “[t]he motion to have the engineer look at the issue and present findings at a work session was approved 5-0.” The Board of Trustees addressed the council at the October 20, 2014 council meeting asking for help in the repair of the sidewalk.
  • At the August 18 council meeting, the council voted to put up a stop sign at Ella and Ash. Rogerson said it is ordered and will be here soon
  • 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.
  • At the June 16 RCCM, the council approved the negotiating team of Council Members Ralph Schnoebelen and Bob Schneider, Mayor Bill Poch and City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson for the ‘deal’ with the Casino (re: the agreement paying the city ended July 31; by law, we will receive money from the casino anyway…what’s to negotiate?)
  • Plans regarding the construction of the Hall Park Concession stand.
  • Construction of Hall Park Concession Stand

     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 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
  • Develop ideas for Fall WCRF grant requests 9/14
  • 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
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Screwed, Lesson 19

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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 (Lesson 1 Lesson #2 , Lesson #3, Part ILesson #3, Part II LESSON 4 , Lesson 5: [part 1], Lesson 5[part 2],  LESSON 5 [part 3]LESSON 6LESSON SEVEN, Part I Lesson 7, part IILESSON 8Lesson 9Lesson 10 , Lesson #11 , Lesson #12, Lesson #13 , Lesson #14  Lesson #15 , Lesson #16 , Lesson #17  Lesson #18)

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

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”        (Dr. Seuss)

 

The trend to individualization (IEPS FOR EVERYONE)

Differentiated instruction and assessment (known as ‘differentiated learning’ or, in educationese, simply, ‘differentiation’) is a philosophy for education that provides different students with different pathways to learning (generally, in the same classroom) through different acquisition of content; processing, constructing and making sense of ideas; and developing teaching materials and evaluation measurements so all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of their differences in ability.  The teacher setting different expectations for task completion for each student based upon their individual needs accomplishes this procedure.

Differentiated instruction, according to Carol Ann Tomlinson (as cited by Ellis, Gable, Greg, & Rock, 2008, p. 32), is the process of “ensuring that what a student learns, how he or she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” Teachers can differentiate through four ways: 1) content, 2) process, 3) product, and 4) learning environment based on the individual learner.   Differentiation stems from beliefs about differences among learners–how they learn, learning preferences and individual interests (Anderson, 2007). Therefore, differentiation is an organized, yet flexible way of proactively adjusting teaching and learning methods to accommodate each child’s learning needs and preferences in order to achieve his or her maximum growth as a learner.   In order to understand how our students learn and what they know, pre-assessment and ongoing assessments are essential. This provides feedback for both the teacher and the student with the ultimate goal of improving student learning.   Delivery of instruction in the past often followed a “one size fits all” approach. In contrast, differentiation is individually student centered, with a focus on utilizing appropriate instructional and assessment tools that are fair, flexible, challenging, and engage students in the curriculum in meaningful ways.

I don’t know what the greatest thing was before sliced bread, but I know that differentiated instruction was the best thing since sliced bread.  This method of instruction takes a tremendous amount of time in planning, preparing and assessing by the teacher, but it pays off handsomely for the students.  The method is not for every class and probably wouldn’t work for some courses at all because logistically, it is simply not possible due to the number of students.  This method, however, is perfect for literature and writing courses that tend to lend themselves to individual instruction and assessment anyway.  I normally differentiated through process, product and environment, doing content only when there was a severe difference in ability levels in the classroom.

The program at Highland integrated the concept of guided practice and independent practice from the Madeline Hunter initiative, finding that these added another dimension to the assessment process that led to more sophisticated differentiation among the students.  We actually discussed the idea of providing each student with an individual education plan (IEP) tied to a career plan later for guidance in course selection and college/career readiness.  Differentiation worked well in my instructional areas, and because I had taught so many writing and literature type classes, the switch was easy and smooth; in fact, I’d already been differentiating all the time; I just didn’t know it.  I still believe that individualization through differentiation is an excellent teaching method because it allows students the opportunity to stretch their individual strengths to new levels.   You ask me, how do I know this?  I lived it.  I saw it work.  Differentiation will not work, in my opinion, with a core curriculum because lock step is the key to core in order to measure standards of acceptance, but not for allowing students to progress according to their own talents and potential.

The whole idea didn’t last long at Highland anyway.  Like every other initiative for school improvement, it gave way to some other quick fix, one-size-fits-all, for profit business moneymaking, government politico movement.   I hated it.  There were so many new reforms tossed on us by unknown powers that most teachers simply started to ignore all the hype and dug in their heels for the methods they were using because they wanted the students to learn, and students did learn, despite the continual changes and political harassment heaped upon us.

 

I haven’t gotten into the large reform programs yet, but doesn’t it seem sad that after untold billions of dollars and lofty reform programs and thousands of start-ups, all most nothing has changed and very little has been accomplished in the area of public school reform in over thirty years.  Why?  Let me try to recap for you a little Cal-Em.  You see, in the shadow of the Nation at Risk report, the first steps toward change came from local schools, then from business groups thrown together by governors, and then by state governors themselves.  Business held the schools responsible for a faltering economy in the face of more international competition (which I find humorous because competition was considered by most business groups to be the solution to the problem in the first place) and demanded something be done about it.  The governors of each state were held responsible by both the business communities and the general public.  Their careers were uncertain.  Education reform became the politically smart thing to do locally through national politicians.

What to do, what to do?  Since governors, business groups, education summits, and think-tank committees were not experts themselves, they turned to what they knew best—throwing more money at the problem, raising employee salaries, toughening the output, strengthening the input, promoting a promising idea and, above all, pushing quick-fix reforms that did not change the basic structure of the educational system at the schools whether they made sense or not.  As a result, a merry-go-round of reforms swept in and out of our schools (Highland included) each unable to grasp the brass ring, fading around to the back of the carrousel as the next wacko idea moved into its place.

As a result, the individual horses of reform moving up and down and round and round on the carrousel did almost nothing to change education.  The idea spread that what was really needed was a full-blown overhaul of the entire system and not the incremental changes that were failing.  This shift in thinking led to two major movements, both of which are still with us today, grinding against each other like two gigantic tectonic plates.  The first is what I call the “choice” movement and the second is what everyone calls the “accountability” movement.  This new-found drive for restructuring the system has in reality served little more, in my opinion, than to spread itself as the colorful awning above the galloping wooden horses under which yet another hodgepodge of plastic horse ideas—from decentralization, quadrant D, rigor and relevance, standards based, core curriculum, professional development to higher order thinking skills—would be brightly painted to dazzle the senses as new and exciting, break-the-mold, now we’ve got it reforms to the system.  They are not.  There is no real vision as to how this several hundred year old educational system should be reformed, no ideas whatsoever as to what it might actually mean to restructure the system and certainly no real desire to take the chance of a totally new system failing.  But a new, totally different system is exactly what we need if we are to truly reform the educational system of the United States.   We need to, in my opinion, either take the chance to change the entire antiquated system, or shut the heck up and stop screwing around with the little fringy things and let the juggernaut continue on unmolested.

This whole thirty plus year tradition of school reform-as-tinkering maintained to the present day is absurdly ludicrous.  So why does the government invest so much money into reforms that hold so little promise?  The answer is that even though there is very little progress, education reform is still a political winner.  Reform is popular with the people, bogus claims are made periodically concerning the success of one process over another, statistics are selected that “prove” some progress, business communities buy into the false rhetoric and teachers either support the insignificant or find the hype so ridiculous they simply ignore it.  Politically, education reform is a huge plus with no minuses.  The politicians get to have a popular punching bag to hit in education, governors get to recycle old failed ideas, claim they are new and take huge political credit for spending taxpayer money on failed reform attempts.

It seems that everyone is happy with the current situation, but I am not happy Cal-Em.  A new system is needed, and I assure you that the politicians, the business community and the teacher unions are not going to bring the goods to truly reform education in a way that makes it truly beneficial for our children and for our country.  No, true reform must come from the teachers.  Yes, it must come from the ones who have remained silent for so long.

You, my future student, must muster the strength and the courage to do what is right by this nation and by its children.  You, Cal-Em, must create the new framework for the future, not as a special interest group, but as a professional education group dedicated to learning for all children within a system that responds to their needs, makes the process fair for all and produces lasting results.

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Cyber Security Awareness Resources

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Press Release Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation recognizes October as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Today, the internet and mobile phones are a constant part of nearly every person’s life. Being constantly connected increases the risk of theft, fraud and abuse to our finances, identity and privacy.

Governor Terry E. Branstad has signed a proclamation proclaiming October 2014 as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit offers resources and tips for cyber security.  Following these tips may help keep your personal information safe online:

  • Set strong passwords; don’t share them.
  • Install all updates available for your computers and devices.
  • Don’t share personal information online that can be widely seen.
  • Use privacy settings when available.
  • Use caution when opening suspicious websites and emails.

The DCI’s Cyber Crime Unit houses the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) which offers these tips and resources to parents of children with mobile phones:

  • Talk to your kids about cell phone dangers.
  • Messages and pictures they send are not truly private.
  • Know who your kids are communicating with.
  • Learn who your kids are spending time with online.
  • Check messages and photos sent and received on your child’s phone.
  • Beware of the number of texts and photos your child sends each month.

Link: ICAC website
Link: ICAC Brochure: “Children and Cell Phones”
Link: Dept. Homeland Security’s Nat’l Cyber Security Awareness website

Media Contact: Nate McLaren, Special Agent in Charge, Iowa DCI, (515) 965-7402.

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Riverside Council Member Plays Engineer/landscaper

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October 20, 2014 Riverside  City Council Meeting

As per Mayor Bill Poch and City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson’s suggestion, but not until after considerable discussion regarding procedure of change orders and the responsibility of council members, the $4550 change order for K & E Flatworks was approved 4-0 (City Council Member Nate Kasdorf was absent). At the previous council meeting, Rogerson said $1250 was for re-grading on Sycamore/22 and $3200 was curb and gutter at 22/Washington.

At the present meeting, City Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen said his name was brought up as the one who “committed the act” (re-graded) at 22nd and Sycamore, which caused the need for the change order. He 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  did it, and he took two [skid loader] loads of rocks from the location and that is why the ground was disturbed. Schnoebelen said he’d rather it be done right. Jon Smith of K&E Flatworks (K&E) said, “That’s fine…I think it was $1250 was the seeding part….” Schnoebelen said it is still not right and that it needs to be re-graded, and that the city would take care of getting it done in the spring. Smith later said that it was not done yet because they had to stop work until they figured out what was going on. Even though the mayor said they should go by what the contractor said, Schnoebelen was adamant that it should not have been seeded yet. Whereas they were not returning their communications last week, Hart-Frederick’s Engineer Ben Carhoff  addressed the change orders in a recent letter to the city, naming Schnoebelen as the person responsible for impromptu re-grading.

Jon Smith said that if someone has a problem with their work, they don’t take it upon themselves to fix it; they inform K&E so they can get it fixed. Mayor Bill Poch said it should have been brought to their attention. If it was brought to his attention, Smith said they would not be having this issue. He said he would be fine if the city signed off on Sycamore and 22, that K&E had no liability.

Rogerson said,

The only problem I have is that this is not Ralph’s property.

But that the majority of it belongs to an individual who does not live in town; the city has an easement to work on that property owner’s property. Rogerson said he believes that a small piece is owned by the Boecker’s.

Council Member Robert Schneider had no issue with the re-grading, interjecting that his only problem is that the information regarding the curb and gutter was incorrect (he was referring to the other charge on the change order for curb and gutter work done in front of former council member and former mayor Brian McDole’s house that was tabled at the previous council meeting). He stated that Ben Carhoff of Hart-Frederick has not been able to tell them who authorized it and Hart-Frederick should pay for it. Poch verified that Rusty okayed it. Rusty agreed, but it was during a time when the auditors were here.

Smith said that, “the reason everyone is skirting around this is because nobody wants to point fingers, nobody wants to take the blame.” Smith said there was a change order for $14,000 that was verbally approved by Rogerson, Carhoff and Engel. He added that Schnoebelen was there and said to do it, assuring him it would be approved by the council. Smith was also told to take care of the change order for the curb, because Rogerson had Carhoff and Engel look at it and get it done (Rogerson concurred). Smith said that if a change order was not needed for $14, 000, he thought it was not necessary for the lesser $3,000 change order.

The issue is not with Jon or Veenstra and Kimm, Young said, it is with Hart-Frederick not following procedure. Poch pointed out that although Schneider and Young were correct in saying procedure was not followed, there have been other times when things needed to be done before approving it with the council.

Council Member Christine Kirkwood said that one council person does not have the right to make a decision reserved for the council. She said if it was her who did this with the skid loader, it would be a whole different story. Poch acknowledged that as a valid point. He reminded everyone that future issues such as this needs to go through the mayor and/or the office staff.

Before the vote, Rogerson said that if the council approved the change order, it would not negate the city charging the homeowner for the curb. Rogerson does not want the city to get the reputation for leaving a contractor hanging. Schneider noted the investigative audit that dinged the city for doing work that was not approved by the council. He said there is no signed change order. Poch said that they have also been told that such practice is not illegal, it is merely not appropriate to do change orders that way; as stated earlier, sometimes it is necessary.

Although there was a communication issue with everyone involved, Smith said due to the relationship he thought he had with the city, he did not think a signed change order was necessary.

Rogerson said that an architect signed off on the design for the concession stand and bids will open 2PM October 30 with a completion date of April 1. There were no comments from citizens on the public hearing about the building for the concession stand at Hall Park (Resolution 10202014-1 Approving plans, specifications for Concession Stand), which passed 4-0. Trinity Methodist Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Zimmerman is looking for help with the water damage incurred that was originally brought up at the May 19, 2014 city council meeting (where the motion to have an engineer look at the issue was passed). The issue will be placed on November 3, 2014’s council meeting agenda. They are asking for $3500 out of a slightly over $10,000 bill. Resident Karie Kiene addressed the council regarding her water damage issue related to the same water flow that caused the Methodist Church’s issue. She said as of now, her damage is at $2,000 (Her basement wall caved in). She would like some help with her repairs as well. Kiene, as well as one of her neighbors also affected by this are asked to appear at the next council meeting.

As per Rogerson’s suggestion, the council voted to move $260,000 in community center funds to University Credit Union to take advantage of a higher rate (4-0). Hall Park parking spot resolution was approved 4-0. The council voted to donate $230 to the Backpack program at Highland Elementary, 4-0. Kirkwood pointed out to the council that they might begin to receive requests from every group in town. Young reminded Kirkwood that they budgeted $8,000 for just that purpose; when it’s out, that’s all. Community Visioning Chairman Larry Simon asked for an amount not to exceed $5,000 for city Christmas lights; the request was approved 4-0. Rogerson informed the council that one of the city’s trees has fallen over into the cemetery and has damaged some stones. A company has been contacted for removal and the insurance company will notified as well. Although $500 of the money given for the benches along the trail is earmarked for community visioning, the committee does not maintain its own finances. The money from the benches is, however, being tracked. City Council Member Tom Sexton asked about RACC and Visioning Committee combining. They can work together, but they are different nonprofit groups.

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Washington County Sheriff’s Report 10/13-10/19

10/13/2014 1408689 16:21 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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10-17 REPORTS FINDING A SUSPICIOUS ITEM IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE BATHROOMS AT MARR PARK. || 92-3 RESPONDED. ITEM WAS SEIZED AND DISPOSED OF.

10/14/2014 1408711 19:51 ALL OTHER THEFT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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REPORTS ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS IS IN HER NEIGHBOR^S APARTMENT POSSIBLY TAKING ITEMS, AND SHOULDN’T BE THERE. REQUEST A DEPUTY. SPOKE WITH THE BOARD MEMBER WHO ADVISED THAT THE PREVIOUS TENANT HAD GIVEN UP HER RIGHTS TO ALL THE ITEMS IN THE APARTMENT. THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF THE BELONGINGS AS PER HER REQUEST.

10/16/2014 1408755 5:29 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Location: 1178 ENTERPRISE DR RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS VEHICLE VS DEER NO INJURIES || 92-18 WAS ADVISED. CALLER WAS ADVISED IF DAMAGE IS OVER $1500 TO FILL OUT A STATE ACCIDENT REPORT. DOCUMENTATION

10/15/2014 1408723 10:39 FIRE CALLS

Agency: Fire

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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ELECTRIC SPACE HEATER WAS PLUGGED IN AND SUBJECT IN THE RESIDENCE SMELLED SMOKE, THEY HAVE UNPLUGGED IT AND AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES THE OUTLET IS HOT. || WASHINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND 92-8 RESPONDED.

10/16/2014 1408761 9:54 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: EMS

Location:1400 HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS WITNESSING A SINGLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SINGLE PASSENGER, CAME TO REST IN THE MEDIAN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 218 & 150TH. MALE SUBJECT IS CONSCIOUS AND TALKING. || IHP ARRIVED ON SCENE DURING THE CALL. AD55, RIVERSIDE QRS/RESCUE, & 92-8 RESPONDED. IHP WILL HANDLE THE ACCIDENT REPORT, AD55 TRANSPORTED 1 PATIENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL ARRIVING AT 1036.

10/16/2014 1408774 17:43 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1528 RIVERSIDE RD RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REQUESTS A DEPUTY MAKE CONTACT WITH male from RIVERSIDE AND ADVISE HIM NOT TO RETURN TO HER PROPERTY DUE TO HIM CAUSING PROBLEMS WITH HER SON. 92-10 RESPONDED. THE SUBJECT WAS NOT AT HIS RESIDENCE, DEPUTY WILL ATTEMPT TO LOCATE HIM.

10/16/2014 1408777 19:19 RUNAWAYS/MISSING

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & RAMP RAMP AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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CALLER REQUESTS ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING HER 85 YEAR OF AGE FATHER. HE WOULD BE IN LIC/XXXX AND WAS LAST SEEN ON HIGHWAY 92 EASTBOUND NEAR HIGHWAY 218. UNKNOWN DIRECTION OF TRAVEL FROM THERE. || DEPUTIES WERE ADVISED TO ATTEMPT TO LOCATE. A TELETYPE WAS SENT TO SURROUNDING AGENCIES IN SOUTHEAST IOWA. ENTERED AS MISSING 85 year old male from NORTH LIBERTY, IA. SUBJECT WAS LOCATED SAFELY BY A JOHNSON COUNTY DEPUTY, THE CALLER WAS ADVISED. SUBJECT WAS CLEARED FROM THE SYSTEM.

10/17/2014 1408781 6:49 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS HEARING GUNSHOTS WHILE WALKING IN THE TIMBER || 92-8 RESPONDED.SPOKE WITH THE CALLER AND CHECKED THE AREA. UNABLE TO LOCATE

10/17/2014 1408787 12:05 INTIMIDATION/HARASSMEN

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS ANOTHER SUBJECT HARASSING HER AND MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT HER. || 92-8 SPOKE WITH BOTH SUBJECTS, BOTH WERE ADVISED TO HAVE NO FURTHER CONTACT.

10/17/2014 1408800 20:12 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE RD & 170TH ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS HITTING A DEER IN LIC/XXX ON RIVERSIDE RD NORTH OF 170TH ST. NO INJURIES AND THE VEHICLE IS DRIVABLE. 92-9 WAS ADVISED FOR DOCUMENTATION. THE CALLER WAS ADVISED TO FILL OUT A STATE ACCIDENT REPORT IF THE DAMAGE IS OVER $1500.

10/18/2014 1408815 1:54 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 130TH ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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10-17 REPORTS A VEHICLE TRAVELING NORTHBOUND IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF HWY 218 AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. (DISPATCH RECEIVED MULTIPLE CALLS ON IT) || 92-14 STOPPED THE VEHICLE AT HWY 218 AND 130TH ST THEN THE VEHICLE TOOK OFF AGAIN ENDING IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT. 92-10 AND 92-19 ALSO ASSISTED. 92-14 ARRESTED: 26 year old female from [????] , OLDS OFFENSE: OWI 1ST, ELUDING, OPEN CONTAINER, DRIVING ON WRONG SIDE OF 2-WAY HIGHWAY, FAILED TO YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLE, UNSAFE APPROACH TO CERTAIN STATIONARY VEHICLE, NO PROOF OF INSURANCE-ACCIDENT RELATED, RECKLESS DRIVING, INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS, DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION. VEHICLE ENTERED AS TOWED.

10/18/2014 1408820 7:40 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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CALLER REPORTS A TRUCK IN THE DITCH WITH A MALE SUBJECT WHO IS POSSIBLY PASSED OUT, MAYBE INTOXICATED. THE LIGHTS ARE ON, IT DOESN^T LOOK LIKE IT IS ACCIDENT RELATED.

10/18/2014 1408832 21:00 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 230TH ST & HWY 218 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

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CALLER REPORTS VEHICLE VS DEER NO INJURIES. VEHICLE IS ON SIDE OF THE ROAD || 92-10 RESPONDED. VEHICLE WAS TOWED BY EARL^S RADIATOR AND REPAIR

10/20/2014 1408869 3:33 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

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10-17 REPORTS THERE IS A PERSON PUTTING TRASH IN THE BACK OF HIS TRUCK.|| 92-18 RESPONDED AND SPOKE TO ALL PARTIES. SUSPECT CLEANED UP THE GARBAGE.

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Volume 1 Number 10

Our apologies for the poor quality of the previous posting. This one’s a little more legible. 

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