Oelwein morning update (Sept. 19) — School Board meets tonight, will vote on new hires

Good morning, welcome to Monday, Sept. 19. Hear is some local news to get you started:

1. WEATHER — TODAY: Sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. TONIGHT: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 64. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

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2. OELWEIN SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT — The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Central Office and will be live on YouTube.

3. COMING AND GOING AT OELWEIN SCHOOLS — The School Board will vote on a list of personnel moves tonight that includes:

  • Jesse Dinsdale’s resignation as Oelwein Middle School wrestling coach because of scheduling conflicts with his teaching responsibilities at the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Carrie Tournier’s resignation as special education teacher at Oelwein High School plans. Her last day will be at the end of the school year.

The Board will vote on contracts for:

  • Jacob Dudley, middle school teacher;
  • Kourtney Hooks, special needs route driver;
  • Sarah Ingersoll, TLC middle school mentor;
  • Starr Johnson, middle school associate;
  • DeAnn Michels, middle school associate;
  • Kelli Roth, 21st Century High School site director;
  • Tamara Stasi Lincoln, middle school annual advisor;
  • Certified substitute teachers : Eric Buckendahl, Karen Halsor, Terry Hull, Ashley Kunkle-Ehn, Ronald Landis, Marty Stasi, and William Ward; and
  • Support substitutes: Heather Blunt (associate/food service worker): Tara Kisner (associate); Dona Lammers (bus driver); Wendy Shaffer (associate) and Sherilyn Snitker, (associate)

4. TEACHERS LEARNING MORE ABOUT AUTISM: Oelwein elementary staff will get autism training on Sept. 21 with the help of the Keystone Area Education Assoc.

“This training allows for our staff to better understand why some of our students do what they do and how to better meet their needs,” McGuinness says.

5. PLAYING IT SAFE — Fire Safety Week is Oct. 9-15 and Oelwein Community Schools plans to have activities built around the theme “Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape.”

6. OELWEIN ONLINE DRAWS FROM WIDE AREA — Oelwein Online, or O2 — has 112 students enrolled this school year. And, tonight the School Board will vote to accept Starmont students into the program. The board will also vote on seven requests to open enroll into O2. The home districts for those are East Buchanan, Diagonal, North Fayette Valley, Red Oak, Starmont and Waterloo.