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On the leading edge
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
Kindergarten pupil Kendra Rarick shares some of her accomplishments with Carol Jones Friday morning at Hoover Elementary. Jones and other visitors took part in the second annual Leadership Day, where pupils demonstrate the many ways they practice leadership roles and skills. Kendra showed how she tracks her own education with charts that help her visualize how many spelling words she knows. The school teaches Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and pupils told how they developed jobs like hallway leaders, lunchroom leaders, recess leaders and more. Visitors toured the school, learned about the seven habits and interacted with pupils about practical ways to use leadership at home and work. The children sang songs and led the tours as well.

Architects cut school addition down to around $22.2 million
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 05, 2016
With a new set of drawings on the central project of the school district’s 15-year plan, construction estimates dropped from $28 million to about $22.2 million, the West Branch Board of Education heard last week.

For $225,000, city moving Redi-Mix to industrial park
by Rick DeClue · News · May 05, 2016
On Monday, the West Branch City Council approved a land swap with Croell Redi-Mix, Inc. that will relocate the cement plant from the heart of the city to the Industrial Park south of Interstate 80.

BOE wants new class to build press box, batting cage house
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 05, 2016
The West Branch Board of Education last week directed School administrators to pursue a new industrial tech course specifically to build two structures in the 15-year facilities plan.

Teacher talks focus on salaries, benefits
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · May 05, 2016
The West Branch Board of Education and West Branch Education Association met last week to begin negotiations on salary and benefit increases for the second of a two-year contract.

Lt. Gov. to visit Cotton Creek
News · May 05, 2016
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to visit Cotton Creek Mill, 108 West Main, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m Thursday, according to the Office of the Governor.

Main Street Sweep this Saturday
News · May 05, 2016
Main Street West Branch will host Main Street Sweep 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Tinker speaks Friday
News · May 05, 2016
Neither teachers nor students “shed their Constitutional rights … at the schoolhouse gate,” read the ruling in the 1969 Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines, a landmark decision that started with a small group of students.

Volunteer award for Richards
News · May 05, 2016
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum announced Monday that Rachel Richards, a resident of Springville, Iowa, will be awarded the Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Award by the Archivist of the United States on Thursday.

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