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Jive live
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
West Branch High School’s girls show choir, EnerJive, performs at the end of the all-day Saturday Night Jive competition Saturday in the high school competition gymnasium. They and Christopher Jive and the Uptown 45, the co-ed group, both performed, but as the host school, did not compete. Pella varsity squad took first place, followed by Marion’s varsity, Marion’s prep, Des Moines Christian, Dallas Center-Grimes and Pella’s prep squad.

School project: Middle school ‘only uses 3 of 14 rooms’ for first half hour of school day
News · January 19, 2017
Editor’s note: This is the third week in a five-week series asking members of the West Branch Board of Education about the proposed $19.11 million referendum and the $20 million to $21 million addition project. A vote on the referendum is set for Feb. 7.
This week’s question: Several ideas have been presented to keep the middle school, like building an enclosed walkway and turning it into part of the elementary school. What are the functional and financial reasons (rather than educational reasons) for eliminating the middle school?
Board member Keith Schultes is answering:

On budget, city administrator calls FY2018 ‘taking our medicine’ year
by Rick DeClue · News · January 19, 2017
Property valuations are up – with an asterisk – and a comparison of property tax levies in Iowa communities with populations of 1,800 – 3,000 people has good news for West Branch residents.

Two-week ‘Bear Term’ proposed between 1st and 2nd semesters
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · January 19, 2017
A group of teachers want to stick a crowbar between first and second semesters, wedge them apart and place a two-week “Bear Term” in the middle.

YouTube videos discuss $19.11M bond
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · January 19, 2017
“I really wanted to have a conversation with a lot of people,” West Branch School Board President Mike Colbert said, so he produced three videos to explain the school addition project and uploaded them to social media sites.

USA to Z coming to Hoover Library
News · January 19, 2017
Third- through eighth-grade classes of the area are invited to attend free performances of Bright Star Touring Theatre’s USA to Z.

City taking trees
News · January 19, 2017
The City of West Branch is currently picking up Christmas trees that are placed at the curb with plastic, ornamentation and stands removed, according to a memo to the West Branch City Council.

Kerchner to play in Honor Band
News · January 19, 2017
The Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association will host its Honor Band Saturday. Among the students selected to participate is West Branch High School senior Hannah Kerchner, according to WBHS instrumental music teacher Jack Frank.

Parks & Rec meets Thursday
News · January 19, 2017
The Parks & Recreation Commission will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Offices.

Pet registration deadline
News · January 19, 2017
All cats and dogs over four months of age residing within the city limits must be registered annually with the City of West Branch.

Satellite voting, info on $19.11M
News · January 19, 2017
West Branch Community Schools organized a second early date for voters to cast their ballot on the $19.11 million referendum to build additions at West Branch High School and Hoover Elementary. The total project is estimated at $20 million to $21 million.

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