Republican state representative Darrell Branhagen of Decorah says there’s no end in sight to the K-12 education funding stalemate at the statehouse. Branhagen says there’s only one responsible way for schools to budget right now.
The Republican controlled house passed a 1.25 percent state supplement aid package. The democratic senate passed a four percent increase. Branhagen says the most that can be justified in his mind is 1.6 percent, the current rate of inflation.
A new Winneshiek county sheriff is expected to be appointed (Wednesday) morning. (Tuesday) (is/was) the last day on the job for Leon Bohr who has been sheriff for the past 12 years. Bohr is retiring after a 30 year career in law enforcement. Deputies Dan Marx and Tim Felton interviewed for the job last Wednesday. The board of supervisors will meet to discuss the issue (Wednesday) morning at nine-30 at the courthouse in Decorah.
Decorah’s yard waste disposal site will open for the season (Wednesday). The site, located on Trout Run Road, will be open Wednesdays from one until seven p.m. and Saturday mornings from eight a.m. until noon.
State geologist Dr. Bob Libra spoke before the Winneshiek county board of supervisors Monday. He spoke on the potential of frac sand mining on how it would effect ground water and water sources. Libra was asked if the karst topography of Winneshiek county could create any concerns.
Libra was the most recent in a series of speaker the supervisors have brought in to discuss issues related to frac sand mining.
Iowa schools will be able to start the upcoming academic year no earlier than Aug. 23, under a compromise bill that is now headed to Gov. Terry Branstad for approval. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal on Tuesday lifted a procedural hold he placed on the bill last week. The state House and Senate both approved the legislation, but Gronstal stalled, citing concerns that high schools would be excluded from setting year-round calendars. Gronstal says it was time to move on. Branstad promised to sign the bill into law. The state announced plans late last year to stop issuing automatic waivers to allow districts to bypass current start date rules. Many lawmakers wanted districts to have control over their calendars, but Branstad argued that early start dates hurt tourism.