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Welsh appointed to District 27
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[JAN. 24, 2004]  Superintendent Robert E. Kidd reports an addition to the District 27 Board of Education. John Welsh is filling the place of Dr. James Wilmert, who resigned as of the beginning of the year.

Welsh is a parent whose two children have attended District 27 schools, a business co-owner of Dairy Queen and longtime teacher at Lincoln Community High School.

Kidd says Welsh has a lot of experience working with and teaching young people and knows where kids need to be for high school and employment. "I think he will be a real asset," the superintendent said.

Iowa test scores were released to parents in the district this week, and the board voiced disappointment in the scores this year as related to previous years' scores. The board is addressing the concerns.

Kidd said that the board adopted a calendar for next school year, and students can look forward to a two-week break at Christmas as well as a one-week break at Easter.


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Kidd also said that at Wednesday night's meeting, the board discussed the building project for the new junior high school. He said they are ready to begin pouring the foundation, and the first steel is scheduled to arrive on March 1. Crews are expected to be ready to start putting up that steel as soon as it arrives.

The board announced the purchase of a used pickup truck from Jim Xamis Ford for a price of about $9,600. The truck they had used for the last several years was requiring many repairs and ended up being less cost-effective than a purchase of a different truck.

[Ruth Halpin]

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