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North Liberty Leader

Swisher American Legion to offer Lenten suppers through March 18

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, March 30, to discuss the proposed improvements to West Forevergreen Road from east of Kansas Avenue to Highway 965 in North Liberty.
The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvement. No formal presentation will be made.

Tight budgets put spotlight on unpaid school fees

OXFORD — It’s a question of fairness.
That’s how at least one member of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board of directors feels about outstanding student debt.
During the board’s January meeting in Oxford, CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl spoke to the board about the problem of students generating bills (from enrollment fees to activity participation fees) and leaving them unpaid when they graduate.
Kuehl prefaced the discussion by saying he was not seeking board action but wanted to hear their thoughts and suggestions.

A moving experience, at long last

CCA students, staff settle into middle school’s new addition

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— Brad Fox was a very busy man Wednesday morning, Feb. 10. The principal of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School was hustling about the new wing, moving equipment left by workmen, cleaning up construction debris and making final arrangements ahead of his seventh and eighth-grade students preparing to move in. With the start of the first period, the eighth graders marched into the new facility, arms full of whatever had filled their lockers since September.

Tiffin council reconsiders tiered wage, proposes lower age limit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Still searching for equanimity, members of the Tiffin City Council are now hoping to find a number everyone can live with in the debate over a municipal minimum wage ordinance.
But the number they seek is an age, not a per-hour compensation.

Elementary school will start earlier

ICCSD sets bell schedule for upcoming year

IOWA CITY– Bells will ring at 7:55 a.m. for elementary school children next year, and 8:50 a.m. for secondary school. The change was made by a unanimous vote by the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on Feb. 9.
Currently, elementary schools run 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with junior high and high schools running from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Pantry director DuBois to step down in May

NORTH LIBERTY– Tina DuBois, executive director of the North Liberty Community Pantry, will be leaving the organization at the end of May.
“We’re thankful for Tina’s leadership and service,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the pantry’s board of directors. “Tina has helped build this exemplary organization and will be leaving us in a strong and stable position to continue fulfilling our mission to feed and clothe our neighbors in need. We’ll miss her contributions, and we wish her well.”

Spill reaches Coralville Reservoir after Monday accident

SWISHER– Liquid runway deicer and diesel fuel spilled after a semi-truck owned by Cryotech Deicing Technology rolled over Monday, Feb. 15, along Interstate 380 about 14 miles south of Cedar Rapids.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assisted with recovery and cleanup of the deicer and diesel fuel that escaped from the semi and flowed into McAllister Creek. About 3,600 gallons of liquid runway deicer and an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel flowed downstream about four miles to the Coralville Reservoir.

Penn school will host Science Night Feb. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary will be hosting a fun-filled evening of exciting science Friday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

NL Optimists to host pancake breakfast March 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 43rd annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”

Clipper boys bedevil the Demons

CCA outlasts Washington, 75-71, in 3A semifinal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Xavier Catholic High School in northeast Cedar Rapids was the sight of an exorcism Monday, Feb. 22, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys bedeviled the Demons of Washington, 75-71, in a Class 3A District 9 basketball semifinal.

Women of Troy pull off a 3-peat

West downs Jefferson, 61-51

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– For the third time this season the West High Women of Troy defeated the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The third win came Saturday, Feb. 20, at home in a Class 5A regional semifinal matchup as West prevailed, 61-51, to advance to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Waukee.

Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.