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North Liberty Leader

Around the world

Van Allen celebrates diversity at 2nd International Night

NORTH LIBERTY– The flags of many nations waved at James Van Allen Elementary March 28.
Twenty-two countries were represented at Van Allen’s second annual International Night, which brought between 500-800 people to the North Liberty school, according to Mandy Bezoni-Puaina, one of the founders of the event and an English Language Learner instructor.
The evening provided a showcase of national heritage, allowing the young student population to demonstrate its diversity and fellow students to familiarize themselves with cultures other than their own.

It’s all about the mission

NLFD initiates overnight shifts with part-time firefighters

NORTH LIBERTY- In 1986, actor Tom Cruise, portraying a Navy fighter pilot in the movie “Top Gun,” declared “I feel the need, the need for speed!” While Cruise’s line became a popular catch phrase, firefighters have historically felt the need for speed, with good reason.

Clipper girls sixth at home Creek Classic Relays

CCA’s Schrock takes second and third at discus and shot put

TIFFIN- Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s girls track and field team hosted its annual Creek Classic Relays Friday, April 5, and welcomed a two-class field of 15 teams. CCA’s WaMaC rival to the east, the Solon Lady Spartans, won the Class A meet with 210 team points while the Clippers’ foe to the west, Williamsburg, was the runner-up with 136. The Creek Girls were sixth in the seven-team class with 67 points. Pekin won the Class B meet with 170 points, topping runner-up North Linn (120.5 points).

Creek Boys host Clear Creek Amana Invitational

Barker, 4x800 post wins for CCA

TIFFIN- Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s track and field team hosted its annual invitational meet Thursday, April 4, with Anamosa, Benton Community, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Des Moines North, Dike-New Hartford, Iowa City West, Linn-Mar, North Linn, Vinton-Shellsburg and Williamsburg participating.
Brandon Barker was the Clippers’ sole individual winner after taking the 1,600-meter run in 4:49.90. Kaden McAreavy, Tom Johnson, Jack Sexton and Quentin Gisleson won the 4x800 relay in 8:51.23 for the Creek Boys’ only winning relay.

Nearly double

Liberty High’s second Dance for a Difference raises $43k for the sickest kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Nearly double last year’s total.
Liberty High’s second annual Dance for a Difference managed to accomplish it in just a few hours Sunday, March 3.
The school’s “Difference Makers,” a student-run organization, started the Liberty High tradition last year in an effort to raise money to help the sickest kids: those battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

CCA’s latest enrollment projections show more students, and more buildings

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz, CEO of RSP, an educational planning firm under contract to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, got right to the point.
“Surprise, surprise, you’re enrollment is going to continue to increase, and it’s going to continue to increase at a rate greater than what we saw last year,” he said.

McCarty retires where he started

North Liberty postmaster calls it a career

NORTH LIBERTY– Kim McCarty made it back to North Liberty.
It was where he started with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 1979.
“Believe it or not, one of my goals in my career was I always wanted to come back and retire from North Liberty,” McCarty said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to make the right steps to be able to do that.”
McCarty, 61, the North Liberty Postmaster since 2012, retired from the USPS at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1.
Postal customers lucky enough to visit were treated to cookies and other treats.

Sayre resigns from NL City Council

Effective Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Effective Friday, Feb. 1, North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre will resign his seat.

Sayre provided his official notice of resignation Friday, Dec. 28, after accepting a new job with the University of Arizona in Tucson. His term was scheduled to continue through December this year.

“North Liberty has been incredible to me and my family and we’re grateful for having had the opportunity to live, play and work in such a great place,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

Council approves NLPD facility cuts

Excessive bid leads to $700,548 in cost reduction

NORTH LIBERTY– Faced with necessary cuts, plans are moving forward on North Liberty’s police facility. During its Jan. 8 session, the North Liberty City Council unanimously accepted the project bid and authorized execution of the contract, as well as a change order, for the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) future station, to be located at 340 N. Main St., north of the fire department.

A financial boost for the Bolts

A look at how the Liberty Fund helps organizations and students

NORTH LIBERTY– Parents of high school kids, as well as co-workers, friends and neighbors of parents with high school kids are no stranger to fundraisers for various student activities; from candy bar and fruit sales to car washes and even painting the school logo on driveways, students spend time every academic year generating cash for a special trip, extra equipment or something else not provided for in the budget.

More roundabouts coming to North Liberty

$4 million project begins in spring

NORTH LIBERTY– A new elementary school in North Liberty means ambitious roadway improvements starting this spring.

With the opening of Christine Grant Elementary School in August, two roundabouts are planned for simultaneous construction on North Front Street, just before classes begin. Anticipated to start as soon as weather cooperates, the estimated $4.1 million project also includes water main and sanitary sewer replacement, improved intersection lighting and sight distance improvements on West Penn Street.

Front Street/Penn Street roundabout

A plan for the future

NLFD’s Chief Platz lays out a Strategic Plan to the city council

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) has been grappling with how best to meet the challenges of a constantly growing community, while also facing recruiting and retention issues coupled with an increased demand for services, for several years. Chief Brian Platz presented a five-year strategic plan for the department to the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 11, outlining how the predominantly volunteer department is addressing the challenges it faces, and is changing to meet the projected demands of the future.

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