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Community

City to eat unsavory premium increase for Tiffin employees

TIFFIN– The cost of health insurance rarely goes down.
And once in a while, there’s a spike in premiums that really causes jaws to drop.
The City of Tiffin encountered one such moment recently, experiencing a 36 percent hike in the cost of health insurance for its employees.
At a meeting last Wednesday, Tiffin council members considered whether any of the increase should be passed on to workers.
In the end, the answer was no.

Referendum likely, but jail won’t be on it

IOWA CITY– The dilemma over the Johnson County Jail and Courthouse had the board of supervisors in meetings that at times were contentious late last year. After another failed bond issue last May, which would have built a justice center, combining additional courthouse space with a new jail, the supervisors have continued to battle over a variety of options.

Sign up by May 17 for Optimists’ Avenue of Flags opportunity

NORTH LIBERTY– We are approaching the time of year when residents of North Liberty are invited to display the American flag in a colorful acknowledgment of our national values and in support of those who are actively defending freedom around the world.
For the fourth year, the Optimist Club of North Liberty is offering the community an opportunity to display its American spirit. The Optimist Club will place a 3’x5’ nylon American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.

Blues & BBQ volunteer sign-up is on

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up is now open for volunteers at the July 12 North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications. It takes a volunteer force of about 200 people to put on this all-ages, family-friendly event. Roles include selling drink tickets or serving in the beverage garden, helping kids at the inflatables, distributing water to volunteers, set up and tear down, and many others. Volunteers can visit northlibertyblues.org/volunteer to sign up.

Parents still don’t understand SBG

Report shows interpreting grades on PowerSchool continues to stymie

SOLON– Parents just don’t understand.
A year didn’t do a lot to improve the comprehension of standards-based grading (SBG) for parents in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
An SBG report presented at the April 14 meeting of the Solon school board showed that parents participating in a spring survey have not significantly improved their understanding of what their student is learning.
“We definitely need to do a better job helping them understand PowerSchool,” Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley told board members. “That continues to be a concern.”