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Letters to the Editor

November 21, 2013

Dear Centerville Community School Patron

(Continued)

Last year the Iowa Department of Education selected 10 school buildings in each of the Area Education Agency regions to be pilot school buildings on the initial implementation of the state initiative of Response to Intervention, also known as Collaboration for Kids.

The selected school buildings must have displayed traits and willingness to support RtI and RtI Data Systems collection. Lakeview Elementary was selected to be one of the 10 school buildings in the Great Prairie Area Education Agency region.

This work is critical as it focuses on the achievement gaps to ensure every child is proficient in reading by the end of third grade. Our role as a district in the first phase for the state of Iowa is vital in the Iowa Department of Education’s collective efforts to refine, improve and expand implementation throughout the state.

Our efforts and work will assist in creating opportunities for the state of Iowa to have critical conversations about how the Department of Education can establish structures for collaboration to support successful implementation throughout the other schools in Iowa.

To take this a step further, the Centerville School District was notified that Lakeview Elementary staff will present to the state board of the Iowa Department of Education in late November.

Congratulations to Centerville School District educators on being part of this incredible opportunity to improve outcomes for students.

Having the distinction as a pilot building, and presenting at the state level, is recognition to your commitment to the kids we serve.

I look forward to the gathering of input, taking the important steps necessary to improve learning and support through RtI, and being a beacon across the state for other districts to follow.

American Education Week is observed this year during the week of Nov. 17 through Nov. 23.

This is a week that we celebrate the wonderful opportunities that public education offers. It is also to honor those who make a positive difference in the lives of students. At Centerville Schools, I am convinced that every child receives a quality education. I appreciate all of the staff members in this district. The hard work and dedication of each employee is admired.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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