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Superintendent Update: April Happenings

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:34 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 1:35 PM ]
April is upon us and it is hard to imagine the year is winding down.  Here are a few important dates to watch for throughout the month of April:
  • 3rd No School – Spring Break
  • 5th Easter
  • 6th No School – Spring Break
  • 7th Jump Rope for Heart
  • 7th Preschool to IWCC Health Fair
  • 8th No preschool today
  • 8th Student Council 3:30
  • 11th Prom
  • 13th Boys Track Meet at Tri-Center
  • 14th Midlands Reading Meeting at Glenwood 6:30
  • 15th Battle of the Books at the MS
  • 16th Girls Track Meet at Tri-Center
  • 17th No preschool 
  • 17th Kindergarten Round Up
  • 18th-20th WIC Art Show (2-4 on the 18th & 19th, 8-1 on the 20th)
  • 22nd Earth Day
  • 22nd Secretary’s Day
  • 22nd Safety Day
  • 24th No School – InService Day
  • 27th FAST Testing K-5 begins
  • 28th 1st Grade to The Rose for Charlotte’s Web
  • 29th H.S. Career Fair 1-3:15 p.m.
  • 30th 2nd Grade trip to Country School
  • 30th Preschool to Arrowhead Park
  • 30th JH Track Meet at Tri-Center
School-start date and school funding.  You have likely seen headlines, articles, and numerous opinions on the state of Iowa enforcing school calendar regulations and school funding not being determined yet.  I have explained to numerous people the issue of when school can/should start is an issue the local school board should have control over.  Unfortunately, some of this control has been taken away from us.  The Tri-Center Board of Education has approved two calendars for the 2015-2016 school year.  It appears the state will compromise on this issue, which would allow Tri-Center to begin school August 24th, 2015. 

When it comes to approval for an increase in funding for schools, it is down right embarrassing this issue has not been resolved in our state.  Please consider contacting your local Senators and Representatives and encourage them to approve a minimum of a four percent increase in Supplemental State aid (previously referred to as Modified Allowable Growth).  The link at the bottom of this email will allow you to search for your Senators and Representatives by county and/or town.

As weather changes is has been fun to see an increase in energy, excitement, and activity as students come and go every day.  Enjoy this change in season, and encourage your students to continue working hard and challenging themselves every day.  As always, please email, call, or stop by with any questions you may have.

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.