Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:27The Canton-Galva, Centre, Goessel and Hillsboro school districts have 12 new faculty working with students as classes begin this fall.
They join the 14 new teachers at Marion-Florence, Peabody-Burns and the Marion County Special Education Cooperative who were highlighted in the Aug. 15 issue of the Free Press.
USD 419, Canton-Galva
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:26Unified School District 410 Board of Education unanimously approved a mill increase of 1.177 for the 2012-13 budget at its Aug. 13 meeting.
The board made its decision after discussing Superintendent Steve Noble’s recommendation of a 2.138 mill increase from the previous fiscal year.
Noble said he based his recommendation on the negative impact on the district’s capital outlay funds caused by reductions in base state aid per pupil over past years.
Board president Eddie Weber questioned whether the mill increase was necessary.
“I lean toward the status quo (of not raising the mill levy),” Weber said, knowing many people have faced financial challenges.
Agreeing with Weber, board member Deb Geis said, “Farmers aren’t...
Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:26Cindy Wiens, chair of the Goessel Community Foundation, told the Goessel school board at its Aug. 13 meeting how donors can fulfill their charitable wishes and benefit the community.
Wiens, an attorney with expertise in estates and trusts, said wealth in the past stayed in a community after the last parent died, but that does not happen as much any more.
“Now, once the wealth leaves, it won’t come back,” she said, especially if no other family members continue to live in the community.
Through the new Goessel Community Foundation, she said, residents can leave a legacy in the community.
Wiens was accompanied by fellow board members Myron Schmidt, Anita Goertzen, Peggy Jay, Patsy Dirksen, Linda Peters, Karen Dalke and John...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:24For nearly three decades, Bradley Vogel has drawn upon the music of other composers to showcase the talents of his choral groups.
Now, with the recent release of his first original piece, the Tabor College professor of choral music has something unique to offer his fellow directors.
The title, “Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum,” may not roll off the tongue of the average music fan, but Vogel is hoping the Latin setting of Psalm 96 should appeal to directors, choral groups and audiences through its English title, “Sing to the Lord a New Song.”
“It’s exciting,” Vogel said about Imagine Music Publishings’ decision to produce the piece.
“Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum” made its public debut as a published piece...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:47The Tabor College Music Preparatory School will begin piano lessons for the fall semester Aug. 20.
The lessons will run through Nov. 30 and cost $11.75 per lesson when provided by a college student or for a group lesson, or $15.75 with lessons given by a college faculty instructor.
Tiffeney Harms, a 2007 graduate of Sterling College and a 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, School of Music, has been hired as the new director of the school.
She comes to Tabor most recently from McPherson College, where she was a lecturer of music and departmental accompanist.
Harms will succeed Sheila Litke, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Tabor College. The preparatory school was formed in 2002 under Litke’s guidance.
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