Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Not much is known yet beyond the announcement from the Linn-Mar school district, except that the incident appears to be dealt with.
The Marion Police Department confirmed that it had increased police presence on the Linn-Mar campus Tuesday in response to an unspecified threat against the school. The school said in a statement that there was a "possible concern" at the high school, but things are now back to normal. When contacted, a school spokeswoman referred questions to Marion Police. KCRG reports that the Marion Police Department confirmed having additional officers on campus this afternoon, but declined to describe the nature of the threat. Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam said the officer will not be there beyond today. "There was a threat regarding Linn-Mar," Elam said in an email. "We are investigating. As a precaution, an officer was placed at Linn-Mar. The …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Linn-Mar student told Marion City Council members he worries about his little sister facing potentially dangerous traffic conditions at an intersections near Novak Elementary.
Marion residents say traffic around Novak Elementary school is a safety hazard for the young students that attend the school. Ben Christensen, a sophomore at Linn-Mar High School, told Marion City Council members on Thursday that he’s concerned about traffic near Novak Elementary, where his sister, Eve, goes to school. In particular, he thinks traffic at the intersections of 29th Avenue and Third and Fifth Street is dangerous. “I personally feel that there’s a safety issue here,” he said from the podium at the recent City Council meeting. A sharply-dressed Christensen, who interviewed the Marion City Manager prior to the meeting for information about the issue, presented three possible solutions. His suggestions included installing stop …
Friday, October 12, 2012
New law aimed at reducing the number of vehicles passing stopped buses.
Marion school bus drivers logged a total of 96 violations of drivers passing stopped school buses during the past school year, and the number of violations already this year is on pace to be nearly as high. This school year, a new law went into effect that increases penalties for those who don't yield to school buses, but so far it doesn't seem to be making a difference. School has been in session less than two months, and 23 violations have been noted so far. That's between both districts — Linn-Mar and Marion Independent. District officials have told the Marion Times that school bus drivers can't log each infraction, so the number is actually higher. Linn-Mar Information Services Coordinator Laura Mallicoat estimated that there may have …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A Linn-Mar official said the district is still seeing plenty new students, but not the huge growth they've seen in the past.
A Linn-Mar official said the Linn-Mar School District is finally moving towards "manageable growth" in its student population. Dirk Halupnick, the director of instructional services, said the district has been growing for decades, but really took off in the last eight years when their schools would typically see a 400 to 800 increase in students each year. He assured me this is a lot. This year, there are approximately 200 new students, making a total of 7,117 students throughout the Linn-Mar school district. This continues a refreshing pattern that Halupnick said he's seen over the past few years: slower, manageable growth. To see where these new students are coming from, click the attatched PDF to the right.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Linn-Mar School District has issued a $10 million sales tax revenue bond for the construction of an aquatic center.
The Linn-Mar School District voted to sell $10 million in sales tax revenue bonds to help build an aquatic center. This means that the district will be borrowing money against their future sales tax revenue in order to fund a pool complex adjacent to the football stadium. The bonds were sold to the lowest bidder during the most recent Linn-Mar Board of Education meeting to Northland Securities, a brokerage firm in Minneapolis. They’re buying it for a total of $9.88 million and will charge the district over of $2.7 million in interest. However, Linn-Mar Business Administrator Dave Nicholson said the money the district receives will not be enough to cover the entire project. The difference will depend on the winning bid for the construction …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Linn-Mar School District has recognized district employees and volunteers who have made a difference in various Linn-Mar schools.
Click above to see the pictures and awards received by various Linn-Mar Schools, awarded by the Linn-Mar School District. The designation is called the Lion Award, which recognizes excellent service to the Linn-Mar School District and its students by teachers, volunteers and faculty.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Marion Patch will be recognizing students in the Linn-Mar and Marion Independent school districts for their achievements.
For many, school is about self-discovery. Many find the upper limits to their abilities and try to find a place in a world that can be both exciting and frightening. Marion Patch will be recognizing students in the Linn-Mar and Marion Independent school districts whose hard work and concerted effort in any area shows them reaching towards their potential. We'll do so by interviewing these students to try to learn how they achieve, how they see themselves and how they see the world around them. More importantly, we are writing to ask you to start thinking of the students you know that you feel are deserving of recognition. Remember, they don't necessarily have to have gone to a state competition, earned a perfect GPA or have been crowned be…
Friday, April 20, 2012
The suicide of a Primghar teen who'd been bullied after he said he was gay has elevated public discussion of the problem of cyber-bullying.
The suicide of a 14-year-old Primghar boy who endured weeks of bullying in school and on the Internet after he came out as a gay teen has elevated public discussion of cyber-bullying. Des Moines Register columnist Kyle Munson has been following the story since Kenneth James Weishuhn hanged himself in his family's garage last weekend. Weishuhn, who before he came out had been a popular teen at South O'Brien Community School in Paullina, was taunted in the hallways, was vilified on Facebook and received threatening messages on his cell phone, said his family. His school's administrators confirmed one incident, but said they weren't aware the bullying continued and Weishuhn never filed complaints. School Superintendent Dan Moore told Munson…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Trevor Berry, a Linn-Mar High School senior, has committed to play golf with Roosevelt University.
Linn-Mar High School senior Trevor Berry has just signed a contract to play golf with the Rosevelt University Lakers. According to a release from the Chicago-based school, he will be joining in the 2012-2013 school year and will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics against members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. "I’m excited to add Trevor to our new golf team," said Roosevelt University Head Men’s Golf Coach Marty Scherr. "He is a hard worker and a proven winner who along with our first signee Kyle Martens will give us the nucleus of a strong team for next year." In his time at Linn-Mar, Berry qualified for the Iowa State 4A State Tournament twice. He's also apparently won the the Cedar Rapids…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In less than a month, Linn-Mar High School sophomore Sam Fathallah's video mash-up of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" speech has passed 1,000 hits.
At Monday's Linn-Mar School Board meeting, Linn-Mar High School sophomore, Sam Fathallah, presented this impressive mash-up video of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "dream" speech.