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School Board approves new reading programs

April 14, 2015

New reading programs for both elementary and secondary grades were approved by the Boone Central Board of Education during its regular meeting Monday night, April 13.
Reading improvement is a special focus of the school district, and the new programs have been reviewed during the past several months by the faculty and administration.
A program called Reading Wonders was purchased for the elementary grades at a cost of $59,153. For secondary grades, a program known as Collections was purchased at a cost of $55,243.
A Corrective Reading Intervention program, for all grade levels, was also purchased at a cost of $6,900.
The programs include all materials and software, and will be implemented during the coming school year.
Four new faculty hirings and two resignations were also approved by the board.
Details in the April 15 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

County will proceed with new communications tower

April 14, 2015

Boone County Commissioners on Monday approved a motion to proceed with design and development work for a new county communications tower.
The proposed tower has been under discussion for several months.
Sheryl Machacek, county communications director, reported that soil testing has been completed for the proposed site in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, and an inventory is being made of the various antennas to be installed on the tower. Nebraska Department of Aeronautics gave approval for the tower project several months ago.
A 300-foot communications tower is proposed. Early estimates of the structure cost were about $120,000.
Details in the April 15 Albion News & Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

Highway 56 crash claims Cedar Rapids man

April 10, 2015

Flaherty car
Flaherty car
A Cedar Rapids man died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle head on collision last Thursday, April 9, on Highway 56 west of St. Edward.
Gary L. Nauenburg, 62, of Cedar Rapids died at Boone County Health Center, Albion, after being rushed there following the 9:30 a.m. crash about two miles west of St. Edward.
Flaherty had been driving an eastbound 1986 GMC pickup on Highway 56 at the time of the crash.
Boone County Sheriff’s Department reported a 2014 Hyundai, driven by Timothy Flaherty, 69, of Lincoln, was traveling westbound on Highway 56. Eyewitnesses said the Flaherty vehicle was attempting to pass a semi tractor-trailer on the highway when it collided with the eastbound Nauenburg pickup.
Funeral services for Gary Nauenburg were held Monday, April 13, at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.
Further details in the April 15 Albion News Print and E-Editions.
Nauenburg pickup
Nauenburg pickup

Safety, security important in school plan

April 7, 2015

web, 4-8, school safety, security plan
web, 4-8, school safety, security plan
Safety and security are key components of a school learning environment, and both of those needs are addressed in the Boone Central facilities plan.
In a special all-mail election from April 23 to May 12, Boone Central voters will be deciding on a $12.99 million bond issue to implement the facilities plan.
Safety and security of school buildings is achieved in a number of different ways, according to architect Jim Berg of BVH Architects, Lincoln, who worked with the school board and administration in developing the facilities plan.
Features such as secured main entrances, fire code upgrades, and building accessibility are key elements that will be addressed in the construction plan.
Details in the April 8 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

Parents with local ties battle son’s cystic fibrosis

April 7, 2015

Alaric Frey
Alaric Frey
Since their son Alaric was born with cystic fibrosis in December of 2013, Calvin and Kaylee Frey of Stromsburg have been learning to manage and deal with this genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.
They will get some help from Albion area residents at a fundraiser Wednesday, April 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Albion Pizza Hut.
Calvin is the son of Bill and Angie Frey and a Boone Central alum.
Details in the April 8 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Foundation pledges $250,000 for school math, science

March 31, 2015

Albion Education Foundation has approved a $250,000 grant for the Boone Central math and science programs should the upcoming bond issue be approved.
Carol Kusek, foundation president, said the board of directors met Monday, March 30, to approve the grant opportunity.
Funds designated for the grant are derived from a variety of assets presently held by the Albion Education Foundation. The largest of the foundation assets was a gift of $95,000 by the Mitzi Fox estate.
Details in the April 1 Albion News & Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

All-mail bond election will be first for county

March 31, 2015

An all-mail bond election for Boone Central voters will mark the first time Boone County has held an all-mail election, an option that is provided under state law.
Voters will have a voting period of about 19 days. Ballots will be mailed out April 23 from the Boone County Clerk’s office, and registered voters will have until 5 p.m. on May 12, 2015, the designated election date, to return their ballots in time to be counted in the special election.
A $12.99 million bond issue is proposed, including both an addition and renovation.
Details in the April 1 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

Boone Central school facilities plan to be decided by voters.
Boone Central school facilities plan to be decided by voters.

Preparations underway for new store

March 24, 2015

Materials unloaded for Dollar General construction.
Materials unloaded for Dollar General construction.
Site preparation work has been underway since last week for the new Dollar General store to be located on south Highway 39-14 in Albion.
Bygland Dirt Contracting was grading the site last week.
Some of the construction materials were being unloaded Monday (photo above).
The location is bordered by Columbia Street, A Street and Walnut Street.

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