Heritage issues nine RIF notices

The Heritage Board of Education voted to RIF eight staff members during the first half of the January board of education meeting.

The board then decided to revisit a ninth RIF after closed session.

Summer trip to take students to D.C.

St. Joseph and Prairieview-Ogden Middle School students have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C this year.

​Stephanie ​Kinney, an eighth-grade science teacher at St. Joseph Middle School, organizes the trip by working with a company called Worldstrides. She collaborated with Worldstrides at a school where she previously taught.  

Blessings in a Backpack to have new organizer

Dana Rowland will no longer be spearheading Blessings in a Backpack in St. Joseph.

However, that does not mean the program will stop.

Rowland said that she felt now was the time to leave the program in someone else’s capable hands.

New laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2016

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The following is a complete listing of all new laws scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1.

Village buys sewer pump

The Village of Ogden voted to spend $7,800 to replace a failed sewer pump.

In November both sewer pumps outside of town failed, said Trustee Tom Mathis.  

A spare pump was installed until the old pumps could be fixed or replaced.

The new pump will cost $7,000 with $800 shipping, Mayor Jack Reidner said.

Village views Rails to Trials as positive

The Village of St. Joseph discussed the Rails to Trails bike path at a recent meeting.

Several trustees attended a meeting held at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church that discussed the project and how businesses could benefit from it.

Board sets tax levy

The St. Joseph-Ogden School Board passed a 2015 tax levy that will raise property taxes on a $200,000 home by $17.
Superintendent Brian Brooks said the proposed tax rate will be between $2.02 and $2.03.

Football hire expected by February

St. Joseph-Ogden High School could have a new football coach by February.
Superintendent Brian Brooks said the district is on the hunt for a new football coach after Dick Duval submitted his resignation at the December Board of Education meeting.

A letter from Coach Duval

First of all, let me just start by simply just saying THANK YOU.  

Salvation Army holds toy drive

Starting Monday, Nov. 16, The Salvation Army needs our community’s help to collect gifts for kids of all ages-and especially those ages 9 through 12, who often are overlooked because they’re harder to shop for than smaller children.

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