Last week Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District spoke to us about the many great things happening in the Cedar Rapids School District. Started school August 23rd a little bit differently with the three (3) high school bands playing together and the having the students be part of the speakers at the opening day event. A stakeholders group of about 85 people internal and external was formed to do strategic planning and to align with the "Program of Excellence" for all. Six big ideas emerged from the group. The district is working with the Kuder Company to evaluate eight grade students to determine their interest to allow them to align their high school courses accordingly to be successful. Roosevelt is working on the process of being the first middle school magnet school.
With the opening of the Northwest Recreation Center next to Harrison Elementary it has allowed a good size gym for Harrison students to use.
Dr. Buck talked about the flood and how great the community came together to protect Taylor Elementary.
The school district has embarked on a Master Facilities Plan conversation and will get community feed back. They have multiple committees financing, etc. The committees plan to report in October 2017 on the future plans for the Cedar Rapids schools. Thirty one sites will be reviewed in that process. Facility planning work currently is being done with the Physical Equipment Planniny Levy. That levy provides 9 million per year but really need around 20 million for maintenance of current facilities. The plan will also address how to take in to account the changing patterns of where students live.
This week's program: Principals from the Johnson STEAM Academy and Kenwood Leadership Academy magnet schools. Come learn about Cedar Rapids two Magnet schools from the two Principals.
Brian Watters's mother passed away last week. Cedar Rapids West sends our sympathies to Brian and his family during this difficult time.
Our upcoming Bid for Education event is Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at Biaggis on Collins Road in Cedar Rapids. KC will have signup sheets for attendance and a signup sheet for items you would like to donate for the auction at our October 26th Rotary meeting. Also, please get the word out to your friends and relatives to please attend also. If you can possibly attend please do so as it is a fun evening out. If you are not able to attend, please consider a donation or donating an auction item as we can definitely use more auction items. This is one of our main fund raisers to be able to provide our student scholarships, so any support you can provide by attending and bringing a guest(s) and/or providing an auction item from yourself or your company would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to a fun evening and continuing our great tradition of providing those student scholarships. Thank you everyone for being an active member in our club and making this event a huge success for a great cause!
District Governor Jim Coloff: Oct. 24, is World Polio Day, a day set aside to focus on Rotary's worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease. Join me in celebrating the work Rotary has done and pledge to help in the effort with a gift to the Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now campaign.
A nonstop flight from Cedar Rapids and great accommodations in Atlanta are available to District 5970 Rotarians attending the International Convention June 10-14. The flight, priced at $457.60 per person, will leave Cedar Rapids at 11:15 a.m. June 10, arriving in Atlanta at 2:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 9:40 a.m. June 15 and arrives in Cedar Rapids at 10:39 a.m. Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, are available for $239 per night, including taxes, a reduction from the normal rate of $595. The hotel is 8.8 miles from the convention, and Rotary buses will provide transportation to and from the convention center.
For more information, contact Ruth Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (641) 228-1235. Register here for the convention before rates increase Dec. 15.
See you at Rotary....
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