Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County Schools, Cities, and County government continue to win big with grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
The foundation is the non-profit license holder for the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood. State law mandates a certain percentage of the casino’s gaming take has to go back to the community. The agreement between the casino and the non-profit stipulates that for the first $20 million the casino collects in gambling winnings in a year, they will give the foundation 4.5 percent. When they get up to $20 million, the percentage goes up to 4.75 percent; and when they get up to $30 million, it goes to 5 percent.
The Lyon County Riverboat foundation is set up to give half of the money in grants to county government subdivisions and schools, and half in a competitive grant process to non-profit projects.
The fourth quarter 2014 non-competitive grants are being given during basketball games in the county. The eastern Lyon County grants were given during a ceremony on Friday night, February 16th at George/Little Rock High School. The central and western Lyon county grants will be given during basketball games at Central Lyon and West Lyon schools this Friday night, January 23rd.
Lyon County public schools — Central Lyon, George/Little Rock, and West Lyon are each being granted a little over $46,000. That makes their total for 2014 about $176,000 per school. Since the Riverboat Foundation started giving grants in 2011, each school has received nearly $600,000.
Lyon County cities are given grants based on their population. They range from about $14,000 for Lyon County’s smallest incorporated community of Alvord to almost $17,000 for Rock Rapids this time around. That brings the total for 2014 to a low of almost $54,000 for Alvord to a high of over $64,000 for Rock Rapids. Since the grants started in 2011, the total ranges from over $183,000 for Alvord to nearly $220,000 for Rock Rapids.
Lyon County is being given just over $19,000 this time, bringing the 2014 total to over $74,000, and the grand total to-date to almost $254,000.
The total amount being given to government subdivisions in the fourth quarter is nearly $278,000 and in 2014, the total is over a million dollars.
The foundation says that what the government subdivisions do with the money is up to each one’s board or council.
The grand total given away to the government subdivisions by the foundation so far is over $3.5 million. Another $3.5 million has been given to non-profit projects in the competitive grant process. The latest competitive grants will be announced during a ceremony at the Grand Falls Casino and Resort on February 7th.
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Operation Prom is a day of pampering and “shopping” for a free dress for girls who need them on Saturday, February 7, at the Sioux Center First Reformed Church Family Life Center. Private appointments can also be made when registering online at www.frcsc.org/operationprom.cfm.
Anyone with a dress to donate may drop it off at the Sioux Center, West Sioux, Central Lyon, Western Christian, or Unity Christian High School offices any school day between 8:30-3:30. If you have questions, call Kayla at 712-441-3999.
Congratulations to the Central Lyon girls volleyball team and coaches for earning a trip to the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids! The following is the information we have at this time with more details coming as available.
Central Lyon will play Bellevue Marquette at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids. There will be no school in honor of this achievement to allow for staff and students to attend. The team tentatively plans to leave early afternoon on Tuesday the 11th, exact time yet to be determined. We anticipate holding a K-12 pep rally at 11am in the gym on Tuesday immediately following the Veteran’s Day Ceremony which begins at10:30am. Once again a reminder we do have school on Monday November 10 with a 1pm dismissal.
Please note it is at least 5+ hours to Cedar Rapids. Also please pay attention to speed limits particularly in Cedar Rapids as they have speed monitoring cameras on the main highway system.
If the team wins, they will play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th and there will be no school for this date as well. If the team does not win the first round game, there will be school on Thursday with a 2 hour late start. If the team does not win there are no consolation games.
If the team wins on Thursday they will play in the championship game at 7pm on Friday, November 14. If this is the case, we will not hold school on Friday. If the team does not win the Thursday second round game, school is planned to go as scheduled on Friday with a 2 hour late start.
KIWA has indicated they will be broadcasting all the Central Lyon games and those interested in radio advertising should contact the stations. We will not be broadcasting on the High School Cube for these games.
We anticipate tickets may be purchased in advance at the high school office on Friday and Monday for Wednesday’sgame, they are $10 per person.
State volleyball t-shirts order forms will be available now on the website and by color flyers. Orders with payment are due by this Friday at 3pm. Amy will send out an email once the order forms are available.
Team and individual “goodie bags” will be available in the high school office starting today. You may drop off items for this at this time.
We are attempting to secure charter busses to the state tournament for Wednesday. If this can be done, more details will follow. If any individuals or businesses care to contribute to the cost of this or make donations to the team, please contact Steve Harman at 712-472-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Wells at 712-472-2664 email@example.com.
More information can be found at our district website at www.centrallyon.org.
Individuals and businesses may be contacted by Royal Advertising who handles the state tournament program for advertising needs. I believe the contact’s name is Kim Wilson.
Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may interested or needs additional details.
Central Lyon girls will be playing at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids. If the girls win Wednesday, they would play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th in the Five Seasons Center. If the girls win on Thursday, they would play at 7pm on Friday, November 14th in the Five Seasons Center.
Several businesses & individuals have generously donated funds towards fan charter buses. The first day bus will leave from the high school parking lot at 8:30am Wednesday morning. The cost will be $40 per person, which does NOT include the cost of the tournament ticket. Advance tickets will be on sale for Wednesday’s game in the high school office for $10.00 each or you can purchase a tournament ticket upon arrival at the Five Seasons Center. The district will need a minimum of 40 riders to secure the charter bus each day. Children, 7th grade and under, are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that return time will depend on the length of the match, and it is a 5+ hour drive.
Fifty six seats are available and will be based on a first contact, first reserve basis, starting immediately. You may contact Jackie Wells to reserve your seat and arrange payment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-472-2664 or 712-472-4051. Sign-up must be complete by Tuesday at 4pm. You may put your name on a waiting list for a potential Thursday and Friday bus when making reservations for Wednesday. Riders will have priority to reserve their seat the following days. Additional reservations may be taken for a portion of the evening, following a Lion win with Jackie Wells at 605-595-2697.
Wednesday, November 12th:
Departure time – 8:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket
Thursday, November 13th (tentative):
Departure time – 10:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket
Friday, November 14th (tentative):
Departure time – 11:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket
This information will be forwarded to the Chamber and posted on the district’s website and social media.
However, there has now been a schedule change. Instead of there being no school that day, there will be school, but it will be dismissed early.
Monday, November 10th, Central Lyon students will go to school at the normal time and will be dismissed at 1 PM, according to Central Lyon officials.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Central Lyon Community Schools Board of Education has rejected all bids on an estimated three-and-a-half million dollar expansion and renovation project, and will start the bidding process again.
Central Lyon Superintendent Dave Ackerman says that school board members and administrators had a number of questions that were unanswered before the bidding process that were not answered during the bidding process either. He says that the board felt that those questions needed to be answered before they committed the district to something that was not what was intended. For that reason, he says they decided to start the bidding process over again.
The board voted to republish the invitation to bid, with the bids to be opened at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 28.
Ackerman says that unlike many building projects at schools, this project did not require a bond issue vote.
He tells us why the school district needs to expand its main building.
He says that’s around 60 students.
Mr. Ackerman says that when the 1968 Elementary and Middle School building was built, it originally had more classroom space that over the years has been converted to other uses, and some of that space could be converted back to classrooms.
He gives us an idea of some of the goals of the project on the Greene Street side of the high school.
He says one criticism that they hear is that the school used to have classes of up to 100 students and they didn’t need that kind of space then. Ackerman says they may have fewer students per grade, but they have more programs. He says in the last 13 years they’ve gone from three special education rooms to six. They’ve also added transitional kindergarten and two sections of four-year-old preschool, and all those programs need classroom space.
Ackerman says part of the project is also on the Story Street side of the school.
He says the current wrestling room has always been a compromise, so they’re also planning some more athletic space on the east side of the current high school gym.
Ackerman says the current weight room, which is in the activities center north of the football field will be vacated, and they’re in discussions with Sanford Health, who uses the room across the hall for their fitness center, and with the City of Rock Rapids to decide what will happen to the current weight room once it is vacated. He says they want to keep using it as community recreation space in some form, while the school retains control of the second gym in the building.
Again, the project is being re-bid, with the bids to be opened at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 28.
GLR REGISTRATION: will be
- Monday, August 4 from 12:00-7:00 PM in George in the high school old commons.
- Tuesday, August 5 from 2:00-6:30 PM in Little Rock in the library.
- REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE PRINTED OFF THE SCHOOL WEBSITE at george-littlerock.org AND FILLED OUT TO BRING WITH YOU TO REGISTRATION.
From Central Lyon Schools:
STUDENT REGISTRATION **NEW PROCESS**
register from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on August 6.
From West Lyon Schools:
The first day of school will be August 20th, 2014 at 8:25am. Kindergarten will start on this day. There will be an early dismissal at 1:30 on
Wednesday. TK-6th. GRADE CLASS LISTS WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL AUGUST 5th. They will not be included in the newsletter but will be posted on the West Lyon website www.WLwildcats.org. We look forward to seeing all the students for another great year!
If your 8th-12th grade student misplaced their meal tickets over the summer and need a new one, please email Lisa at email@example.com as soon as possible so that they get it on the first day of school.
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