Governor Terry Branstad’s education reform plan would provide bonuses for about 8,300 Iowa school teachers and it would ensure that all school teachers are paid at least $35,000 a year. Iowa Department of Education director Jason Glass says schools would get an extra $314 per pupil under the plan. Some of the money would be used to give bonuses to about 25 percent of Iowa school teachers who would agree to be mentors or coaches for other teachers. Teachers, parents and school administrators would choose which teachers get the bonuses, and the bonuses would be handed out once a year.
The Wilton Chamber of Commerce will hold its 51st annual dinner on Saturday, February 2nd at the Wilton Community Center. The dinner is open to the public as well as chamber members. A social hour begins at 6 with the dinner at 7. The guest entertainer is Muscatine native David Casas, a magician and comedian. Tickets are $20 each. Reservations should be made at the chamber office by tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th.
The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s seventh annual Young Artist Competition is underway. It’s open to all musicians in grades 9 to 12 who reside or take music lessons within 50 miles of Muscatine. One participant will be invited to perform with the Muscatine Symphony on March 16th but scholarships will be awarded to the top three for summer music camps and workshops. Auditions will be held Sunday, February 3rd at Muscatine Community College. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 31st.
The West Liberty Heritage Foundation now has a website. It’s wlheritagefoundation.org. It details West Liberty’s history and has information about upcoming events and the community’s 175th anniversary celebration this year. The site also features photographs of historic and present-day buildings. That includes schools, churches and the downtown.