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October 17th, 2013
Dozens of teachers and community members listened intently at the Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium Tuesday while a state-appointed impasse committee heard arguments from the Valley City Education Association and the Valley City School Board.
The three-hour impasse hearing was the latest step in ongoing negotiations between the teacher's organization and the VCPS school board. At issue are step increases for teachers, sick pay banking, and health insurance, the largest sticking point being pay increases for teachers and an increase in teacher's base pay.
Valley City State University students and faculty are busy at the start of a new theatre season on campus. â€śThis is a year of books, families, and community engagement.â€ť, said VCSU Director of Theatre, Jenni Lou Russi. Entering her fifth academic year at the university, Russi has put together a season to bridge the larger community with students at VCSU.
Valley City Public Schools will start charging admission to junior high and sub-varsity games this winter.
The decision was made at the Valley City Public Schools regular board meeting Monday evening after a suggestion was made from activities director Marty Bratrud.
He said that charging $2 for adults and $1 for students for admission to seventh and eighth grade games as well as sub-varisty games should be enough to cover the costs of officials and basic equipment and prevent the activities department budget from deficit.
The Valley City Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women. Currently, the fire department is looking to hire new firefighters who are willing to make a commitment to their community.
"We are asking you to help us so we can help others," said VCFD Chief Gary Retterath in a press release.
Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen, a physical examination and an agility test. The fire department will provide training. "You have to be able to lift, carry, pull and drag, said Retterath Tuesday.
Top law enforcement officers from from Valley City and Barnes County have a common goal, they both want a Computer Aided Dispatch system, and they hope it happens sooner rather than later.
The Thundering Saints have donated $10,000 to Hospice of the Red River Valley, generated from proceeds of the fifth annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride held in Valley City on July 27.
The donation will be used to provide compassionate end-of-life care to those in Valley City and surrounding communities.
Gabel said Friday the donation is up about $3,000 from 2012, and about the same amount as was contributed three years ago.
â€śOur goal is to increase the amount every year,â€ť Gabel said.
School leaders and representatives of local nonprofit groups heard a presentation about an early literacy program from North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple Monday morning.
Dalrymple told the audience that met in the Washington Elementary School library that morning about a program called Dolly Parton Imagination Library that gives free books to children from birth to age 5 in an effort to get them reading before they start school.
Children, animals, plants and more help residents at the Sheyenne Care Center feel more at-home, more relaxed and less stressed thanks to a program called KAPPS.
KAPPS, which stands for Kids, Aromatherapy, Pets, Plants and Sound, was started at the center in 2000 and has been helping residents since.
Barnes County has agreed to pay about $1,024 to buy six new batteries and pads for defibrillators carried by Barnes County deputies.
Friday Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin said he and all Barnes County deputies are trained as first responders and know how to use the medical devices carried in each squad car.
â€śIt is a county standard, not a state standard,â€ť McClaflin said.
Read more in Monday's Times-Record.
A public impasse hearing, to discuss differences dividing the Valley City Public Schools School Board and the Valley City Education Association, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium.
After failed negotiations between the school board and the VCEA, a state mediator was called to assist in the dispute. The school board declared an impasse in the mediation process in September after the VCEA mad it known they were unwilling to continue.