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ijiiii ' ................................. i !i, 0 1 Mark Messman Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools 10 Legislative Update: The next phase in the legisla- tive process is conference com- mittee work. A conference com- mittee is made up of five mem- bers from each House and Senate body to resolve differences; craft one bill to be passed by the House, Senate and signed by the Gover- nor. The first step in that process is for Leadership to establish new budget and tax targets. House and Senate Leadership have met with the Governor to begin negotiating a global budget deal. Education Finance Confer- ence Committee work was sched- uled to begin meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The first few meetings will allow members the opportunity to understand the funding and policy provisions in each bill. The conference committee will not be able to accomplish much until the House, Senate and Governor establish new budget targets'for the conference committee. In order for any of the budget committees to have spending tar- gets, the Tax Conference Commit- tee must come to a resolution on how to raise revenue in order to fund their spending priorities. At this point, the Senate Tax Bill proposes to generate revenue by: Raising the income tax rate on the third tier Expanding the sales tax to clothing, some personal ser- vices, custom computer software, admission to sporting events and exhibitions, ring tones, pay tele- vision services, and digital books and music The House Tax Bill proposes to generate revenue by: Establishing a new fourth tier income tax rate Increasing the alcohol and cigarette taxes Closing of corporate loopholes Strategic Planning: We'd like to remind our strate- gic planning community mem- bers to join us on May 15, 22, and 29, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Ele- mentary Cafeteria to share your feedback and values as we develop our strategic plan. We are pleased to have you join us for refresh- ments and sandwiches as we shape the future for our school district. Bailee Lahr pitches in both Eagles' Laabs. USDA Summer Meal Program: The U.S. Department of Agri- culture (USDA) operates summer meal programs to address child- hood nutritional needs. Many children receive limited meals with limited nutritional value in the summer months when school is not in session. The USDA Summer Meal Pro- gram includes the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as well as the Seamless Summer Option in the National School Lunch Pro- gram (NSLP). These programs operate as a partnership among the Federal government and State agencies. These Federal and State agencies are asking local organi- zations and schools to serve free meals to children age 18 years and younger. USDA provides the meals; State agencies adminis- ter the program; and local organi- zations and schools will be reim- bursed for serving the meals. Schools have. been designated as the best sites for summer feed- ing efforts. In most cases, children Eden Valley- Watkins softball team splits double-header at Rockford By Pat Garry, Staff writer Holly Schumacher blasted a 3-run round-tripper last Tuesday, May 7, in Rockford, to help seal the EV-W Eagles' first of two games victory, 6-3. Eagle coach Dave Dziengel was impressed with the team's effort. "Iamie Scherer did a fabulous job, picking up her first varsity win tonight. She held Rock- ford scoreless, giving up just 6 hits over 4 innings of work. Equally as impressive was Baylee Lahr's per- formance, as she worked a quick two innings to secure the win. The big blow for us offensively tonight was Holly Schumacher's 3-run homerun in the third inning." The Rockets turned the tables on the Eagles.in game two, tak- ing the contest in a shutout win, 4-0. The Eagles managed just 3 hits, while Rockford pounded out 10. "Rockford scored 3 quick runs and parents are familiar, with local in the first inning and didn't look schools and schools are known for back in this game. We could only providing nutritious food in a safe muster three hits off their start- and welcoming environment. The Eden Valley - Watkins School District is planning to assist the USDA as well as other Federal and State agencies by pro- viding serving sites within our schools. You can learn more about the USDA Summer Meal Pro- grams by contacting our food ser- vice director, Barb Koehn at (320) 453-2900, ext. 1106, or visiting: www.summerfood.usda.gov. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Cindy Schwegel, daughter of A1 and Leah. She dem- onstrates outstanding academic performance in the classroom and has taken three college level courses this school year. Cindy is an active member in the school's FFA and SADD programs. She currently serves as the SADD treasurer and was also involved in Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. Cindy is responsible and enjoys helping others as evidenced by her work at Koronis Manor serv- ing as a Registered Nursing Assis- tant. The EV-W administration, fac- ulty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratu- lations! wins over Kimball Thursday, May 9. EV-W Girl Scouts plan crayon recycling .EV'W School Do you have used crayons you pnng want to get rid of?. Want to help the ExtravaBAN Dza planet? Or even better yet, both? Well, by donating your old and May 20 used color crayons to the Girl Scouts Troop 657, you can get rid By Kim Salo, Band Director of your old crayons while, at the Come one, come all, to the same time, helping the environ- EV-W Spring ExtravaBANDza at ment by recycling. Your old, used 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the color crayons can be melted down old high school gym. Come hear and turned into new crayons the fifth-and sixth-grade bands instead of filling Up landfills, perform their concert pieces. Eden Valley-Watkins Girl Scout Be amazed by the Junior Band troop 657 is having a crayon recy- as they play their selections, and cling drive. Simply drop off your tap your toes along with the Jazz old crayons in one of our drop-off Ensemble and Senior Band. Then boxes and we will do the rest. enjoy "Attack of the Slide Tram- Drop offboxes will be present at bones" as it is performed by every the EV-W Elementary buildings on EV-W band student in a Mass- the final day of school, Thursday, Band selection at- the end of the May31. ,Theywillalsobeplacedat concert. A good time will be had The State Bank in Eden Valley, and by all! The Farmers State Bank in Wat- kins from May 20-31. To learn more about this proj- ect log on to: www.crazycrayons. ,ll~m-- com. Adult contact is Diane at 'p,j~,, MOBIdBFI/~ (320) 453-6425 EV-W Girl Scout Troop 657 Erin Salo and Maddie Mayer %~N~~-':N~J~-~"~" ~g~'~N~N " ~ " "~': ~4~i.-'.. ~,~ N~ ~i " .- i*~}~N~'!N~ ~::. ~,., ~. . ..~ ing pitcher and we just couldn't get ....... ~ ~:~ anything going, offensively," said *~:~':~',~'~ Dziengel. EV-W s overall record is ~-%? ~'~ 4-3 and 3-3 in conference play. ~ .............. ..~:~,(,~ .~ .~ ... Game 1-EV-W box score: Bay- i~~~. , RehaNhtationTherapy lee Lahr, 0 for 2; ]amie Scherer, 2 !ii!~ Adult Day Care for 4, runs scored; Kaylee Forcier, iii -ii1 ospice 1 for i, 2 runs scored; Holly Schum- jiiii Respite Ca acher, 2 for 3, 2 runs scored, 4 RBI; :~::~:~:;:~:: :: ..... re Brook Stang, 1 for 3, RBI; Mickael ~ii)i;i::NOW| ..... Blood Pressure Screening Lies-Thielen, 0 for 3; Ashl_ey Hus .... chle, 0 for 3; Briana Plantenberg, 0 for 3; Faith Forcier, 0 for 3; Mindy"-"e"-''- wl::Y~:a~cle! Forcier, 1 for 2. 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