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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 28, 2014

Brief quorum shortens Mid-Prairie meeting

By Mary Zielinski | Oct 29, 2013
Shebnem Niazi from Bulgaria provided photos of her homeland and family to the Mid-Prairie Board Monday.

WELLMAN — With three members and board President Jim Hussey briefly present by telephone, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education managed a quorum for  a sightly less than five minutes official meeting Monday to adopt an agenda and  approve consent items.  Four agenda action items were tabled to Nov.11.
In basically a work session, the three board members heard presentations from the district’s three World Link exchange students: Shebnem Niazi of Bulgaria, Abdulquadir Misabah of Tanzania and Maher Sanalla of Israel.  The three, all students at Mid-Prairie High School, gave brief overviews of their homeland with Sanalla explaining that he is a Palestinian in a nation  with three main faiths: Muslim, Christian and Jewish.
The board members received an update from Superintendent Mark Schneider about the recent meeting between the district and the City of Kalona regarding a possible partnership that could see Kalona build a new community center and the district a gym and/or other additions to the middle school in Kalona. During that joint session Oct. 17, other possibilities were mentioned, including a district use for the current Kalona community center’s recreational facilities.  Next meeting will be in November.
The district also will make a presentation to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) at its work session Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Washington Public Library.  M-P is seeking $2.5 million to help build a possible $7 million high school auditorium.
WCRF may have up to five presentations from the 84 applicants seeking grants totaling more than $6.3 million.  Recipients will be announced at a reception Dec. 11 at the Riverside casino.

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