Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison School Board has accepted Stahl Construction's bid of $14-million to build its new 4-8 school. The firm out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota submitted the lowest of six bids for the construction.
Superintendent Ken Marang says the base bid came in well below estimate.
The low bid allows Fort Madison to spend several hundred thousand dollars more on alternate bids. The bids include three additional classrooms and a fitness room/wrestling room.
Sciota, IL – At least one local superintendent thinks a new bullying law in Illinois is a step in the right direction, but he says only time will tell if it will be effective.
On Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3266 into law. It mandates the creation of a School Bullying Prevention Task Force, and expands the definition of bullying to include "cyber-bullying," which is conducted through electronic means such as instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace.
Montrose, IA – Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones joined the department in 1978. At that time, the Lee County Jail did not even exist.
"When I was first hired, there was a 24-hour holding facility at the old Sheriff's office in Fort Madison," said Jones. "It was a big bull-pen with a drunk tank which consisted of four sides of round steel bars."