HONORED | Dan Cobb, president of the Bank of Odessa, received the lifetime achievement award at the Chamber of Commerce recognition banquet Tuesday. He is pictured with Mary Bertram, Chamber president.
Races develop as filings close for April 4
Races for three local boards developed last week, as candidates filed before Tuesday's deadline to appear on the April 4 ballot.
Both the Odessa R-7 and Wellington-Napoleon R-9 school districts will hold elections this year, as more candidates filed than there are positions to be filled. A race for alderman also developed in Odessa's first ward.
Several other boards will return voters a slate of incumbents or not hold elections at all as they roll forward with only the same applicants. Read more in The Odessan.
R-7 Schools Foundation to hold Hall of Fame gala
Odessa R-7 Foundation will induct four people and organizations into its Hall of Fame this year.
The gala, held Saturday, April 1, will be themed "Investing in Our Future" to recognize the accomplishments of the honorees in finance and business. Read more in The Odessan.
W-N Board continues discussion on
energy audit, building improvements
OPTIONS | Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education members continue to consider a proposal for energy and structural improvements to the school building.
Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education heard a second presentation from Schneider Electric on its energy audit of the school at its January 11 meeting, but many board members expressed concerns after representatives left the room.
Jack Caywood and Drew Sebelius of Schneider Electric presented the findings of their review of the school building, suggesting an automation system, changing light fixtures to use LED bulbs rather than fluorescent, creating a "building envelope," decreasing the volume of water used in the plumbing and IT upgrades as well as non-energy items including roofing and drainage repairs.
While doing the roofing and drainage repairs would not contribute to the district's savings through the proposed program, Sebelius said, it would provide the district with one contract, with Schneider Electric, to oversee the improvements. Read more in The Odessan.
2017-18 R-7 calendar approved
Odessa R-7 Board of Education approved the school district's 2017-18 calendar at its meeting January 10, readying the district for the year ahead.
The largest change in the calendar is that school will begin on Wednesday, August 16, rather than on a Tuesday, Robert Brinkley, superintendent, said.
Brinkley said the change is meant to make the first week of school shorter, as a four-day week is difficult for younger students. Read more in The Odessan.