Tuesday, January 24, 2012
News about Ames from around the Web
Alexander Recording Kompany was featured in a KCCI video. The recording studio and performance space is beneath Rieman Music on Main Street. The Iowa State Daily has published an interesting series on development within the Campustown Area around Welch Avenue. Ames City Councilman and ISU Professor Peter Orazem said the area has declined since the 1980s. Read more here. The Ames Tribune reported that the Ames Community School Board voted 6-0 Monday to approve bond referendum language that said Fellows Elementary would be built on site if the $55 million bond passes despite objections from some parents. Read more when their afternoon edition is published. Or check the Amestrib.com for more.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Committee officially recommended to rebuild Fellows Elementary School at Fellows site and suggested selling Ames Community School District land on G.W. Carver Ave.
The Ames Community Facilities Committee recommended Monday that the Ames School Board stick to the building plan board members approved in November but also suggested selling the GW Carver Avenue plot in Somerset rather than save it for a school. Board members accepted the recommendation but made no decisions on whether to follow that advice. A sub committee of the school board will meet at noon today at the school district office on Stanton Ave. to discuss use of the local option sales tax, a possible general obligation bond to rebuild and renovate the district's five operating elementary schools and school boundary changes. The board is under pressure to develop referendum language for a five-school plan soon so that a committee can …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ames Community Facilities Committee plans to recommend to rebuild Fellows Elementary on its current location and urge district to sell Somerset school site at GW Carver Avenue.
A committee vetting the Ames Community School Board's long range building plan decided Thursday to recommend that the district rebuild Fellows Elementary School at its current site and strongly encourage the sale of the district's GW Carver Avenue property in Somerset. The Community Facilities Committee's formal recommendation will be made during the school board meeting Monday. The only major recommended change is to sell the GW Carver land that's been marked as a school in the Somerset development since the late 1990s. This recommendation remains a draft until Friday morning. Facilities committee chairman Duane Reeves said Thursday that any suggested changes needed to be sent to him by 9 a.m. Friday, before the official recommendation is…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Community Facilities Committee members have said 40 homes or more could be built on the 11 acres designated as a school in the Ames Somerset neighborhood.
As part of a review of which Ames school buildings should be replaced or renovated, a community commitee is evaluating a decision by Ames school board members to rebuild Fellows Elementary on its existing site rather than along G.W. Carver Avenue in the Somerset development. The decision was part of a draft long-range faciities plan, which the community facilities committee is vetting before making any recommended revisions to the board on Jan. 16. The district hopes to bring a bond referendum for five elementary schools to voters in April. “Personally, I walked in thinking Carver would be a great site,” said community facilities committee meeting chairman Duane Reeves during a meeting Wednesday. Reeves, who works in accounting at Iowa …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The board approved a draft plan Monday and said that it could be changed.
A new Fellows Elementary School would be built on its current location according to a plan approved Monday by the Ames school board on a 6 to 1 vote. The school board has been considering whether to build a new school on the same site or build on land owned by the school district on George Washington Carver Avenue. Board member Lucas Deardorff, who voted against the measure, said when looking at the plan objectively, placing the school at the Carver location would be better because the current Fellows location is too close to Meeker Elementary and because the 45-year-old building could be used as a swing space while other schools in the district are under construction. The plan approved by the board calls for replacing three elementary …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Fellows repairs would prevent future mold growth. Ames School board members also discussed goals and reviewed a November 2010 property report.
The Ames Community School District Board reviewed a report on all district school buildings, briefly discussed board goals and approved $117,000 worth of improvements to Fellows Elementary School in a meeting Monday. Gerry Peters, director of facilities planning and management, presented the November 2010 State of the District Properties Report, which is available online. He also explained that needed repairs to Fellows Elementary School would take several years to complete because students can't be in the building during renovations. Repairs could be completed in about 18 months, if they could move all students to another building, he said. Meeker Elementary had considerable problems as well. Both of those schools would have been replaced…
Friday, September 16, 2011
Mold abatement project began at Fellows Elementary School.
Ames Community Schools may come up with a new plan to update, repair and even renovate new buildings in the district, but the school district is still working to maintain the buildings in the meantime. School staff began a major mold abatement this week at Fellows Elementary School, one of the buildings that would have been replaced by a new school had voters approved the $65 million bond referendum. School board member Dan Woodin said the mold removal is a two part process. Employees are working to repair construction issues that have led to a moisture intrusion and they are also using products to eradicate the mold in the building. Gerry Peters, Ames Community Schools director of facilities planning and management, told board members …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Five things happening in Ames today and some other things you might want to know.
1) Art A reception for "Relationships: Interstitial Connections" begins at 4:30p.m. at the Brunnier Art Museum. Integrated Studio Arts will celebrate the exhibit's opening and a program begins at 5:15 p.m. 2) CyRide CyRide's Board of Trustees will hold a public input session 6:30 p.m. today in Ames City Council Chambers, 515 Clark Ave. on different ways the service can save money to make up for a $250,000 increase in fuel prices. 3) PTO Meeker Elementary School's PTO meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. 4) Pictures Brush that smile, it's picture day at Fellows Elementary School. 5) Scream for Ice Cream Edwards Elementary School's Welcome Back Ice Cream Social is today.
Monday, August 29, 2011
The Ames Tribune reported that mold has been discovered in portable units, making them unusable.
Some Ames elementary school students will be singing in gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms this week. Mold discovered in portable units at Meeker and Fellows elementary schools has caused a relocation of the vocal music program, according to an article in the Ames Tribune. The Ames Community School District installed the units in late July because of unusually large kindergarten classes, as AmesPatch reported previously. The district hoped to resolve the issue later this week, the Tribune said.