Following the recommendation of Business Manager Craig Mobley, the Knoxville School Board voted to move banking practices from Wells Fargo to Iowa State Savings Bank Monday night. In August 2011, the district agreed to have services, including payroll, done at Wells Fargo. In the years since, the representative who worked with Knoxville Schools has left the company, according to Mobley. “I went for a long period of time not knowing who is working with Knoxville Schools,” Mobley said. In response, he scheduled a meeting with bank official Steve Agan and another Wells Fargo representative to air his concerns. Mobley said he expected a response and did not receive one.“I got a hold of Steve and told him I couldn't do this anymore,” Mobley said. “My recommendation would be to terminate this agreement.” Board Vice President Mike Helle asked if Iowa State Savings Bank offered the same services as Wells Fargo. Mobley said yes. He admitted that the process he followed, to enact the current agreement with Wells Fargo, could have been better.“I don't think it was a perfect process,” Mobley said. Mobley has talked with ISSB Vice President Bob Wims, who gave indication that the bank can meet the school district's needs. Board President Leslie Miller is employed at ISSB. She did not participate in this discussion and she abstained from the vote to approve the move to ISSB. The change is effective Oct. 1. Other school board notes: • Board member Tim McDonald was absent.• Accepted the resignations of Tiffany Johnston, assistant varsity volleyball coach; Nancy Johansen, one-on-one associate at KHS; Alexa Bruce, art teacher and associate at West.• Approved the coaching assignment for Travis Loscher, assistant varsity baseball.• Approved teaching contracts for Whitney Plein, high school science teacher; Tracy DeWitt, high school language arts and David Sappenfield, GOAL high school math. • Approved Class of 2013 graduates, pending completion of requirements.• Approved contracts for certified staff.• Set school fees for 2013-14. According to Mobley, the only changes are in meal prices and milk costs will increase from 45-50 cents. • The board held a contract negotiations strategy session following the regular meeting.• The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.
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Work on Robinson Monday morning
Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.
Team Addie benefit Aug 2
Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville.
Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision
The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison.
Nearwood Winery earns a bronze
Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.
Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look
A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center.
Three charged with forgery
Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills.
Loebsck rep to hold office hours
Congressman Dave Loebsack's district representative will be at the Marion County Courthouse in Knoxville on Thursday, July 17, from 2-3 p.m.
New office making progress
Progress continues on the new City Manager's office inside Knoxville City Hall.
Brick crew will be here "until the work is done"
The bricks for the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project remained a concern during Tuesday morning's streetscape meeting. Following a walk-through, during which every aspect of the masonry done thus far was reviewed and critiqued, the City of Knoxville was promised that workers will continue working on the project until the work is done.
Brown concert Friday night
Jason Brown is scheduled to perform Friday night, July 18, at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Knoxville High School Music Department.
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