New superintendent, first ever county STEM Festival highlight first three months of 2019

Alyse Hunter of Chariton (third from left) holds the Main Street Iowa 2019 Leadership Award with Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Executive Director Katie Wilson and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham.

The first three months of 2019 included a number of important new appointments, events and awards. Kyle Curtis was appointed as a new member to the Chariton School Board in early January to fill a vacancy and a contract for new Chariton Schools Superintendent Larry Achenbach was approved in late January.

The first ever Lucas County STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Festival was held at the Chariton Community Center March 28 and at this event students were able to learn about a wide variety of careers pertaining to STEM.

Big awards were presented in March as Alyse Hunter of Chariton was presented with the Main Street Iowa 2019 Leadership Award and Joe Sellers of Chariton received an Exceptional Service award from Wallaces Farmer magazine and the Iowa Master Farmer Association.

Also in March, Lucas County Health Center’s Medical Clinic was selected as Iowa’s Exemplar Practice for Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN). Lucas County Health Center nurses Deb Black and Jessica Goben were named to the Iowa Nurses Foundation’s “100 Great Iowa Nurses.”

A new snow removal ordinance was passed for the City of Chariton during the first three months and a new timeline for the hiring of a new Chariton City Manager was made out as well. The Chariton City Council also approved a $25,000 donation to the City of Chariton to be used towards the restoration of the Palmer building at 116 N. Grand.

Read the December 26, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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