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Harlan will appear 10:30 a.m. shets at Harlan SCenes contribu- ]cene fea- be used. t and nounced page Harlanl Avoca. to Street St. Michael's crowns spelling bee champs ?'"::""i '::-(iiiiiiiii:''iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil iilili::!ii:::ii; i!iiii!iiiiiiiii!!;;iiiiiiii il iii Progressive Danes prepare for comedy Atlo1 Okbln31 /ttlant;:te,ra, 5002, FFA captures district title Co, weekender NEWS ADVERTISER Harlan "We care about our community -- Holder of 154 state and national newspaper awards" ESTABLISHED IN 1870 WINNER OF 154 AWARDS SINCE 1940 1114 7th St., Harlan, Iowa 51537 REACHING 5,400 HOMES TWICE A WEEK Our 120th Year (712) 755-3111 U.S.P.S. #235 520 SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID at HARLAN, Iowa OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF SHELBY CO & HARLAN 120th Year, #12 Open enrollment begins education era By Terry O'Connor News Editor A new era of open enrollment has dawned for Iowa high schools. Iowa joins Minnesota as states ex- panding the freedom parents and stu- dents have in choosing which public school to attend. Nebraska is also seriously considering open enroll- ment. In Minnesota, which passed open enrollment a year ago, just 1,000 of the 500,000 elementary and sec- ondary students are expected to transfer next year. Misleading Figures That figure is misleading, says Or- land Wiemers, former Manilla school superintendent now superintendent in Walnut Grove, Minn. Wiemers, a Spencer, Iowa, native who spent five years in Manilla before moving to Minnesota in 1984, said there has been a lot of misinformation by Iowa legislators regarding Min- nesota's open enrollment progress. "We really haven't gotten into open enrollment yet," Wiemers said. The full Minnesota proposal goes into effect in 1990-91. It affects schools with 1,000 students or more in 1989-90. "Only gchools that have voluntarily adopted open enrollment are using it now," Wiemers said. The trauma of attending a new school, making new living arrange- ments and fitting in a new commu- nity still presents a very daunting situation, educators say. 'Little Effect' Questions regarding the Iowa plan still remain but area administrators voiced little fear that the measure would lead to serious student erosion due to mass migration to other schools. "I don't believe it's going to affect either district," said Rod Montang, school superintendent for both AvoHa and Shelby-Tennant. "On the positive side, we might draw kids from Harlan and Tri-Center. There is the possibility they may want to come here to participate in some pro- grams they might not have a chance to (participate) in their current schools." The new law eliminates restrictions on which school district students can attend and scraps tuition penalties for transfer students. "We'll more than likely lose some students on the southern part of our district," said Dave Sextro, school superintendent for Irwin-Kirkman- Manilla. "But we'll pick some other students up." Transfer Requirements Students who want to switch must notify their current school next fall and would begin attending classes in the new districts the following year. There is a 5-percent limit of school population that can transfer the first year, but after that there are no limits. If the 5-percent limit is reached dur- ing the first year, school officials will make the decision on which students may transfer out. Dr. Roy Baker, HarlanCommunity schools superintendent, said schools now have to be more responsive than ever to the needs of the people they serve. "Traditionally, critics of schools say we live in ivory towers and do not operate like a business," Dr. Baker said. "Now we'll have to op- erate like a business more than we ever have before." And part of a school's business will be to maintain present enrollment levels, possibly by recruiting. Schools will need to put together brochures and outlines of the pro- grams they offer, said Dr. Baker, because people will begin to shop for an education center. IKM to Be 'Aggressive' "We will have information put to- gether for people who request it," he said. "I would stop short of sending it out unsolicited. I think people would resent that now." "We will be very aggressive," said Sextro. "Our test scores speak for themselves and our student-teacher ration is excellent. I don't know ex- actly what aggressive measures will mean right now, but we will be ag- gressive." 'Recruiting students is expected to become more common, particularly among larger schools. Athletes, al- ready the subject of some recruit- ment, must sit out a year after a transfer but can practice with their new teams during that time. If the sport was not offered at an athlete's former school, that restriction would not apply. Seventh- and eighth-grade students do not have to sit out. "It will not be our strategy to actu- ally go door to door looking for new students," said Dr. Baker. "But we're entering a new era in education and we will be doing some things in TERRY.(YCONNOR / tltdla Nelp=pen Harlan students study hometown news West Ridge fourth-grade students in Mrs. Chrlstlansen's class studied the Harlan News-Advertiser last week as part of "Newspapers in the Schools Week" activities. The Des Moines Register and USA Today will also be studied. The way community, state and national news coverage is handled by the various papers is brought into perspective during this study. The West Ridge fourth-graders listened to a short speech by Terry O'Connor, Harlan news editor, on Friday, March 17, and submitted questions afterwards. ,.i > i iii!i  jl i!  ilill iiiii! iii !  iii  i ..... .....  :::: i : ...... ! i ,....,.o, be o.. .o oC,,,o,y )door to door looktng for ew students, ut we e entering a new era In educa, t!on and we wtll b doing some thtngs tn different way, i II l J HIll I I I III a different way." Annual Review Montang said his schools would not change the way they do business. "We'll stand on our own merits," he said. Students won't be able to hop around to different schools as is done by some college students. A four- year commitment to the new school is required unless the student moves or graduation intervenes. Transfers can be rejected by schools that run out of space. But those schools must adopt a formal policy defining their requirements as to classroom space. The bill will be reviewed annually by state education officials to deter- mine its impact. The real benefit may come from increased interaction with people who don't have children at- tending grades kindergarten through senior high. "Lifelong learning is upon us," Dr. Baker said. "Adults in the commu- nity have needs, too. They need to re-educate and retool. Iowa Western Community College does some of that, but there is a need to do more." ISU plan to find ',:t, tting edge' Shelby County hopes to find the cutting edge to carve out a more prosperous future. The tool for this lofty goal is the Iowa State University strategic plan- ning program, which held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at Myrtue Memorial Hospital. An esti- mated 86 people attended the first meeting in the Auble Conference Center. Carving a financial niche requires self assessment, said Dr. Charles Gratto, extension economist and AN ESTIMATED 86 people attended the first strategic planning session in Shelby County last Tuesday. The next meeting is April 17. program coordinator. "We can't do this for you," Dr. Gratto said. "It's important for a community to create a strategic plan- ning document on its own." Representatives from Defiance, Westphalia, Elk Horn, Harlan, Panama, Fiscus and Irwin were in attendance. An overall view of the process was given and volunteers from the various communities of- fered to mtum to the next meeting on Monday. April 17, with answers to questions regarding assets available for planning. "There's nothing mysterious about strategic planning," Dr. Gratto said. "It should be very clear to everyone and our procedure will be brisk. We'll move pretty fast." The first step involves answering a series of 23 multiple questions. Eco- nomic development information, land use and zoning plans, available in- dustrial sites and their current status, labor force analysis, financial health, and questions about available promotional materials were among the needed information. The ISU strategic planning process will be done in seven meetings with a retreat scheduled for July 19-20.