W-G School Board kicks off FY18 with July meeting

Clint Cole - Editor

The start of the new fiscal year is taking place for the many government entities around Dallas County throughout the month of July and the Woodward-Granger School Board got fiscal year 2018 started with its July meeting on Tuesday at Woodward-Granger Elementary School in Granger.

Here are a few things you missed if you weren’t at the meeting.

School Board Elections process

Two seats on the Woodward-Granger School Board are up for re-election this year and the window for potential candidates to file paperwork to be on the ballot this September is coming up.

District 2 and District 4 are the seats that will be up for election this year and candidates have until Aug. 3 to file paperwork and submit their petition with 36 signatures (1 percent of the registered voters in the school district on May 1, 2017) to School Board Secretary, Missy Lantz.

“That doesn’t mean they can’t still win the school board election if they’re not on the ballot,” said Woodward-Granger Superintendent, Brad Anderson. “There’s write-in candidacies and otherwise to be on there.”

Anderson said he recommends that those seeking to be on the ballot get more than the required 36 signatures.

“I always tell people, get more than that in case the County decides to ever throw any out, you don’t want to be short changed,” Anderson said.

According to Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate’s website, the paperwork filed in school district offices will be delivered to the County Auditors on Aug. 4 and the last day for candidates to withdraw, via written request to the school secretary, as well as to file an objection to nomination papers is Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.

The school board election will take place on Sept. 12 throughout the State of Iowa.

Woodward in talks with Verizon for tower at football field

Anderson said that he had been contacted by Woodward Mayor, Brian Devick, about the possibility of Verizon building a cell phone tower at the Woodward-Granger High School Football Stadium. The tower would replace one of their light poles, but still contain the light fixture for use on game nights.

If that were to happen, Verizon would pay a monthly fee to the Woodward-Granger School District. A specific fee was not discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.

“It’s an opportunity, it would, I don’t want to say disguise the tower, but it would make it a part of the community, be right in the center,” Anderson said. “It would be an opportunity for Verizon to get in there.”

Anderson said that Verizon was supposed to get back to Devick to discuss the plans, but that hasn’t happened yet.

It was asked whether or not WiFi at the stadium would be a part of the deal, and Anderson said that would be a part of the discussion.