An elementary teacher in the Pella Community School District is among a select group of teachers in the county participating in a nationally-renowned program. Bethany Tangen teaches science at Jefferson Intermediate School in Pella, and recently renewed her National Board Certification. The program is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Tangen says the certification process can take up to 2 years; she is one of just 37 Iowa teachers currently in the program.
The legal action brought by the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa against the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors will proceed; on Friday afternoon, a District Court Judge denied the Board of Supervisors’ motion to dismiss the case following a brief hearing on the matter. The cities filed the action against the Board of Supervisors in August to compel Mahaska County to rejoin the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa in planning, acquiring land and developing the proposed South Central Regional Airport. On Oct. 2nd, the attorney for the Board of Supervisors filed a motion to dismiss the case.