The South Central Regional Airport Agency held their quarterly meeting last week, and Mahaska County representative Joe Warrick rejoined the board, a move set in motion by Mahaska County Supervisors Chair Henry ‘Willie’ Van Weelden. When asked why the Mahaska County representative was rejoining the board, Van Weelden said a recent court ruling was very clear that he probably shouldn’t have even been taken off of that board to begin with. Van Weelden stated that Warrick was removed by then Mahaska County Board Chairman Mark Doland, a move that the SCRAA board never voted on.
The Pella School District will offer bus service for pre-school in the coming school year. The board approved a $130 annual fee for families using the pre-school bus service. Superintendent Greg Ebeling says one of the biggest barriers for parents of young students was the half-day schedule the preschool program offers, as transporting a child from school to daycare was difficult for parents who work out of town or couldn’t make their schedules match in the middle of the day. Additionally, preschool students are now allowed to use the bus to get to and from home or daycare in the morning and afternoon.