Malcolm T. Hunt

Malcolm T. Hunt, 94, of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Ft. Dodge, with the Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Barnum, IA.

The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ft. Dodge.  Memorials may be directed to Trinity Hospice, Elderbridge or to Calvary Missions.

Gunderson Funeral Home in Ft. Dodge is in charge of the services for 94 year old Malcolm T. Hunt of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan.

A complete obituary is available online at

High School Basketball Scores From January 18th

basketballThe Sheldon Orab girls basketball team dropped a 62-57 overtime decision to Okoboji in Siouxland Conference play Friday night.  In the boys game at the O-rena, Sheldon thumped Okoboji 73-29.  In other action from around the KIWA listening area…………..


Okoboji 62, Sheldon 57 OT

Rock Valley 50, George-Little Rock 43

MOC-Floyd Valley 59, Sibley-Ocheyedan 20

Sioux Center 48, Boyden-Hull 27

Central Lyon 79, West Lyon 29

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 53, West Sioux 40

Unity Christian 48, Gehlen 36

South O’Brien 39, Akron-Westfield 15

Western Christian 75, Cherokee 35



Sheldon 73, Okoboji 29

Rock Valley 76, George-Little Rock 49

MOC-Floyd Valley 75, Sibley-Ocheyedan 31

Boyden-Hull 51, Sioux Center 49

West Lyon 50, Central Lyon 29

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 57, West Sioux 40

Gehlen 52, Unity Christian 41

South O’Brien 77, Akron-Westfield 30

Western Christian 76, Cherokee 35

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled On Proposed East Elementary Addition/Remodel

East ElementarySheldon’s KIDS (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to inform Sheldon Community School District voters on the details of the proposed addition and remodeling project that will be voted on in early February.

The meetings will begin with a 6:30 pm meeting Monday, January 21st at the Ashton Library.  Additional meetings will be held Thursday January 24th at 6:30 pm in the Archer Community Building, Monday January 28th at 7:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library, along with a pair of meetings on Saturday February 2nd, at 9:30 am in the Matlock Fire Hall, and at 10:30 am in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

At the Sheldon School Board meeting earlier this week, Superintendent Robin Spears gave the Board additional details on the proposed project.  He said that the project would include asbestos removal from the existing section of the facility, as well as a multi-purpose room/gymnasium that would act as the school’s tornado shelter, and would be constructed with reinforced pre-cast concrete.  He said the room, as well as it’s doors, would be able to withstand winds of at least 200 mph.  The project would also include a complete HVAC update for the entire building, as well as additional classroom space, an expansion of the Media Center, expanded space for the vocal music program, and accessible restrooms for students and adults.

As for building security at the remodeled facility, Spears says there will be a security camera network, and that the south door to the building would be unlocked only during the time that buses are unloading.  All other times of the day, access would be limited to the new main entrance, which will require a visitor to pass the school’s office, and would include a buzz-in system.  He also said that each classroom door would be able to be locked from the inside, to enhance security.

As you’ll recall, the subject of an addition to the elementary building came up several months ago to address concerns of inadequate space in the current facility.

Voters in the Sheldon Community School District, which includes the communities of Archer, Ashton, Matlock and Sheldon, will go to the polls to decide the fate of the proposal on Tuesday, February 5th, when the polls will be open from noon until 8:00 pm.  Spears says that patrons in the District will be receiving an informational mailing to help them understand the need for, and the scope of, the proposed project.

An architect’s drawing of the proposed facility is shown below.

East Architects Drawing

Sheldon School Board Receives Initial Union Contract Proposal For 2013/14 At Their January 16th Meeting

At their meeting Wednesday evening, the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education received the initial contract proposal for next school year from the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing Sheldon’s teachers.  The proposal calls for a 5.79% increase in salary and benefits over the current school year’s contract. The proposal, as submitted, would cost the District approximately $286,000 over the current year’s contract.

The Board heard a report on the January 9th meeting of the Sheldon School Safety Task Force.  High School Principal Matt Meendering told the Board that about 20 people attended the meeting, where they reviewed the District’s safety procedures.  He said the group recommended practice lock-downs in all three buildings, in conjunction with the Sheldon Police Department and Emergency Management Agency.  He said it was determined that in a scenario such as the one last month in Connecticut, the safest place for Sheldon Middle and High School students to be was locked down in the classrooms.  Meendering also told the Board that all the schools in the District, including St Patrick’s, Sheldon Christian and NCC have decided that in the event of an emergency that requires one of the schools to go on lock down, all others in town will follow suit.

In other action, the Board approved the purchase of two new school buses for the District.  The low bid for the buses, an 84 passenger model and a 28 passenger with wheelchair lift, was submitted by School Bus Sales, at a combined total cost of just over $78,000.

The Board also approved a pair of Open Enrollment Applications for two siblings who will be moving from the Sheldon District to the Sibley-Ocheyedan District due to a change in residence.

In other action, two District teachers submitted their resignations, effective June 30th of this year, and applied for the Licensed Employee Severance Benefit.  The two are High School Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach Claude Struve, who is retiring after 36 years with the Sheldon District, and Spanish Teacher and Spanish Club Advisor Julie Blythe, who will be retiring after 20 years of service.

The Board also set approved the School Calendar for the 2013/2014 school year.  The first day of school will be August 15, 2013, and the last scheduled day will be May 21, 2014, with Commencement scheduled for Sunday, May 25, 2014.

The Board set Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm as the time for their regular February meeting.  Normally monthly meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, but a scheduling conflict on that date in February caused the change of date and time.

The Sheldon School Board ended their meeting by adjourning into closed session for the purpose of planning strategy concerning the teacher’s contract for next school year.

High School Basketball Scores From January 15th

There were several girl/boy doubleheader basketball match-ups around the KIWA listening area Tuesday evening.


Girls Scores:

George-Little Rock 56, Sheldon 53

MOC-Floyd Valley 67, Boyden-Hull 11

Central Lyon 64, Sioux Center 62

Okoboji 57, West Lyon 21

Rock Valley 45, Sibley-Ocheyedan 35

Unity Christian 68, Trinity Christian 20

Western Christian 85, Storm Lake 22


Boys Scores:

Sheldon 66, George-Little Rock 50

MOC-Floyd Valley 70, BH 65   OT

Sioux Center 56, Central Lyon 49

West Lyon 58, Okoboji 33

Rock Valley 69, Sibley-Ocheyedan 39

Trinity Christian 65, Unity Christian 64

Western Christian 63, Storm Lake 38

Sheldon School Board Meets January 16th

The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will meet in both special session and regular session Wednesday evening.  The special session is scheduled for 5:30 pm, and is for the expressed purpose of receiving the Sheldon Education Association’s Initial Collective Bargaining Proposal.  The Sheldon Education Association is the name of the District’s teacher’s union.

At 6:00 pm Wednesday, the Board will open their Regular Monthly Meeting for January.  On the agenda for the meeting will be a presentation from students of the high school on the continuation of Rachel’s Challenge.  They’ll discuss what projects they have in mind, and what their goal is for the future.

In other business, the Board will review policies, have the second reading of the 2013-14 Registration Booklet, address a pair of open enrollment applications, adopt the 2013-14 School Calendar, consider the purchase of a school bus or buses, and set a date for the February Board Meeting.  Normally the Board meets the second Wednesday of each month, however in February that date conflicts with the Iowa Superintendent’s Finance and Leadership Consortium meeting, which Superintendent Robin Spears will be attending.

The Board will end the evening with a closed session to conduct a strategy meeting concerning negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement.

Wednesday evening’s Special Session begins at 5:30, with the Regular Monthly Meeting scheduled for 6:00.  Both will be held in the Sheldon Community High School Library.