tamatoledonews.com (SPECIAL) - More than 750 county officials are in Des Moines this week for education, skills training and networking. The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) will be holding its 68th Spring School of Instruction March 23-24 at the Marriott and Renaissance Savery in downtown Des Moines.
"This year's spring school of instruction will feature presentations on eating locally produced foods, financial needs of county roads and effective ways to use public bidding to save taxpayer dollars. In addition, ISAC will host special guest Tarrant County Texas Judge B. Glen Whitley who is currently serving as President of the National Association of Counties. President Whitley will encourage ISAC members to become engaged in his "County Government Works Campaign" which is an initiative to help county officials do a better job of communicating with their constituents,” said Bill Peterson, ISAC Executive Director.
ISAC will award scholarships to eight outstanding high school students during ISAC's General Session on March 23. Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to: Sara Waid, South Hamilton High School in Hamilton County; Cody Alan Sacquitne, Decorah High School in Decorah County; Luke Peterson, PAC High School in Pocahontas County; Ciara McCarty, Corning Community High School in Adams County; Brandon Honeyman, Muscatine High School in Muscatine County; and Aaron Johnson, City High in Johnson County. Runner-up scholarships in the amount of $1,500 will also be awarded to the following six high school seniors: Justin Hagedorn, Carlisle High School in Polk County; Anna Kollasch, Bishop Garrigan High School in Kossuth County; Emilee Berry, OABCIG High School in Ida County; Dray Carl, Corning Community High School in Adams County; Molly Thomas, Centerville High School in Appanoose County; and Bess Fevold, West High School in Johnson County. Dillon Schmidt from West Lyon High School in Lyon County will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Iowa Counties Information Technology Organization. Stephanie Fisher from Clear Creek Amana High School in Johnson County will receive the past president’s scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Criteria used in judging the scholarships are scholastic achievement, financial need, participation in extracurricular/community activities, and overall character. Eligibility is limited to children of county officials or county employees. ISAC scholarships are funded through the ISAC Education Foundation. Also during ISAC’s General Session, county officials will review and approve the association’s budget for fiscal year 2012.
Peterson continued, “Altogether, this could be one of the most informational programs we have ever produced."
The Iowa State Association of Counties is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials from the 99 counties in Iowa. ISAC’s mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa.