https://www.redoakexpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Red Oak board talks staffing cuts https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-board-talks-staffing-cuts <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_school_board_.jpg" alt="It was standing room only at the Jan. 14 Red Oak Board of Education meeting as staffing and budget reductions were discussed. Board members will vote on the reductions at the Jan. 28 meeting." title="It was standing room only at the Jan. 14 Red Oak Board of Education meeting as staffing and budget reductions were discussed. Board members will vote on the reductions at the Jan. 28 meeting." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nick Johansen</p> <p> The Red Oak Express</p> <p> More than 50 citizens attended the Monday, Jan. 14, Red Oak Board of Education meeting about staffing and budget reductions.</p> <p> Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger explained cuts were necessary in order to prevent the district from spending beyond its authorized spending limit, which is authorized by the Iowa Department of Education.</p> Red Oak Shopko to remain open https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-shopko-remain-open <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shopko.jpg" alt="The Red Oak Shopko store was not included in a list of store closures following the corporations announcement of bankrupcy and reorganization Jan. 16. Tess Nelson/Red Oak Express " title="The Red Oak Shopko store was not included in a list of store closures following the corporations announcement of bankrupcy and reorganization Jan. 16. Tess Nelson/Red Oak Express " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Shopkos in Red Oak and Glenwood have been spared closure following the announcment Wednesday, Jan. 16, the organization filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankrupcy Code.</p> <p> The Shopko in Clarinda, however, was not as fortunate and is slated for closure April 15</p> School construction making strides https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/school-construction-making-strides <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/school_construction.jpg" alt="The new Red Oak Activities Center under construction a couple days before several inches of snow fell in the area, which himders the work that can be completed at all work sites. (Tess Nelson/Red Oak Express) " title="The new Red Oak Activities Center under construction a couple days before several inches of snow fell in the area, which himders the work that can be completed at all work sites. (Tess Nelson/Red Oak Express) " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Work is progressing well on the two building renovations currently underway in the Red Oak School District.</p> <p> Red Oak superintendent Tom Messinger said that at the Inman Primary School site there have been great strides made in the project.</p> <p> &ldquo;The sprinkler system has been nearly finished. They are completing the work of getting the system completely sealed up and charged. Once that is done, they will be working through the fire marshal to get it inspected and approved,&rdquo; Messinger said.</p> Staley sentenced to 78 months https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/staley-sentenced-78-months <p> In October 2017, the Red Oak Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation became aware of firearms violations involving Kevin Devin Duane Staley Red Oak.</p> <p> On May 30, agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation obtained a federal arrest warrant for Staley. He was charged with the following: count 1; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime: count 2; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.</p> <p> On Sept. 5, 2018, Staley entered a guilty plea to count two of the federal indictment.</p> Shopko files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/shopko-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy <p> Shopko&rsquo;s Clarinda location is among those that will be closed this year following the announcement that the company was filing for bankruptcy. As of now, the Shopko locations in Red Oak and Glenwood are not slated for closure.</p> <p> Shopko&rsquo;s corporate headquarters announced on Wednesday that it, along with its subsidiaries, has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.</p> We’re going on a bear hunt https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/we%E2%80%99re-going-bear-hunt <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/storytime_.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Red Oak Public Library&rsquo;s Children&rsquo;s Librarian, Wanda Olson, shows &ldquo;We&rsquo;re Going On A Bear Hunt&rdquo; during storytime Jan. 11. Several books were also read. Storytimes are held at 10:15 a.m. Fridays. The Jan. 18 storytime will be about hugs and the Jan. 25 story time on snow. Tess Nelson/The Red Oak Express</p> Women's March date change https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/womens-march-date-change <p> The planned Women&#39;s March in Red Oak, scheduled for Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., has been rescheduled. Event organizers say the change in date is due to the projected bitter cold temperatures.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tower negotiations continue https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/tower-negotiations-continue <p> Nick Johansen</p> <p> The Red Oak Express</p> <p> The Montgomery County Emergency Management Commission is continuing negotiations for a lease agreement with Hawkeye Communications/KCSI for a rental fee on KCSI&rsquo;s tower.</p> <p> Discussions on the rental fee began at the EMA Commission meeting Dec. 20. At that meeting, EMA coordinator Brian Hamman outlined the details of the rental agreement. A contract was drafted in 2016, for a payment of $500 a month for the year of 2016, for housing one of the county&rsquo;s emergency communication towers.</p>