THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD OFFICIALLY REMOVED SOME LOCATIONS FROM CONSIDERATION AS A SITE FOR A NEW NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
THEY ALSO KEPT ALIVE A SITE THAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE OFF THE TABLE.
THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 5-2 TO KEEP LEIF ERICKSON PARK AS A POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR BRYANT SCHOOL....DESPITE THE CITY COUNCIL VOTING RECENTLY TO DENY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USE OF THE PARK FOR A SCHOOL.
BOARD PRESIDENT DOUG BATCHELLER VOTED WITH THE MAJORITY:
THE BOARD ALSO VOTED 4-3 TO KEEP THE SUNKEN GARDENS AREA AS A POSSIBLE SITE FOR A SCHOOL....MAINLY AS A FALLBACK OPTION.
THREE COMMUNITY MEMBERS SPOKE AGAINST USING SUNKEN GARDENS, INCLUDING BRUCE MEYER, WHOSE HOME AND STUDIO IS IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD:
THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO REMOVE PROPERTY AT INDIAN HILLS DRIVE AND THE AREA SOUTH OF THE EXISTING BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON JONES STREET AS POSSIBLE SITES FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR BRYANT SCHOOL.
THE BOARD ALSO VOTED 4-3 TO REMOVE THE CURRENT BRYANT SITE AS A PLACE TO REBUILD THE SCHOOL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED IN 1890.
THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO SELL THE INDIAN HILLS PROPERTY TO REAL ESTATE EQUITIES HOMES OF SIOUX CITY FOR 135-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Beef Products Incorporated has suspended operations at three of their four plants where they manufacture lean finely textured beef.
Company co-owner Regina Roth says BPI is continuing operations at its South Sioux City plant but suspending operations completely at Waterloo, and plants in Amarillo, Texas and Garden City Kansas.
The South Sioux plant is operating with reduced shifts and 32 to 36 hour work weeks. Roth says the plant suspensions come amid a public outcry over concerns about the use of ammonia in processing its beef product.
hat process has been safely used for at least 20 years but recently became a target of activists seeking to have it banned from supermarkets and school lunches.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to allow school districts to stop using it. Some retail grocery chains have pulled products containing it.
The South Sioux plant is the largest BPI facility, employing around 450 people. Roth says the plant shutdowns will affect many other businesses and suppliers:
Roth says employees at the suspended plants will continue to be paid for the next 60 days.