Homers -- What's going right

TOP PRINCIPAL: Congrats to Gary Hatfield, the principal at Taft Middle School in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Last week, he was named 2014 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. Hatfield, in his sixth year at Taft, was cited for his student-centered approach that meets the needs of top students as well as those who need extra help.


COURT FILES ONLINE: Iowa is on track to become the first state to have all of its court cases filed electronically. Linn County became the latest “paperless” county last week. There are 51 counties online so far, and all 99 are expected to be online by sometime in 2015. Should make public access easier.


FIRE STATION KUDOS: Cedar Rapids’ impressive new central fire station earned the LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. That requires meeting standards in efficient use of energy, lighting, water and materials, as well as other “sustainable strategies.”


LEGAL AID ASSIST: The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that retired lawyers and lawyers in other states can provide free volunteer services to Legal Aid organizations, which serve low-income people. Why was this change so long in coming? It should help Legal Aid handle its always-heavy caseload. Law students, under supervision, also will be able to handle more cases.

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