Gates to Close at NM Schools

North Mahaska School Board made a reluctant decision that will affect students, faculty and community members when they met and n regular session Monday. Gates at both ends of the school campus will be locked beginning Sept. 29 at 11 p.m..

New Sharon Police, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, and school officials have dealt with vandalism and mischief on the school grounds, especially in the north parking lot of the junior- senior high school.

Principal Doug Ray said the new lights and cameras have allowed law enforcement to file charges at times, but even though off limits after 11 p.m., the city curfew, there continues to be traffic and young people gathering in the parking lot.

“ The question I’ll be asked is, ‘where do we go then?’ so what do I tell tell them,” asked Ray.

Read the full story in the September 28 edition.