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David Andersen – Obituary

David Revell Andersen
April 2, 1937 – August 24, 2017

David Andersen, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 24, 2017. He was born April 2, 1937 in Pocatello, Idaho. He was the 3rd of 6 children born to Willard and Mamie Andersen. David attended grade school in Arbon and Pocatello. He graduated from Pocatello High in 1955.

David loved to work on the farm in Arbon. He could drive the team of horses from the age of 6-years-old. David was a hard and talented worker and could do just about anything he set his mind to doing.

David was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a great teacher and Bishop along with all the other callings he held. He was compassionate to everyone and loved by all.

David married Karen Mathews April 2, 1965 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple. They were married 52 years.

David is survived by: his wife, Karen; son, Troy (Linda) Andersen; grandsons, Sean and Cory all of Pocatello; daughter, Shana (Shane) Sandal; granddaughter, Megan; grandson, Logan all of Peachtree City, GA. He is also survived by: his sisters, Patsy (Ronald) Clark, Julia Dee (Kenneth) Starr and brother, Lynn (JoAnn) Andersen.
He was preceded in death by: son, Rocky Andersen; parents, Willard and Mamie Andersen; and brothers, Jack and Allen Ray Andersen.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Century Ward LDS Church at the corner of 4th & Fredregill. A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st at Wilks Funeral Home 211 W. Chubbuck Road and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment will follow services in the Arbon Valley Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at wilksfuneralhome.com.


Neil Dean Andersen – Celebration of Life

Neil Dean Andersen was born on September 10, 1994 to Ardean and Melissa and joined his brother Mark.  From the beginning Neil never took small steps.  Even before he could walk well, he broke his leg but that never slowed him down. He showed his tenacity to keep going and learned to move across the room even though he was in a body cast.

He always looked up to brother Mark and couldn’t wait to follow in his brother’s footsteps.  He learned to show steers while watching his brother and was anxious for his turn. He loved his brother deeply. His love of animals was ever present.  He watched hours of the Animal Planet channel.  He decided he wanted to buy miniature goats and then researched everything he could about them. He then raised and sold goats.  He went on to raise husky dogs, after hours of research of course.  He was an active member of FFA in high school and as in all things gave it his all.  He enjoyed working in the greenhouse.  He became interested in breeding and raising show steers and once again researched.  He was very successful and was so happy to get Grand Champion his senior year of high school.  Neil was in high demand to help fit steers for showing.

One of the highlights of his life was going to the Denver Stockman Show with Nathan Bushman.  Neil attended the University of Utah for two years following high school.  Again he was very active in the animal science program.

Neil was a rancher from a very young age.  He knew the cows! It didn’t matter which ranch he was working on, Neil knew the cows through and through.  Neil loved fishing.  Nothing made him happier than to have a fishing pole in his hand, unless it was to go hunting.  He loved hunting too.

Neil loved deeply! He was best friends with so many, too many to list.  The top of that list though would be his siblings Mark and Jennifer Andersen, Morgan Olson, Kirk Olson, and Makenzie Olson. Oh, the adventures they had!! Neil had a huge love for his niece, Payton and nephew, Eastyn.

Neil met the love of his life, Kyzer on FB through his sister Makenzie.  Kyzer soon taught Neil about trick riding.  Neil was so excited about traveling and helping Kyzer with his shows.  He was so proud of Kyzer! They became engaged and were looking forward to planning their life together. Their love was amazing to see!  Neil said recently, “Everything is perfect in my life!  Everything is falling into perfect place. I’ve never been happier!” He had such an amazingly contagious smile!  He was full of life and energy!

Neil left us suddenly on Tuesday, August 22 at the age of 22. His passing has left a huge hole in many lives. Neil is preceded in death by grandfather Dean (Pops) Andersen.  He is survived by fiance Kyzer Stoddard, parents Melissa and Greg Olson, Ardean and Marilyn Andersen, siblings Mark and Jennifer Andersen, Morgan Olson, Kirk Olson, Makenzie Olson, niece Payton Andersen, nephew Eastyn Andersen, grandparents LaRae (Mumzy) Andersen, Duane and Linda Whitworth, and aunts LaNell Andersen, Wendy (Troy) Ward as well as numerous cousins, friends, loved ones and his many animals that he loved so dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 AM Monday, August 28 at the Power County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena in American Falls. Interment will be in the Arbon Valley Cemetery.


Arbon Elementary #383 Strategic Plan 2017

Arbon Valley Strategic Plan

(Student Achievement and Classroom Instructional Goals)

Mission Statement: It is the mission of Arbon Elementary School District #383 to continue to educate all students to his or her highest potential and prepare and equip them with the necessary skills to excel at the next levels of education: junior high, senior high, and college.

Vision Statement: Two main areas of focus will allow Arbon Elementary to achieve its goals: student achievement and classroom instruction.

Strategic Plan: Develop and implement teaching strategies that align to common core standards and do so via the use of the most effective teaching strategies and technology available.

Data Analysis Required:

  • Demographics
    • Each and every student will be evaluated due to the relatively small size of School District #383 and lack of diversity among the students.
  • Student Achievement and growth
    • Academic will be based on Renaissance Star math and reading data
    • Keyboarding will be based on pre and post assessments
  • Graduation rates
    • Target of 100%
  • College and career readiness
    • Focus is on middle school/junior high readiness
      • Capable of efficiently utilizing digital media such as laptops, tablets, keyboarding, to access reliable information via the WEB

Clear and Measurable Targets Based On Student Outcomes:

  • 95% of students will perform at or above grade level based on Renaissance Star math and reading data
  • 100% of all students will graduate at or above grade level so they are ready for middle school
  • 100% of all students will be technologically ready for middle school

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • Grade equivalent performance, based on charts developed from the clear and measurable targets defined above which will be evaluated annually by the School Board
  • Keyboarding pre and post scores

Reviewed and Updated    08-15-2017


August Expenses 2017

August 2017 – EXPENSES
Robin Claunch – American Falls, ID (salary – 4,016.75)……………………………….…………………..………………….. $2,802.24
Debbie Curry – Arbon, ID (salary – 4,016.75 )………….…………………………………………………………………………….. 2,808.48
Cheri Evans – Arbon, ID (14.5 hrs @16.00 =$232.00) 214.26
Christie Evans – American Falls, ID (salary – $1,750.00) 1,357.29
Shancy Lusk – Arbon, ID (50 hrs @ $20.00= $1000.00) 923.5
State Tax Commission – Boise, ID (employee withholdings)…………………………………..……………………………. 546
Power County/EFPTS – Idaho Falls, ID (employee benefits & withholdings – federal 914.00 + soc. sec. 1,365.92 + medicare 319.44)…………..……. 2,599.36
Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho – Boise, ID (employee benefits & withholdings – 1,220.99 + 545.48)…………………………….… 1,766.47
Blue Cross of Idaho – Boise, ID (employee benefits & withholdings – July & Aug 2194.35 for Christie Evans)…………………………………………………….. 3,657.25
Aflac – Columbus, GA (employee withholdings)………………………………………………………………………………………. 121.94
NCPERS Idaho – Dallas, TX (employee benefits & withholdings)……………………………………………………………………. 32
Rise Broadband – Omaha, NE (internet/Robin)……………………………………………………………………………………………. 43.97
Dish Network – Atlanta, GA (satellite)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49.98
Citi Cards – Des Moines, IA (Building supplies)……………………………………………………………………………. 56.86
State Insurance Fund – Boise, ID (Teacher Benefits) 742
Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho – Boise, ID (Persi Portion for Christie Evans)…………………………….… 118.83
TOTAL……………………………………………………………………………………………………… $17,840.43
Idaho Power Company – Seattle, WA (utilities)…….……………………………………………………………………………… $273.45
Direct Communication – Rockland, ID (phone $53.13 Internet 138.90)…………………………………………………………………………………….. 192.03
Fitch Transportation – Arbon, ID (contract transportation)………………………………………………………………………… 2,166.66
IASBO – Hailey, ID ( 2017-2018 membership fees)……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 125
US Post Office – American Falls, ID ( 2 rolls of stamps) 98
Scholastic – Jefferson City, MO (Scholastic News & Science Spin – REAP) 71.39
TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………………. $2,926.53
TOTAL M & O……………………………………………………………………………………. $20,766.96

July 11th Minutes

ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING     July 11, 2017

The Arbon School Board met on July 11th at 7:00 p.m.   School board members, Jake Evans, Jason Williams, and Jessica Ward were present as were teachers, Debbie Curry, Robin Claunch and clerks Christie Evans & Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jessica and seconded by Jake to approve the June minutes. The bills were reviewed.  The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for July $23,422.12. The school received $2,217.00 from the State Department of Education, REAP funds $3,579.78 and $187.77 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $227,623.35 The Plant Facility received $40.36 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $56,728.85. There was a transfer of $2,079.00 into the Plant Facility from the M & O General fund for the bus depreciation.  The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve the financial statement.

Debbie Curry would like to contact someone from Courtesy Ford regarding perfect attendance program they offer to schools. Students with perfect attendance receive a bike as an award.  The school board discussed about having the kids choose a mascot for the elementary school.

The Annual business school board meeting was held. The following changes were made; Jake Evans – President, Jason Williams – Vice President. Motion was moved by Jessica and seconded by Jake. Clerk is now Christie Evans, moved by Jason and seconded by Jake.  Meeting Date and Place will remain the same, 2nd Tuesday at 7pm each month.  Posting places for school documents are post office and school.

2016-2017 Audit is approaching. Jake moved to still use Deaton & Company and it was seconded by Jason.

Security cameras have arrived and they just need to be installed. Two people have been contacted however they are extremely booked. The school board decided to wait it out. They would like the equipment installed correctly when they have plenty of time to install the cameras.

Removing of the carpet in the school is still in process.

The next meeting will be on August 15th 7pm due to fair the prior week. It was moved by Jessica to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Jake.  The meeting adjourned 8:00pm.

Approved: August 15th, 2017