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Kiowa City Council holds special meeting for two items

'Retro Bill', D.A.R.E. Safety and Self-Esteem Buddy, to speak in Kiowa Nov. 27


November 7, 2018

The Kiowa City Council held a special morning meeting on Nov. 1 that lasted nearly 40 minutes. Two items were on the agenda.

One item regarded the D.A.R.E. program the KPD is restarting in South Barber School USD 255. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is an education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior.

Due to a cooperative effort of City Administrator Lou Leone and Police Chief Nate Houston, the council approved hiring D.A.R.E. speaker known as “Retro Bill.” He is known as “the official D.A.R.E. safety and self-esteem buddy.”

Leone confirmed the council approved the $4,500 to $5,000 cost to pay for the speaker.

Retro Bill will speak in Kiowa Nov. 27 in three locations – to the elementary kids and to the high school students during the day. Then the public is invited to hear him speak in the evening at 7 at the high school. City Administrator Lou Leone invites all interested area people to attend.

Retro Bill is currently one of the most in-demand kindergarten through 12th grade motivational speakers in North America. His tour schedule keeps him on the road providing anti-bullying, character-based, career planning, peace building, conflict resolution and good citizenship oriented programs for all ages about 300 days a year. His school programs “connect with, inspire, inform and empower” elementary, middle and high school students on a variety of themes and topics affecting today’s youth (including bullying; peer pressure; social media; gangs; and alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse).

Retro Bill is currently celebrating his 20th year as part of the D.A.R.E. Family. He has been a motivational speaker for 30 years. He has delivered presentations in all 50 U.S. states and throughout all of the provinces of Canada, and in the Caribbean Islands. CNN’s Larry King has called Retro Bill “a supercharged Mr. Rogers for the 21st Century.”

Bidding Process Extended

Leone said he reviewed the two bids submitted for the remodel/improvements for the city office. He asked the council to consider extending the bidding process. The issue will be addressed at the council's next regular meeting Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.


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