Senator Nonini Facilitates Contribution to STEM Academy

Senator Nonini’s assistance was pivotal in getting the STEM Charter Academy started. He introduced Dr. Finman to Chief Allen to facilitate the donation for this wonderful program.

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A Letter from the Idaho Association of School Administrators


A Student’s Letter to Senator Nonini

Senator Nonini received this email from a student that he assisted with a letter of recommendation. With Deeban’s permission, we are posting it.

April 2, 2014

Dear Senator Bob Nonini,

I am Deeban Ramalingam, a senior at Centennial High School, writing this note to you. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind Letter of Recommendation that has helped me get into the Universities of my dream.The admission results of all the U.S. Universities that I have applied to in the field of Engineering have already been announced via email, phone, and snail-mail last week.

I have been accepted into the following Universities (written below) and will be choosing from one of them before May 1, 2014 deadline (My main interest is in Computer Science, but I would also like to obtain a 2nd major in Electrical Engineering – i.e., a double major).

The Universities that I have been accepted into are:

1) Cornell University – BS in Computer Science – selected as a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar & as a John McMullen Dean’s Scholar
2) UC Berkeley – BS in EECS (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
3) Carnegie Mellon – BS in ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
4) Georgia Tech University – BS in Computer Science
5) University of Illinois Urbana Champagne – BS in Computer Science – selected as James Scholar
6) UCLA – BS in CSE (Computer Science and Engineering)
7) UCSD – BS in Computer Science

I will now be choosing between UC Berkeley in sunny California and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. UC Berkeley is actually my dream college, but Cornell University (Ivy League) has offered me an attractive scholarship with grant – i.e., a near free ride – a very tempting offer since it is a private university, whereas UC Berkeley has only given me a reasonable amount of scholarships and grants, since it is a public university.

1) Cornell University has ‘invited’ me to visit Ithaca, NY (April 22-24, 2014) before accepting the University seat. They have also selected me as a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar & as a John McMullen Dean’s Scholar.

2) I have already seen UC Berkeley, since my older brother is a student at UC Berkeley and will soon be graduating with a BS in EECS on May, 2014 (the same time when I will be graduating from Centennial High School). I love the warm weather in California, and my older brother will soon be working for Microsoft Company in Mountain View (Silicon Valley) on June 2014 (after his graduation from UC Berkeley).

Dear Senator, thank you very much for giving me the Letter of Recommendation. I will do my very best to shine in life and will make you proud of me for giving me the Recommendation Letter and also as an entrepreneur and innovator from Idaho. I would like to keep in touch with you throughout my academic career and work life (if it is okay with you) and will write to you about my future accomplishments (i.e., if I accomplish great things in life that benefits society).

Thank you once again for your Letter of Recommendation and Blessings.

Deeban Ramalingam
(Senior at Centennial High School)

State legislation could give funding boost to NIC

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on March 15, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

BOISE – Legislation which would provide nearly $1 million into North Idaho College’s budget was introduced Thursday by three North Idaho lawmakers. Its chances for approval, however, remain unclear.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, introduced a proposal in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee that would channel dollars now being used by urban renewal districts to Idaho’s three community colleges.

Nonini said the fate of the legislation he co-sponsored with Reps. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Kathleen Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, hinges on whether or not it would receive a Senate committee hearing if it clears the Idaho House. Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Chairman Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, remains undecided that issue.

House tax committee chairman Gary Collins, R-Nampa, pegged it at a “60 to 70 percent chance” that the legislation wouldn’t receive a full committee hearing. Leaders at the Idaho Legislature have set a March 21 goal for wrapping up the business of the 2014 legislative session.

“If he (Siddoway) would agree to hear it, I probably would have a hearing,” Collins said. “But, that’s kind of in flux right now. So, I would say it’s probably a 60 or 70 percent (chance) that we won’t have a hearing.”

Nonini said NIC’s annual budget is “about $41 million,” but in 2012 local urban renewal districts received $958,341 that should have gone to the community college’s budget. Financial sources to fund NIC include state funds, tuition and fees, and local property taxes.

“That budget of $41 billion [sic] to North Idaho College is going to be reached one way or another,” Nonini told the House tax committee. “But my concerns is what’s fair to all the other taxpayers who support that.”

Bill would help Hidden Lake float home owners connect to sewer system

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on February 21, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini on Wednesday promoted legislation that would enable the owners of 23 historic float homes on Hidden Lake to get low-interest state financing to connect their properties to the park’s sewer system.
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