Category Archives: Schools

Oct 20

Roland-Story needs an outlet

Next year, the Roland-Story school district will mark 50 years since consolidation. The district wants to build new athletic facilities, reports the Ames Tribune, but — in a sign of how old things are — the school is “landlocked” and … Continue reading

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Oct 18

Who gets the flugelhorn?

Questions that must be asked, just not to the State Board of Education… All other issues raised, including the ownership of the “famous flugelhorn,” are deemed irrelevant to the question of the legality of the whole-grade sharing agreement and accordingly … Continue reading

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Oct 16

Harmony, Van Buren move toward consolidation

The Harmony school district is about to face the music. At the end of August, the Harmony and Van Buren school boards met to start petitions for consolidation of the two districts. (Story: KTVO) The “new” name would be Van … Continue reading

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Oct 06

Alta-Aurelia consolidation approved

The Alta and Aurelia school districts — one mostly in Buena Vista County, the other mostly in Cherokee County — extended their whole-grade-sharing agreement last year. Last month, however, they dove into full reorganization, effective next year. Story: Cherokee Chronicle-Times. … Continue reading

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Oct 02

Iowa Falls, Alden set 10-year sharing agreement

More than a year after Iowa Falls exerted pressure on Alden to end its current grade-sharing arrangements, Iowa Falls got what it wanted. (Story: KLMJ) The deal, which will last until 2028 (PDF), matches up with the previous arrangement except … Continue reading

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Sep 27

20th anniversary of North Tama school addition

September 27 and 28, 1997: Video stills of the north side of North Tama school, the weekend of a dedication ceremony for the addition with a multipurpose room (above), Iowa Communications Network room, and kindergarten. The first of two substantial … Continue reading

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Sep 25

Longest K-6 districts highest in per-pupil funding

Here’s an interesting data point that has emerged in the discussion of inequity in per-pupil funding among school districts in Iowa: The two districts with the longest one-way whole-grade-sharing arrangements are also maxed out in funding. Delwood has sent grades … Continue reading

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Sep 22

Grand Junction school to be demolished

July 5, 2013: Grand Junction school. In less than a decade, the East Greene school district will go from a full K-12 community to nearly erased from the face of the earth. The entire complex in Grand Junction, with a … Continue reading

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Sep 18

Directions to Baxter, Collins-Maxwell

The eighth-ranked North Tama volleyball team goes to Baxter tomorrow night for the first meetup of the Redhawks and the Bolts. This, of course, is because Baxter broke off its athletics relationship with Collins-Maxwell. Both schools then joined the Iowa … Continue reading

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Sep 13

Mid-Prairie grade reconfiguration closes* school

Over the past school year, the Mid-Prairie School District (Kalona, Wellman, and West Chester) was trying to figure out what to do with unbalanced class sizes in geography-based elementary attendance centers. In April, the school board decided to divide by … Continue reading

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