Category Archives: Schools

Aug 18

Interactive maps, data on Iowa school districts

As part of the Gazette’s Iowa Ideas series leading up to a conference, a slew of enrollment and building information has been mapped out on a data page. (Warning: Autoplay video) Many of the maps have the districts outlined and … Continue reading

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Aug 17

Former education department official now South Tama’s superintendent

Jeff Berger, formerly a deputy director at the Iowa Department of Education, had his name in the news a few times because of some rare situations. He was involved on the state’s behalf in the recent cases of the Farragut … Continue reading

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Aug 03

Clear Creek Amana plans for a new high school. Again.

Less than a decade after opening a new high school facility and 3½ years after approving a bond issue for a fourth elementary school, Clear Creek Amana needs more room. On Sept. 12 — the same day Gladbrook-Reinbeck will vote … Continue reading

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Aug 02

Gladbrook-Reinbeck dissolution vote set

On July 17 the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board accepted the dissolution committee’s proposal on division of the district and set a vote for Sept. 12 concurrent with regular school board elections. A yes vote is to end the district; a no vote … Continue reading

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Jul 27

Three all-private semifinals in state baseball tournament

Three of the eight semifinal matchups in the 2017 Iowa high school state baseball tournament will be between private schools. Mason City Newman and Remsen St. Mary’s, Dyersville Beckman and Iowa City Regina, and Davenport Assumption and Dubuque Wahlert all … Continue reading

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Jul 25

St. Ansgar school building preserved, for now

In contradiction of a Mitchell County Press-News story that I blogged about 11 months ago, the St. Ansgar school board reversed its decision to sell its 1928 school building to the city development council. A nonprofit group formed a counterproposal … Continue reading

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Jul 17

The end of AEA 267, and the mystery of AEA 8

Thirteen months after I put Area Education Agency 267 on my “worst names in Iowa” list, something has been done about it. As of July 1, the agency — made up of the former AEAs based in Clear Lake (2), Marshalltown (6), … Continue reading

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Jul 13

Goodbye to Raider Country

Last week the Ames Tribune went to the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter area and wrote about the end of their sports sharing program. The story focuses on the athletics, which came to a surprise abrupt end when the top-ranked CMB softball team lost … Continue reading

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Jul 10

Gladbrook-Reinbeck dissolution debate and the national mood

A week from tonight, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board will have a final meeting regarding a petition to dissolve the school district. There will be an opportunity to share opinions, but I think everyone’s mind is pretty much made up. The … Continue reading

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Jul 07

North Union, North Kossuth look at consolidation

At least, that’s what I get from the headline-only item from the area weeklies. The North Union School Board page hasn’t been updated with minutes/agendas for THREE YEARS. A radio station link whose headline says the same is already 404′d but … Continue reading

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