Category Archives: Schools

Jun 16

Bonus: E is for Elma

August 4, 2015: Some of the windows at Elma Elementary aren’t “windows” at all; they have classical artwork and inspirational quotes on them (detailed below). A decade ago, the Howard-Winneshiek school district was the second-largest in the state by area … Continue reading

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May 28

Final graduation at Charter Oak-Ute

A week ago today, Charter Oak-Ute High School graduated its 55th and last class of students. Story: KTIV. One line in the story is practically boilerplate text in this era: Low enrollment numbers and lack of funding are responsible for the … Continue reading

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May 26

Grand Junction losing its school

July 5, 2013: The school in Grand Junction most recently, and lastly, had fourth- through sixth-graders for the Greene County school district. The century-old school building in Grand Junction, which five years ago had the last class for East Greene … Continue reading

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May 25

A look at Iowa school transportation cost disparities

IowaWatch and Iowa Public Radio teamed up for a report on transportation costs in Iowa’s school districts and the disparity in funding that dates back decades but only got serious attention in the past couple of years. The IPR story … Continue reading

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May 22

Baxter, Collins-Maxwell separately joining Iowa Star Conference

(Pulled out of the drafts folder from months ago. — Ed.) I don’t dip into all the “conference realignment” on the high school level, mostly because there’s so much of it going on right now. In this case, it relates … Continue reading

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May 15

OABCIG will try consolidation vote a third time

The Battle Creek-Ida Grove and Odebolt-Arthur school districts will make a third attempt at consolidation, the Sioux City Journal reports. Odebolt-Arthur voters have resisted full reorganization out of fear the former O-A district would be outnumbered/outvoted on issues and the school … Continue reading

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May 11

Griswold addition will cost two towns their schools

October 22, 2014: The Elliott gym has been separated from the present elementary building since at least the late 1970s. Over the past year or so, the Griswold school district in western Iowa has been looking at saving money through … Continue reading

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Apr 13

GR dissolution hearing Monday

Two members of the public attended a March meeting regarding the second attempt to force dissolution of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district, the Grundy Register reports. That’s a far, far cry from a year ago, at least the one I attended. … Continue reading

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Apr 12

E is for Eldora

July 21, 2015: A lone RAGBRAI tent is pitched on the west side of the original Eldora school building. Every window on this side was blown out in a hailstorm Aug. 9, 2009. Open photo in new window/tab for larger … Continue reading

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Apr 09

100th anniversary of Traer school fire

August 14, 2010: Cornerstone of Traer School built after the 1917 fire, now the core of the North Tama school, along the hallway connecting the original building and the elementary. One hundred years ago tonight, within a week of the … Continue reading

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