Category Archives: Schools

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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Apr 05

HMS bond issue fails by seven votes

The third attempt at a bond issue in the HMS school district barely missed out on a supermajority, KIWA reports. There were 1518 votes cast, so 60 percent would be 911 votes in favor of the bond issue, and it … Continue reading

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Apr 04

Orange school demolished

Until 1964, Orange Township on the south side of Waterloo was its own school district. Even after a consolidation of Orange with Waterloo West and Waterloo East, Orange kept its high school until 1972 and even had a football team … Continue reading

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Mar 28

Heads we win, tails you lose

July 21, 2012: Current HMS Elementary School in Hartley, formerly Hartley High School. Once again, a beautiful Art Deco school building is facing the challenge of time, cost, and utility. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn has issued a challenge to its voters. If a … Continue reading

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Mar 15

South Hardin sharing agreement extended

July 21, 2015: Architectural elements of Radcliffe’s 1915 school building were preserved when the building was torn down. Currently, Radcliffe Elementary is used for Hubbard-Radlcliffe grades K-5. KLMJ Radio and the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen have both reported that Eldora-New Providence … Continue reading

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Mar 13

Is Mallard school a sitting duck?

October 3, 2016: Beautiful architectural detail on the Mallard school building, which you can see is celebrating its centennial this year. Three years ago, the West Bend-Mallard school board discussed the future of the Mallard school building. At that time, … Continue reading

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Mar 01

Crescent school KEPT OPEN

In a reversal of how these things usually go, the Council Bluffs school board voted to keep Crescent Elementary School open Tuesday night. It’s a Mardi Gras miracle! Parents had very vocally fought to keep the building open (stories: Nonpareil, … Continue reading

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Feb 27

A documentary I want to make

July 21, 2012: Everly’s welcome sign. I mentioned Everly’s unique nickname in a 2015 blog post and someone has set up a website about the Cattlefeederettes’ six-on-six history. With the girls’ state basketball tournament starting, I though I would share an … Continue reading

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