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Education

  • Families May Be Owed Money In School Food Settlement

    If you paid for your child’s food at a K-12 school in Iowa between Jan. 1, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2014, there’s a good chance you’re entitled to a financial settlement as part of a class action lawsuit.

    The lawsuit alleges Iowa Educators Corporation (IEC) and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (IAEP) violated state law by awarding food service contracts across Iowa to Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc.

  • PPEL Defeat A Setback For East Mills

    MALVERN - East Mills School District voters have rejected a levy referendum that would have generated $400,000 in new revenue for the school district.
    The district had sought a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period. The district currently has a 33 cent per $1,000 PPEL in place.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 9, voters said no to that increase by a 403-to-345 margin. The referendum required a simple majority to pass.

  • East Mills Proposal Calls For K-12 School In Malvern

    MALVERN - The East Mills School Board plans to keep its footprint firmly in Malvern.
    The board voted unanimously to renovate the current middle-high school building in Malvern into a consolidated kindergarten through 12th grade school among its short- and long-term plans approved at a special board meeting Tuesday, June 17.

  • East Mills Options Include K-12 School

    The fate of the East Mills School District’s buildings and, perhaps, the future of the entire school district is in the hands of the East Mills School Board.

    After months of study, speculation and rumor, the district’s board-appointed strategic planning committee has made its recommendation on how the cash-strapped and geographically divided school district should proceed in the short and long term.

  • Former Teacher Arrested May 30 Was Initially Investigated By School District Last December

    A former Glenwood Community High School social studies and communications teacher who is suspected of having sex with a student and supplying alcohol to another student at his rural Glenwood home was the subject of an initial investigation by the Glenwood Community School District six months ago.

  • Glenwood School District's Homework, Testing Policy Gets Failing Grade From Some Staff, Parents

    Competency-based Education.
        Mastery-based Grading.
        Standards-based Grading.
        

    Call it what you want, but the Glenwood Community School District’s new protocol for homework and testing is receiving a failing grade from some teachers and parents within the district.

  • Study Could Lead To An East Mills School Closure

    A facilities study by a Jefferson-based consulting firm could provide the blueprint for the future of the East Mills School District.

    The district has contracted with Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services to conduct a facilities study of the district’s four buildings between Malvern and Hastings. The district formally approved a contract with Iowa Schoolhouse in January at a cost of $8,500.

  • Glenwood's New Principal Coming From Urbandale

    Richard Hutchinson, Sr. has accepted the principal job at Glenwood Community High School. Hutchinson, 55, was one of seven candidates interviewed for the position that became open when current GCHS Principal Shane Stephens announced in March he was stepping down due to health issues. Hutchinson was offered and accepted the position last week. 

  • Principal Discusses Reasons Behind Sudden Resignation

    Glenwood Community High School Principal Shane Stephens made the difficult decision to step down from the position he has held for less than a year due to declining health issues, he said.

    “My goal over the last 15 years has been to be a high school principal in Iowa and I did that,” Stephens said. “When I took over this job I thought it was the right job for me, however, over the course of the last two months there’s a combination of things. But the stress of the job is more than I thought it would be.

  • Earlier Start To School Year Approved

     The Glenwood Community Schools will start classes two weeks earlier in August than it did for the 2013-14 school year.

    The Glenwood School Board voted unanimously Friday to move up the start of school for grades 3-12 to Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 for grades K-2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The current school year began Aug. 26 for grades 3-12 and Aug. 27 for K-2.