Progress Education

Fort Dodge: Under construction

From Duncombe Elementary to the Fort Dodge Senior High auxiliary gym, the Fort Dodge Community School District has been busy upgrading its infrastructure. The district will also begin working on a new wrestling room at FDSH in May. All three major projects are included in the $27 million ...

Community Christian: A new beginning

The spring of 2016 brought many challenges to Community Christian School in Fort Dodge. Internal conflicts led to the departure of the school’s administrator, leading to significant staffing changes. In all, 15 faculty members had to be hired during the summer, according to Jean ...

Humboldt: Adding to Taft

HUMBOLDT — Taft Elementary School in Humboldt will be increasing the amount of space available to its students and staff by adding onto the existing structure, located at 612 Second Ave. N., according to George Bruder, elementary principal. “This is really exciting for us,” Bruder ...

Eagle Grove: On the rise

EAGLE GROVE — When Jess Toliver took over as superintendent for the Eagle Grove Community District eight years ago, the school system was dealing with rapid, declining enrollment. It was a downward trend that started even before Toliver arrived. “We were losing 20 students a year,” ...

Pocahontas Area: Expanding

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas Area High School could see some more space as the school board begins the process of planning an addition. Pocahontas Area Community School District Superintendent Joe Kramer said the school board is just starting the planning stages. “The school board is also ...

Laurens-Marathon: Sharing

LAURENS — After two years of partial-day sharing, the Laurens-Marathon Community School District will begin whole-day sharing with the Pocahontas Area Community School District this fall. The agreement was approved by both school boards in January. Laurens-Marathon Superintendent Jeff ...

South Central Calhoun: Facility improvements

ROCKWELL CITY — A district-wide facilities improvement project may be on the horizon as the South Central Calhoun School District has begun to look at its buildings. Superintendent Jeff Kruse said the district has been looking at the operating facilities on a district-level. “We’ve ...

St. Edmond: ‘Fantastic year’

Students at St. Edmond Catholic School have high proficiency scores on standardized testing in what President Mary Gibb referred to as “a fantastic year” for the school. Iowa Assessment data shows that St. Edmond eighth-graders are 100 percent proficient in science, while high ...

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: Changing culture

CLARION — As new principal, Erik Smith wants to be part of a culture change at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School. That change begins and ends with relationships, according to Smith. “Back from when I first started to now, I have started to focus a lot more on relationships,” Smith ...

St. Paul: Upgrade

Chromebooks have come to St. Paul Lutheran School. This year, the Christian school started offering the laptops as another way for students to learn and study. “We use them as an enhancement tool at this point. We have enough to have the entire class on them at one time,” Principal ...

Stratford: Preparing for success

STRATFORD — We live in a society that values education in many forms, from the three R’s we learn in elementary school to technical training, on-the-job training, and college degrees. At the Stratford Community School, faculty and staff focus on the basics plus plenty of technology, as ...

Iowa Central: Welcome to success

Iowa Central Community College offers their students more than 99 academic majors at their Fort Dodge campus. A graduate can study topics ranging from professional photography to bioscience technology. To help their students be successful, both as students and after graduation, as job ...

Webster City: Growth

The industrial technology program at Webster City High School is growing by leaps and bounds. With the addition of a second instructor in the department, students at WCHS are being given the opportunity to learn real world skills while following their personal passions and ambitions. ...

Webster City schools: Reaching out

WEBSTER CITY — Dr. Adam Zellmer began working in the Webster City School District two years ago, as the middle school principal. Currently, he is Director of Teaching and Learning at Webster City Community Schools, a position he took over when former director Linda Williams retired. ...