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Brian Denning, of Zimmerman, Minnesota, climbs down a ladder while working to remove bracing from the precast concrete wall sections that compose the gym walls at the new Duncombe Elementary School. Denning is with Midwest PreCast.

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 ...

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Surrounded by art supplies, Tyson Nelson, 10, of Fort Dodge, gets ready to answer a question about shade and tint during an art class at Community Christian School. The full-time art program was added to the school’s curriculum.

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 ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson  Alexis Valencia, 8, right, shares a moment with Principal George Bruder at Taft Elementary School recently. A new expansion to the school will encompass the area where Bruder and Valencia are standing.

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 ...

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Twins Shay Camden, left, and Tyhia Camden, both 10, work together in the new makerspace at Robert Blue Middle School recently.

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,” ...

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Pocahontas Area High School is planning to add additional classroom space next year. Superintendent Joe Kramer said the building is nearing its capacity.

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 ...

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Fourth Grade students at South Central Calhoun come outside to see the big rig driven by their new "Trucker Buddy", Mike Juhl. The national Trucker Buddies program was brought to Rockwell City by Peterson Transportation Inc, and lets kids track a professional driver through photos and calls to learn more about geography.

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 ...

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A group of St. Edmond Elementary School second-graders cheer on the Gaels during the homecoming parade Friday afternoon.

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 ...

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Monty Harker, high school biology teacher, gives instruction on Punnett squares to sophomores Jade LaRue, center, and Payton Reider at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School.

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 ...

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On a recent February afternoon, Roxanne Schuur celebrates the 100th day of school this year by cooking up pancakes for her kindergarten class at St. Paul Lutheran school, while principal Julie Mann looks on.

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 ...

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Webster City High School special education teacher Amanda Nichols, left, and Webster City High School physical education teacher Catherine Schroeder place one of Nichols’ students in a specially made scooter during Peer P.E. during the 2016 fall semester. The scooter was built by students in Ben Jass’ class.

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 ...

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Students in Ben Jass’ industrial technology class work together with students in Amanda Nichols’ special education class to make squirrel feeders during the 2016 fall semester at Webster City High School.

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. ...

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Dr. Adam Zellmer posts an item to the Webster City School District’s social media page. He said the social media posts reach upwards of 5,000 people — people Zellmer said weren’t being reached before.

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. ...