Progress Education 2019

At Humboldt’s Taft, addition makes room for art and science

HUMBOLDT — Work was completed over the summer on some much-needed additions to Taft Elementary School. Teachers are happy to have the space they need to have music, art, and even their special math/science/engineering classes without having to walk outside across the road, ...

St. Paul welcomes new principal

With a new principal at the helm, St. Paul Lutheran School is looking to provide more child care for the area, and more science/technology/math training for its own students in the coming year. Barb Kozisek has been at her new position since July, working three days a week for the school. ...

Algona schools look to revise goals

ALGONA — Over the past year, the leadership of the Algona Community School District has been meeting and working on revising the goals of the school. Interim Superintendent Tom Williams said the school’s board of education has been looking for ways for the district to become more ...

Two districts become one

WEBSTER CITY — Reorganization? Merger?  Consolidation? Whatever you call it, it takes an immense effort to combine the Webster City and Northeast Hamilton school districts as the July 1 deadline approaches. Webster City Superintendent Dr. Mandy Ross, along with NEH Superintendent Mike ...

Growing — and learning at Northeast Hamilton

BLAIRSBURG — For the students in the Northeast Hamilton science classes, it’s OK to eat your school work. That’s because the fourth- through sixth-grade students are producing lettuce, radishes, peas and tomatoes in their new STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — ...

Manson Northwest Webster: Reaching more grades — Expanded FFA, robotics

MANSON — At Manson Northwest Webster High School, several programs that in the past had been reserved for freshman through seniors have expanded and are now available to eighth-grade students. Those include both FFA and Robotics. “We’ve added an eighth-grade FFA chapter,” ...

Iowa Central Community College: Growing its training, area businesses benefit

A strong local economy has led to Iowa Central Community College partnering with area industries to provide the specific training their workers need. “We’re doing a lot more business and industrial training,” said Dan Kinney, the president of the Fort Dodge-based college. “We’re ...

Bond issue funds improvements at Iowa Central

Construction crews, electricians and plumbers will be a common sight at Iowa Central Community College facilities this year. Action by voters in nine counties early in 2018 led to the upcoming flurry of new construction and repairs to buildings that date to the college’s founding 51 years ...

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: ‘Show me’ growth, anticipating new neighbor

CLARION — When a new production plant moves into the county and promises to employ more than 1,000 workers, there’s two different philosophies a school district can adopt when preparing for that potential growth, according to Bob Olson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District ...

St. Edmond Catholic Schools: Building a new church and academic success

The construction of a new church and academic successes are just a few of the reasons why administrators at St. Edmond Catholic School say last year was a positive one. Construction began on the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church last August, and it is set to be completed in early 2020. Mary ...

Eagle Grove: Growth is a reality — Prestage impact expected

EAGLE GROVE — An increase in student population is already a reality for Eagle Grove schools as the community prepares for the impact of the opening of the Prestage Foods of Iowa pork plant south of the city. “We were up 47 kids on count day,” Jess Toliver, EGCSD superintendent, ...

Southeast Valley: Renovations are complete, grade sharing is in fifth year

GOWRIE — When the students came back to Southeast Valley High School in the fall, there were some big changes in progress. Work was almost done on some major renovations at the school building, including a new entryway, new office and new carpet and air conditioning in the south ...

Pocahontas Area: Improvements in security; academic successes

POCAHONTAS — A new building security system and academic successes have been just a few of the highlights for the Pocahontas Area Community School District. Superintendent Joe Kramer said the school has been busy with a number of physical changes to the buildings within the ...

Community Christian School: ‘This is huge’ — day care added

A new day care center was recently added at Community Christian School, 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S. According to Angila Moffitt, CCS principal, the day care center, called Little Crusaders Daycare, is the first faith-based day care-school combination in Fort Dodge. “This is huge,” Moffitt ...

South Central Calhoun: Building soon — voters approved levy in 2018

LAKE CITY — When voters in the South Central Calhoun School District approved a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy on April 3, 2018, one of the items the district wanted to improve with the funding were the locker rooms at the high school in Lake City. That project is nearing the start of ...