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When schools close
On March 6, the IKM-Manning School Board voted unanimously to close the classroom sections of its school building in Manilla. The building, which turns 100 next year, will continue to be used for junior high sporting events, as a central office and as a bus stop.
On March 6, the IKM-Manning School Board voted unanimously to close the classroom sections of its school building in Manilla. The building, which turns 100 next year, will continue to be used for junior high sporting events, as a central office and as a bus stop.
Harsh words fly in a packed auditorium.

Fingers point in accusations of bias. Calls for community cooperation are met with bitter dissent. The scene is familiar in rural Iowa as shrinking populations force school districts to make the financial decision to consolidate or close school buildings - often the pride of the small towns in which they reside.

Carroll school board approves budget
Carroll Community school leaders hope to use 13 teacher early retirements to trim about $340,000 from their budget for next school year, Superintendent Rob Cordes said this morning.
CHS seeking projects for community service day
Carroll High School students are seeking projects for a community-wide service day slated for Wednesday, April 30.
CRB pursuing three options for superintendent position
The Coon Rapids-Bayard School Board will move forward with three options to replace its superintendent - sharing with Ogden Community Schools, sharing with IKM-Manning Schools or jointly searching with CAM schools in Anita.
CHS junior draws 3D plan of wrestling addition
Brady Bender's 3D drawing of the proposed Carroll High School wrestling addition depicts the 84 by 42 square feet wrestling floor covered in black and orange mats; 88 total feet of window blocks above the mat-covered walls, to take full advantage of natural light; a 3-foot-high dividing wall between the wrestling mats and cardio training equipment; and even a sink - in case someone needs to wash up a little blood, he said.
The Few, The Proud
LEGO bricks lay scattered across the floor of Jen Arkland's first-grade classroom as Pfc. Jana Randleman, in full blue dress uniform, knelt to help Kaleb Sosa and Jackson St. John build a castle.
Superintendent resigns to save district money
Superintendent and elementary principal Rich Stoffers has opted to take an early-retirement package in an effort to save the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District a possible $50,000-plus next year.
Halfway there
Kumper Catholic Schools have cleared the halfway mark toward their jubilation goal of $6.5 million.
DMACC hires new Carroll provost
Des Moines Area Community College this morning announced the hiring of Joel Lundstrom, a Perry native and Kansas educator, as provost of the growing Carroll campus.
CHS hires first female principal
Sitting in her new office, Carroll High School's former assistant principal holds up a bright yellow box of peanut M&Ms - a gift from Kuemper Catholic High School principal Penny Miller - the capital letters perfect vehicles for the personalized message: "McKenize & Miller rule the schools!"
Carroll schools aim to cut nearly $500K
For the second year in a row, general-fund expenditures will exceed revenues, to the tune of more than $1.5 million business manager Gary Bengtson told Carroll Community School Board members during a budget work session Monday night.
5 area high schools hit 100% graduation
Iowa's statewide four-year graduation rate has increased for the third consecutive year according to figures released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Education. Simultaneously, the statewide drop-out rate has fallen for the third consecutive year.
McKenzie next CHS principal
Tammie McKenzie will be the next principal of Carroll High School said superintendent Rob Cordes in a phone call with the Daily Times Herald this morning.
DMACC Carroll provost search narrowed to 3
Des Moines Area Community College officials expect to announce within weeks the hiring of a new provost for the Carroll campus.
Former Marine, St. Louis educator makes cut for top Carroll DMACC post
By perhaps the most crucial measure, community colleges have an edge on Harvard University, says Thomas Walker.
Minnesota DMACC candidate brings community, 4-year college background
Craig Johnson cut to the chase about how he should be measured following a potential first year on the job as leader of the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll campus.
Another banner year for CHS TV news team
With a few changes in cast but the same dededication to excellence, Carroll High School's "Ten at Ten Live" is No. 1 again.
School board approves $363K bid to demolish Lohrville school building
The Southern Calhoun school board accepted a $363,056 bid from King Construction of Wall Lake last week to demolish its elementary school building in Lohrville.
Kuemper drops primary school Spanish, adds accelerated class to junior high
Kuemper Catholic Schools will not offer Spanish classes for kindergarten through third grades next year.
Kansas candidate for DMACC job stresses Iowa roots, diverse experience
Of the five final candidates for the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost position, Joel Lundstrom of Manhattan, Kan., has the closest local tie.
Gee emphasizes leading by example
A self-described "quick learner," Doug Gee said he brings something to the table that can't be taught - a strong work ethic.
Board poised to close Manilla school
IKM-Manning school board members were adamant Wednesday night - the Manilla building must be closed.
Agriculture background key for Shockley
Rusty Shockley taught agriculture for 20 years in three different school districts before taking his current job as high school principal at Central Lee in Donnellson six years ago. The high school houses about 400 students.
DMACC Carroll provost search narrowed to 5
A nine-member search committee with heavy local representation has narrowed the field to five candidates for the next Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost, a position held until late last year by veteran Carroll educator Steve Schulz.
Adams Elementary reads for Gold
As the world's top athletes prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, students at Adams Elementary School in Carroll kicked off their own Olympic Games.
McKenzie: Tech, visibility important in principal
In three years, Tammie McKenzie believes the media center will be a key stop on a tour of Carroll High School.
Boards seeks to entice teachers to retire early
The Carroll Community School District board of education voted Monday night to offer a lucrative early-retirement package this year in an effort to limit cuts to the 2014-15 general-fund budget. There will be no early-retirement package offered next year.
Consultants recommend closure of Manilla school building
Consultants officially recommended Thursday night that the IKM-Manning board of education close the Manilla building to most efficiently consolidate the district and cut costs.
Teachers, district reach quick salary deal
It took Coon Rapids-Bayard school district officials and CRB Education Association representatives only an hour Thursday night to agree on salary terms and contract language, nearly concluding negotiations the same night they started.
East Sac calendar proposals split 4- and 5-day weeks
Two 2014-15 school year calendar proposal drafts sent to the East Sac Community Schools board of education on Monday for review show the use of both four- and five-day weeks for next year. The two weeks also show either a 15- or 30-minute extension to the school day.
Mud run 5K coming to Manning
Manning Emergency Medical Services received approval from the Carroll County Conservation Board Monday night to host a 5K mud run on Saturday, Aug. 9, in Great Western Park, located at the southwestern edge of Manning.
Projected cost of Manilla building nearly $1 million
According the Duane Van Hemert and Sam Harding of Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services, it would cost the IKM-Manning school district roughly $975,000 over the next 10 years to keep the Manilla building open.
CCSD presents initial negotiating proposals
The Carroll Community School District presented its opening collective-bargaining offers to the Carroll Education Association and the Carroll Education Support Association Monday evening.
High school parent-teacher conferences change format
High school administrators are making changes in the format of parent-teacher conferences next week with the goal of increasing participation.
IKM-Manning likely to close Manilla building
The school in Manilla will likely be closed based on discussion among IKM-Manning Community School board members, administrators and Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services representatives during a work session Thursday night in Manilla.
No 4-day week for East Sac next year
The calendar committee will not be recommending a switch to a four-day week for the 2014-15 school year, said East Sac County Schools superintendent Kevin Fiene at Monday night's public meeting in the high school gym in Lake View.
Carroll district faces possible staff cuts
Due to declining enrollment and resulting decrease in state funding, a low allowable-growth rate and lack of an instructional support levy, the Carroll Community School District is facing potential staff cuts for the 2014-15 school year, confirmed school board president Kim Tiefenthaler.
Programming Principles
Once again, middle school teachers and the LEGO Group are teaming up to show students that it is cool to be a computer geek.
USDA eases healthful lunch guidelines
The sound of the bell pierces the halls, the universal signal that releases students to their next class period.
East Sac considers four-day school week
East Sac students would have no classes on the Mondays of each school week under a proposal that would cut the number of school days but lengthen each day by an hour.

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