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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.


McCartan gives grads life 'cheat sheet'
Now that they'd completed their final tests and were ready to receive their diplomas, Carroll High School guidance counselor, psychology teacher and football coach Dennis McCartan told the 106 CHS graduates, it was OK to share with them his cheat sheet. His cheat sheet for life, that is.
Coon Rapids-Bayard, IKM-Manning to share superintendent
IKM-Manning and Coon Rapids-Bayard will share superintendent Tom Ward, effective July 1.
Board refuses to increase fifth-, sixth-grade class sizes
Cheers and applause filled the room as the Carroll Community School District board of education unanimously approved $650,000 in budget cuts - without eliminating any kindergarten through sixth-grade teaching positions.
East Sac, South Central will not share superintendent
To avoid any fear of a future consolidation, the South Central Calhoun school board has opted not to share its superintendent with the East Sac County Community School District.
New residents defend need for school levy
Aubrey Kemerling and her family moved to Carroll in December - a city selected by she and her husband specifically because of the strong school systems.
Speaker emphasizes discipline, perseverance
Presenting the featured speech at the Des Moines Area Community College commencement ceremony Monday night in the Carroll High School gym, DMACC library-media specialist Lisa Dreesman poked a little fun at herself.
'Time to Start Living Out Our Dreams'
Kuemper Catholic High School awarded diplomas to 83 graduates in the school's 60th annual commencement ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
Part-time art position on chopping block
The part-time art position at Carroll High School - currently held by Dean Kollasch - could be the second, and final, position eliminated in the Carroll Community School District next year.
Business students work together across classes
Each Friday this spring semester, Carroll High School business instructor Chelsea Bissen wrote a simple directive on the whiteboard - "Be a problem solver."
New DMACC provost enthusiastic about online possibilities
The same characteristics and supporting materials that make an online course successful also strengthen a face-to-face course, said Joel Lundstrom, newly hired provost of Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll.
Kuemper students attend World Food Prize youth institute in Ames
What if wind energy could power wells in Afghanistan? What if families in Bolivian communities were given the tools to plant community gardens? How does North Korea's high military spending impact food security for its residents?
East Sac, South Central Calhoun schools aim to share superintendent
The East Sac County Community School District Board of Education voted Thursday afternoon to pursue a superintendent sharing agreement with Jeff Kruse.
Kuemper wax museum brings characters to life
Visitors to Kuemper Catholic High School cafeteria last Wednesday afternoon were greeted by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc -

while she was being burned at the stake, no less.

CHS students launch benefits through English class project
Each of the 13 groups of students in Becky Boes' spring semester of sophomore English discovered a unique problem and solution for their semester projects - no easy feat, said Boes, who has included the project in her curriculum for nearly 10 years.
Carroll school board talks levy
Carroll residents' reluctance to support an instructional support levy is putting the community's students at a roughly 8 percent disadvantage, said Rob Cordes, superintendent of the Carroll Community School District during a board meeting Monday night.
Staff cuts start at CCSD
Jill Nehman, media specialist for grades six through 12 in the Carroll Community School District, was informed on Friday that her position will be eliminated next year due to budget cuts.
'Intense' summer literacy pilot program to start this summer in Carroll schools
Third grade is the pivotal year for reading skills, said Carroll elementary schools principal Sue Ruch.
Carroll schools support staff gets pay bump
Carroll's teacher associates who work with perhaps the most challenging special-education students - those who are so-called "severe and profound" - will get extra pay under a new agreement school leaders approved Monday.
Kuemper to support BYOD tech initiative - bring your own device
The Kuemper Catholic School System will join the ranks next year of local public school districts that have implemented one-to-one computer initiatives. But rather than dictate a specific laptop or tablet, students will be able to bring their own device.
IKM-Manning to reduce or eliminate principal
IKM-Manning superintendent Tom Ward will recommend that the school board reduce or eliminate the elementary principal position currently held by Wendy Hammrich.
CHS students work with NASA engineers
The mission: Design a space station to house 10,000 people while orbiting the sun to capture, research and mine asteroids throughout the solar system.
East Sac schools looking at options to share superintendent
The East Sac County School Board discussed three option for replacing superintendent Kevin Fiene at a brief special meeting held last week to accept Fiene's resignation.
Kuemper to pack meals for poor
Inspired by Mother Teresa, Kuemper Catholic School students invite community members to join them Wednesday, April 16, to help package meals to send to Honduras.
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.


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