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Education

  • New art teacher Euken describes dream come true

    Among several new faces at Red Oak Schools for the 2011-12 school year, one is not as new to the school district itself as to the subject she is teaching.

    Bringing an air of freshness and newness with her to the art department this year, Teresa Euken has been appointed the elementary art teacher at Inman Primary and Washington Intermediate schools. She has never taught art before and to say she is excited would be an understatement.

  • ‘Vanish’ offers suspense & romance

    Book Review by Faith Smith

    Vanish in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
    Paperback: 384 pages

    Link Morgan has come back home after serving in Afghanistan with the military.

    He has been left a house that belonged to his uncle. Since he plans to move to California rather than stay in Lancaster County where he was raised, he is renovating the house to get it ready to sell.
    Underneath a wall that he removes he finds a small suitcase.

  • Villisca, Stanton meet to discuss merger

    VILLISCA — The Villisca School Board determined a new timeline and additional plans in anticipation for Whole Grade Sharing.

    Last Tuesday, the Villisca School Board held a special joint board meeting with the Stanton School Board at the Villisca High School Gymnasium.

    The following night, Villisca's Board held a joint board meeting with Corning's School Board in Corning's High School lunch room.

  • Library receives accreditation

    RED OAK — For the first time in its storied history, Red Oak’s Public Library is now fully accredited with the State of Iowa.

    Librarian Kathi Wagner said the library has always been partially accredited, but without a handicap-accessible elevator, had never received the full accreditation.

    “This is a 27-year dream come true,” Wagner said, referencing the number of years she has worked at the local library.

  • Villisca, Stanton meeting again

    VILLISCA — The Villisca Community School District will take part in three meetings this week as part of their look into Whole Grade Sharing.

    Villisca will be a part of two joint special board meetings with the Stanton and Corning School Districts. Villisca and Stanton's meeting will take place Tuesday, at 7 p.m., in the Villisca High School Gymnasium, while their meeting with Corning takes place Wednesday at 5 p.m., in the Corning High School Lunch Room.

  • Feasibility Study recommends Villisca-Corning Whole Grade Sharing

    UPDATE: Both feasibility studies are on the Villisca Schools website. The Stanton Schools website has their feasibility results in non-PDF form.

    VILLISCA -- A feasibility study presented by University of Northern Iowa Professor Dr. Robert Decker, recommended Whole Grade Sharing for Villisca and Corning's secondary schools.

  • School board declines payment to Laughlin estate

    RED OAK — Calling it a “heart-breaking” and “devastating” decision, Red Oak’s school board is following the advice of their auditor and attorney by not paying an early retirement settlement to the estate of Buck Laughlin.

    Laughlin, a longtime Inman Primary School principal, negotiated the settlement with Superintendent Terry Schmidt, but failed to sign it before passing away May 21.

  • Villisca graduates share smiles during commencement ceremony

    VILLISCA — Valedictorian Casey Branan ended his commencement address with a simple question that sounded more like a challenge for his fellow graduates.

    “Are we ready,” he asked.

    Branan was one of 30 students receiving diplomas at Sunday’s ceremony in Villisca. He said while there will always be great memories associated with their high school experience, even greater ones await.

  • Red Oak school board hires Inman principal, two others

    RED OAK — The Red Oak School Board approved three new hires for Red Oak High School and Inman Primary at a closed session during last Tuesday’s meeting.

    Gayle Allensworth was hired as the new Inman Principal and Director of Special Education for the District.

    Jeff Spotts was hired as the new assistant principal and activities director for Red Oak High School. Billy Bob Orsagh was hired to be the new coach for the Red Oak High School football team and will be a physical education teacher.

  • School Board hires new asssistant principal, football coach

    RED OAK — The Red Oak School Board approved the position of three new employees in the Red Oak School District during a closed session meeting on Tuesday night.

    Jeff Spotts has been hired as the new assistant principal and activities director for Red Oak High School. Billy Bob Orsagh has been hired as the new physical education teacher and head football coach and Gayle Allensworth has been named the new principal of Inman Primary School.

    Superintendent Terry Schmidt confirmed the hires via a press release early this morning.