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Education

  • 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.

  • School Board approves Yost resignation

    RED OAK — The Red Oak School Board approved the resignation of high school football coach Andy Yost at their meeting Monday night.

    Yost e-mailed his resignation to Superintendent Terry Schmidt, High School Principal Jedd Sherman and Activities Director Angie Spangenberg on April 19.

    Yost wrote in the e-mail that he was accepting the position of physical education instructor and offensive coordinator position at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha.

  • ‘Starlit Paradise’ featured theme at Red Oak’s prom

    RED OAK — Red Oak High School students will be celebrating their annual prom Saturday night at the Red Coach Inn.

    The walk in begins at 6:30 and goes until 7:30 p.m. Meals will be served at 7:45 p.m. The menu for the dinner will be chicken fried steak, salad with ranch dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy and corn, and a brownie.

  • UPDATED: A closer look at the Red Oak school budget

    UPDATE: The school budget for the 2012 fiscal year was unanimously approved at the Red Oak School Board meeting Monday night.

    There will be more in the April 19 edition of the Red Oak Express.

  • Cyberbullying to be featured during parenting podcast

    AMES — Although schools have begun to learn how to prevent bullying, new technology has given children new ways to bully – sometimes called cyberbullying.

    Iowa State University Extension is taking a closer look at cyberbullying in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.

  • Red Oak school district preparing for 5-year audit

    RED OAK — With the budget hearing looming, the Red Oak School Board focused much of last Monday’s meeting on accreditation as well as the budget for the next fiscal year.

    The school district will be receiving the equity and standard business function audit as part of accreditation for five years.Some of the areas covered during the audit include Civil Rights, Title IX, employment practices and American Disability Association (ADA) regulations.

  • Red Oak athletic director resigns; board discusses budget, calendar

    RED OAK — The Red Oak School Board accepted the resignation of Red Oak High School Dean of Students and Activities Director Angie Spangenberg at their meeting, last Monday.

    The move was unanimously approved and contingent upon the Superintendent determining the end of the 2010-11 school year as to being June 30.

    Superintendent Terry Schmidt said the search will begin immediately for a new Dean of Students and Activities Director.