• No. 5: Villisca/Corning agree to whole grade sharing

    VILLISCA  — After a year of planning and countless meetings, the Villisca school board voted in December to enter into a whole grade sharing agreement with Corning.

    Under the agreed to academic portion, students in grades 9-12 will go to Corning while those in grades 6-8 will attend school in Villisca. Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students will remain in their respective districts.

    The two schools will begin sharing the academic portion of the agreement in the 2013-14 school year.

  • No. 4: Buck Laughlin dies; controversy ensues over retirement

    RED OAK — The death of a longtime Red Oak educator and principal sent the community into mourning before sparking a firestorm of controversy.

    Fred “Buck” Laughlin, 58, passed away May 21 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center after a prolonged battle with cancer.

    Laughlin was hired as a Red Oak elementary school principal in 1988 and was named Inman’s principal when the school opened in 2001.

  • Elementary students learn the fundamentals of music

    The Red Oak Community High School auditorium was filled with sounds of the season Dec. 1, as the third and fourth graders showed off their musical skills for their families and friends. It was so rewarding for the students to see their hard work pay off in front of an audience. We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our programs and we appreciate your support. The first and second graders will soon be preparing for their big concert night coming up in April.  

  • Red Oak Head Start gets grant for play improvement

    Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play recently announced West Central Community Action as one of 436 recipients of a $5,000.00 grant to improve the outdoor play space at Red Oak Head Start, located at 904 Broad Street.

  • Erickson receives money for Red Oak Schools for excellence
  • Students learn through language experiences at Inman

    The "language experience approach" is a wonderful way to get all students eager to talk, read and write. It begins with a shared class experience, such as a walk to the park  or decorating ghost cookies.

  • FCCLA hosts Diaper Drive

    The FCCLA is sponsoring a Diaper Drive from Dec. 5-9 at Stanton Community Schools.

    Bring packages of diapers to the school offices or send them to school with students to give to their teachers.

    The diapers will benefit women and children at the Lydia House, a program organized by the Open Door Mission in Omaha which provides food, shelter, clothing, basic needs and lifestyle improvement classes to women and their families in need of emergency assistance.

  • Area Students perform in BVU Concert Choir

    Four Montgomery County students recently performed as members of the Buena Vista University Concert Choir for the Fall Major Works Concert.

    The choir performed Haydn's Little Organ Mass as well as a variety of other selections. Students performing from the area were:

    Arik Ostler, of Red Oak. Ostler is a freshman majoring in computer science.

    Sadie Quist, of Red Oak. Quist is a senior majoring in communications and performance studies/corporate communications.     

  • Elwood graduates from law enforcement academy

    Nate Elwood, of Stanton, recently graduated from the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City and is currently serving as an officer with the Red Oak Police Department.

    He is a graduate of Indian Hills Community College.

    The graduation ceremony, which took place at WITCC Nov. 5, was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries, as well as family and friends of graduating officers.

    Guest speaker was Michael Quinn, Assistant Director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

  • Bochmann inducted into Students in Mass Media

    Students in Mass Media (SIMM), an honor society in communications, recently inducted nine new members and elected officers at the University of Nebraska in Kearney.

    Aaron Bochmann, of Red Oak, was one of the new inductees.

    To be nominated for membership in the honor society, students must be a sophomore or above, maintain a 3.2 overall grade point average, be working toward a major or minor in a mass communications field and be a full-time student.