• A T-rex named Sue coming to Des Moines Science Center

    DES MOINES — Imagine, an exhibition that took 67 million years to create.

     The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (SCI) will soon open a new special exhibition, A T. rex Named Sue.

    In a change from recent exhibits, A T. rex Named Sue will be included with SCI general admission (free for SCI members), hopefully allowing even more families and individuals to see a cast of the world’s largest T. rex specimen and explore the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • Glenwood high school principal placed on administrative leave

    GLENWOOD — Glenwood Community High School Prinicipal Kerry Newman has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of a school district investigation.

    High school staff members were informed of Newman’s leave Friday afternoon by Superintendent Devin Embray.

    Embray declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation.

  • Essex coach/athletic director resigns resigns

    ESSEX — The Essex School Board approved the resignation of Athletic Director TJ Young effective immediately during a special meeting Monday.

    Young was put on administrative leave more than a week ago for personal reasons before submitting his official resignation Friday.

    According to Superintendent Jim Dick, Young has been part of the district since 2010, working as athletic director, as well as the girls basketball coach for Essex/South Page. He is also a physical education teacher for the high school.

  • Red Oak school board considers absorbing local preschool

    RED OAK — For 29 years, Martha Pfeiffer has owned and operated her own early childhood center, and while she loves what she does, she’s ready to hand the business to someone else so she can focus on her true passion — teaching.

    Pfeiffer met with the Red Oak Community School District Board Jan. 14 to discuss potentially absorbing her business, Kaleidoscope Preschool, into the district.

  • Red Oak, Stanton schools closing for volleyball

    RED OAK — Schools in the Red Oak Community will alter their schedules Thursday, and possibly Friday, as a result of the Red Oak High School volleyball team qualifying for the State Championship Tournament.

    The Tiger girls will play at 1:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.

    Red Oak High School will not conduct classes Thursday, in order for as many high school students and staff to attend as desired. The day will be made-up at a later time according to the adopted school calendar.

  • Villisca Rialto production begins this weekend

    The Villisca High School Speech and Drama Department will be presenting “Don’t Drink the Water” by Woody Allen  Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Rialto Theater in Villisca.  

  • What’s cookin’?

    Gone are the days of school cafeteria menus featuring salty French fries slathered in melted cheese, extra large chocolate chip cookies and greasy pizza with gooey cheese and pepperoni.

    With national health food campaigns and reimbursement incentives, students now dine on baked sweet potato fries, bean salads, grilled chicken on whole-wheat buns and cucumber wedges, and they aren’t too happy about it.

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  • Red Oak schools encourage safe driving

    RED OAK — Whether eating, texting, changing the radio station or putting on makeup, driving while distracted is always a risk, and the Red Oak High School is on a mission to help raise awareness of that.

    On Oct. 16 at 1 p.m., a local speaker, Julia Herold, will be at the high school informing students of the real life dangers of distracted driving.

  • Christie back in action as Stanton’s new interim superintendent

    STANTON — “I don’t believe I could have come to a better place,” said Terry Christie, Interim Superintendent of Stanton Community Schools.

    Although retired for a few years after serving as Superintendent of Schools in Jessup, Armstrong/Ringstedt and New Hampton, Iowa, Christie kept in touch with what was going on in Education, and wanted to return to taking an active role.

  • Association seeks Wi-Fi list to assist One-to-One program

    RED OAK — The Chamber and Industry association is compiling a list of locations in Red Oak with free Wi-Fi access to assist the school district in their One-to-One laptop initiative program.

    Executive Director of the Association, Darrel Steven Carlyle said Red Oak Superintendent Terry Schmidt came before the Association in August to form a partnership in an effort to provide students places to access the Internet on their new laptops after school hours.