Keokuk School District

New Schools Being Built
8:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Four Southeast Iowa School Buildings Closing

Fort Madison Middle School

The field of education continues to evolve and progress, starting with classroom materials.

There was a time when students took notes with pencils and paper while a teacher stood up and wrote on a chalkboard.

Today, there are schools where kids are using laptops or iPads to search the internet while teachers use interactive smart-boards.

School districts are trying to keep up with the evolution of education by building new state-of-the-art facilities that take advantage of the latest technology and other advancements.

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Scheduled for May 29
11:18 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Forums Set for Keokuk Supt. Search

Keokuk School Board

Keokuk residents have several opportunities to weigh in on the search for a new school superintendent.

The school board has hired Ray & Associates to help the district find a replacement for Doctor Lora Wolff.  She is stepping down to take a teaching position at WIU.

The Cedar Rapids-based firm will hold two public input sessions at the middle school on Tuesday.  The first will get underway at 12:00 P.M. while the second is scheduled for 5:30 P.M.

Those who cannot attend can provide input through a survey on the district’s website.

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Dr. Wolff Leaving June 30th
11:27 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Keokuk Schools Select Search Firm

The Keokuk School Board will get some help in its search for a new superintendent.

Doctor Lora Wolff is stepping down June 30 to take a teaching position at Western Illinois University.  The school board officially accepted her resignation Tuesday night.

Shortly after that vote, the board agreed to hire Ray & Associates to assist in the search process.  The Cedar Rapids-based firm already handles Keokuk’s contract negotiations.

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Restructuring Elementary Schools
8:51 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Keokuk Shows Off School Addition

The Keokuk School District is showing off its recent addition to Hawthorne Elementary School.

The expansion includes six full-size classrooms, two half-size classrooms, and some additional square footage within the library.

Superintendent Lora Wolff says the addition will allow the district to restructure its elementary schools.  She says, next year, K-3 students will attend Hawthorne while 4-5 graders will go to George Washington Elementary.

Wolff says this will balance out class sizes and allow the district to close Wells Carey Elementary.

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Property Tax Decrease
8:32 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Keokuk School Budget Approved

The Keokuk School Board has signed off on the district’s roughly $32-million spending plan for the upcoming school year.

One of the highlights is the fact that the property tax rate will drop by 73-cents, or nearly 4%.  The district’s share of property tax bills are not expected to fall by 4%, though, because of the residential rollback.

The budget also includes an expansion of Keokuk’s preschool program for 4-year-olds.  The addition of a second classroom will allow an increase in enrollment from 30 to as many as 80 preschoolers starting in the fall.

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