“We’ve entered into joint employment with the Lu Verne district,” he says. “Heading into year two of that study, we need to create a joint committee and that committee would involve people from the Algona district as well as people from the Lu Verne district.”
In 2015, the two districts entered into a whole grade sharing agreement and sixth through 12th grade students from Lu Verne attend school in Algona’s middle school and high school. Carter says the districts already have a number of sharing agreements for the pre-K through fifth grade building in Lu Verne.
“We do have a shared teacher leadership and compensation program. We have shared staff through music, transportation, buildings and grounds. We have a shared instruction approach,” Carter says. “We have a shared academic calendar.”
The Corwith-Wesley and Lu Verne School Districts entered into the state’s first whole grade sharing agreement in 1984. The Corwith-Wesley district dissolved in 2015. There are currently 327 school districts in Iowa. That’s a 26% decline compared to the number of districts in Iowa in 1980.
(By Brian Wilson, KLGA, Algona)