better central lyon logoOriginally, there was to be no school at Central Lyon on Monday, November 10th, and that’s what is on the printed version of the Central Lyon School Calendar.

However, there has now been a schedule change. Instead of there being no school that day, there will be school, but it will be dismissed early.

Monday, November 10th, Central Lyon students will go to school at the normal time and will be dismissed at 1 PM, according to Central Lyon officials.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Central Lyon Community Schools Board of Education has rejected all bids on an estimated three-and-a-half million dollar expansion and renovation project, and will start the bidding process again.CL expansion west side

Central Lyon Superintendent Dave Ackerman says that school board members and administrators had a number of questions that were unanswered before the bidding process that were not answered during the bidding process either. He says that the board felt that those questions needed to be answered before they committed the district to something that was not what was intended. For that reason, he says they decided to start the bidding process over again.

The board voted to republish the invitation to bid, with the bids to be opened at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 28.

Ackerman says that unlike many building projects at schools, this project did not require a bond issue vote.

He tells us why the school district needs to expand its main building.

He says that’s around 60 students.

Mr. Ackerman says that when the 1968 Elementary and Middle School building was built, it originally had more classroom space that over the years has been converted to other uses, and some of that space could be converted back to classrooms.

He gives us an idea of some of the goals of the project on the Greene Street side of the high school.

He says one criticism that they hear is that the school used to have classes of up to 100 students and they didn’t need that kind of space then. Ackerman says they may have fewer students per grade, but they have more programs. He says in the last 13 years they’ve gone from three special education rooms to six. They’ve also added transitional kindergarten and two sections of four-year-old preschool, and all those programs need classroom space.

Ackerman says part of the project is also on the Story Street side of the school.

He says the current wrestling room has always been a compromise, so they’re also planning some more athletic space on the east side of the current high school gym.

Ackerman says the current weight room, which is in the activities center north of the football field will be vacated, and they’re in discussions with Sanford Health, who uses the room across the hall for their fitness center, and with the City of Rock Rapids to decide what will happen to the current weight room once it is vacated. He says they want to keep using it as community recreation space in some form, while the school retains control of the second gym in the building.

Again, the project is being re-bid, with the bids to be opened at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 28.

To see some of the proposed project, click here.

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  • Monday, August 4 from 12:00-7:00 PM in George in the high school old commons.GLR
  • Tuesday, August 5 from 2:00-6:30 PM in Little Rock in the library.

From Central Lyon Schools:


All families should go to the high school commons to register their pre-school through high school students during the following times:
  • Wednesday, August 6, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.better central lyon logo
  • Tuesday, August 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
If you are a new family to the school district, you may

register from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on August 6.


Central Lyon High School students are asked to check their schedules and get their locker assignments on registration day. NO schedule changes will be allowed after the beginning of school. The Central Lyon Booster Club will have Central Lyon clothing available for purchase during registration.
A registration form needs to be completed for each family. The form can be found here – please complete it prior to coming to the school for registration. Additional forms that you may need for registration can be found in the newsletter or on the Central Lyon website under the parent information tab.

From West Lyon Schools:

The first day of school will be August 20th, 2014 at 8:25am. Kindergarten will start on this day. There will be an early dismissal at 1:30 on

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Wednesday. TK-6th. GRADE CLASS LISTS WILL NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL AUGUST 5th. They will not be included in the newsletter but will be posted on the West Lyon website We look forward to seeing all the students for another great year!

If your 8th-12th grade student misplaced their meal tickets over the summer and need a new one, please email Lisa at as soon as possible so that they get it on the first day of school.

April 3, 2014 - 12:23 pm - Posted in News, School News

West Lyon school is dismissing at 1:30 today (Thursday, April 3rd) because of an approaching snow storm. Preschool is dismissing at 1:15. All after school activities are cancelled.

April 3, 2014 - 12:22 pm - Posted in News, School News

Central Lyon Dismissing at 2:20 today (Thursday, April 3).

There was a pre-scheduled 1:00 dismissal tomorrow (Friday, April 4). If they are two hours late tomorrow, the dismissal will be at 2:20 tomorrow too instead of 1:00 as previously scheduled.

February 14, 2014 - 10:11 am - Posted in School News

February 10, 2014

The Central Lyon Board of Directors met in regular session in the Board Room of the Central Lyon Community School at 7:00 P.M. with the following members present: President Steve Sieperda, Vice-President Judy Gacke, Directors Scott Postma, Chet DeJong and David Jans and Superintendent Dave Ackerman and Board Secretary Jackie Wells. Other individuals present were EL/MS Principal Dan Kruse, Assistant Principal/Activities Director Steve Harman, Stephanie Baker, Dale Jansma, Toby Lorenzen, Jessica Harman, Denise Kirchhoff, Emily Deutsch, Marcus Ditsworth, Susan Van Wyhe, Jessica Jensen, Joleen Metzger, and Geneva Grooters.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M.

Gacke moved to approve the agenda with an additional list of bills; Jans seconded, carried 4-0.

Jans moved to approve the minutes from the January 13, 2014 regular meeting and Postma seconded, carried 4-0.

Postma moved to approve the financial report through 1/31/14; Jans seconded, carried 4-0.

DeJong arrived at 7:06 P.M.

Jans moved to approve the summary list of bills; Gacke seconded, carried 5-0.

In reports, Toby Lorenzen and Jessica Harman presented information on the Iowa Assessment results. Central Lyon students once again scored above average in most areas and line item analysis was performed to look at detailed results.

President Sieperda and Vice-President Gacke informed the board that the Central Lyon and George-Little Rock Sharing Committee met to discuss the sharing agreement for football, softball, cross country and wrestling. Discussion took place on students driving between districts and events; additional information on liability will be gathered through district attorneys. Middle School football equipment from George-Little Rock (7th grade) will be phased out and purchased as new by the Central Lyon School District when needed.

Principal Kruse reported that staff continues to attend ICC meeting to stay informed. He presented information on an Early Literacy grant received in the amount of approximately $17,000. This grant requires districts to comply with a variety of items within 3 years including early screening and testing options, progress monitoring, notifications to parents and retention of students who are “substantially deficient.”

Assistant Principal/Activities Director Harman informed the board that he is acquiring multiple bids on items that need upgrading in the district including volleyball standards, wrestling mats, football clocks, and baseball nets and refinishing the gym floors.

Superintendent Ackerman reported on a possible expansion of alternative school hours in the next school year which would include career awareness/readiness. Multiple rounds of internal transfers were accepted for open positions and advertisements are posted for available positions on the district website and Iowa Reap and Teach Iowa, which is a mandatory reporting site directed by the DE. Mr. Ackerman presented a sketch for improvements and additions to the Activities Center to include an expanded district weight room, community based fitness center, walking track and wrestling room. Board members asked him to meet with city and fitness center representatives to find out their wants and needs so the architect can continue to provide options for future expansion and remodeling. Mr. Ackerman reported the district has applied for the Teacher Leadership Compensation grant in the amount of approximately $210,000 or $310/student. If approved, grant dollars may be used for teacher mentors, technology integrationists, instructional coaches and lead teachers.

In Old Business, no additional items were added to the Casino Funds discussion. A work session will take place in March for further discussion.

In New Business, DeJong moved to approve the 2014 band/choir trip to Florida; Jans seconded, carried 5-0.

Jans moved to approve the staff reduction notification for the 2014-2015 school year. Gacke seconded, carried 5-0.

Gacke moved to approve the Class of 2014 Graduates pending all satisfy the district’s educational requirements; Postma seconded, carried 5-0.

Jans moved to approve Central Lyon policy revision 415.0 (Certified Staff Early Retirement) and waived 2nd reading. Postma seconded, carried 5-0. Gacke moved to approve Central Lyon policy review/revisions of 900 (Building & Sites), 900 (Community Relations) and 100 (School District) series of policies with no 2nd reading required. Postma seconded, carried 5-0.

In personnel, DeJong moved to approve the following voluntary transfers for the 2014-2015 school year; Jaci Van Veldhuizen from Kindergarten to 1st grade, Stephanie Baker from Kindergarten to 1st grade, Jill Devitt from MS English to HS English/Lit, Jodi Schrick to full-time K-12 Librarian, Laureen Schram from Title I to 4th grade and Krista Sprock from Special Education to Title I. Jans seconded, carried 5-0. Gacke moved to approve the resignation of Kelli Docker, pending suitable replacement from Assistant Volleyball (9th grade) and Jans seconded, carried 5-0. Jans moved to approve the early retirement request from Vicki Clasen, effective the end of the 2013-2014 school year; Postma seconded, carried 5-0.

The next regular board meeting will be at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 10, 2014 in the Central Lyon board room. A work session to discuss architect plans and casino funds will take place at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday March 25, 2014 in the Central Lyon board room. The board will enter into closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 1 (i), Superintendent Evaluation after the work session.

DeJong moved to adjourn at 8:31 P.M. and Postma seconded, carried 5-0.

musicSpirit Lake High School will be host to seventeen area high school jazz choirs participating in the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival Monday February 10 from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake.  Here’s a look at when some of the local area schools will perform.

  • Harris-Lake Park – Kathy Greve, Director  - 3:00
  • Central Lyon – Ann Langholdt, Director – 4:07
  • South O’Brien – Deb Tornow, Director – 5:16
  • Sheldon – Adam Orban, Director – 6:02
  • Sibley-Ocheyedan – Corky Koerselman, Director – 6:35
  • Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn – Kristi Wingert, Director – 6:58

Following each school’s performance, the choir will move to the Black Box for a 20 minute clinic to receive comments/suggestions about their performance. Spectators will be allowed to observe the clinic as long as the room capacity does not interfere with the clinic.

A full performance schedule can be located at