Congratulations to the Central Lyon girls volleyball team and coaches for earning a trip to the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids!  The following is the information we have at this time with more details coming as available.better central lyon logo

Central Lyon will play Bellevue Marquette at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids.  There will be no school in honor of this achievement to allow for staff and students to attend.  The team tentatively plans to leave early afternoon on Tuesday the 11th, exact time yet to be determined. We anticipate holding a K-12 pep rally at 11am in the gym on Tuesday immediately following the Veteran’s Day Ceremony which begins at10:30am.  Once again a reminder we do have school on Monday November 10 with a 1pm dismissal.

Please note it is at least 5+ hours to Cedar Rapids.  Also please pay attention to speed limits particularly in Cedar Rapids as they have speed monitoring cameras on the main highway system.

If the team wins, they will play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th and there will be no school for this date as well.  If the team does not win the first round game, there will be school on Thursday with a 2 hour late start.   If the team does not win there are no consolation games.

If the team wins on Thursday they will play in the championship game at 7pm on Friday, November 14.  If this is the case, we will not hold school on Friday. If the team does not win the Thursday second round game, school is planned to go as scheduled on Friday with a 2 hour late start.

KIWA  has indicated they will be broadcasting all the Central Lyon games and those interested in radio advertising should contact the stations. We will not be broadcasting on the High School Cube for these games.

We anticipate tickets may be purchased in advance at the high school office on Friday and Monday for Wednesday’sgame, they are $10 per person.

State volleyball t-shirts order forms will be available now on the website and by color flyers.  Orders with payment are due by this Friday at 3pm. Amy will send out an email once the order forms are available.

Team and individual “goodie bags” will be available in the high school office starting today.  You may drop off items for this at this time.

We are attempting to secure charter busses to the state tournament for Wednesday.  If this can be done, more details will follow.  If any individuals or businesses care to contribute to the cost of this or make donations to the team, please contact Steve Harman at 712-472-4051 or or Jackie Wells at 712-472-2664

More information can be found at our district website at

Individuals and businesses may be contacted by Royal Advertising who handles the state tournament program for advertising needs.  I believe the contact’s name is Kim Wilson.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may interested or needs additional details.

Go Lions!

Dave Ackerman, Superintendent
Central Lyon Community School District
PO Box 471
1105 S. Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA  51246
Fax: 712-472-3543

Central Lyon girls will be playing at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids. If the girls win Wednesday, they would play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th in the Five Seasons Center.  If the girls win on Thursday, they would play at 7pm on Friday, November 14th in the Five Seasons Center.

Several businesses & individuals have generously donated funds towards fan charter buses.  The first day bus will leave from the high school parking lot at 8:30am Wednesday morning.  The cost will be $40 per person, which does NOT include the cost of the tournament ticket.  Advance tickets will be on sale for Wednesday’s game in the high school office for $10.00 each or you can purchase a tournament ticket upon arrival at the Five Seasons Center.  The district will need a minimum of 40 riders to secure the charter bus each day.  Children, 7th grade and under, are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Please note that return time will depend on the length of the match, and it is a 5+ hour drive.

Fifty six seats are available and will be based on a first contact, first reserve basis, starting immediately. You may contact Jackie Wells to reserve your seat and arrange payment at or 712-472-2664 or 712-472-4051.  Sign-up must be complete by Tuesday at 4pm.  You may put your name on a waiting list for a potential Thursday and Friday bus when making reservations for Wednesday.  Riders will have priority to reserve their seat the following days.  Additional reservations may be taken for a portion of the evening, following a Lion win with Jackie Wells at 605-595-2697.

Wednesday, November 12th:
Departure time – 8:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

Thursday, November 13th (tentative):
Departure time – 10:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

Friday, November 14th (tentative):
Departure time – 11:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

This information will be forwarded to the Chamber and posted on the district’s website and social media.

Thank you,

Jackie Wells
Business Manager/Board Secretary
1105 S Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

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.