Press Releases

Leinbaugh Complex Paver Project in Full-Swing

July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013 (Independence, IA) –John Allston once said, “The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.” It’s with this kind of spirit that the paver project at the Leinbaugh Complex was born.  Donors have made the project possible by purchasing engraved pavers which will be installed on…

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School District Announces One-to-One Laptop Program

April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013 (Independence, IA) – Students in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) are sure to have an exciting start to the 2013-2014 school year in August. Students in grades 7-12 will be located in the new Jr./Sr. High School and students in grades 9-12 will be introduced to the District’s 1:1 Learning Initiative.…

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Safe Route to New JR / SR High School Coming Soon

April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013 (Independence, IA) – By the time the new JR / SR High School opens in August of 2013, ICSD students, staff and visitors will have a safe route to travel between buildings from one end of campus to the other. The paved trail will provide a direct connection between the District’s East…

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After 50 Years – Agricultural Education is Back in Indee

January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 (Independence, IA) – After a 50 year absence, Agricultural Education will now be back in Independence Community School District classrooms. “As a rural farming community, it is imperative to recognize the importance of agriculture in our daily lives and to educate future generations,” said Superintendent Russell Reiter. “For this reason and many…

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Back in Black – ICSD Achieves Positive Solvency Ratio

October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012 (Independence, IA) – For the first time since the 2008 fiscal year, the Independence Community School District (ICSD) has reported a positive solvency ratio of 2.3%. You may be asking, what exactly IS a solvency ratio and why is it important? The solvency ratio is a measure of the district’s ability to…

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ICSD Receives Funding for FEMA Safe Room

September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012 (Independence, IA) – Junior/Senior High School students in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) will soon benefit from the first ever FEMA “safe room” in Buchanan County. The school district recently received news approving the use of FEMA grant dollars to construct a community safe room at the new Jr./Sr. High School.…

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PPEL Vote Passes with 78.5% Approval

September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012 (Independence, IA) –Voters in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) approved the renewal of the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) on Tuesday, September 11th. The voter‐approved rate is the same that has been in effect for the past 10 years and will now be extended through June 20, 2023. “We want…

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PPEL Vote on Horizon

September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012 (Independence, IA) –The Independence Community School District would like to remind district voters of the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) vote on Tuesday, September 11th. Voters will be asked to vote on the renewal of the PPEL program which allows school districts across Iowa to collect revenue for specific uses within…

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Importance of the PPEL

August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012 (Independence, IA) – The letters PPEL stand for Physical Plant Equipment Levy. The PPEL is a tax levy program which allows school districts across Iowa to collect revenue for specific uses within their districts. The Independence Community School District (ICSD) has relied on the PPEL for many, many years to provide important…

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Pulling Together for Indee Football

August 11, 2012

August 11, 2012 (Independence, IA) – We have all heard the expression “we are only as strong as our weakest link”. Brandon Krusey knows this saying all too well and strives to instill this belief in all student athletes. Krusey is a fresh face in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) and hopes to make…

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