Press Releases

New School Construction Site Streaming Live Footage

June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012 (Independence, IA) –District residents and alumni now have an opportunity to watch real‐time construction progress of the new Jr./Sr. High School.  The Independence Community School District (ICSD) has launched two webcams streaming live footage from the construction site. The webcams are located on the north side of the site and can be viewed at‐camera.php.…

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School Board Withdraws from Task Force with City on Potential Uses for Current Jr./Sr. High School

May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012(Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District and Independence City Council held a joint work session in March to discuss the possibility of the City acquiring what is currently the Jr./Sr. High School. The City and School Board then formed a joint task force to further research the feasibility and potential costs…

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ICSD Receives Excellent Bid Results on New JR / SR High School

April 27, 2012

April 27, 2012 (Independence, IA) – The West Elementary commons buzzed as people gathered Thursday to witness the opening and consideration of construction bids for the new Jr./Sr. High School project. Since September 2011, the Independence Community School District has been working with HSR Associates on the preliminary construction planning and design of the new…

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Student Safety is a Top Priority at ICSD

April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012 (Independence, IA) – Violence occurring on school grounds is something most parents and citizens cannot even fathom, yet several reports of school violence around the country have already been published since the start of 2012. As many of you may already know, 17‐year old in Cleveland, Ohio entered the Chardon High School…

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Agricultural Education Making a Comeback in Independence

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 (Independence, IA) – Supporters who have worked hard to bring an Agricultural Education program and FFA Chapter back to the Independence Community School District (ICSD) have reason to celebrate. The Plant the Seed campaign members presented the ICSD Board of Education with a proposal to add an Agricultural Education program back into…

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District Receives Excellent Interest Rate on G.O. Bonds

March 21, 2012

March 22, 2012 (Independence, Iowa) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) has received great news regarding the new Jr./Sr. High School building. Matthew Gillaspie, a representative from Piper Jaffray & Co., recently explained how the low 2.89% interest rate issued on the sale of $10 million general obligation bonds will save district taxpayers a…

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“A” Rating from S&P Shows Strength of ICSD and Communities

March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012 (Independence, IA) – Positive momentum continues to build for the Independence Community School District (ICSD). Standard & Poor’s, a well known U.S. credit rating agency, recently assigned an “A”  long‐term rating for ICSD’s  Series  2012 general obligation (G.O.) school bonds to be issued in late March 2012. Voters in the school district approved the sale…

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The Art of School Lunch

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Independence, IA) ‐ La Rochefoucauld said “to eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” Students in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) are experiencing the gradual creation of a healthy food service program. Food Service Director, Jessica Weber, is at the helm of this transformation which started prior to her…

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Announcing Indee Student Film Fest

February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) is pleased to announce the Indee Student Film Fest. The film fest is a video production contest open to all ICSD students (there is no age limit). This year’s video focus is to create a “commercial” selling Independence as the place for families to live. “The…

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Work Experience Program Prepares Students for Life Outside High School

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 (Independence, IA) – Many students may view their future as either exciting or incredibly daunting. The students who participate in Jayme Beyer’s Work Experience Program feel prepared for anything. Beyer has been coordinating the program for the last six years and says it not only benefits the students who participate, but also…

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