Press Releases

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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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 https://www.independence.k12.ia.us/construction‐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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