Corwith–Wesley Community School District

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Corwith–Wesley Community School District was a school district based in Corwith, Iowa,[1] serving Corwith and Wesley. The district occupied sections of Hancock and Kossuth counties as well as a small portion of Wright County.[2]


In 1984, Corwith–Wesley established a grade-sharing arrangement,[3] in which it operated Corwith-Wesley-Lu Verne High School, with the Lu Verne Community School District sending its secondary students there. This continued for the remainder of the district's existence.[4]

On July 1, 1988, the Boone Valley Community School District dissolved, with a portion assigned to Corwith–Wesley.[5]

By 2013, there were 115 students of all grade levels within the Corwith–Wesley district and 86 in the Lu Verne district; districts cannot merge under Iowa law if they have fewer than 200 students total,[3] and lower enrollments means getting less funds from the Iowa state government.[6] At the time the two districts were trying to find a third school district for a new grade-sharing arrangement.[3]

In September 2014, Corwith–Wesley residents voted to dissolve their district on a 101–78 basis.[7] The district dissolved on July 1, 2015, with portions going to the Algona, Clarion–Goldfield–Dows, LuVerne and West Hancock districts.[5] LuVerne received the majority of the territory, with 87% of the land.[7] Most of its primary students were scheduled to go to Lu Verne schools and most of its secondary students were scheduled to go to Algona schools.[8]


The Corwith school building had three stories.[9] It closed in 2015, and its demolition was anticipated in 2016.[10]

In 2009, the Wesley campus closed since the district had been sending students to LuVerne. The district sold it to the city government, which in 2014 primarily used it as a storage center, and had removed the school's utilities.[9]


  1. ^ Home. Corwith–Wesley Community School District. April 4, 2005. Retrieved on August 14, 2018. "Corwith-Wesley Community School PO Box 220 Corwith, Iowa 50430".
  2. ^ "Corwith-Wesley." Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved on August 14, 2018. Focus on Wesley, Focus on Corwith.
  3. ^ a b c "CWL, Algona seek sharing agreement". The Messenger. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ Clayworth, Jason; White, Rodney (2015-05-23). "Last hurrah: Corwith-Wesley students celebrate final graduation". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-08-14. - Mobile version
  5. ^ a b "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66 Archived 2018-06-19 at the Wayback Machine." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "CWL to look at whole-grade sharing". Humboldt News. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  7. ^ a b "C-W dissolution passes". The Leader. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ Clayworth, Jason; Rodney White (2015-05-28). "Corwith-Wesley says farewell, old friend". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  9. ^ a b Hayworth, Jason; Charles Litchfield (2014-11-22). "Lost Schools: Their school is closing; now what?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  10. ^ Clayworth, Jason; Rodney White (2015-10-17). "Shuttered schools: Rural America's SOS". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2019-02-25.

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