Linn-Mar Community School District

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Linn-Mar Community School District
LinnMarCSDLogo.jpg
Location
Linn County, Iowa
United States
District information
Type Public
Motto We are Linn-Mar!
Grades K-12
Established 1948
Superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd
Schools 10
Students and staff
Students 7,234
Staff 985
Athletic conference Mississippi Valley Conference
District mascot Lion
Colors Red/Black
Other information
Website http://www.linnmar.k12.ia.us/default.asp

Linn-Mar Community School District in Iowa encompasses 64 square miles (170 km2), which includes the northern part of the city of Marion, an area in Cedar Rapids, part of the city of Robins and rural areas in Linn County, both south and north of the city of Marion.

Schools[edit]


The Linn-Mar Community School District was formed in 1948 when 17 one-room rural schools joined together to build the Marion Rural Independent Grade School. The Linn-Mar District now serves more than 7,200 students in ten buildings.

Through the years, Linn-Mar patrons have demonstrated pride in their schools by supporting financial, curricular and extra curricular projects and activities.

In 1997, District patrons passed a $25 million bond levy for the construction of a new elementary building (Westfield Elementary) and extensive expansion and/or renovation projects in virtually all of the other buildings in the district, including a new auditorium and a new gymnasium for the High School.

Construction and renovation of District buildings include: High School (1959); Indian Creek Elementary (1961); junior high school (1963); Wilkins Elementary (1966); Bowman Woods Elementary (1968); Educational Services Center and Buildings and Grounds, additions to the junior/senior high (1975); additions to the junior/senior high (1980); new media centers and remodeling at Indian Creek and Bowman Woods Elementary, 14-room addition to junior/senior high, Linn-Mar Intermediate School (1995); Westfield Elementary, new gymnasiums and classroom additions to Wilkins and Indian Creek Elementary and a two-story addition to the Intermediate School to change to a middle school (August, 1999); new gymnasium at the High School (November, 1999); new High School auditorium (March, 2000); Oak Ridge School (August, 2003).

In 1999, the district changed from a K-4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–12 grade configuration to a K-5 elementary level, 6–8 middle school, and 9–12 high school.

In March, 2001, district residents passed a $12 million bond issue to construct a K-8 building, Oak Ridge, on the west side of the district. This was a new concept for the district and a solution to overflow in those grade levels. When a new elementary school is needed, Oak Ridge will become a second middle school. The K-8 Oak Ridge School opened in August 2003, is now Oak Ridge Middle School, grades 6–8.

Having received voter approval of over 75% in January 2006, the District constructed two new elementary schools and make renovations to the High School and Novak Elementary. Linn Grove Elementary, at 2301 50th Street, opened in the Fall of 2007. Echo Hill Elementary opened the following year and north of Oak Ridge Middle School. The January 2006 bond referendum was for $27.5 million.

Voters in Linn County approved a 10-year School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) Sales Tax on February 13, 2007. SILO tax revenues are distributed across all school districts in Linn County for the first five years of the tax. In 2008, the Iowa Legislature passed SAVE legislation which extended the penny sales tax for schools to 2029 and created an average per student allocation for school districts across the state. The increase in the sales and use tax from 5% to 6% was intended to replace the 1% SILO tax that had been in effect. The average per student allocation in FY 2011 was $800.20.

To date, SILO revenue has allowed the district to build the new Novak Elementary school (Completed June 2010), air condition five schools (Westfield and Novak completed Fall 2009) (Bowman Woods, Indian Creek and Wilkins completed Fall 2010), construct a 6,000 seat multipurpose stadium, install additional high school parking (Completed Spring 2011), purchase property to relocate Transportation and Operations & Maintenance (Completed Fall 2010), relocate the baseball and softball fields to the Oak Ridge property,(Anticipated completion Spring 2013) and begin construction on a $10 million indoor aquatics center. The Board is forward focused, anticipating growth, and has purchased nearly 100 acres in anticipation of a new secondary school buildings sometime in the next decade.

In February 2011, Linn-Mar voters approved to extend the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy to June 30, 2015. PPEL is the main revenue source for maintenance of infrastructure investments. It is a property tax that allows local schools to support infrastructure and equipment needs. Roofs, windows, heating and cooling equipment, flooring, plumbing and parking lot upgrades and repairs are funded through this levy. The District is committed to energy efficient buildings and is continually evaluating efficiencies.

In 2015 the district began a series of major renovations and improvements at Linn-Mar High School

Extra Information[edit]

The Linn-Mar High School mascot is the lion. The Lions compete in the largest extra curricular class in the state of Iowa.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Conference Champs: 1985, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 State Qualifier: 1985, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 State Champion: 1985, 2010

GIRLS BOWLING: State Qualifier: 2011

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: Conference Champs: 1981, 1984, 1985 Regional Champs: 2010 State Qualifier: 2010, 2011

GIRLS GOLF: Conference Champs: 1974, 1983, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007

GIRLS GYMNASTICS: State Qualifier: 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 State Champion: 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988

GIRLS SOCCER: Conference Champs: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 State Qualifier: 1998, 2010, 2012, 2013

GIRLS SOFTBALL: Conference Champs: 1986, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 State Qualifier: 1995, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (1995 4th Place, 2006 Runner Up, 2007 4th Place)

GIRLS SWIMMING: Conference Champs: 2004, 2007 Regional Champs: 2008, 2009 Regional Team Champion State Qualifier: 2008, 2009

GIRLS TENNIS: Conference Champs: 2000

GIRLS TRACK: Conference Champs: 1980, 1981

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Conference Champs: 1978, 1979, 1980 State Qualifier: 2009, 2010

BOYS BASEBALL: Conference Champs: 1966, 1985, 1986

BOYS BASKETBALL: Conference Champs: 1962, 1963, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 State Qualifier: 1983, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2005 Runner Up, 2006 4th Place, 2008 3rd Place, 2009 2nd Place, 2010 3rd Place) State Champion: 1983, 2004, 2007, 2011

BOYS BOWLING: State Qualifier: 2011, 2014

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Conference Champs: 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 2000, 2003 State Qualifier: 2010, 2011 (2003 4th Place)

BOYS FOOTBALL: Conference Champs: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2011 State Qualifier: 1985, 1989, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2011 (1975 Semi Finalist, 1982 Semi Finalist, 1986 Runner Up, 1994 Runner Up) State Champion: 1985, 1989, 1990

BOYS GOLF: Conference Champs: 1970, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 State Qualifier: 2007, 2009, 2011 (2004 3rd Place, 2007 3rd Place)

BOYS GYMNASTICS: State Qualifier: 1976, 1979, 1981 State Champion: 1976, 1979, 1981

BOYS SOCCER: Conference Champs: 1996 State Qualifier: 2008

BOYS TENNIS: Conference Champs: 1987, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010 State Qualifier: 1998 State Champion: 1988

BOYS TRACK: Conference Champs: 1966, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 District Champs: 2010 State Qualifier: 2010 (2010 4th Place) State Champion: 2013

BOYS WRESTLING: Conference Champs: 2011 District Champs: 2011 State Qualifier: 2011 (2011 Dual Team, 2002 Duals 3rd place, 2002 Team 3rd place)

CO-ED GOLF: State Qualifier: 1983, 1997, 2006 State Champion: 1983, 1997, 2006

Facts and figures[edit]

Enrollment[edit]

{ Enrollment (in seats)

2011–12 District: 6522 High School: 1837 Middle School: 1517 Elementary School: 3168

2010–11 District: 6329 High School: 1783 Middle School: 1463 Elementary School: 3083

2009–10 District: 6252 High School: 1762 Middle School: 1398 Elementary School: 3092

2008–09 District: 6123 High School: 1750 Middle School: 1363 Elementary School: 3010

2007–08 District: 5873 High School: 1711 Middle School: 1274 Elementary School: 2888

2006–07 District: 5658 High School: 1630 Middle School: 1270 Elementary School: 2758

2005–06 District: 5302 High School: 1458 Middle School: 1235 Elementary School: 2609

2004–05 District: 5128 High School: 1431 Middle School: 1204 Elementary School: 2493

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