District Large Group Speech Contest Event Day Information (Now on Wed., Jan. 23)

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Postville hosts the District Large Group Speech Contest.

(Any weather related announcements will be made through the contest's website)

Participants and Guests are encouraged to use this website for all information on this contest. This includes:

View Information on February 5 PPEL Vote

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Voter Information
Postville Community School District


Please VOTE in the February 5th Special Election
on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)

The PPEL election is coming up. It will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from noon through 8:00 P.M.  The measure will need a simple majority to pass and will take place at the Turner Hall 119 East Greene Street, Postville, Iowa.  Voters will be asked to vote yes, for the measure, or no, against the proposal. Residents of the Postville District will be allowed to vote.

Postville Community School District Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)
Fact Sheet
January 15, 2019

  • The renewal of the voted PPEL is NOT a new tax but a continuation of the current rate.
  • The PPEL maybe used for the following items: laptop computers, Smartpanel televisions, wired/wireless infrastructure, busses, vans, Suburbans, facility renovations; including, roof repairs/maintenance, windows, lights, flooring, classroom furniture, and playground equipment.  The Postville Board has made a commitment to not approve long-term debt to pay for these upgrades. The PPEL funding is used each year to maintain and upgrade the above items.
  • The current voted PPEL was approved by the Postville voters on April 5, 2011, with a 71% approval rate.
  • The voted PPEL needs a simple majority to pass.
  • The current voted PPEL is for the following years FY2012 through FY2022.
  • The new voted PPEL would be in place from FY2023 through FY2033.
  • The regular PPEL is $.33/$1,000 of assessed valuation in the district.
  • All Iowa School Districts levy the regular amount for their facility needs at $.33/$1,000 assessed valuations.
  • The current Postville School District rate is $1.34/$1,000 of assessed valuation.  The voted PPEL revenue is funded through a combination of property taxes and a 2% income surtax.
  • FY19 PPEL Revenue $314,836


Voted PPEL Regular PPEL
Current Rate Income Surtax 2% Property Tax Total Rate Total
$1.34 $43,671 $208,952 $252,623 $.33 $62,213


  • The election date will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Postville Honors Seven Students as 2019 All Conference Instrumentalists

all-conference instrumentalists

Congratulations to our seven 2019 PHS All Conference Instrumentalists. They are seniors: Drew Lubka, alto saxophone, Litci Marroquin, clarinet, and Andrew Hernandez, trumpet; junior: Alejandra Koozer, clarinet; and sophomores: Pierce Harbaugh, trumpet, Hilary De La Rosa, trumpet, and Hayden Pearce, trumpet. Double congratulations to Pierce Harbaugh on earning first chair of the first part in the trumpet section!

Shown in the photo after their last rehearsal of the day, at Clayton Ridge High School, on Monday, 01/14/19.

School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

School Performance Profile – Our Elementary School Designation

The state has released new information on school performance as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

  • A new online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles reflects how public schools performed on a set of core accountability measures, such as results on the statewide assessment. The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. These subgroups include students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, students receiving special education services, English learners, and students from racial/ethnic minority groups.
  • Based on these scores, some schools have been identified for additional support and improvement. These determinations are not punitive; rather, they come with funding and support.

Based on this new system of school accountability and support under ESSA, our school has received a designation of Targeted Support and Improvement. Over the next three years, our school will receive federal funding (Title I schools only) and resources from the state and our area education agency. Our school has a leadership team for school improvement called our Differentiated Accountability Team.  This team has been working together since the 2016 – 2017 school year to identify how we can improve our school in the areas of Reading, Math, and Behavior.  At this time this team meets monthly developing and implementing an action plan for improvement that fits the individual needs of our school. As you know, no two schools are the same and each has its own unique context.

While we have many things to celebrate in our school, such as a new school-wide behavior program (PBIS) and our Universal Instruction Protocol and Infrastructure for Reading, we also have work to do. We look forward to addressing our school’s needs through this process, which we view as an opportunity to build on the great things we have going on.

You can help by providing input as we develop our improvement plan and by continuing to support our school, our staff, and our students. We welcome your thoughts.

To locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, visit the following website: www.iaschoolperformance.gov


Jennifer Schutte

PK-6 Principal, Cora B. Darling Elementary


January 14, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

Postville Community School District
Board of Education Agenda
RISE Academy
104 West Green Street
Postville, Iowa
Monday, January 14, 2019
6:30 P.M.

  • Call to Order
  • Welcome Visitors
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Items to be Removed From the Consent Agenda
  • Consent Agenda
    1. December 10, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
    2. Monthly Bills and Monthly Financial Reports
    3. Hires
    4. Resignations
    5. Transfers  
    6. Acceptance of Donations/Gifts to the District
  • Reports
    1. Superintendent
      1. Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Vote  
    2. Principals
    3. Director of School Improvement
  • Learning and Leadership  
  • School Budget Review Committee Modified Supplemental Amount Request for the 2019-2020 At-Risk/Dropout Prevention Program $157,615
  • Administration Realignment for the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Items for the February Board Meeting
  • Adjournment

Next Board Meeting: Monday, February 11, 2019, at 6:30 P.M.

Postville Fine Arts Center Lobby