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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

November 27, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday, Dec. 1, and thereafter.


ANDREW, Iowa — Rural Iowa schools are looking to collaboration and innovation as enrollment declines. Easton Valley Junior/Senior High School in Preston and Andrew (Iowa) Elementary School are among the schools that, as they face declining enrollment and, as a result, falling state funding, continue to work to find creative ways to continue delivering programming for their students. By John Kruse, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1997 words.


WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa church is being revived with the help of a new pastor. The Rev. Drew McHolm and his wife, Cedar Falls native Jesse Boatright, have left their parsonage in Austin, Texas, to lead the Little Brown Church just outside of Nashua. The Scottish-born minister is stepping in for the church’s full-time pastor, John Granchie, while he is on sabbatical. By Kristin Guess, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 501 words.

For use Sunday, Dec. 2, and thereafter.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is seeing a decline in the number of teacher-librarians. The number of Iowa school librarians dropped 40 percent, from about 700 to roughly 400 positions, according to the Iowa Department of Education. The reduction in teacher-librarian positions has implications for students, according to advocates. Librarians are certified teachers who can determine whether students are prepared for college assignments and whether they know how to research issues online and in text. By Mackenzie Ryan, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: words.


MASON CITY, Iowa — A group of entrepreneurial fifth-graders in Iowa have started a weekly coffee club. The Bean is in full grind at Lincoln Intermediate in Mason City. It began this fall with asking principals if students could start a hot drinks club for teachers and staff, special education teacher Brenna Bothwell said. Lincoln Intermediate’s parent teacher organization then donated $500 toward start-up costs. By Ashley Miller, lobe Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 485 words.

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