For The Record
August 27th, 2014

In an effort to save energy costs paid by local taxpayers, Des Moines Public Schools, as it has for the past five years, is asking its 5,000 employees to pay a small portion of the electrical costs if they choose to use personal convenience appliances at work. The practice has been in place since the 2009-10 … Read more »


August 25th, 2014

The Wakonda Club on the south side of Des Moines is only about six miles from Findley Elementary School on the north side. But really the two are worlds apart. Aren’t they? Wakonda is a bastion of the well-heeled. Most of Findley’s students live in poverty. Besides education they get free breakfast and lunch at … Read more »


August 23rd, 2014

It’s the goal of every school and school district to provide students a great education and, ultimately, a high school diploma that helps each of them be ready to succeed at their next stage in life. But, unless the graduation rate is 100%, work remains to make sure every high school senior can put on … Read more »


August 22nd, 2014

Okay, the title March of the Penguins is already taken by the academy award-winning documentary film that is so named, but still… Perkins Elementary School started an annual parade to celebrate the start of each new school year when Principal Dan Koss arrived four years ago. It’s a great mood-setter that Koss came up with … Read more »


August 15th, 2014

So close to the start of a new year the emphasis is understandably on preparation. But summer’s waning days are also the occasion for closure in some areas. Friday afternoon the district’s summer contingent of AmeriCorps volunteers gathered to tie up administrative loose ends, compare notes, share some cake and, in many cases, recommit. AmeriCorps … Read more »