For The Record
August 30th, 2014

When Hoover High School received one of the first STEM grants awarded by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council less than a year ago, the mindset of the school’s STEM Academy Director, Maureen Griffin, immediately shifted from theory to drawing board. Her mandate was to put the money toward designing the classroom of the future; to … Read more »


August 29th, 2014

East junior Matt Buchacker was asked recently if he’d heard the old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” No, he hadn’t. He’s too good a scout and scouts are, “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent,” not cynical. But he quickly understood why it came to someone’s mind in … Read more »


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 »