For The Record
August 31st, 2015

The 2014 Graduation Walk was the biggest ever. Volunteers knocked on more than 1,200 doors around the community to invite dropouts back to school and get students who had fallen behind back on track towards high school diplomas. This year’s event was smaller by comparison. Only 700 or so homes were targeted. Typically, annual events … Read more »


August 25th, 2015

Des Moines Public Schools is not only the state’s largest provider of k-12 education, it’s also one of the older districts. With 70 buildings averaging 65 years old, renovations are needed annually to modernize classroom space, make schools accessible to more students and make them more secure. “When originally constructed, schools were built for public access (not with current trends of … Read more »


August 24th, 2015

Back to school to-do list: Wax the floors Stock the cafeterias Wash the buses Move the airplanes to their new hangar Wait a minute. What’s that last item? There are certain things school districts of all sizes and shapes and locales have in common. And then there are three in the entire country that have … Read more »


August 21st, 2015

When East High English teacher Kortny Williamson launched her career three years ago she also signed on as part of a groundbreaking group of new teachers who opted for an opportunity unique to Des Moines Public Schools. It’s called the Alternative Teacher Contract and it provides incentives to attract, motivate and retain teachers who are … Read more »


August 19th, 2015

After coming within a fraction of a point of advancing to the finals of last month’s 18th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Atlanta the DMPS team of spoken word warriors is treating the home folks to a showcase of their festival repertoire tomorrow night in a showcase event at the Temple for … Read more »