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North Winn

North Winneshiek is in the center of a rich and beautiful countryside, three miles from Burr Oak, Iowa, home of a museum in one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder's homes in The Little House on the Prairie. The school is on a crossroads of Winneshiek County Highway W37 and 350th. St., surrounded by corn fields and the beautiful rolling hills...

Not all of Iowa is flat!

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When the District was formed, each landowner on the boundary of the new district was asked if they wanted to be part of the new school district or not. If they did, their land was added to the district and neighboring landowners were asked the same question. As a result the boundaries of the district became very convoluted! Today five bus routes network the district. There are five district directors of the North Winn. School Board of Directors.

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North Winneshiek Community School History

One of the first tasks for the early settlers was to establish country schoolhouses. In addition to learning the basics, four generations learned rural values such as hard work, honesty and love for the land. After a century of service, the state legislature decreed that all Iowa School districts must offer kindergarten through high school programs.

In the1960's, the one-room schools across the state were being closed, and there was a need for expanded facilities in which to offer quality education for generations to come. Citizens of Northern Winneshiek County, not wanting to sacrifice the values of a "country education," created the North Winneshiek Community School District in 1964. The Board of Directors hired Gordon Christianson as the Superintendent. Mr. Christianson and the Board of Directors oversaw the building on the centrally located site, hired the teachers and staff, and managed the tasks of starting the new district. The first graduation ceremonies were held in 1965.

We are now educating our third generation of students at North Winn, and we have established a quality twenty-first century education as we reinvent the country school. Due to declining enrollment, a cooperative agreement with the Decorah Community School District was created. Beginning in 2001, high school students attended the Decorah High School. And in a similar agreement with the Mabel/Canton School District, some high school students attend the Mabel High School.

The results for the Special School Election held in Winneshiek County on February 6, 2018 concluded that North Winneshiek and Decorah School Districts will combine at the end of the 2018-19 school year. A combined school board has been formed with one representative from the North Winn. Board and four from the Decorah Board. See more about the reorganization vote...


The North Winneshiek Community School District does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, socio-economic status, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Tim Dugger and can be reached at 563-735-5411.