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...