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 the late 1960'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. 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.
We are now educating our third generation of students at North Winn, and we are constantly striving for quality education as we reinvent the country school. In a cooperative agreement with the Decorah Community School District, beginning in 2001, high school students attend the Decorah High School. And in a similar agreement with the Mabel/Canton School District, some high school students attend the Mabel High School.