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History

In 1949, 17 rural schools joined to build the Marion Rural Independent School District. At that time, 287 students were enrolled in grades K-8. Tenth Street was lined with farm fields as were most of the other current Linn-Mar school building sites. Despite a district name change in 1959 and three merger votes with Marion Independent — all of which failed — Linn-Mar has had continual growth and retained a sense of community for over six decades.

Today, seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are located throughout the District. More than 1,000 staff serve the educational needs of more than 7,500 students K-12. Whether teaching, bussing or cooking, Linn-Mar staff are dedicated to the quality of the educational experience of all students.

In the future, Linn-Mar is planning for additional schools. The school district is currently developing a facilities plan. This would require community approval through a bond vote in 2017 and the school district to build a new middle school.

Timeline

  • 1948: Main Elementary School (K-8) completed and named Marion Rural Independent School
  • 1949: Novak Elementary constructed
  • 1959: Linn-Mar Senior High constructed
  • 1961: Indian Creek Elementary built
  • 1963: Junior High School constructed and Marion Independent Schools named Linn-Mar Community School by Iowa Legislature
  • 1966: Wilkins Elementary constructed
  • 1968: Bowman Woods Elementary constructed
  • 1995: Linn-Mar Intermediate School constructed
  • 1997: $25 million bond issue passed.
  • 1999: District changed from a K-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12 configuration to a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 configuration. Westfield Elementary was constructed. New gymnasiums and classrooms were added at Wilkins Elementary and Indian Creek Elementary.
  • 2003: Oak Ridge School (K-8) was built. Linn-Mar Middle School became Excelsior Middle School.
  • 2006: $27.5 million bond issue passed to build two new elementary schools (Echo Hill & Linn Grove), renovate and update the High School, renovated and update Novak Elementary and convert Oak Ridge to a middle school.
  • 2009: Transportation and Operations & Maintenance move to their new building on 62nd Street.
  • 2010: The new, relocated Novak Elementary opened. The Educational Services Center moved into the original Novak and was rededicated as the Learning Resource Center (LRC). COMPASS High School Alternative Program moved to the ground level of the LRC.
  • 2011: The multi-purpose stadium and parking project was completed.
  • 2012: The Linn-Mar baseball/softball complex is completed.
  • 2013: The Linn-Mar Aquatic Center is completed
  • 2016: High School renovation project is completed.