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District History

The Linn-Mar CSD currently serves more than 7,200 students in 10 buildings. Through the years, Linn-Mar patrons have demonstrated pride in their schools by supporting financial, curricular and extracurricular projects and activities.

District Beginnings

1948 – The Linn-Mar Community School District was formed in 1948 when 17 one-room rural schools joined together to build the Marion Rural Independent Grade School.

1959 – High School opened.

1961 – Indian Creek Elementary opened.

1963 – Junior High School opened.

1966 – Wilkins Elementary opened.

1968 – Bowman Woods Elementary opened.

Renovations, Additions and New Construction

1975 – Educational Services Center and Buildings and Grounds added to the junior/senior high.

1980 – Additions to the junior/senior high schools.

1995 – New media centers and remodeling at Indian Creek and Bowman Woods Elementary, 14-room addition to junior/senior high. Linn-Mar Intermediate School opened.

1997 – District patrons passed a $25 million bond levy for the construction of a new elementary building (Westfield Elementary) and extensive expansion and/or renovation projects in virtually all of the other buildings in the district, including a new auditorium and a new gymnasium for the High School.

1999 – Westfield Elementary opened in November.

New gymnasiums and classroom additions to Wilkins and Indian Creek Elementary and a two-story addition to the Intermediate School to change to a middle school. A new gymnasium was added to the High School.

The district changed from a K-4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–12 grade configuration to a K-5 elementary level, 6–8 middle school, and 9–12 high school.

2001 – In March, district residents passed a $12 million bond issue to construct a K-8 building, Oak Ridge, on the west side of the district. This was a new concept for the district and a solution to overflow in those grade levels. When a new elementary school was needed, Oak Ridge would become the district’s second middle school.

2000 – New High School auditorium completed

2003 – In August, Oak Ridge School opened as a K-8 school in August. It is now Oak Ridge Middle School, grades 6-8.

Building for the Future

2007 – Voters in Linn County approved a 10-year School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) Sales Tax on February 13, 2007. SILO tax revenues were distributed across all school districts in Linn County for the first five years of the tax.

Having received voter approval of over 75% in January 2006, the district constructed two new elementary schools and made renovations to the High School and Novak Elementary. Linn Grove Elementary opened in the Fall of 2007. Echo Hill Elementary opened the following year north of Oak Ridge Middle School. The January 2006 bond referendum was for $27.5 million.

2008 – The Iowa Legislature passed SAVE legislation which extended the penny sales tax for schools to 2029 and created an average per student allocation for school districts across the state. The increase in the sales and use tax from 5% to 6% was intended to replace the 1% SILO tax that had been in effect. The average per student allocation in FY 2011 was $800.20.

2010-2012 – To date, SILO revenue has allowed the district to build the new Novak Elementary school (completed June 2010), air condition five schools (Westfield and Novak completed Fall 2009) (Bowman Woods, Indian Creek and Wilkins completed Fall 2010), construct a 6,000 seat multi-purpose stadium, install additional high school parking (completed Spring 2011), purchase property to relocate Transportation and Operations & Maintenance (completed Fall 2010), relocate the baseball and softball fields to the Oak Ridge property, and build an indoor aquatics center. The Board is forward focused, anticipating growth, and has purchased nearly 100 acres in anticipation of a new school building sometime in the next decade.

In February 2011, Linn-Mar voters approved to extend the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy to June 30, 2015. PPEL is the main revenue source for maintenance of infrastructure investments that allows local schools to support infrastructure and equipment needs. Roofs, windows, heating and cooling equipment, flooring, plumbing and parking lot upgrades and repairs are funded through this levy. The district is committed to energy efficient buildings and is continually evaluating efficiencies. The new Linn-Mar Stadium opened in 2011 and was followed by the opening of the Aquatic Center in 2012.

2015 – The district began a series of major renovations and improvements at Linn-Mar High School that are scheduled to be completed in 2017.