November News Article

If you have ever watched the movie A Few Good Men, at the end of the movie you will hear one of the characters say, "Harold, you don't need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor."  The same saying goes for all who live and work in the AWV school district, "You don't have to have a title to be a leader."  You just have to lead.  Many different characteristics build leadership and a title is only a small part of being a leader.  Leaders know they are a work in progress.  They define themselves as model learners.  Leaders disrupt the status quo to bring positive change and are able to visualize it.  They stay the course without shying away from challenges.  They understand curves in the road will be expected.  When adversity strikes, they approach this as an opportunity to teach.  Leaders bring their best every day as a choice.  Some recent data provided by Niche shows an example of leadership being provided by AWV staff members and students.

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.  AR-We-VA ranked 58th safest school in the state of Iowa, the 91th best district in the state of Iowa out of 307 districts, and the 108th best place to teach in Iowa out of 328 districts.  AWV Community School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Crawford County. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.  Niche is one verification that AWV is working hard to meet the educational needs of our students.  It is a tribute to our AWV staff members for their hard work and service.  It is a testimonial to AWV students for putting their best foot forward.  Thank you parents for valuing the powerful impact education can provide for a successful future for your sons and daughters.
 
In addition to the general/school board election on November 5, AWV has included a ballot question to extend the Revenue Purpose Statement, RPS, in the districts. Legislation approved last year to extend the one cent sales tax revenues called SAVE, Secure and Advanced Vision for Education to 2051.  Local districts have to pass a new RPS to gain the full benefits of the updated law.  SAVE funds can be used for infrastructure purposes only:  facilities, technology, and transportation.  This DOES NOT raise property or income taxes and requires a simple majority to be approved.  Monies are divided evenly within the state on a per pupil basis currently generating approximately $900 per pupil or $200,000 annually.  If the vote fails, the original RPS stays in place or a future vote to extend the RPS to align with the new law is approved by the voters.
It is the policy of the Ar-We-Va Community School District to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities or employment practices.  Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to the district’s Equity Coordinator, Sharon Stickrod, at Ar-We-Va CSD, 108 Clinton Street, Westside, IA 51467 or call 712-663-4311.