Welcome to Interstate 35 Schools – home of the Roadrunners! The 2012-13 school year begins our second half-century as a consolidated school district which proudly educates just under 900 students, spans 192 square miles in sections of three counties (Clarke, Madison, and Warren) and serves the rural communities of St. Charles, Truro, and New Virginia. We are located about 25 miles south of Des Moines in one of the closest places to the Metro many people aren’t aware even exists.
Our entire PK-12 campus is located in Truro and consists of a 1981 high school with one of the premier gymnasiums in the area and an attached elementary/middle school built in 2002. The district’s all-in-one-location affords us many opportunities to function as the community hub. Whether it’s a football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball game or track meet, the annual Rich Gray Wrestling Classic, a fine arts concert, dance team performance, or the junior class’ After Prom Carnival, one can be assured the parking lot will be full many evenings and weekends. We are fortunate to have an actively involved community and respectful student body that appreciate and support a small-school atmosphere.
As much as we treasure our strong tradition and consistently high graduation rates, we are diligently working to prepare our students for 21st Century learning and the ever-changing world. This focus has resulted in a huge increase in the amount of technological resources available to students and staff and an always-expanding digital presence for the district with our webpage, Twitter feed, and many staff blogs. We start this important preparation early by housing within the elementary the Little Roadrunner Preschool, which has earned the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation for its programming and services. It is open Tuesday through Friday during the school year and provides a stimulating early learning environment for area three- to five-year-olds.
Our three district priorities are to: 1) articulate and support a cohesive student-centered PK-12 vision for continuous school improvement; 2) engage in effective teaching and relevant learning for the 21st Century; and 3) operate with fiscal integrity, efficiency and effectiveness. We couldn’t accomplish any of these without the passion and dedication of our caring faculty and staff. We enjoy showcasing our school to others and would be thrilled to have you visit. On behalf of the Board of Education and all our employees, thanks for taking the time to learn more about I-35 Schools.
Kevin Fiene, Superintendent of Schools