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Burlington School District

Two southeast Iowa school districts held special elections on Tuesday, April 2. The polls were busy in Fort Madison with more than 3,200 votes cast in the race. That was not the case in Burlington, where fewer than 700 people cast ballots, which is a turnout of less than 3.5%.

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Students in several Burlington schools have experienced multiple lockdowns since Monday. School Superintendent Pat Coen said each lockdown was warranted, adding that he will always err on the side of caution when it comes to safety.

Burlington residents will have several opportunities in the coming weeks to learn about the plan to close one school building and realign several others. The Burlington School District has said it must "right-size" due to declining enrollment.

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A couple hundred Burlington High School students staged a walkout.  They did so as part of an effort to raise awareness about the need to improve school safety and to put an end to the deadly school shootings that continue to plague the nation.

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Dr. Laura Rogers said even though she took a variety of classes while attending Burlington High School, she might have gone "a little heavy" on the science curriculum. 

Burlington's teachers do not believe they should be asked for ideas to trim the budget for next year while also negotiating an employment contract for that same time period.

Burlington Schools Approve Early Retirements

Feb 17, 2016

The Burlington School Board offered an early retirement incentive to eligible teachers and support staff this year in an effort to ease the pressure on what is expected to be a tight budget for the 2016/2017 school year.  The result is that more than 400 years of experience will walk out the door at the end of the school year.

Burlington Schools Offer Early Retirement Incentive

Jan 19, 2016

The Burlington School District's certified enrollment fell by more than 130 students this year, which equates to a loss in state aid of more than $500,000.  The school board hopes to cope with the loss by offering a retirement incentive to some of its employees.

Residents of southeast Iowa will travel to the polls on Tues., Sept. 8 to choose the men and women who will represent them on their local school boards. One such race is in Burlington, where a field of five candidates is looking to do big things.

Thursday, July 30 was the final day candidates could file their nominating petitions for the Sept. 8 school board election in Iowa.  On election day, county residents will have plenty of decisions to make.

The Burlington School District is trying to improve the educational opportunities for its students through more personal interaction and additional offerings. That starts with the restructuring of the day-to-day schedule for high school students.

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The Burlington School District will require principals and assistant principals to wear body cameras when classes resume this fall. Superintendent Pat Coen said the idea came about following an incident during this past school year.

The Burlington School District and the Burlington Education Association have reached an agreement on a new contract for the 2015/2016 school year. 

It calls for the teachers to receive a 4% increase in total compensation, which includes salary, benefits and retirement, among others.

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The Burlington School District is giving its students another option to consider as they look to their futures.  Starting this fall, they can learn how to cook in a commercial grade kitchen.

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The Burlington School District has filled a pair of administrative vacancies.  And it's confident one hiring does not violate its own nepotism policy.

Some recent actions by the Burlington School Board could help the panel craft the district's upcoming budget.

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The Burlington School District placed an employee on administrative leave after the worker left a student alone in Aldo Leopold Middle School after hours.

There are still many more questions than answers when it comes to the abrupt resignation of an administrator in the Burlington School District.

Burlington High School students will soon have access to a laptop computer at home and in the classroom.

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The Burlington School District could have a new superintendent by the end of the night.

The Burlington School District's current officer is based at the high school.  The second officer will rotate between the district’s two middle schools and attend extracurricular activities as needed.

The Burlington School District has committed more money to a major upgrade of its football stadium.

A new state program will help boost the starting pay for teachers in the Burlington School District.

Teachers in the Burlington School District are looking for some changes in their next employment contract.

The Burlington School District will now accept reports of bullying that are filed online.

The Burlington School District says it reacted quickly to an online video that appears to show a student being bullied on school property.

The Burlington School District is moving ahead with its share of the proposed $3.4-million renovation of Bracewell Stadium, which is home to multiple middle and high school teams.

The Burlington School Board wants more information about how the school district is addressing bullying.

The Burlington School District is trying to make sure its employees know how to respond to a dangerous situation or circumstance.

The school board elections in southeast Iowa (Lee & Des Moines Counties) are scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.