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The special election in Keokuk did not go well for the school district, which asked voters to approve a $19.9 million bond issue.

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Enrollment is up this school year for the Keokuk School District, reversing a recent trend of declining figures. The district said its certified enrollment is about 1,916 students.

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Turnout could be described as minimal for the Keokuk School District's special election this week. But the impact could be massive as there will now be more money available for infrastructure, transportation, and technology needs.

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Early voting has started for the February 5 special election in the Keokuk School District. Residents are being asked to support a plan that the district said will increase the amount of money available for infrastructure improvements without hiking property taxes.

An arrest has been made in connection with an incident Thursday morning that prompted a "soft lockdown" by the Keokuk School District.

The Iowa Board of Education Examiners has dismissed multiple charges of fraud against two Keokuk educators. The allegations were related to online graduate school courses completed by one of the teachers several years ago.

The upcoming Keokuk School Board meeting might draw a larger crowd than normal. The additional observers are in response to the district's recent contract offers to its employees.

Two teachers at Keokuk Middle School are accused of fraud by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). The board is asking the two to surrender their teaching licenses.

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On wintery school days when it is extremely cold and/or snow is accumulating, school superintendents must decide whether to hold classes or tell children to stay home.  Tri States Public Radio talked to the superintendents from the West Prairie, Keokuk, and Macomb school districts to find out what factors into their decisions.

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Funeral arrangements have been set for Kirsten Wrieden, 46, of Keokuk, who died Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle while out on a walk. Wrieden was a 1st grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

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Christine Barnes said her first week as superintendent of the Keokuk School District has been a whirlwind, meeting new people and learning about the district. She said it's also been exciting for the new opportunity that lies before her.

The Keokuk School Board could announce the finalists in its search for a new school superintendent within the next couple days, and the board still hopes to achieve its goal of offering the job before July 1.

The Keokuk School District received applications from 15 candidates interested in becoming the district's next superintendent.  School Board President Janne Long said those applications have been reviewed by more than a dozen school board members, district administrators, and central office staff to determine if the candidates are qualified and meet the district's experience requirements.

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The Keokuk School Board accepted the resignation of Tim Hood as Superintendent following a nearly two-hour closed door meeting. The board also released him from the final year of his contract so he can take a similar job in southwest Iowa.

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The Keokuk School District and the Keokuk Education Association are negotiating teacher salaries despite the two sides already having a contract in place for the 2017/2018 school year.

The Keokuk School District is expected to be without its top administrator for at least the next four weeks as Superintendent Tim Hood will be goes on medical leave. No further details regarding the incident were provided as the district due to employee privacy.

Outgoing Keokuk High School Principal Zach Wigle is excited for his new opportunity as Activities Director in the Solon School District. He said he's enjoyed his three years in Keokuk, but that it is no longer the best situation.

The Keokuk School District has spent the past few months filling some key administrative vacancies. That process unexpectedly grew this week following the resignation of High School Principal Zach Wigle.

The Keokuk School Board this week approved a new two-year contract with the Keokuk Education Association. The  agreement takes effect July 1, 2016.

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Wells-Carey Elementary School was filled with Keokuk children for more than 80 years before closing its doors for good after the 2011-12 school year due to declining enrollment and the condition of the building. Now, it appears the former school will have its third owner in less than one year.

The Keokuk School District wants a judge to rule on a lawsuit filed by a former teacher before the lawsuit goes to trial next month. The district’s request for summary judgment is based on its belief that it has fully compensated Scott Schneider for his services.

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The Keokuk School Board has a new look following the Sept. 8 election as voters chose four new members to represent them. In the process, they removed a pair of incumbents and decided not to return a former board president to office.

July 30 was the final day candidates could file their nominating petitions for the Sept. 8 school board election in Iowa.  The two largest schools in the county (Fort Madison & Keokuk) have extremely crowded fields with twice as many candidates as open seats.

The Keokuk School District's administrative team will look much different when students resume classes this fall.  In fact, just one of the seven principals and assistant principals within Keokuk's four buildings will return in the same position.

The Keokuk School Board might soon adopt a set of district-wide goals for the upcoming school year.  The idea appears to be in response to the fact that the annual goals of Superintendent Tim Hood remain private.

A sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Keokuk School District by a former student has been dismissed.  District Court Judge Michael Schilling's ruling came down to the timing of the lawsuit.

The Keokuk School District does not believe Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is committing enough money to educate local children.

Decades of experience will be leaving the Keokuk School District a little sooner than anticipated.

A former vocational technology teacher in the Keokuk School District says he was forced to resign because of "intolerable working conditions."

The head of the Keokuk School District has received a contract extension.