Flood A Factor In State Refusal For Hamburg High School Revival

HAMBURG – School Superintendent Mike Wells said recent flooding played a factor in the Iowa State Board of Education’s decision to reject Hamburg’s plan to renew high school classes under a career academy model.

At a February meeting with 130 patrons at the Marnie Simons Elementary School, Superintendent Wells said reviving the high school was a long-shot under a state education climate that seems to favor closing small schools.

“We would be extremely small,” he said, even if all of 227 of Hamburg students come back.

This spring’s flooding had a say in that.

Wells said at least 14 students have left the community because of this month’s flooding disaster. He expects another drop in enrollment because of the state board’s vote.

Wells projected an enrollment of 220, including 10 students who would option into the district because of the career academy. He indicated 35 other accredited schools in Iowa with an enrollment under 300.

Under a tuition agreement, Hamburg high school students have attended classes in Sidney. That agreement runs through the 2019-20 school year.

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