The State Fair is over, school has started, cross county meets, volleyball and football games have started and it is time to start thinking about our collective efforts to influence the students of the IKM-Manning CSD.

The IKM-Manning Board of Education welcomes the advice and counsel of the citizens of the district in planning and operations of the district. One group instrumental in advising the Board is the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) which is composed of members with school age students, preschool students, no school age students, students, staff and administrators. The responsibilities of the group include:

a) Determine major educational need and rank them in priority order.

b) Develop long- range goals and plans to meet the needs.
c) Formulate and recommend short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals to attain the desired levels of student performance.
d) Evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record or progress under the plan that includes reports of pupil performance and results of school improvement projects.
e) Coordinate special projects.

On behalf of the Board of Education I would like to thank those parents, patrons, students and staff that serve on the SIAC. Without these dedicated individuals those important decisions would not be as easy to make.

Because of the updated nutritional standards the district will be upgrading our current Wellness Policy to meet the compliance of the federal government. The district will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of parents, students, food service, nurse, administrators, physical education teachers and the public. This committee will develop a plan to implement the local wellness policy and periodically review and update the policy. The committee will report to the board and community regarding the content and effectiveness of the policy and recommend updates. The committee will be responsible to establishing specific wellness goals for the district.

In my future articles I will try to update our patrons on the workings of the proposed education reforms for the State and or district.

We are off to a great start to the year and if you need to contact me, or would just like to discuss education (or anything else on your mind) you can drop me an email at
or call the office (712-654-2852).

Yours in education,

Dr. Ward
Like so many children today, I grew up loving the summer months. I remember waiting in anticipation
for the last day of school to finish so I could get busy having fun with family and friends. We’d anxiously
wait for our little league ball games, spend time fishing and swimming in the pond, and make up games
as the days went by. Summer was great; but, as August came around, I was always ready for school to

Summers are quite a bit different now for me and my family. With hectic schedules and people
scattered across different states it takes quite a bit planning to see each other. Yet, we manage to
get together to continue long-standing traditions and to create some new ones as well. I don’t know what the months of June and July have brought you, but I hope you’ve been able to carve out some meaningful time with friends and family before the rush of a new school year changes schedules.

On August 15th the bells will again signal the start to another school year for the IKM-Manning Wolves.
Staff and students in our district will bond together and create new traditions and establish positive
educational cultures. As community members, you can be a part of this effort as well. With the beginning of a new school year this is a great time for you to decide to share your strengths and talents with the IKM-Manning students. The IKM-Manning schools are your schools, and the time spent with students is like an investment that yields only good returns.

Again, my doors are always open for you to come and visit. I can be reached at 712-654-5282 or and will welcome any or all comments.

We’re going to have a great year. Come join us!

Yours in education,

Dr. Ward