Coronavirus – COVID-19
Dear CCSD Employees, Parents, Guardians, Caretakers, and Community Members,

I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.  There has been a great deal of conversation among statewide superintendents, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public health regarding our strategy to deal with COVID-19.  Our school district is very in-tune with what is going on across the State and Nation, and we are doing everything that has been recommended to us. Our custodians, maintenance, and school staff have done an exceptional job going above and beyond normal operations keeping our facilities and equipment as clean as possible.  

You may be aware of various national, statewide, and regional events being canceled by the groups that are sponsoring them.  We are closely monitoring where we are sending our students and making decisions based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Department of Education; we have also seen Iowa’s largest school district, Des Moines Public Schools, as well as many colleges and universities canceling classes.  I have received many inquiries regarding whether we plan to do the same in Clinton. My response to this, we are going to follow the recommendations given to us by the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office.  

I have provided links outlining guidance for schools in Iowa.  I would encourage you to read these. The Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health are not recommending that any Iowa schools close.  If the situation with COVID-19 changes, the recommendations from these groups may change. If and when they do, we will follow their recommendations. As you’ll see in these documents, their recommendations will be based on local COVID-19 spread.  So we will receive recommendations based on our own school district. Our school district will continue to follow their recommendations for our schools, students, and staff.

If you have any questions after reviewing the attached information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will do my best to answer your questions. As always, what we want is what’s best for the students and staff we serve.


Gary DeLacy


Iowa Department of Education Update 

Iowa Department of Public Health K-12 Guidance 

Iowa Department of Public Health News Update 

Iowa Department of Public Health – Travel 

Brightbytes Survey

Our school district will be partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, so that we can learn more about our school’s technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. This will be done through a comprehensive framework called CASE that looks at the Classroom factors, Access to technology, teacher and student Skills and Environmental factors.

To gain these insights, we must provide BrightBytes with a complete picture of technology use at school and at home. We will be asking students (3-12), teachers, and parents to participate in the project and to provide input.

Your participation is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete versus a limited understanding of our school’s technology use.

Please take 10 minutes to answer this questionnaire by going to:

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This upcoming Tuesday, March 3, the Clinton High School Bond vote will take place.  Polling is at the Church of the Open Door from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This vote addresses the last piece of the facility task force discussion that began when I was on the committee as a teacher in the 1990s.

At that time, there was discussion of building a new high school campus with all the athletic facilities on the west side of the city. However, the district also had seven elementary buildings that needed attention and the fact that the city’s population was declining did not support that many elementary buildings.  Therefore, no action was taken on a new high school.

The last bond issue occurred in the late 1990s to support renovation of Whittier and Gateway Middle School (now Bluff).  The 1% sales tax paid for the new Eagle Heights and new Jefferson buildings, therefore saving local property taxpayers.

The district’s next step was to address the middle school facilities.  The new Clinton Middle School opened five years ago. Again, this building was financed through the 1% sales tax.

Clinton High School is the last facility we need to address.  To give you a perspective on how things have changed since the early 1990s, CHS was the only building at that time that had some air-conditioning.  Today, it is the only building, that serves students, in the district that is not fully climate-controlled.

The current proposal has a price tag of $62 million.  Over a third of this will be financed by the 1% sales tax and other revenue sources.  Therefore you will see the bond issue of $38.9 million which will complete the project.

I strongly encourage all of you to exercise your right to vote.







Clinton Community College in cooperation with the five Clinton County school districts ( Calmus-Wheatland, Camanche, Clinton, DeWitt, and Northeast) will offer concurrent Career and Technical programming starting the fall of 2020.

To this end, Clinton High School will be offering four career academies for qualifying juniors and seniors in the 2020-2021 school year.  For the Fall of 2020 through Clinton Community College, students will be offered three career academies- Engineering Technology, Business, and Education.  A Medical Careers academy will begin in the Spring of 2021.  Each of the academies will offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school and help them to get a head start on their careers.

We are excited to have these offerings available for our students. For next year’s juniors or seniors and parents, please reach out to the Clinton High School guidance office if interested.  Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is ongoing now.


Rivermont Collegiate has entered into a partnership with the Confucius International Education Group (CIEG) to offer an educational program at the New Six Arts Educational Park.  The plan is to contract with Clinton High School to provide some of the educational programming for the international students.

The benefits of the international student program for Clinton High School have been impactful.  The additional revenue source has allowed the district to employee five additional teachers, lowering classroom sizes for all students.  Second, the opportunity to share and experience the diverse cultures is a more authentic experience than reading about it in a book.  Third, the joint partnership has allowed Clinton High School to offer some of its programming at the New Six Arts campus.  The Synergy program is housed there and some core classes have been held in the state-of-the-art STEM labs.

The Clinton Community School District looks forward to working with CIEG and Rivermont Collegiate in this public/private partnership and providing unique opportunities for its students.


These priorities were approved by attendees at the RSAI Annual Meeting, Oct. 16, 2019 and by the Leadership Group Nov. 13, 2019.  The Clinton Community School District is a member of Rural School Advocates of Iowa and is in agreement with these legislative priorities.
Adequate School Resources: RSAI supports adequate base funding. The increased per
pupil cost known as SSA is especially critical to rural students due to distance from
school/opportunities, economies of scale, mandates, the need for AEA support, and the ability to attract and retain staff. Rural schools depend on an investment of meaningful new resources to prepare students for a successful future. The rate of increase in SSA should be no lower than anticipated growth in state revenue (adjusted for legislated tax cuts), should keep up with other economic factors such as personal income or state gross domestic product over the long term, should maintain a balance of state and local property taxes, provide predictability, and be set timely to assure adequate notice for budget planning and staffing. The SSA rate for the 2020-21 school year should be set no lower than 3.75%, if the revenue adjustment controlling for tax cuts is lower than 3.75%.
Student Mental Health: RSAI supports increased access to and funding for mental health services for children. In addition to adequate funding for AEA services and access to other service providers, an array of services should also include telehealth services received at school. The state, Medicaid and insurance providers should not pass on administrative or billing work to schools, and schools should not be mandated to be providers of mental health services for children.
Educator Shortage and Quality Instruction: RSAI supports maximum flexibility to hire staff to provide great instruction and support to all Iowa students. RSAI supports 1) district flexibility to meet offer and teach requirements, 2) teacher or other staff shortage loan forgiveness programs and incentives to encourage staff to work in rural schools, 3) a special education generalist credential to teach special education across all grades, 4) creation of a Public Service strand in Iowa’s CTE system to prepare Iowa’s future teaching workforce, 5) continued state support of Iowa Learning Online (ILO), 6) flexibility to hire retirees without a negative IPERS impact, 7) elimination of barriers to licensure for teachers and administrators, and 8) allow associate degree for substitutes. The BOEE should accept evidence other than strict transcripts to show skill mastery for administrators from other states.
Formula and Transportation Equity: RSAI supports formula and transportation equity. The Legislature should accelerate the commitment to close the $165 gap between the state and district cost per pupil within ten years and continue transportation equity support, bringing down all districts to no more than the state average per pupil transportation cost, without requiring burdensome reporting requirements from school districts.

Opportunity Equity for Low SES: RSAI supports resources for at-risk students. Resources should be based on need, such as the percentage of students eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL), in addition to enrollment of the district. The current disparity in dropout prevention capacity, (some districts held to 2.5% and others allowed to access up to 5% of regular program district cost) is arbitrary, based on history no longer relevant to supporting student needs. All school boards should be able to realize the full 5% dropout prevention funding. The formula must further recognize the disproportionate cost of providing equal educational opportunities to low-income students. School districts should be granted spending authority for FRPL eligible students’ fees mandated to be waived by state and federal law.
Sharing Incentives and Efficiencies: RSAI supports extension of sharing and efficiency
incentives. Rural students benefit from opportunities to achieve efficiencies, share capacity to operate, and redirect resources to educational programs. Whole Grade Sharing, Reorganization, and Operational Sharing Incentives should be extended and expanded.
Quality Preschool: RSAI supports full funding of quality preschool. Due to changing
demographics in rural Iowa, significant transportation costs, and lack of quality day care
access, preschool should be fully funded at the regular student count at 1.0 per pupil cost.
School Safety: RSAI supports school safety investments. Rural schools need the resources, training and support necessary for Iowa student and staff safety at school, including additional funding for security personnel and training to protect against active shooter and other emergency situations presenting harm.
Bonding Capacity: RSAI supports a simple majority, 50% plus 1, voter approval for school.

Here are key educational senate committee leaders:

 Here are key educational House leaders:

Local legislators:

Norlin G. Mommsen (R, District 97)

Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member

Now is the time to contact legislators as they plan before the upcoming session.  We need to actively advocate for public education.

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) replaced the former Iowa Assessments, with students taking the new tests for the first time in spring 2019. Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa oversaw the test’s development and administration.

Parents of Clinton Community School District will receive the test results of their children in the next few weeks from the spring testing.

English language arts and math tests were given to students in grades 3 through 11, while science tests were given in grades 5, 8 and 10.

ISASP better reflects what’s being taught in Iowa classrooms and how students are progressing toward grade-level expectations outlined in Iowa’s academic standards.

This makes ISASP one measure that helps teachers understand where students are succeeding and where they may need more help.

Student performance on the ISASP is scored in three ways: Advanced, Proficient, and Not Yet Proficient.

A committee of 185 Iowa educators met for five days in July to determine recommended performance levels, or cut scores, which define the range of scores for each of the three categories. These recommendations will be taken to the Iowa State Board of Education on September 12.

Because the new state test is more aligned to Iowa’s academic standards, it is more challenging.

These results will re-set the baseline for future progress on the new state test. They should not be compared to results from previous years because the state test is new and different.

Results will be used to report to parents and communities, to help guide instruction, and to assist schools in their school improvement planning. The test results also will be applied to Iowa’s school accountability system required under federal law.



The Clinton Community School District and the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Committee are proud to announce the 2020 Hall of Honor Class.  The inductees are Joan Beck, Denise Dudley, Roberta Fenlon, Wes Golden, Andy Grotelueschen, LuLu Johnson, Jeanette Gehrmann Petersen, and Charles Toney.

Chairperson of the Hall of Honor Committee, Dennis Duerling, stated “the second class of the Clinton High School Hall of Honor is a strong follow-up to the inaugural class.  This class, in particular, demonstrates the effect of Clinton High School graduates on breaking barriers in terms of race and sex.  The committee also pleased to recognize alumni that excelled in community and military service, along with a nominated Tony actor.”

Joan Beck (CHS Class of 1941) was a staff writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  She served as a pioneer for women in the journalism field from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Beck was the first woman to sit on the editorial board of the Tribune.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and joined the Tribune in 1950.  Beck was credited for moving coverage from fashion, cooking, and beauty tips to social issues such as adoption, foster care, education, working women, and medical research.  In 1961, she took over the popular “You and Your Child” column which ran twice weekly in the Tribune and was nationally syndicated.  The response to her work was overwhelming, averaging more than 1000 letters per week.  Beck also wrote several books, including “How to Raise a Brighter Child” which was published in 1967, translated in eight different languages, and now is in its 18th printing.  She passed away in 1998.

Denise M. Dudley is a professional trainer and keynote speaker, author, business consultant, and founder and former CEO of SkillPath Seminars, the largest public training company in the world, which provides 18,000 seminars per year, and has trained over 12 million people in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Denise holds a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, a hospital administrator’s license, a preceptor for administrators-in-training license, and is licensed to provide training to medical professionals in the United States and Canada. She’s also a certified AIDS educator, a licensed field therapist for individuals with agoraphobia, and a regularly featured speaker on the campuses of many universities across the US, and the author of Simon and Schuster’s best-selling audio series, “Making Relationships Last.”  Denise speaks all over the world on a variety of topics, including management and supervision skills, leadership, assertiveness, communication, personal relationships, interviewing skills, and career readiness.  Denise’s latest book, “Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted,” is currently available on, and is receiving all 5-star customer reviews.

Roberta Fenlon (CHS Class of 1929) earned her Bachelor of Science from the Iowa State University and Master of Science in bacteriology from the University of Iowa Medical School.  Fenlon moved west to do her internship at San Francisco General Hospital and her residency at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Fenlon entered private practice in internal medicine in 1945 and maintained offices in San Francisco for 42 years until her death.  She was the first and only woman president of both the San Francisco Medical Society and the California Medical Association.  In 1964, Fenlon became the first woman elected to the California Medical Council and became president in 1971.  She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, long-time director of the Public Health League, and a director of Blue Shield of California.  In 1980, Fenlon received the University of California in San Francisco Charlotte Baer award for outstanding contributions to teaching.  She received similar honors from the American Society of Internal Medicine, Heart Association, and San Francisco Examiner.  Fenlon died in 1987.

Wesley Golden (CHS Class of 1990) has earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership from Northcentral University.  Golden returned to Clinton High School in 1997, and taught for 20 years in the science department.  He also began serving in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1997. As a Company Commander in 2003, Golden served in Baghdad, Iraq, and was deployed for over 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He received the Bronze Star Medal and his unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation.  In 2010, Golden was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was selected as a Battalion Commander. His battalion deployed for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012, to Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan. His responsibilities included managing logistics for 18 separate NATO and non-NATO nations. He received a second Bronze Star Medal and his Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. In 2016, Golden was promoted to Colonel and was assigned as a Brigade Commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies in 2017. He currently serves the school district as the Director of Learning and Collaboration.

Andy Grotelueschen (CHS Class of 1998) attended Marquette University majoring in theatre in 2002.  After achieving his master’s degree in theatre from Brown University, Grotelueschen and his fellow theatre classmates launched a new theatre company in New York City called the Fiasco Theatre.  Fiasco Theatre offers actor-driven productions and after a decade of success, Fiasco Theatre is a company-in-residence at Broadway Roundabout Theatre.  Grotelueschen has had small parts in television shows (Elementary, The Good Wife), commericials (Mastercard, Papa Johns, and Lenovo Computers), movies (Coin Heist), as well as two roles in Broadway plays (Cyrano De Bergerac and Tootsie the Musical).  In May 2019, Grotelueschen earned a Tony nomination for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical”.

Lulu Johnson (CHS Class of 1925) was the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in the state of Iowa and the second ever in the history of the United States.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa before receiving her master’s degree in history for a thesis entitled “The Negro in Canada, Slave, and Free.”  Johnson taught history and politics at Talladega College (1930-31) and at Tougaloo College (1931-40).  She worked intermittently at the University of Iowa throughout the 1930s on a PhD in history.  In 1941, Johnson successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, (The Problem of Slavery in the Old Northwest, 1787-1858.”  Johnson faced discrimination during her time at the University of Iowa, including being forced to take a swim class as a requirement of her doctorate, even though she was enrolled in the history PhD program, and was not allowed to use the university swimming pool at the same time as whites.  Johnson went on to teach history at historically black colleges such as Floriday A&M University, West Virginia State College, and Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.  At Cheyney, Johnson served as a professor of history and a dean of women students.  She passed away in 1995.

Jeanette Gehrmann Petersen (CHS Class of 1953) has a vast history of volunteering for many Clinton area organizations over her lifetime.  Petersen has been on the Sarah Harding board for over 25 years.  She also was active on the following committees or organizations: Felix Adler, Balloons in June, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Police and Fire Retirement Board, Municipal Transit Administration, Civil Service Commission, Wa-tan-ye, the Jane Lamb Agatha Circle, the River Bluff Community Foundation of Clinton, and the League of Women Voters in Clinton.  Petersen served as the precinct chair of the Clinton County Democrats of the second ward from 1960-1980.  She was on the Clinton County Historical Society and was the chairperson of “Living History Day” for seven years.  In 1980, Petersen received the YWCA Woman of Achievement award.

Charles Toney (CHS Class of 1930) was a national leader in equal opportunity efforts, programs, and results.  He initiated one of the first voluntary affirmative action plans in the nation with goals and timetables used at John Deere prior to those which later became mandatory under federal laws.  Toney established and instituted local secondary programs such as Quad City Scholars, Home Grown Engineers, and Quad City Merit Employment Council.  At John Deere, he was the first welder of color in Iowa or Illinois.  In 1972, Toney was promoted to Manager of Minority Relations and then became the first African American at an executive level when he was appointed Director of Affirmative Action.  Toney became known throughout the Midwest as the Dean of Affirmative Action and was respected locally, regionally, and nationally for his leadership in this area.  He passed away in 2009.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

The induction of the 2020 Hall of Honor will be in conjunction with the Academic Awards night scheduled for April 17, 2020.


The following is a press release by the Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) announcing that Clinton High School counselor, Amanda Steines, is the 2019 Iowa High School Counselor of the Year:

Amanda Steines, School Counselor at Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, was named the 2019 Iowa High School Counselor of the Year. The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) gave this award to Ms. Steines at the annual ISCA conference held in Des Moines on November 4th, 2019. 

 Ms. Steines was recognized for the outstanding comprehensive and data-driven school counseling program she has developed and implemented at Clinton High School.  She has been instrumental in ensuring excellence in the counseling program through implementation of the ASCA national model.

 Amanda Steines has served as a school counselor since 2007 with Clinton Community School District.  As a member of the Clinton counseling team, Amanda has received two RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model) national awards for a comprehensive school counseling program. 

Amanda’s colleague, Sue Schrader said she “has proven herself to be an asset to Clinton High School by stimulating improvements within the School Counseling Program and offering suggestions for change. She has also actively participated in our staff development program throughout her employment which has centered on the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Response to Intervention, including being our department PLC leader.”  In addition to Amanda’s contributions to the Clinton Community School District, she also works to share knowledge with counselors throughout the state by presenting at our state conference, speaking at AEA Counselor Academy, and presenting to counseling program students. 

We are fortunate to have Amanda Steines represent Iowa as the 2019 High School Counselor of the Year! 

 Sarah Majoros

ISCA Awards and Recognition Chair



The Clinton High School Task Force will be offering informational meetings for the community about the plans to do a phased build new/tear down and renovate other parts of Clinton High School.  The meetings will feature a presentation, a question and answer session, a a tour of the high school, highlighting areas of the building the public does not see.

These meetings are scheduled for the following dates starting at 5:30 pm in the high school cafeteria:

November 12

December 11

January 8

February 12

Please attend one or more of these meetings to be informed of the Task Force endorsed plan and have your questions answered.