FC-WCL Reorganization

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Bussing of Open Enrolled Students to or from Neighboring Districts:

Bussing decisions must be mutually agreed upon by neighboring districts.  Once boundaries are determined, then both boards can determine the mutually agreed upon distance to allow for open enrolled students to be picked up.

Property Tax Information:

See the calculator and other information using the "Projected Tax Levies" link on the left side of this page.

Board Structure:

In reorganization, the petition states that Woden-Crystal Lake will be guaranteed immediate representation on the new board.

The number of directors on the initial board shall be seven and they shall be selected pursuant to section 275.41, Code of Iowa (the alternative method of carry-over appointments), six (6) directors initially appointed from the Forest City Community School District Board of Directors and one (1) initially appointed from the Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District Board of Directors.  The number of directors on the regular board shall also be seven and shall be elected pursuant to section 275.12 (2)(b) of the Code of Iowa, i.e. electors from the entire district voting for each director and division of the new district into four single member director districts each represented by a resident of that director district and one three member multi-member director district represented by three residents of that director district.

See the proposed district map and the population worksheets connected with that map on the "Proposed Board of Directors Map" link on the left side of this page.

Open Enrollments/Athletic Eligibility:

It is our understanding that students would be able to open enroll and maintain athletic eligibility during this process even if the deadline is missed.  This was the practice during the new whole grade sharing agreement between Woden-Crystal Lake and Forest City.  On all open enrollment and athletic eligibility questions, we would strongly recommend that you contact Carol Greta at the Department of Education at 515-281-8661.

WCL Dissolution Committee

The following information has been provided on the Woden-Crystal Lake Schools website related to dissolution.

School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) Status

The Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District (WCL) has experienced declining enrollment and negative unspent budget balance trends in the past.  School districts are required to prepare corrective action plans for the school budget review committee to return to positive budget balances. 

In 2009 the WCL school district requested a Feasibility Study for future planning assistance.  The report findings provided five (5) viable options for the school district to consider. Continued declining enrollments has caused the school district to be left with two (2) of the original Feasibility Study options for the School Board to consider.  The options are reorganization or dissolution.

The Woden-Crystal Lake Board of Education is pursuing reorganization with the Forest City Community School District. 

Every school district conducts annual budget audits and copies of these documents are available for review at the districts’ office by contacting the board secretary, located at 120 5th Street East, Crystal Lake, Iowa 50432.

Dissolution Process:

Iowa Code 275 dictates that if a school district receives the required signatures on a petition to consider dissolution, it must begin the process by first forming a Dissolution Committee. 

A  signature on a petition to consider dissolution is not a vote, but rather requires the local school board to begin the process to consider dissolving the school district.

The Woden-Crystal Lake Board of Education began the first step of this process at its’ February 9, 2012 meeting.  The minutes of that meeting are (posted or pasted here).  The next meeting is scheduled for March 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crystal Lake School.

The Woden-Crystal Lake Board of Education is pursuing reorganization with the Forest City Community School District and will also continue the dissolution process as required by Iowa Code 275.  A complete dissolution process typically takes 6 to 9 months and the local dissolution commission must return a plan back to the Woden-Crystal Lake Board of Directors for consideration or modification by the school board. 

A vote to dissolve is not planned at this time and cannot occur until the WCL board approves a plan submitted by the commission.  The commission at anytime could report to the school board that it cannot arrive at a plan to submit to the board for review and dissolve itself. 

Historical Reference: Only 4 dissolutions in the State of Iowa with 3 of 4 coming from the local School Board.

State of Iowa Incentives – Learn the basic differences here:

Whole-Grade Sharing incentives:

Currently the Woden-Crystal Lake Board of Education is sharing with the Forest City Community School District.  This agreement currently provides supplemental weighting funding.  If both of the school districts’ patrons vote to reorganize, supplemental weighting funding continues and is estimated to be approximately $900,000.00 following three years after reorganizing. 

Property tax incentives for both school districts exist if both of the school districts’ patrons vote to reorganize.

Dissolution Process incentives:

Property tax incentives exist if of the Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District school districts’ patrons vote to dissolve.

A vote to dissolve by the Woden-Crystal Lake Community School District school districts’ patrons would result in the supplemental weighting funding to be lost.  (If WCL is voted to be dissolved, approximate loss of $900,000.00 additional State funding).


Woden-Crystal Lake Patron Call, "Did I hear the West Hancock Superintendent say that they may be considering a bond issue regarding a facility upgrade on a KIOW interview?"

This question should be asked of the West Hancock Superintendent Wayne Kronemann as we feel this is not our place to provide information regarding any future plans of another district as any facility plans could have an impact on property tax rates (bond issue).