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Iola USD 257 Central Office
305 N. Washington Street
Iola, Kansas 66749

Normal Office Hours
M-F 7:30 - 4:00

Summer Office Hours
M-F 7:30 - 4:00

Phone: (620) 365-4700
Fax: (620) 365-4708

Welcome to Iola USD 257

The mission of USD 257 is to “inspire all students to succeed”. In USD 257 we believe that education will prepare individuals to contribute to family, vocation, and society. We believe that all students can learn and quality education should be made available to all. We believe students should be continually challenged at their ability level and that higher expectations yield measurably higher results. We believe that students should be treated with respect. We believe education is a process rather than a product.

USD 257 Using Google Classroom

 Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs.

Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperless, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.

Mr. Anthony Herrick has been incorporating this tool in his Language and Mythology classes at the middle school this year. Above, he works with students getting ready to cast their presentations from their Chromebooks. 


How Will Building New Schools Impact Iola's Economy?

The construction activity will pump $59.6 million into Iola's economy or have a total economic impact of $59.6 million, create an estimated 196 total jobs each year during construction, along with supporting $20.4 million in salaries for area construction workers and other workers.

The projects will create an estimated $5.1 million in local taxable sales and spending and generate $115,988 for the city and county.

Click here for the full report prepared by Impact DataSource.


New Schools Have an Impact on Student Learning

Theorists, Earthman (1996), Edwards (1992), Edwards (1996), and Hines (1996) had shown in their research that school climate—orderly, appropriate, and safe educational facilities, which were conducive to teaching and learning, to be determinant of academic achievement. Edwards (1992) investigated the relationship between school building 
conditions, parental involvement, and student achievement in schools in the Washington, D. C. school system. Edwards (1992) found that building condition had an effect on student achievement.

Bowers and Burkett (1988) investigated the differences in health, attendance, behavior, and achievement in rural Tennessee. Bowers and Burkett found that there was a relationship between the physical environment and health, attendance, behavior, and student achievement. Phillip (1997) also found that there was a definite relationship between age of the school facility and students’ reading achievement scores.

Click here to read more.