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Sign up for the Sully Freedom Fun Run race on July 4th!

posted May 24, 2018, 7:49 AM by Shane Wheeler

The annual Sully Freedom Fun Run will be held on July 4th.  Attached below is an entry form and brochure.  

You can contact race director Darin Arkema at 641-780-3335 or email

Mail registration forms to:     Sully Freedom Fun Run 
                                           c/o Darin Arkema 
                                           8067 E. 124th St. S. 
                                           Sully, IA 50251 

LSCEF awards $4,700 in teacher grants (Hometown Press article)

posted May 20, 2018, 8:12 PM by   [ updated May 20, 2018, 8:12 PM ]

For the fifth consecutive year, Lynnville-Sully teachers were awarded grants totaling just over $4,700 thanks to the Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF) and area business partners during professional development meetings on Thursday, May 10.

LSCEF Director Kyra Smith awarded seven teacher grants that will go to a wide range of causes including online textbooks and resources, books, and games. According to Smith, this year’s grant money was provided by Grinnell Mutual Foundation and the Lynnville, Killduff, and Searsboro Telephone Companies. The LSCEF has awarded nearly $25,000 in teacher grants since 2014.

All L-S teachers are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants which are aimed “to help supplement education in the classroom, beyond what the district budget can do,” said Smith. Applications are approved by the superintendent and principal, and LSCEF board members review the applications and award the grant money.

Recipients of the 2018 LSCEF teacher grants: Gelene Evans, family and consumer science; Colleen Taylor, K-8 TAG/reading; Jill Philby, kindergarten; Lisa Martin, second grade; Melanie Sharp, middle school language arts; Joel Harthoorn, middle school science; Mike Parkinson, high school social studies; and Shane Ehresman, superintendent and LSCEF board member.

Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF) Spring 2018 Newsletter

posted May 13, 2018, 9:03 PM by

Read the LSCEF Spring 2018 Newsletter by clicking HERE

Homes for Sale/Rent in the L-S School District - Updated 4-16-18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 12:55 PM by Lorie Van Soelen   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 1:00 PM ]

To view a listing of homes, click Here

Good News!! L-S Class of 2017 Graduation Rate of 97.06% Exceeds 91% State Average

posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:06 AM by

Lynnville-Sully Class of 2017 Four-Year Graduation Rate of 97.06%; Exceeds 91% State Average

Good News for L-S!!


Based on an April 11, 2018 Iowa Department of Education’s press release, Iowa has set a 95 percent goal for the statewide graduation rate. “High school graduation is an essential step for every student because it opens the door to postsecondary education and training opportunities that lead to rewarding jobs,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “While I’m disappointed in this one-year decrease, our long-term trend is still on the rise and I’m confident we have the right roadmap in place for education.” (


Area School Districts - Class of 2017 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rates:

PCM: 98.65%

Pella: 97.27%

Lynnville-Sully: 97.06%

North Mahaska: 96.72%

Montezuma: 96.15%

Newton: 88.21%

Grinnell: 88.18%


To learn more about graduation rates from the Iowa Department of Education, click on the following link:

Employment Opportunities - Updated 05-21-18

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:59 AM by Shane Ehresman   [ updated May 21, 2018, 9:04 PM by ]

To view Lynnville-Sully Job Application, click HERE

9th Grade Class Sponsor: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a 9th grade class sponsor for 2018-2019. In conjunction with the other 9th grade sponsor, organize Homecoming activities for the 9th grade class, both 9th grade sponsors supervise basketball/wrestling concession stands from mid-November to January 1, and contact/schedule student workers. Stipend: $501. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Send a letter of interest and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

11th Grade Class Sponsor: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a 11th class sponsor for 2018-2019. In conjunction with the other 11th grade sponsor, organize Homecoming activities for the 11th grade class, manage magazine fundraiser, both 11th grade sponsors supervise all home varsity football concession stands, and contact/schedule student workers. Stipend: $501. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Send a letter of interest and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

High School Drama Director: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a high school drama director for 2018-2019. The drama director will be responsible for organizing the high school drama performance. Stipend: $1,336. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Send a letter of interest and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

High School Speech Coach: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a high school speech coach for individual and large group speech competitions for 2018-2019. Stipend: $2,004. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Send a letter of interest and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

Substitutes Needed: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks substitute custodians, classroom associates, and bus drivers for the upcoming school year. The school district is willing to pay for costs associated with obtaining a school bus license. For more information, call Shane Ehresman, Superintendent at 641-594-4445 extension 103. Send an application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Applications may be picked up in the high school office or downloaded from the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to 

Seeking Students (Newton Daily News article)

posted Feb 7, 2018, 2:45 PM by Shane Ehresman

Seeking Students

Facing a dwindling population, school district looks outside its borders to attract students

By David Dolmage Newton Daily News


February 7, 2018

SULLY — As small school districts across the state face declining enrollment and the threat of mergers and closures, more and more are thinking outside the box to find ways to keep the doors open. At Lynnville-Sully, superintendent Shane Ehresman has boosted enrollment by encouraging students from outside the district to enroll.

Of the 505 students on the rolls at Lynnville-Sully, 84 of those students are open enrolled. In Jasper County Lynnville-Sully has the second highest percentage of students who have open enrolled from other districts. Baxter has the highest percentage, one out of every four of its students live outside the school district’s boundaries. At Lynnville-Sully, open enrollment has doubled in the last 10 years. Increasing the number of open enrolled students is a goal, Ehresman said.

“It is a goal because schools, especially small schools, need those enrollment numbers, otherwise there’s mergers and closures, and that’s a scary thing,” Ehresman said.

Convincing students to open enroll from a larger school district into a smaller district requires superintendents to make a convincing case. Both Baxter and Lynnville-Sully host an open house night for prospective students every winter, the deadline for students in grades 1-12 to apply for open enrollment is March 1. After making the choice to open enroll, students still have to be accepted by the school board they are open enrolling into. Ehresman said it isn’t a big issue, applications are almost guaranteed to be accepted. The facilities at Lynnville-Sully are nowhere near capacity Ehresman said, and the district would shift to a three-section model in the lower grades. Currently, there are two sections of classes at Lynnville-Sully.

At Lynnville-Sully, Ehresman has a unique point to pitch prospective parents, the district has been the recipient of numerous awards, including being named the Iowa Report Card’s top-rated high school in the state in 2016, and the top rated middle school in the state for 2016 and 2017. The Iowa School Report Card, launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include student proficiency rates in math and reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates, and staff retention. The elementary school didn’t score as high on the report card, something Ehresman attributes to students being unprepared to start school, something the district can easily turn around.

“We come on strong at the end,” Ehresman said. “The state report card has been a positive promoter for the school district, people are aware of how we’re doing academically because of that report card.”

Ehresman said the school’s success is due to a data-driven approach, with individual interventions if needed. This analytical method to track student progress, allows the school to make sure students are on the right track. Teachers at the middle school have been using the method to track students for more than a decade, and for Ehresman, the proof is in the pudding.

“I’d liken it to the medical field, If you went to a doctor, they would run a battery of tests on you instead of just making a gut-level decision,” Ehresman said. “We want to build data-driven assessments and tests and then make a decision. We actually have the data to drive our decisions.”

Students at the high school scored an average of 24.5 on the ACT, besting the state average of 21.9, Ehresman said including four students in last year’s senior class who scored 30 or above.

During a presentation on Tuesday night for prospective students and their families, Ehresman touted the benefits of the district. With many districts facing the possibility of cuts as they see shrinking supplemental state aid from a legislature grappling with its own budget issues, Ehresman made sure to point out Lynnville-Sully’s healthy financial outlook.

“We’re in the best financial position of any school in the state,” Ehresman said. “We’ve got $1 million, cash in the bank, we’re in a really good financial position.” Ehresman attributed the district’s financial health to their efforts to increase enrollment, excellent fiscal management, and a supportive community. Increasing outside enrollment also bolsters the district, with the state of Iowa supplying $6,664 for every student in the district. For small districts like Lynnville-Sully adding students outside of their borders helps the district stay solvent. In the district the school has been bolstered by a community that’s gone above and beyond to make sure students have whatever they need, Ehresman said. Community members have donated the school’s all-weather track, the wrestling room, an art gallery and a land lab. The land lab, a 55-acre farm is a place where students in the district’s agricultural program can get firsthand experience.

Despite Lynnville-Sully’s size, Ehresman said the district can compete with bigger schools in the area. Students have the opportunity to participate in DMACC’s Career Academy Program in Newton, and Ehresman estimated that more than half of all juniors and seniors in the high school have taken at least one college-level class. “A lot of our kids are walking out of here 15 to 20 credit hours when they graduate,” Ehresman said.

Parents who attended Tuesday night’s open house got a tour of the district’s facilities, and they also had a chance to ask questions. Ehresman fielded questions about early out dismissals and bussing options. Stacey Simbro, a prospective parent who plans to re-enter the school district next year said she was impressed by what she saw and heard Monday night. Simbro’s oldest son is currently in the Newton School District, and with her youngest getting ready to start kindergarten in the fall Simbro is looking at options. “It was very informative,” Simbro said.

This is the fourth year Ehresman has hosted an open house for the school district, he said it’s something parents have requested. This is Ehresman’s eighth year on the job in Lynnville-Sully, he and his family moved to the district to be closer to her family, who live in Grinnell. Coming from Washington Ehresman said this is the smallest district he’s ever worked in, and from day one he knew he wanted to do whatever he could to make sure it continues to grow. Ehresman sees his mission as maintaining the district, and making sure enrollment stays high enough to prevent the threat of a merger or a closure, something he said would be devastating to the community. “If this school goes away there’s many people that believe their town is gone,” Ehresman said.

Community members keep a close eye on school closures and mergers, Ehresman said. Despite the population of both Lynnville and Sully shrinking over the last decade enrollment has continued to rise in the school district. Ehresman said he believes students are drawn to the district by what it offers, not because they’re “recruited.”

“An open house, a flyer, a billboard, that’s not going to get people to come here,” Ehresman said. “Our best recruitment tool is our education programs, that will speak for itself.”

Contact David Dolmage at 641-792-3121 ext. 6532 or

Helpful Tips about Influenza Symptoms, Prevention, and Care

posted Jan 17, 2018, 8:46 AM by Shane Ehresman

To learn more about symptoms, prevention, and care of influenza, click HERE


Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF) Fall 2017 Newsletter

posted Jan 11, 2018, 5:53 PM by Shane Ehresman

To view LSCEF Fall 2017 Newsletter, click HERE

To view LSCEF Fall 2017 Newsletter insert, click HERE

Niche Website Ranks Lynnville-Sully #1 School District in Jasper County

posted Jan 4, 2018, 11:41 AM by Shane Ehresman   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

2018 Best School Districts in Jasper County - Lynnville-Sully ranked #1
  • To view Jasper County School District results on the Niche website, click HERE

The 2018 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  • To view Niche home page, click HERE
    • Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

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