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L-S School Board Accepts Superintendent Early Resignation Request (09-21-20)

posted by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Shane Ehresman's Letter of Resignation 09-21-20, click HERE

September 21, 2020



Title: L-S School Board Accepts Superintendent Early Resignation Request

Author: Lynnville-Sully Community School District Board of Education


At the request of Lynnville-Sully Superintendent Shane Ehresman, the school board approved Shane’s resignation at the end of his 2020-2021 school year during a regular school board meeting on September 21, 2020. His intentions are to successfully and effectively fulfill his 2020-2021 superintendent contract.  Shane’s last day as superintendent will be June 30, 2021.


The board strongly supports Shane’s leadership at Lynnville-Sully and respects his decision to explore school leadership positions in areas other than the superintendency.  Even though the board would like Shane to continue leading the district in future years, we appreciate early notification of his intentions not to return next year. Shane’s early resignation despite not having a job secured next year illustrates his unselfishness and desire for Lynnville-Sully to attract quality superintendent candidates. The board would like to thank Shane for over ten years of dedication and commitment to school improvement.


Lynnville-Sully accomplishments during Shane Ehresman’s tenure: “Exceptional” and “High Performing” school performance ratings from the Iowa Department of Education; awarded Iowa Top Workplace for seven consecutive years; over 80% approval on school bond issue; maintained strong financial position and low property tax rate; increased enrollment to over 500 students; reorganized the Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF); construction of new softball field, all-weather track, baseball/softball concession stand, art gallery, football/track press box and bleachers, future multipurpose room and football/track concession stand; FFA Alumni Association purchase of 55-acres of farm land for student learning; integration of student one-to-one technology in classrooms; positive open enrollment into the school district from area schools; implementation of Project Lead the Way engineering classes in the middle school, and many successful co-curricular programs.


Notification of Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19 with Students/Staff Quarantined - Posted 09-20-20

posted Sep 20, 2020, 12:19 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

September 20, 2020

Dear Lynnville-Sully Families,

At 10:00 pm on Saturday, September 19, 2020, the school district received notification that a Lynnville-Sully student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to confidentiality laws, the school district will not be able to share the names of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the individual involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.

The school district conducted a contact tracing investigation on Saturday night and Sunday morning/afternoon.. If you were not already contacted by the school district or public health, be assured you or your child was not identified in close contact with the individual with COVID-19. Those in close contact to the individual with COVID-19 have been called and quarantined from the school building for an extended period of time. No 7-12 sports/activity schedules have been changed or postponed at this time. 

There is nothing more important to Lynnville-Sully staff and administration than the safety and health of our students, our staff, and their families.  We worked closely with Jasper County Public Health to review this case and take the necessary actions to limit the impact of illness on our school. The student or staff member is under quarantine following CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines.


Shane Ehresman, Ed.S. - Superintendent

Justine Wyma, MSN, RN, CLNC -  School Nurse

2020 Iowa Top Workplaces Award

posted Sep 17, 2020, 1:09 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

The Des Moines Register Names Lynnville-Sully CSD

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, The Des Moines Register published “The Iowa Top Workplaces” – a list of the best places to work in the State of Iowa. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection, etc…

Seventh consecutive year earning the Top Workplaces designation. Go Hawks!!


Des Moines Register Top Workplace website link highlighting Lynnville-Sully:


Health Update & Reminders (09-16-20)

posted Sep 16, 2020, 7:17 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Dear Lynnville-Sully Families:

This week, there have been a number of students sent home with COVID-19 symptoms. Please continue to monitor students for signs and symptoms of illness: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

If signs of illness develop, please STAY HOME and call your healthcare provider as well as the school nurse for more information.  Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Students sent home by the school nurse, or remain home based on a parent decision, with COVID-19 symptoms must follow school isolation procedures before returning to school.

  • Isolate from others

  • If parent keeps a student home, contact the school nurse for guidance

  • Stay home in isolation until ALL these conditions are met:

    • No fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. AND

    • Symptoms have improved. AND

    • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

A student may return to school before the 10 day isolation period if one of the following is provided to the school nurse: (1) Documentation of a COVID-19 negative test result OR (2) Documentation of a medical diagnosis that symptoms are not related to COVID-19 from a healthcare provider. For example, COVID-19 symptoms were diagnosed by a healthcare provider as allergies, strep throat, etc…  In addition to appropriate documentation, the student has no fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and symptoms have improved before returning to school.

The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands often; Avoid close contact—maintain 6 feet between yourself and others; Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others—especially in public settings outside your home; Cover coughs and sneezes; Clean and disinfect; Monitor your health daily—stay home if ill.

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community members.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together.  Thank you for your support of the Lynnville-Sully School District.

If you have questions, please contact us directly at or 641-594-4445 extension 103 and/or or 641-594-4445 extension 127.


Shane Ehresman, Ed.S. - Superintendent

Justine Wyma, MSN, RN, CLNC - School Nurse

September 15, 2020 Lynnville-Sully CSD Weekly Newsletter & Past Newsletters

posted Sep 15, 2020, 6:36 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

An electronic district newsletter will be distributed on a weekly basis via JMC email, posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the front page of the school district website. The weekly newsletter will include school district updates and information. Each week, new information is provided to Iowa school leaders by the Iowa Department of Education, the Governor’s office, public health, and state educational groups. As we learn new information, communication will be distributed to Lynnville-Sully families.

Link to September 15, 2020 newsletter:

Link to September 8, 2020 newsletter:

Link to August 31, 2020 newsletter:

Link to August 24, 2020 newsletter:

Link to August 17, 2020 newsletter:
Link to August 10, 2020 newsletter:

For Sale: 2005 Chevy Uplander Passenger Van (sealed bids due Sept. 23 at 11:15 am)

posted Sep 12, 2020, 11:17 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Posted on Lynnville-Sully Web Site: September 12, 2020


The Lynnville-Sully Community School District requests sealed bids for the sale of a Lynnville-Sully Community District 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van, blue color, 182,391 miles, 3.5 liter engine, automatic transmission, front wheel drive, good tires, power locks and windows.


Notice is hereby given by the Lynnville-Sully Community School District that sealed bids will be accepted for sale of a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van, located at Lynnville-Sully Community School District Bus Barn, 12476 Hwy F62 E., PO Box 210, Sully, IA 50251. Sale of the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van will be awarded to the highest responsible bidder; minimum bid of $1,000 required to be a qualified bidder.  Sealed bids will be accepted by Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, 12476 Hwy F62 E, Sully, Iowa 50251 until Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 11:15 a.m.  Bid opening will be held immediately following the submittal deadline in the Lynnville-Sully High School Conference Room (located in the high school office). The Lynnville-Sully Community School District reserves the right to reject any and all bids not deemed in the best interest of the school district.


SCOPE OF PURCHASE: Payment and removal of the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van shall commence by awardee on or before October 7, 2020. Awardee will be charged $100.00 per day for late payment and removal of the Used 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van.  The school district assumes no responsibility for actual condition of the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Extended Passenger Van (sold AS IS). Conditions existing at the time of inspection for bidding purpose will be maintained by the school district.


Questions regarding the sealed bid process shall be presented to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, at 12476 Hwy F62 E, Sully, Iowa 50251 or by phone at (641) 594-4445 x103. The view the van, contact Ken Van Soelen at (641) 594-4445 x294 at the Lynnville-Sully Bus Barn.



Free Breakfast & Lunch Meals for L-S Students

posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:37 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Free Breakfast & Lunch Meals for L-S Students


Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, all Lynnville-Sully enrolled students are eligible to eat school breakfast and lunch free of charge.  The free meals will be offered through December 31, 2020, or until federal funding is no longer available. Not included are a la carte items, semester milk for elementary students, and any other “extra” purchases outside of the meal.


How is the school able to offer free breakfast and lunch to students? The school district is able to offer free breakfast and lunches to students through a nationwide United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver. The school will receive federal reimbursement for all students who eat breakfast and lunch.


Do I have to sign my student up to participate in the free breakfast and lunch provided by the school? No, you do not need to sign your child up to participate. All students who go through the breakfast and lunch line will be served a free breakfast and/or lunch. NOTE: 6-12 students still need to continue to bring their lunch tickets to have scanned in the lunch line.


The school district will notify parents via email and text when the federally funded program is no longer available (at which time we will begin charging students for meals again).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, at 641-594-4445 extension 103 or

Employment Opportunities - Updated 08-26-20

posted Aug 26, 2020, 8:09 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

To view Lynnville-Sully Job Application, click HERE


Assistant Junior High School Track Coach - The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks an assistant junior high school track coach for the 2021 season and beyond. Candidates must have a valid coaching authorization or #101 Athletic Coach (K-12) endorsement. Anticipated Start Date: March 30, 2020. Coaching Stipend: $706. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Substitute Bus Drivers: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks substitute bus drivers for student activity routes as well as before/after school routes. Start Date: August 2020. Work flexible schedule.  Hourly rates: $15.50 per hour and $23.25 on Saturday/Holidays.  School district will pay for license fees and assist in school bus preparation license testing. 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 or email to  Application may be found on the school district web site:  

Support Lynnville-Sully students - Join the 2020-2021 Athletic Booster Club

posted Aug 19, 2020, 8:31 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

The fall sports season will soon be underway and the L-S Athletic Boosters are working hard to ensure L-S athletes are well equipped. In 2019, local businesses and families contributed $21,000 which helped fund facility improvements, equipment and uniform purchases, weight room support, and team camp fees for L-S teams.

Link to 2020-2021 Membership Form:

The Athletic Boosters are gearing up for another successful year for the L-S athletic programs. In particular, the coaches and students are excited to continue the William Penn University strength program, which the Boosters contributes $8,000 annually. The school has trainers on-site helping all athletes reach their full potential. Did you know several L-S teams expressed a need for additional uniforms in 2019-2020? An increase in participation numbers fueled this need, and the Athletic Boosters was quick to respond with the purchase of more uniforms. There is strength in numbers, and we are thrilled to see more Hawks on our rosters.

We would like to ask you for your support of the L-S Athletic Boosters, as we support our student-athletes.

Lynnville-Sully Surpasses State Graduation Rate

posted Mar 9, 2020, 2:18 PM by Shane Ehresman

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) released Iowa high school graduation rates for Iowa high schools.  


Lynnville-Sully Graduation Rates:

L-S 2019 class 4 year cohort graduation rate:  97.7%  State Average: 91.6%

L-S 2018 class 5 year cohort graduation rate:  100%   State Average: 93.5%

To view Iowa DE spreadsheet of all Iowa high schools. click on web link:


Graduation Rate Definitions/Calculations from the Iowa DE:

The Department will report both a four-year and five-year cohort graduation rate.  The four-year cohort graduation rate is calculated for the class of 2019 by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in four years or less by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2015 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).

The five-year cohort graduation rate is calculated for the class of 2018 using a similar methodology as the four-year cohort rate.  This rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in five years or less by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2014 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).


Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches record high of 91.6 percent

Source: Iowa Department of Education website:

Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2020

DES MOINES – Iowa’s high school graduation rate climbed to a record high of 91.6 percent in 2019, continuing a trend of long-term growth across nearly all groups of students, including those from diverse backgrounds, according to new data from the Iowa Department of Education.

“More Iowans are graduating high school better equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Whether it’s through computer science, STEM or work-based learning, we are changing the way our students learn and removing barriers that exist for underserved communities. Today’s announcement is an important milestone, but our work continues to guarantee student success well beyond high school.”

Data show 91.6 percent of students in Iowa’s Class of 2019 graduated within four years, up from 91.4 percent in the Class of 2018. Since 2011, Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has increased 3.3 percentage points overall, with significant gains in nearly every student demographic subgroup. For example, graduation rates for Hispanic students have climbed by 9.3 percentage points, students whose first language is not English have increased by 8.8 percentage points, and African American students have gone up 8.4 percentage points since 2011.

"Iowans should be proud of our consistent, upward trend in graduation rates," Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “Schools are also ensuring students are prepared to succeed beyond graduation by making classwork relevant and engaging through career academies, college credit and work-based learning opportunities that help students connect what they are learning to postsecondary opportunities.”

Iowa graduation rates are calculated with a formula established by the U.S. Department of Education. Unique student identification numbers allow school districts to account for all ninth-grade students as they move through high school. At the state level, the method helps determine when a student graduates, even if the student has switched districts in Iowa during high school.

Iowa’s five-year graduation rate – which reflects students who were part of a graduating class but took an extra year to finish high school – was 93.5 percent for the Class of 2018, up from 93.3 percent for the Class of 2017.

Iowa’s annual dropout rate reflects the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who drop out of school during a single year. The annual dropout rate dipped to 2.61 percent for the 2018-19 school year from 2.67 percent for the previous school year.

For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

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