Jay Jurrens

The Northeast Iowa Conference made national news this past week, and it wasn’t a “feel-good” kind of story. And NEIC officials reacted strongly Monday when the conference released a statement in which it said the league will “stand strongly for the dignity and rights of our students of color.” The...
Hours after Iowa PreK-12 students learned they will not return to school for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year, the stadium at New Hampton High School is lit up as part of the Light Up Iowa initiative in an effort to send a message of solitary to students, teachers, parents and the whole community during the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.
They left their buildings on the afternoon of Friday, March 13, and everyone — teachers, students, paras — figured they’d all see each other on Monday, March 16. Instead, that Friday, the 13th, would be the last time students would gather together in class, talk over lunch, rehearse for the play...
School buildings will remain closed at least through April 30, but in a way, classes are back in session this week at school districts around the state. When Gov. Kim Reynolds closed schools for four weeks on March 15, she “forgave” the days and hours that school districts would not meet, meaning...
New Hampton Community Schools has changed its meal distribution system, in large part to keep those volunteering to drop off its meals as safe as possible. “It’s really about social distancing,” Superintendent Jay Jurrens said, “If we can limit the amount of contact our volunteers have to have, it’...
The chance to save an additional $68,000 in interest payments led the New Hampton School Board to levy an additional 25 cents for its 2020-21 levy, but the levy will still drop somewhat dramatically next year. School Board members wrestled with the issue during last Monday’s regularly scheduled...
If the rumors turn into reality, the superintendent of two local school districts said there’s reason for concern. But Jay Jurrens, the top administrator at New Hampton and Turkey Valley, said there’s plenty of time before school districts have to hit the panic button when it comes to a state...
New Hampton Elementary School students head to their buses after the first day of school this academic year.
Although New Hampton and Turkey Valley Superintendent Jay Jurrens would like to see state lawmakers act relatively soon on a program that provides initiatives to school districts that share administrators, he will laud them on another issue. In fact, he did so Saturday morning when he publicly...
There’s a very good chance that most property owners within New Hampton Community Schools will actually see the school portion of their taxes drop in 2020-21. And the district’s top administrator will be presenting an option to the School Board to use an extra 25 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation...
The news about a possible conference realignment for New Hampton High School and its fellow members of the Northeast Iowa Conference is pretty much on hold. “Right now, we’re really looking at our options,” New Hampton Superintendent Jay Jurrens said recently, “and I think we’re taking a step back...
The way the calendar falls and a state law that doesn’t allow school years to start before Aug. 23 has led to some creative ideas for the 2020-21 school calendar in New Hampton. Superintendent Jay Jurrens shared some ideas with School Board members last week, and one of the ideas is to start the...

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