Armstrong–Ringsted Community School District

Armstrong–Ringsted Community School District (A-R) was a school district headquartered in Armstrong, Iowa.

Its area included sections of Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties, and it served the communities of Armstrong and Ringsted.[1]

It operated Armstrong–Ringsted Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.[2]



It was established on July 1, 1979 (45 years ago) (1979-07-01) by the merger of the Armstrong School District and the Ringsted School District.[3]

At one point the district joined a grade-sharing arrangement, in which a school district sends its students to another district's schools, that had been already established between the Sentral Community School District and the North Kossuth Community School District.[4] This new agreement began on July 1, 2012. At the same time Matt Berninghaus became the superintendent of Armstrong–Ringsted.[5]

On July 1, 2014, Armstrong–Ringsted merged with the Sentral district to form the North Union Community School District.[3] The merger passed in the Armstrong–Ringsted district by 291–42 and in Sentral by 78–18, and the approval was through a total of 86% of voters in both school districts.[4]


  1. ^ "Armstrong-Ringsted." Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved on July 15, 2018. Armstrong detail map.
  2. ^ Home. Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District. November 14, 1999. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66 Archived 2018-06-19 at the Wayback Machine." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Northern Iowa voters OK school merger". Fairmont Sentinel. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  5. ^ Tidemann, Michael (2012-02-27). "A-R hires Berninghaus as superintendent". Estherville Daily News. Retrieved 2020-03-28.