Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community School District

Coordinates: 42°09′40″N 95°47′21″W / 42.161146°N 95.789137°W / 42.161146; -95.789137

Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community School District, or Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community Schools, is a rural public school district headquartered in Mapleton, Iowa. It includes sections of Monona County and Woodbury County with small areas in Ida, and Crawford counties. It serves the towns of Mapleton, Anthon, Oto, Castana, Danbury, Rodney, and the surrounding rural areas, including the unincorporated area of Ticonic.[2][3]

Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Community School District
MVAO CSD logo.png
Monona, Woodbury, Ida, and Crawford counties
United States
Coordinates42.161146, -95.789137
District information
TypeLocal school district
SuperintendentJeff Thelander
Budget$10,357,000 (2015-16)[1]
NCES District ID1918480[1]
Students and staff
Students661 (2019-20)[1]
Teachers54.25 FTE[1]
Staff47.27 FTE[1]
Student–teacher ratio12.18[1]
Athletic conferenceWestern Valley Activities Conference
District mascotRams
ColorsMaroon, Gold, and Black
Other information


It was established on July 1, 2012, from the merger of the Anthon–Oto Community School District and the Maple Valley Community School District.[4] The vote for merging the districts was scheduled for February 1, 2011.[5]

From 2005 until 2015 what is now known as MVAO and the MVAO of 2015 lost a total of 178 students.[6] Due to the decline in enrollments, in January 2017 the MVAO district and the Charter Oak–Ute Community School District entered into a grade-sharing arrangement in which one district sends its students to another district for certain grade levels. As a result, the Charter Oak–Ute high school closed.[7] MVAO High School was renamed MVAOCOU High School. Charter Oak–Ute will pay MVAO tuition costs.[6]

Jeff Thelander has been the superintendent since 2019.[8]


The district operates four schools:[1]

  • Anthon Elementary School
  • Mapleton Elementary School
  • MVAO Middle School
  • MVAOCOU High School

MVAOCOU High SchoolEdit


The Rams compete in the Western Valley Activities Conference in the following sports:[9]

  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Comm School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "MAPLE VALLEY-ANTHON OTO" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  3. ^ Woodward, Susan. "Ticonic Independent School District." Maple Valley Community School District. December 1997. Retrieved on July 16, 2018. Note that the Ticonic district was absorbed by Mapleton in 1955, which in turn became a part of Maple Valley in 1961, and that in turn became a part of MVAO in 2012.
  4. ^ "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTION SINCE 1965-66" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  5. ^ Linck, Michele (2010-11-28). "School consolidation". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  6. ^ a b Gallagher, Tim (2017-02-12). "GALLAGHER: Enrollment decline fuels high school sharing pact". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Tim (2017-05-09). "GALLAGHER: Bobcats bid farewell to Charter Oak-Ute". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey Thelander hired as MVAO's new Superintendent". The Mapleton Press. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  9. ^ "Western Valley Conference". Western Valley Activities Conference. Retrieved 2020-09-01.

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