Maple Valley Community School District

Maple Valley Community School District was a school district headquartered in Mapleton, Iowa.[1] The district was located in sections of Crawford, Ida, Monona and Woodbury counties; it served the municipalities of Mapleton, Castana, Danbury and Rodney.[2] It also served the unincorporated area of Ticonic.[3]

The district had a total of 240 square miles (620 km2) of area.[4]


The Mapleton Community School District, the Danbury Independent School District,[4] the Rodney School District,[5] and some school districts serving rural areas consolidated in 1961 to form the Maple Valley district.[4] The community of Ticonic had merged with Mapleton in 1955, so it was in the Maple Valley district from the start.[3] Castana and Danbury joined the Maple Valley district in 1968.[6]

The district closed the Ticonic School in 1961.[3] For a period kindergarteners attended schools in Danbury and Mapleton, all district students in grades 1–2 attended Mapleton, all students in grades 3–6 attended school in Castana, all 7th and 8th graders attended school in Danbury, and all high school students attended school in Mapleton.[6] An addition for elementary school and vocational classes in the Mapleton campus was funded by a 1970 school house levy.[4]

The peak enrollment was in 1971, with 1,155 students. Since then the enrollment declined.[4] Circa 1993 the district began whole grade-sharing with the Anthon–Oto Community School District; the two districts sent their own children to each other's schools, with each operating its own elementary school, Anthon–Oto operating the middle school, and Maple Valley operating the high school. The two districts also shared superintendents, teachers, and athletic facilities. In 2010 Maple Valley had about 505 students.[7]

The first merger election between the two districts came in 2005. Maple Valley voters favored the deal but Anthon–Oto voters turned it down, partly due to fear of being politically dominated by the larger Maple Valley, as Anthon–Oto had about 250 students, and also because they were unwilling to pay for a new high school in the Maple Valley area. The second merger was scheduled for February 1, 2011.[7] On July 1, 2012, Anthon–Oto merged with Maple Valley to form the Maple Valley–Anthon–Oto Community School District.[8]


  1. ^ Home. Maple Valley Community School District. April 20, 2000. Retrieved on July 16, 2018. "Maple Valley Community Schools 410 South 6th Street Mapleton, Iowa, USA 51034"
  2. ^ "Maple Valley Community School District." Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved on July 16, 2018. Detail on Mapleton
  3. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ a b c d e Maple Valley history page. Maple Valley Community School District. March 5, 2001. Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Schmidt, Ellen. "Rodney Public School District." Maple Valley Community School District. 1998. Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "CASTANA JOINS MAPLE VALLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 1962-PRESENT." Maple Valley Community School District. March 5, 2001. Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Linck, Michele (2010-11-28). "School consolidation". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  8. ^ "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.

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