Excellence in education: State Department of Education Director tours GC school district

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise (standing, in blue shirt) visited the Grundy Center school district last Friday. (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photo) 

A tradition of excellence in education has long been a point of pride for those in Grundy Center, and last Friday afternoon, that excellence was on display as Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, stopped by for a tour of the facilities.


Superintendent Rob Hughes led Wise for a tour around the district, making stops at both the Secondary and Elementary buildings where administrators, teachers and staff met with Wise to discuss how they continually strive to give students the best educational opportunities they can.


At the high school, Wise was met by Secondary Principal Michael Vokes along with a panel of instructors and leaders at the school, who discussed how they use MTSS (a multi tiered system of support) to proactively focus on improvement at the school, and getting students help as soon as there is a need.


The system focuses not only on academic well-being, but social emotional well-being at school, offering students support throughout core instruction, tutoring and Title 1 special education services.


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