District Office

1035 15th Street |  Nevada, IA 50201  |  (515) 382-2783  |  Fax (515) 382-2836

Dr. Steve Gray   Mr. Brian Schaeffer


Business Manager, Board Secretary
Becky Kirschbaum, Administrative Assistant


Rita Foley, Administrative Assistant
Mr. Justin Gross Mr. Dave Kroese Mr. Jason Sampson
Director of School Improvement & Innovation Director of Buildings & Grounds Director of Transportation
Mr. David Schmitz   Mr. Joe Wakeman
Director of Food Services   Director of Technology

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District History


The town of Nevada, Iowa was settled in 1853 by Johnson Edgar.  Its name, Nevada, was proposed by Joseph Thrift after the Sierra Nevada mountains.

According to records, the first classes were held in private homes until November of 1858 at which time the first school building was occupied.  Official organization of the school district occured in 1867.

District Organization
1867     Organized as an Independent School District
1958     Reorganized with Shipley and Nevada Township to form Nevada Community School District
1959     Reorganized with part of North Grant District
1960     Reorganized with Richland Township and Fernald Districts
1961     Reorganized with Milford Township Consolidated District

Building Construction Timeline
1858     First school building constructed, area of Fifth Street and I Avenue
1876     Construction of North part of Old Central
1882     Construction of South part of Old Central
1896     Dana (North) School constructed
1899     West School constructed
1908     Science Building to the South of Old Central (known later as the Band & Shop building)
1917     High School Building (known later as the Junior High)
1923     Milford School constructed (Gym added in 1956)
1938     Fieldhouse constructed
1955     Addition to South of Elementary
1962     Senior High School constructed
1967     Addition to North of Elementary, Old Central and Science Building razed
1977     Senior High School Addition
1987     Central Elementary West Addition (Library)
1988     Transporation Faciliity constructed
1991     Middle School Built
2008     Central Elementary renovation, addition
2009     High School renovation, addition begins
2012     Josephine Tope Auditorium constructed

Disposition of Buildings
1962     Closed Fernald
1965     Closed North School, Sold West School
1966     Sold North School
1967     Closed Old Central, Closed Shipley
1970     Sold Shipley School
1971     Sold North Grant School
1988     Closed Old Transporation Facility
1989     Sold Old Transportation Facility
1991     Closed, Sold Milford School

Our Community


community-band-400The City of Nevada, Iowa offers the best in small town living to all who treasure its “hometown” charm. Located just 4 miles east of I-35 on Highway 30, Nevada boasts a thriving local school system, friendly neighbors, and an abundance of recreational activities to satisfy all who love and play here. Couple that with Nevada’s proximity to Ames, Ankeny and Des Moines, the residents are able to participate in all the events and activities of a larger community, while still living the small town life!

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