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Have You Ever Considered Being A Substitute Teacher?

College Community Schools is always looking for great substitute teachers. Over the years we have had parents, grandparents, community members and retired educators just to name a few.  If you would like to directly support our students and Prairie schools, consider becoming a substitute teacher.

CLICK HERE for sub authorization requirements.

If you have additional questions please contact Jeri Moritz, Executive Director of Human Resources at 319-848-5253 or

Register Today to Volunteer at Prairie Schools for 2019-2020 School Year

Click here to register to volunteer in any AK-12th Prairie school during the 2019-20 school year.  Volunteers are required to have an approved volunteer registration form on file for each school year.  You only have to complete the short form once per school year and please remember that you must be a registered volunteer to attend field trips with your child.

Programs are in place for Prairie High School and Point students to volunteer in other buildings.  Students will start the process by speaking with their Guidance Counselor.

If you would like to volunteer in a preschool classroom, please contact the Early Childhood Center at 319-848-5296 for more information.

If you have questions, please contact District Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Waychoff, by email at or by phone at 319-848-5224.

Ian Kleman Named Prairie High School Associate Principal

College Community Schools is pleased to announce that Ian Kleman will join Prairie High School as its associate principal starting July 1, 2019 pending Board approval. Kleman replaces Associate Principal Ryan Fritz who was recently named the building principal at Cascade High School.

“I believe that it is our responsibility to continue to build a supportive and collaborative spirit at Prairie High School,” said new high school principal Karla Thies. “I am excited to have Mr. Kleman join our administrative team. His experiences will reinforce building on the traditions of the past while progressing forward to meet the challenges of the future in innovative ways.”

Kleman, a native of Bridgeport, Michigan, began his teaching career in 1996 at Center Point-Urbana where he taught math. After Center Point, he has spent the last 17 years at Cedar Rapids Washington High School where he received his National Board Certification in Mathematics, served as the Science Department Chair, an Instructional Coach, and was part of the a Building Leadership Team.

“I am excited to join the College Community School District as the high school associate principal, said Kleman.  “The level of community support and educational partnerships is impressive and I look forward to encouraging, supporting, and leading in the context of those partnerships for the benefit of all students at Prairie High School.”

Kleman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. Ian and his wife Gina have three children, Caleb, Lewis and Katya.

College Community Schools is Now Hiring School Bus Drivers

College Community Schools is now hiring school bus drivers for the 2019-2020 school year.

PART TIME 20-30 hours per week

$17.67/hr bus drivers

Paid training and holidays

Fun working environment

Confidential criminal history and drug testing are required

Must have acceptable driving record

Contact the Transportation Department at 848-5204 for further information or apply in person at the Transportation Department on campus.   E.O.E.

2019-2020 Special Transportation Requests

Requests for special transportation for the 19-20 school year can now be submitted.  If you are open enrolled and need busing, if you are in need of daycare busing, or if you have a high school student and need busing please follow the steps below to register your student.

  • click on resources
  • click on transportation
  • choose the correct form for transportation and fill in the blanks

Your students busing information will be available near the end of July and can be seen in your Parent Portal account.

Transportation Office
College Community Schools

Bill Schwarz to Lead Girls and Boys Cross Country Programs

Prairie High School Activities Director Rocky Bennett didn’t have to look far to find the right candidate to lead both the boys and girls cross country programs. Bennett announced that current boys cross country coach Bill Schwarz will lead both programs beginning July 1, pending board approval. Bill replaces Corrie Enyart who resigned at the end of the school year.

“With the resignation of Coach Enyart, there was a huge spot to fill,” said Bennett.  “We felt like this was a great opportunity to restructure the program and recognize the leadership and past accomplishments of the boys cross country program.  We are pleased and excited for Coach Bill Schwarz to lead both the boys and girls in a unified program.”

Schwarz completed his 18th season as the boys cross country coach.  His accomplishments include:

  • 2009 State XC Runner up
  • 2010 State XC Champions
  • 2013 State XC Champions
  • 2014 State XC Runner up
  • 2015 State XC 3rd Place
  • 2016 State XC 3rd Place
  • 2 time IATC State XC Coach of the Year
  • 7  time IATC Regional XC Coach of the Year

Last Day of School June 7 – 4 Hour Early release

Friday, June 7 is the last day of school for our students. This day will also include a four hour early release. The four hour early release will be based on our original school schedule to start the school year. Below is the schedule for June 7, 2019.

Elementary Schools: 9:00 am – 3:45 pm  
(11:45 am School Dismissal)  

​Creek: 8:00 am – 2:45 pm  

(10:45 am School Dismissal)

​Point: 7:50 am – 2:35 pm  

(10:35 am School Dismissal)

​High School:  9:00 am – 3:45 pm 

(11:45 am School Dismissal)

Prairie Edge:  8:00 am – 2:45 pm 

(10:45 am School Dismissal)

Honor Flight Letters for Veterans

Prairie High School Key Club Members and PHS junior American Government students participated in writing letters for local veterans to receive when they attend an Honor Flight. 

Honor Flights give local veterans the opportunity to visit the memorials in Washington DC in their honor.  It is a charter flight out in the morning and they return the same day.  On their return flight, the veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars receive letters written by local citizens thanking them for their service.

Since 2009, they have sent more than 2,300 veterans to Washington D.C. to see memorials made in their honor. Prairie is proud to be among this list of letter writing to show our gratitude to these heroes. 

Karla Thies Named Prairie High School Principal

Following a comprehensive search, Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler is pleased to announce the appointment of Karla Thies as Principal of Prairie High School effective July 1, 2019 pending board approval. Thies will replace current Principal Erik Anderson who was selected as the next Superintendent for the Colfax-Mingo School District.

“I am excited to welcome Karla as the next leader of Prairie High School,” said Dr. Doug Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools.  “Karla brings with her a wealth of professional knowledge and successful experience in the areas of teaching and learning, professional learning communities, career/college readiness and creating positive, productive and well-managed learning environments for students at the high school level.  During the screening and vetting process, Karla was described as a highly knowledgeable, visible and engaged leader.  These leader attributes and her professional experience fit the leader profile developed through staff, student and family input.” 

Thies is currently completing her fourth year as an Assistant Principal at Rock Island High School in Illinois. As the Assistant Principal she established professional learning communities, partnered with Instructional Leaders to align content curriculums to learning standards, facilitated new course offerings and expanded dual credit opportunities through their local community college. Prior to Rock Island High School she taught seventh grade language arts for 11 years at Edison Junior High. She also served as a Junior High Summer School Administrator and Coordinator.

“I’ve learned in a short amount of time that Prairie High School is a place with strong connections between home and school with staff members who are committed to providing a solid educational foundation,” said Thies. “The programs are impressive and I look forward to enhancing course and career pathway opportunities for all students. I am truly excited to become a part of College Community School District and I look forward to getting to know our students, staff, parents and community.”

Thies earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.