Superintendent Welcome 2018-19

posted Jul 11, 2018, 7:30 AM by Brian Johnson

Welcome to beautiful and historic Burlington 18-19 school year

Superintendent - Attendance Information

posted Jul 2, 2018, 2:25 PM by Brian Johnson

Attendance Information

From Superintendent Pat M. Coen

We all know attendance is incredibly important to being successful. When students miss two school days per month, they will miss a total of approximately 20 days throughout the school year, and this equates to chronic absenteeism. Further, there is an undeniable direct relationship between chronic absenteeism and poor academic achievement. Attendance matters, beginning in preschool. Our Grayhound Way initiative is a direct effort to educate our students, parents and community of the necessity of instilling three fundamental tenets of self-discipline in our children: 1. Be where you are supposed to be & on time. 2. Be prepared with your work completed and turn it in. 3. Be respectful to teachers, staff and classmates. Be a Grayhound!

Research proves that good attendance leads to exceptional academic performance. Consistent, day-in and day-out, attendance in preschool and kindergarten prepares our children for success in first grade. Likewise, first grade prepares our children for success in second grade and obviously continues through our children's collective PK-12th grade experiences. Consider The Grayhound Way, which is reinforced within our Raising Grayhounds, Grayhound Parade of Excellence, Steps To Success, Club M, and Get Your 12 Initiatives. All are directly focused on developing and strengthening the fundamental tenets of self-discipline stated above. By instilling these fundamental tenets of self-discipline in our students, they will obtain success in academics, employment and life in general. Moreover, our graduates will eventually model and teach these fundamental tenets of self-discipline to their children. Additionally, it is important to note these efforts are strengthened by the supportive relationships and enriching conversations individual teachers, administrators and support staff cultivate with our children each and every day. However, our children cannot partake in, or be cultivated by these professional relationships or engage in enriching conversations if they are not in school!

BCSD understands there are times when a student must be absent due to illness or an emergency. With that said, I’m challenging our families and community to support The Grayhound Way and work toward five or less absences per school year. Collectively we can, and will greatly improve attendance through consistent reinforcement of the fundamental tenets of self-discipline: 1. Be where you are supposed to be & on time. 2. Be prepared with your work completed and turn it in. 3. Be respectful to teachers, staff and classmates. Be a Grayhound! It is true our school district has a strong curricular spiral, but this system doesn’t work when a child is chronically absent. The good news is through joint efforts, our schools, families and community will successfully instill the fundamental tenets of self-discipline. In doing so, we will collectively improve our children’s lives. Burlington Community School District has great teachers, and be being consistently in class, on time and asking for help in a sincere and respectful manner, help and support will be provided. Parents, if you need help installing these three fundamentals of self-discipline in your child, please contact your child’s school and we will help you. We are in this together and together we will accomplish great things! Please contact your child’s school if you would like help: Black Hawk Elementary 319-753-5300 / Corse Elementary 319-753-2707 / Grimes Elementary 319-753-0420 / North Hill Elementary 319-753-6363 / Sunnyside Elementary 319-753-5244 / Aldo Leopold Middle School 319-752-8390 / Edward Stone Middle School 319-752-4393 / Burlington High School 319-753-2211 or go to and click on schools to contact your child’s school.

2018-2019 School Calendar Feedback

posted Jan 26, 2018, 12:15 PM by Brian Johnson

We want to get your feedback on two possible options for the 2018-2019 school year.  Your feedback will be reviewed by our calendar committee.  Please share this link with families of the Burlington Community School District.  Thanks for your participation.

Link Survey

Notice of Public Bid Letting - James Madison Paving Project

posted Jan 16, 2018, 2:12 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 12:04 PM ]

Notice of Public Bid Letting - James Madison Paving Project

See Link or Attached File

Updated Notice (1/30/18)


posted Nov 7, 2017, 6:19 AM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 2:33 PM ]

Iowa Fertilizer Company and Orascom E&C USA, Inc. donate $50,000 in supplies to the Burlington Community School District


BURLINGTON, Iowa (October 23rd , 2017) As part of its ongoing commitment to support schools throughout southeast Iowa, Iowa Fertilizer Company and Orascom E&C USA, Inc. (Subsidiary of OCL) recently provided $50,000 worth of supplies and equipment to the Burlington Community School District.

“Since we broke ground on the Iowa Fertilizer project nearly five years ago, Orascom E&C USA, Inc. has worked to improve the economic and educational landscape in southeast Iowa,” said Nabil Ghantous, Executive Vice President. “Through this most recent donation, we are proud to provide valuable equipment, resources, furniture and appliances that the Burlington Community School District will be able to utilize for years to come.”

The equipment Orascom E&C USA, Inc. (Subsidiary of OCL) and Iowa Fertilizer Company donated will improve the overall aesthetic of each building in the district, and provide staff with additional resources to further enrich the educational setting. The donation allows the district to replace older furniture with new, modern options to be used in classrooms, common areas, meeting rooms, and offices. Additionally, several storage options were received, along with several microwaves and refrigerators. Donations are ready to be used by staff and students right away.

“I am delighted that Orascom E&C USA, Inc. and Iowa Fertilizer Company generously donated to our learning community,” said Burlington Community School District Superintendent Pat Coen. “Having quality resources available for staff and students is often overlooked and not easy to do with decreases in funding. This donation will save the district funds for many years and is greatly appreciated."

About Iowa Fertilizer Company

Iowa Fertilizer Company is a leader in the fertilizer industry. The plant in Wever, Iowa is the first greenfield nitrogen fertilizer facility constructed in the United States in more than 25 years. Utilizing its state-of-the-art production, industry-leading technology, and environmentally sustainable processes, Iowa Fertilizer Company will help provide farmers in Iowa and around the country with a stable, domestic supply of fertilizer. For more information, visit Iowa Fertilizer Company at

About Orascom E&C USA, Inc. (Subsidiary of OCL)

Orascom Construction Limited-OCL (NASDAQ Dubai: OC; EGX: ORAS), parent company of  Orascom E&C USA, Inc., announced the start of production and sales at Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo), the first world-scale greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant to be built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

The plant has a nameplate capacity of 2,200 metric tons per day (mtpd) of ammonia, 2,200 mtpd of urea synthesis, 1,200 mtpd of granular urea, 4,300 mtpd of urea ammonium nitrate and 900 mtpd of diesel exhaust fluid, with a combined sellable capacity of 1.5 to 2 million metric tons per annum of products.

Orascom E&C USA, Inc. is proud have built this state-of-the-art complex, highlighting the company’s capability as a major EPC player in this segment in the United States and worldwide. Orascom Construction Limited wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, The Weitz Company, expanded its industrial capability through its significant involvement in the project.


Magdy Wadie


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) STATEMENT

posted Sep 26, 2017, 6:30 AM by Brian Johnson


Recent actions in Washington DC have declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as unconstitutional, meaning that Burlington Community School District’s children who may have been brought to the United States of America by undocumented adults no longer have the protections provided under President Obama’s administrative DACA order. With that stated, BCSD will do everything within our power to protect, educate, and provide opportunities for each and every child in our schools. Our mission statement reads, “Inspiring and challenging students through diverse opportunity.” while our vision statement clearly articulates, “Burlington Community School District strives to have a profoundly positive impact on each student’s adult quality of life brought about by students’ individual and collective educational experiences.”  Neither our mission or our vision profess anything other than our unwavering commitment to children. Students first. Staff always.

Hounds at Home

posted Sep 13, 2017, 5:54 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 8:03 AM ]

Elementary PIECES After School Program - Registration

posted Aug 21, 2017, 1:31 PM by Brian Johnson

Elementary PIECES Afterschool Program at all five elementary schools will take place after school (3:30/3:45) until 5:30/5:45 depending on the child's school dismissal times. The program will take place Monday through Thursday beginning September 11. For questions please contact Cassie Gerst at 753-2211 ext 1054. 

2017-18 Special Education Delivery Plan

posted Aug 9, 2017, 2:46 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

Link to the Burlington School District's Special Education Delivery Plan.  
All questions and comments can be addressed to:
Brenda Mitchell

2017-18 Student Handbooks

posted Jun 28, 2017, 1:48 PM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 12:00 PM by Karla Rollinger ]

The 2017-18 student handbooks have been posted.

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