Central Lee again a DMR top workplace

Diverse programming cited as reason for selection


DONNELLSON, IOWA — The Des Moines Register has named the Central Lee Community School District as one of its 2023 Iowa Top Workplaces.
The state's largest newspaper recognized businesses, organizations, and agencies in this year's list, which is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage LLC. The confidential survey evaluates 15 culture drivers vital for the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection.
Central Lee has earned the Top Workplace award four times in the past five years and is one of only a handful of school districts being recognized across the state. 
“We are immensely proud and deeply grateful for the recognition of Central Lee as an Iowa Top Workplace for 2023,” said Mark Hulsebus, Board of Education President. “This honor reflects the unwavering dedication and commitment of our educators, staff, and community, who together create an environment where excellence thrives. We will continue to prioritize our students' wellbeing and academic success as we move forward with even greater enthusiasm and determination."
Central Lee, a prominent rural public school system, is renowned for offering a diverse range of academic and co-curricular opportunities to its students. It has emerged as the preferred choice for students in Lee County, with nearly 400 students enrolling in its schools through open enrollment each year.
Additionally, over half of Central Lee staff members are alumni, highlighting the deep connection that former students maintain with the district and community long after they graduate. Central Lee is also celebrated for its exceptional career and technical education programming at the high school level.
“This distinction is a testament to our exceptional culture at Central Lee, which would not be possible without our dedicated staff and students,” said Dr. Andy Crozier, Superintendent. “Our success is rooted in the unity of purpose among our staff, their unwavering commitment to executing our mission, and the strong connections we foster within our school community. It reaffirms our dedication to providing a nurturing environment where students can flourish academically and personally."

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