Award Year: 2020

Murray Elementary School

216 Sherman Street
Murray, IA, 50174-0187

(641) 447-2517

Mr Jarrett G Belden, Principal at time of Nomination

Murray Community School District

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To provide a high quality education to all students with the help and involvement of parents, teachers, and the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Two or more races: 1%
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Murray Community Schools and the surrounding community are intertwined together in a tight weave. Many school districts are striving for the community involvement, student programming, participation, and family-school interaction that makes up the culture of Murray CSD. Our culture is one of family. Whether you are a new student, teacher, or someone that has been here your whole life you are welcomed into the mustang family and treated with respect.

Our mission focuses on teaching and learning as well as the well-being of students, teachers, staff, and families. To achieve this, we focus on assessment and curriculum along with collaboration, and the social emotional needs of all. As a small school district we are always faced with new challenges both inside and outside our school building. Recently change is becoming the new normal, many of our veteran staff have retired, new staff have been able to come in and continue the growth necessary for student success. This can only take place because of the support and communication of the teachers, administration, and the community at large. The Mustang Family is at the heart of everything we do, and we are honored to be a National Blue Ribbon School.