Ottumwa Community Schools – As stewards of Ottumwa’s rich heritage and champions of educational excellence, the Ottumwa Schools naming committee embarked on a journey to christen the new building at Douma Campus with a name that echoes our history, embodies academic distinction, and kindles a sense of communal pride. The diligent and inclusive process allowed us to embrace diverse perspectives and ensure the chosen name resonates with the spirit of our community.

After meticulous consideration, “Fahrney Elementary” emerged from a myriad of suggestions. This name holds profound significance, paying homage to Helen and Charles Fahrney—remarkable individuals who dedicated their lives to Ottumwa, ensuring that our children could dare to dream.

Helen and Charles Fahrney’s impact on our community is immeasurable. Their legacy transcends generations, with Helen’s 1980 trust fund granting over 6.5 million dollars in scholarships to more than 1,100 Ottumwa students. Their generosity extended beyond education, contributing substantially to various community endeavors and leaving an enduring mark in Ottumwa’s history.

Fahrney Elementary encapsulates Ottumwa’s history, educational aspirations, and community pride. This name will serve as a beacon, reminding our students of the profound legacy they are now a part of and the responsibility to carry it forward. Embracing this legacy of giving, learning, and community-building will inspire generations to come.

As the construction of the Fahrney Elementary building at Douma Campus advances, it stands as a testament to Ottumwa School’s commitment to providing exceptional educational facilities while preserving the unique identity of our neighborhood schools with small class sizes.

The Ottumwa Community School District will add Fahrney Elementary to its 2024-2025 school year roster. We would like to remind you of the grades each building will serve for the upcoming school year:

  • Pickwick Early Childhood Center: Preschool and Southside Kindergarten
  • Douma Elementary School: Grades 1-2
  • Fahrney Elementary School: Grades 3-5
  • Liberty Intermediate School: Grades 6-7
  • Evans Junior High School: Grades 8-9
  • Ottumwa High School: Grades 10-12

NOTE: No impact on the Northside schools:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • James Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Horace Mann Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Wilson Elementary School: Grades K-5
  • Gateway High School: Grades 9-12

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