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Superintendent's Office

Our Mission

The Newton Community School District empowers every learner to achieve a lifetime of personal success.

Our Vision

We are a collaborative and cohesive team that inspires and supports all learners in a culture of safety and acceptance.

Welcome to the Newton Community School District!

We are the home of the Newton Cardinals.  Our 450 employees from seven different student attendance centers serve approximately 3,000 students.  The district mission, "The Newton Community School District empowers every learner to achieve a lifetime of personal success" makes it clear we recognize and value each and every one of our students as an individual.

We are extremely proud of our entire Cardinal Community.  "Red Pride Lives Here" is more than a slogan to us - it is a true belief.  We are very proud of our outstanding new $27 million middle school which was made possible through overwhelming support of a general obligation bond.  The Newton Community School District is also home to a Blue Ribbon School recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.  We have schools which have been named Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools and have received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.  Bill Peters, Newton High School Principal stated "there is just no better place to raise your child than Newton, Iowa."

I would love for you to learn more about our outstanding school district.  I can be reached by phone at (641) 792-5809, by email at or in person at the EJH Beard Administration Center, 1302 First Avenue West.  You can also subscribe to our Red Pride Review newsletter to get regular district highlights.

Tom Messinger

Tom Messinger
Administration - Superintendent


  E.J.H. Beard Administration Center

Christine Dawson

Christine Dawson
Administration - Administrative Assistant


  E.J.H. Beard Administration Center

Newton By The Numbers


Tree species in Newton Arboretum


Nascar track


Displays of public art & sculpture

Whether you’re raising a family, starting a business or building a home — you’ll want to get to know Newton. Our community vision statement is “Newton Shines Bright: Newton is a progressive, family friendly community, a shining star of Central Iowa, and a place to call home.”

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