Fort Dodge Community School District

Human Resources

Welcome to the Human Resources Department

Fort Dodge = Quality Life

The community of Fort Dodge is located on the Des Moines River in Webster County, approximately 90 miles north of Iowa’s capital, Des Moines, and has a population of approximately 25,230. The Fort Dodge Community School District has approximately 3,700 students attending seven schools: one early learning center, four elementary buildings which house grades kindergarten through 4; one middle school which houses grades 5-8, one high school which houses grades 9-12 and an alternative high school program.

Fort Dodge offers exceptional opportunities for employment, entertainment, education, shopping, and just living a well-balanced Midwest life. The Fort Dodge area is known for the following:

  • A quality education system from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary (Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University)
  • Exceptional healthcare, which includes Unity Point Medical Center, Berryhill Center for Mental Health, Paula Baber Hospice House, and a soon to be new cancer center.
  • A shopping mall, a downtown historic district, and quaint locally owned stores
  • Cultural opportunities including an art museum, public library, a fort and historical museum, community theaters and area symphonies, multiple celebrations and concerts.
  • A regional airport with non-stop service to Minneapolis, St. Louis & Chicago .
  • Recreational facilities including an aquatic center, softball/baseball/soccer complex, an extensive trail system with 15 new trails in 2012, an off-highway vehicle park for all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes, a speedway, designated areas for remote control vehicles, a skateboard park, community orchard, numerous city and county parks and lakes, and locations for music concerts throughout the year. Among the recreational activities available are fishing, kayaking, boating, water skiing, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating, biking, golfing, and camping.
  • A diverse faith community
  • Community celebrations, which consists of Market on Central, Apple Fest, Dragon Boats, Blues Under the Trees, Indoor Triathlon, Frontier Days, Adventure Race, Hy-Vee 5k/Half Marathon, Dayton Rodeo, Gowrie 4th of July Celebration, and concerts at the Oleson Park Bandshell every Sunday evening throughout the summer.

It is the policy of the Fort Dodge Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, physical attributes, religion, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, veteran’s status, actual or potential parental, family or marital status,  in its programs, services, and employment practices. If you have questions or grievances related to this policy, please contact Marcy Harms, Director of Student Services, Central Administration Office, 104 South 17th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, (574-5678) or contact the Civil Rights Midwestern Division for U. S. Department of Education Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544. (Alternate for Section 504 is Lis Ristau, Director of Special Needs, 515-574-5675).The District’s Compliance Coordinator for Affirmative Action is Robert Hughes, Assistant Superintendent, who can be reached at 574-5657 or 104 South 17th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. The District’s Designated Investigator of Physical/Sexual Abuse of Students by School Employees is Marcy Harms. She can be reached at 574-5678 or 104 South 17th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. The alternate is Corey Moody. He can be reached at 574-5469 or 819 North 25th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.The District’s Officer for Harassment Complaints and Allegations is Marcy Harms, Director of Student Services. She can be reached at 574-5678 or 104 South 17th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.


Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.

The Fort Dodge Community School District is an
equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.


© 2018 Fort Dodge Community School District. All rights reserved.