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The mission of the Community Education Foundation is to provide

support to individuals and families in ways that contribute to their ability to

learn. We accomplish our mission through cooperation with the

Council Bluffs Community Schools and other organizations.

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The Community Education Foundation, a501(c) 3 organization, was founded in 1991 on the premise of opening Kids & Company, our before and after school program located in the Council Bluffs Schools. Since then the organization has grown to encompass the Council Bluffs Alumni & Friends Network, STARS Scholarship Program sponsored by the Iowa West Foundation, Classroom Grants, Teacher and Staff Appreciation, & Gear Up Students needy student fund. The Community Education Foundation also sponsors the Council Bluffs Community School District's Welcome Back Kick Off, and much more. In partnership with the Council Bluffs Community Schools, the Community Education Foundation has generated support for projects that would not otherwise be possible to directly benefit students, staff and families of the district.


For information regarding any of

our programs, please feel free to

call us any time at 712-322-8800.


Community Education Foundation

Board of Directors


Jeff Coats , President

Barry Cleaveland, Vice President

William Sharp , Treasurer

Jill Killion , Secretary

Diane Ostrowski

Mark Schuldt

Dr. Behrouz Rassekh

Jason Ferris

Susan Riley

Kristopher Madsen

Judy Guttau


Non-voting members:

Dr. Vickie Murillo, CBCSD Superintendent

Matt Walsh, President Emeritas



Chris LaFerla!

New Executive Director

of the

Community Education Foundation

     Chris LaFerla is a Council Bluffs native who is passionate about improving the Council Bluffs Community through education. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1996, Chris earned his Associate's degree from Iowa Western, a Bachelor's degree in education from Simpson College, and Master's degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

     Prior to joining the Community Education Foundation in October, 2017, Chris worked at Iowa Western Community College in a variety of roles since 2003, serving most recently as Dean of Admissions and Records. During his time at Iowa Western, Chris worked on initiatives to increase access to higher education, improve student success, and build partnerships with local school districts.

    Chris serves on the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education. Chris and his wife, Lea, have two daughters, and reside in Council Bluffs.


Community Education Foundation

Statement of Financial Position

for Public Disclosure



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