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Archive for September, 2011

Three Meetings, One Night: New WDMCS Board members, officers, and more

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. These are provided as a service to district staff and the public. They are not the official minutes of the board meeting, but quick rundowns of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (

The evening of Sept. 19 saw the transition of the WDMCS board. Current board members are (back row, from left) David J. Brown, Kevin Carroll, Jill Hansen, Milton Cole, Elizabeth Brennan, Andi Lipman and Mark Lagomarcino. Retiring board members are (front row, from left) Mark Lyons, Terry Tobin and Tom Suckow.

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District met in special session on Monday, September 19, 2011, and took the following action: (more…)

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Positioned Perfectly to Address Our Challenges

[youtube=]I began my work in the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) on July 1 meeting with the school board, with staff and some community members. I have also had the opportunity to participate in several statewide education-related activities like the Governor’s Education Summit.

I recently had the opportunity to share with the district staff the five challenges for the WDMCS in the coming months and into next year that I have been able to identify so far:

  1. Changing leadership;
  2. Changing demographics;
  3. State/federal budget reductions;
  4. State educational reform; and
  5. NCLB reauthorization. (more…)

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Getting to Know Superintendent Peter Ansingh

I would like to begin by thanking you all for the warm welcome to West Des Moines and to the WDMCS. I hope to meet more of you as the school year progresses. Until then please let me share a little bit about myself.

As I have been able to share with some you, I claim to be a Dutchman; my family immigrated to this country when I was four years old. I grew up in the Seattle area and attended Pacific Lutheran University intending to follow in my father’s footsteps as a physician. That was not to be; I finished my four years with a new-found faith in Christ and a degree in chemistry.  I then went off to the University of Wyoming to pursue what I thought would be a career in petroleum engineering. After a couple of months in classes like muds and drilling, I walked over to the College of Education and asked what I needed to do to become a teacher. I finished the requirements for a teaching certificate and a master’s degree in chemistry. (more…)

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