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Archive for May, 2014

Thank You WDMCS Teachers! – A Message From Dr. Remy

staff_lrc_RemyLMay 5-9 is teacher appreciation week. A great big thank you to our West Des Moines Community School District teachers for their continued dedication to excellence and our students.

Thank you for giving of your talents and expertise. There are few other professionals who touch as many lives as teachers do. Teachers are role models for young people. Teaching is a very satisfying profession that brings with it a lot of responsibility. As Horace Mann said, “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience and care.”

Teachers collaborate with many others to make schools the best they can be for our students. They work with students, parents, administrators, other teachers, community members and so many more. Teachers make it a point to share highlights of learning with those involved.

Teachers are advocates for students. They set high standards for students. They bring resources into the classroom to make learning come to life. Teachers are evaluating student work and preparing students for their next step. Dan Rather once said, “The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”

Teachers show us each day what it means to turn passion into life’s work. To charge each student with the task of making tomorrow better without having the right answers. Teachers never stop looking for new ways to connect with students and inspire motivation. All students need a champion and a teacher can be that person for students.

Thank you once again for giving of your talents to prepare students for their life’s journey.

Join Us! Annual Staff Recognition Reception May 8

This is a reminder that the Annual Staff Recognition Reception is Thursday, May 8 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Conference Center, 5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines.



Topics: Uncategorized

April 28 Board Highlights

Valley to Graduate More Than 600
The West Des Moines Community School Board of Education approved diplomas of 627 Valley High School students during its April 28 meeting. The approval is contingent upon the completion of all graduation requirements as outlined by the policies of the West Des Moines Community School District. Valley graduation will be held on Sunday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Drake Knapp Center.

Board Approves 2014-15 WDMEA Agreement
During its April 28 meeting, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved on a 6-1 vote the agreement between the district and the West Des Moines Education Association, which is the teachers’ union.

The total teacher salary and benefit package increase will be 3.67 percent. This includes the increase in the contribution to Teacher Salary Supplement, all salary related items, all applicable payroll taxes including increases in payroll taxes, increases in IPERS (Iowa Public Employees Retirement) and all insurance costs including new fees.

WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy noted this is below the state average of teacher salary settlement trends, which is about a 3.8 to 4.2 percent increase.

The agreement is available on the district website. (Page 227).


Topics: School Board News

Public Hearing: Certified Budget Amendment

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold a public hearing on May 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

The purpose of the hearing is to amend the current school budget by changing estimates of expenditures in certain areas. Please see below for detail.

Public Notice: 2013-14 Certified Budget Hearing

This change in estimates of expenditures will be financed from increased receipts and balances not
budgeted or considered in the current budget. There will be no increase in taxes to be paid in the
fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. At the hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present objections to,
or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed amendment. A detailed statement of additional
receipts other than taxes, balances on hand at the close of the preceding fiscal year, and proposed
expenditures, both past and anticipated, will be available at the hearing.

Topics: Budget