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School Board to Review Boundary Proposal

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will review the district administration’s proposal for elementary school attendance boundary changes for the 2015-16 school year at its workshop meeting Monday, Nov. 24 at 5:15 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. A proposed implementation plan also will be presented.

The school board’s regular meeting follows at 7:00 p.m., during which a regularly scheduled open forum is held.

The proposed map was recommended by the district’s boundary committee at its November 17 meeting. The 50-member committee made up of parents, teachers, staff members, administrators and community members, made its recommendation after developing several map scenarios, reviewing district enrollment data and trends, and reviewing public feedback from three public forums and an online survey on two draft maps. In addition, the committee had boundary criteria, which was set by the school board.

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Related Enrollment Information

Proposed Implementation Plan

For more information about the boundary study, please see the following link.

Boundary Study Background & Additional Information

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Recommends New Map to Superintendency

At its Monday, Nov. 17 meeting, the Boundary Committee voted to recommend Map C5 to the superintendency.

Based on feedback from three public forums and an online survey, the superintendency developed two additional options – C4 and C5 – for the committee to review.

Map Options

The committee also recommended maintaining the current timeline to bring a proposal to the School Board on Monday, Nov. 24 and a final decision on Monday, Dec. 8.

 

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Informaline – November 17, 2014

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icon_boundary_smallBOUNDARY COMMITTEE REVIEWING FEEDBACKThe WDMCS Boundary Committee meets November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center to review feedback from the recent public forums and survey to provide a recommendation to the district superintendency for changes to the district’s attendance boundaries. It will also consider a recommendation regarding a proposed grandfather clause to the school attendance boundary change options. The committee meeting is open to observers.
2015-16 TIGER CUBS PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPENTiger Cubs is the West Des Moines Community School district’s preschool program. Tiger Cubs provides opportunities for children to develop important learning skills. Tiger Cubs Preschools offer three and four-year-old programs and are located at Clive, Crestview, Jordan Creek and Westridge Elementary schools. Western Hills offers a four-year-old program. Visit our website for more information and to register your child.
GET YOUR FLU SHOT – CLINIC AT CRESTVIEW NOV. 20The Polk County Health Department is sponsoring a community flu clinic at Crestview Elementary on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 3-7 p.m. This clinic is open to students, staff and families of West Des Moines Community Schools. It is also open to the community, so please invite family, friends and neighbors! Most insurances are accepted, so please bring your insurance card with you. Flu shots will be $20 without proof of insurance. Some students may qualify for a free vaccine. Please call 515-286-3798 with any questions regarding insurance and/or free vaccine eligibility.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS FROM NOV. 10School Board Approves Contract for Operations ReviewAt its November 10 meeting, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a contract with Services Management Assist, LLC (SMA) to conduct an inventory of all the district’s buildings and grounds, interview key stakeholders, identify the level of cleanliness in the district according to standards published by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, assess the operating structure, and develop written custodial schedules for each building. The review will occur during the next couple of months.
WDMCS NAMED COLLEGE BOARD HONOR ROLL DISTRICTThe West Des Moines Community School District is among 12 Iowa districts – just two of which are from the metro area – to be named to the College Board’s 5th Annual Honor Roll Districts. This is the second consecutive year the WDMCS has earned this honor, demonstrating equity and excellence in its Advanced Placement programming.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Wishing our families a Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a reminder of upcoming breaks:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 26-28
  • Winter Break: Dec. 22-Jan. 2
VIRTUAL BACKPACK
VHS Model Clinic, learn to skate, nature programs, Turkey Trot and MORE!
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School Board Highlights – Nov. 10

School Board Approves Contract for Operations Review
At its November 10 meeting, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a contract with Services Management Assist, LLC (SMA) to conduct an inventory of all the district’s buildings and grounds, interview key stakeholders, identify the level of cleanliness in the district according to standards published by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, assess the operating structure, and develop written custodial schedules for each building. The review will occur during the next couple of months.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:
www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings. Follow informal board highlights on Twitter @WDMCS.

Topics: School Board News

Boundary Committee Reviewing Feedback

The WDMCS Boundary Committee meets November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center to review feedback from the recent public forums and survey to provide a recommendation to the district superintendency for changes to the district’s attendance boundaries. It will also consider a recommendation regarding a proposed grandfather clause to the school attendance boundary change options. The committee meeting is open to observers.

Three public feedback sessions were held and an online survey was posted on two proposed maps – C2 and C3. The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one WDMCS school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school in the district. This includes voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

A recommendation based on the committee’s work will be presented to the School Board on November 24 during its workshop session. The Board will be asked to vote on the recommendation on December 8 during its regular meeting.

For more information on the boundary change proposals, visit www.wdmcs.org or call 633-5023.

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Selects Two Maps for Public Feedback

At its November 6 meeting, the boundary study committee selected two maps which the public will have the opportunity to give feedback on at three upcoming forums and through on online survey.

Proposed Maps

The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district  attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school.  This includes all voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

Proposed Map C2*

Proposed Map C3*

Current District Boundaries

*The maps are in .pdf format. Please use the .pdf tools to enlarge and zoom in on each map.

Enrollment Summary  (Additional Information Added Per Community Request)

Enrollment Changes by School (Document Added Per Community Request)

Grandfather Clause/Voluntary Transfer Proposal

Public Feedback Sessions

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

During these sessions, the two options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

Online Survey

If you are not able to make these public sessions, please take the opportunity to give your feedback through our online survey. The survey will be live through November 14 2014.

Boundary Survey  The survey is now closed. 

 

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Reminder! Public Feedback Sessions on Boundary Changes

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

During these sessions, two to three options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

In addition, there will be an online feedback form regarding the map options available at www.wdmcs.org from November 8-14.

Topics: Boundary Study

School Boundary Committee Meets Nov. 6

The West Des Moines Community Schools Boundary Committee will continue its study of the district’s enrollment and boundaries at 6:30 p.m. on November 6 in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center. This meeting is open to observers.

Boundary Committee Meeting – November 6, 2014 Agenda

Remember! Public feedback sessions to provide input on the map options to be developed will be held:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

Boundary Study Webpage

Topics: Boundary Study

Informaline – November 11, 2014

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boundary_icon_colorGIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK ON BOUNDARY CHANGES
The public is invited to review and provide feedback on boundary options for our elementary and junior high schools at three sessions:

  • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (a Spanish interpreter will be available at this meeting)

During these open forums two to three options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

The goal is to have the final recommendation presented to the school board at its Nov. 24 workshop at 5:15 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center.

For questions about the boundary process or to learn more, please contact your school’s committee representative or visit:

Boundary Study Page

VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GRAND OPENING NOV. 16
Come home to where the art is! Help us celebrate the grand opening of the Valley High School Performing Arts Center during a special program and celebration on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-5 p.m.
STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Valley High School fine arts department will have 38 students participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
WDMCS TEACHERS EARN TOP HONORS
The following teachers in the West Des Moines Community School District have been awarded top honors.Crossroads Park Spanish Teacher Amy Murphy has been named the Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) Elementary Educator of the Year. The award is given to the teacher who exemplifies the best in teaching and provides outstanding service to the profession in the state of Iowa. Murphy was chosen for the award based on criteria that included exemplary teaching, professional growth and leadership experiences.Hillside Elementary Art Teacher Pam Ballard has been named the Art Educators of Iowa Outstanding Elementary Teacher for 2014. The award is given to the arts educator that has shown stellar dedication to the craft of teaching art to children. Ballard has been the West Des Moines Community Schools’ art department chair for the past eight years. She has developed innovative curriculum development strategies has impacted teachers across the districtValley High School Business Teacher and Instructional Coach Sarah Bird has been named Outstanding Business Educator in Iowa for 2014. Bird has been a business teacher at Valley High School since 2008, and has served as department chair. She has developed new technology-infused classes and has partnered with the area business community to develop real-world business, marketing and advertising projects for students. She also established Valley’s DECA program in 2013. In addition, Bird serves as an instructional coach.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCT. 13
Budget Update for Fiscal Years 2015 & 2016

At the School Board’s Monday, Oct. 27 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Paul Bobek provided a brief financial report. The West Des Moines Community Schools has developed a draft spending authority budget for fiscal year 2015. As a result of budget reductions last year and efforts to obtain additional spending authority allocations from the School Budget Review Committee, indications are that the district will have a balanced budget for 2015. However, more information is still needed.
REGISTER FOR TIGER CUBS PRESCHOOL NOVEMBER 10
Tiger Cubs Preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year will start on November 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. Registration this year will be centralized and done online. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper copy can be obtained from Holly Burns or your Tiger Cubs preschool teacher. For more information please visit our website or contact Holly Burns, Preschool Coordinator at 633-5010 or burnsh@wdmcs.org.
SAVE THE DATE! PRESCHOOL PALOOZA IS NOV. 8
Mark your calendar for the second Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillside Elementary. Children ages two to six will enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities. All activities and snacks are free.
VIRTUAL BACKPACK
Valley wrestling club and basketball clinic, WDMCS Transition Night, Trunk or Treat Nights, Learn to Skate, nature programs and MORE!
Remember to

 

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Budget Update for Fiscal Years 2015 & 2016

At the School Board’s Monday, Oct. 27 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Paul Bobek provided a brief financial report. The West Des Moines Community Schools has developed a draft spending authority budget for fiscal year 2015. As a result of budget reductions last year and efforts to obtain additional spending authority allocations from the School Budget Review Committee, indications are that the district will have a balanced budget for 2015.

This is encouraging news in terms of the district’s need to continue a budget reduction process for the 2016 fiscal year. However, one major factor is unknown.

At this time, school districts do not know if the legislature will appropriate any additional revenue and spending authority for Iowa schools. The state legislature will address this during its 2015 session, which is slated to begin in mid-January.

Administration is working on developing projections prior to the legislature convening. This will help determine if further reductions are needed for the 2016 fiscal year. Preliminary projections are anticipated to be completed in December.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:
www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings. Follow informal board highlights on Twitter @WDMCS.

Topics: School Board News

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