Informaline Nov. 2, 2015


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Dollars & Cents: Spending and Enrollment Down
The West Des Community School District spent less money than budgeted last year in its ongoing effort to manage expenses as education costs continue to outpace funding statewide.

This positive budget news was dampened in mid-October when the official enrollment count showed approximately 132 fewer students in the district than last year. Each WDMCS student in kindergarten through 12th grade generates $6,446 in revenue, making enrollment a significant factor.

Learn more about spending reductions and the budget committee.

School Board Meets with Senator
During a workshop held Oct. 26, the School Board met with Iowa Senator Charles Schneider (R – District 22) to discuss education funding and legislation. Each legislator representing the district was invited to attend the meeting. Schneider said he understands funding is top priority for education, but also acknowledged that state revenue may not increase as expected based on current estimates. The Board shared its legislative priorities, which are available at

Calendar Hearing Held, Action on Nov. 9
At its Oct. 26 meeting, the School Board held a public hearing on the proposed 2016-17 school year calendar, with Wednesday, Aug. 24 as the first day of school. No one made comments at the public hearing.

The School Board is tentatively scheduled to take action on the calendar on Monday, Nov. 9.

Calendar Highlights and Full Proposed Calendar

Join Us! WDMCS Reads
The WDMCS is excited to announce the launch of WDMCS Reads: One district, many communities, one book.

This new initiative celebrates the “community” in West Des Moines Community Schools. Spanning portions of West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, and Windsor Heights, the district invites people from all of our communities to come together to read and discuss the same book.

Our inaugural book selection is “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal and 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

Get Started

Join Us for Preschool Palooza!
WDMCS Community Education’s Preschool Palooza event will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Hillside Elementary School.

Find out more from WDMCS Community Education.

District Expands Healthy Buildings Effort with Radon Testing
The West Des Moines Community School District will conduct radon testing in each building this winter and early spring as part of its efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and employees.

Learn more about the testing.

Valley Top 25 on AP Index, Belin-Blank Center Honors WDMCS Students and Educators
Eighteen students and 12 teachers were honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 11.

See the full list of students and teachers recognized.

Valley High School was also recognized as one of the top 25 schools in the state on the Advanced Placement (AP) Index. The index is calculated by dividing the number of AP exams taken by the number of students in the school’s graduating class. Valley High School, ranked eighth, was among the Top 10 of the Iowa AP Index for the seventh consecutive year.

Congratulations to Valley High School junior Gabriel Mintzer, who earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT!