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Board Approves 2012-13 Staffing Proposal

On Tuesday April 24, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved the superintendency’s revised proposal for 2012-13 staffing. The proposal was approved on a 6-1 vote, with Carroll voting no.

The approved proposal is publicly available at  http://www.wdmcs.org/district/schoolboard/2012-13%20Budget%20and%20Staffing.pdf.

Other Action Items

  • held two executive sessions as provided in section 21.5 (1) (e) of the open meetings law to consider whether to expel a student; reconvened into regular session; voted to expel two students through the end of the 2011-12 school year.
  • Held an executive session as provided in section 21.5 (1) (i) of the open meetings law to evaluate an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered.

Above is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken, not necessarily in chronological order. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

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WDMCS tax rate, tentative teacher agreement approved

On April 9, 2012, the West Des Moines Community School District Board of Education approved the 2012-13 certified budget and tax rate of $13.30, which remains the lowest in the metro area. This compares to the 2011-12 rate of $13.85. The board reviewed the certified budget during a workshop on March 12 and held a public hearing during the April 9meeting. More information and the March 12 PowerPoint presentation is available at www.wdmcs.org/district/finance/index2.php. (more…)

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WDMCS Board: Hires Principal, Curriculum Director and Approves Website Redesign

The West Des Moines Community School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, March 12, 2012, and took the following action:

  • Approved the hiring of Graham Jones as the principal of Jordan Creek Elementary beginning July 1, 2012;
  • Approved the hiring of Stephanie Wilson as curriculum director beginning July 1, 2012;
  • Approved the Kids West 2012-13 Parent Handbook; (more…)

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WDMCS Board Approves 2012-13 Calendar, Winter Dance Contract

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, and took the following action: (more…)

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WDMCS Board: Teacher Training Earns Grad Credit & PD Plan Introduced

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved an agreement with Drake University School of Education to provide school personnel with staff development courses for Drake University graduate credit with $70 per credit hour paid to Drake University. It was noted that this agreement continues the district’s long and successful partnership with Drake in this initiative and is beneficial to staff and supports their on-going professional development; (more…)

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WDMCS School Board Approves Courses, DINA Plan, Facility Project Bids

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, and took the following action:

  • accepted all the K-9 Curriculum Cycle, Indian Hills and Stilwell, and Valley Southwoods 2012-13 Program of Studies proposals. (more…)

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WDMCS Board Meeting Summary

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

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, and took the following action: (more…)

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WDMCS Board Reviews Program of Studies & More

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

Crestview Spanish teacher Tammy Dann works with her students.

Workshop

The WDMCS Board of Education held a workshop on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. No action is taken at workshops. These meetings, which are open to the public, provide a time for board members to learn more about a topic or area of the district. During the November 7th meeting, the district’s Teaching & Learning Services department reviewed the Program of Studies Proposals for 2012-13. The documents presented are available here.

The program of studies includes courses or subject areas taught in grades K-12. The program of studies is reviewed each year. For the current review process, staff members submit course proposals, which are then reviewed by administrators, the Site Curriculum Council, the Teaching & Learning Services Advisory Council, the Teaching & Learning Services department, and the Superintendency. The district also conducts a regular review of curriculum used by the district. This review – or curriculum cycle – is included in the process (more…)

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Students Approved to Travel to China & Other Action at WDMCS Board Meeting

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

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Oct. 4, 10, and 12 meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and two student trip requests: the Spotlight (Newspaper), Tiger Tales (Yearbook), and committed journalism students to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on October 27, 2011 for the Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference with costs covered by the Language Arts Department and Yearbook account; Indian Hills and Stilwell Junior High string students to travel to the People’s Republic of China – Beijing and Shijiazhuang March 14 – 22, 2012, with travel costs covered through  the Chinese Grand and student funding; (more…)

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WDMCS Board Reviews Community Education, Valley High School Bids

Meeting Summaries – Oct. 4 & Oct. 10

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 a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a workshop session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. The meeting was informational only, providing an orientation session for new board members. No action was taken.

West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Sept. 19, 2011 annual & organizational meetings and the Sept. 19, 2011 and Sept. 28, 2011 special meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and the Valley Voices and Valley Vox High School singers trip request to travel to St. Charles, Ill., March 9- 12, 2012 for a jazz festival for Vocalese and Vox ensembles;
  • held a public hearing on the proposed sanitary sewer easements at Valley Southwoods, which was publically noticed on Sept. 26, 2011. No objections were filed.
  • approved the Community Education Advisory Council roster for 2011-2012, which includes: (more…)

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