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Advisory Board & “SAMs” Program Approved by Board

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on October 22, 2012, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, minutes from the Oct. 8 workshop and meeting;
  • approved a minor modification application for Hillside Elementary for the addition of a 1,500 sq.ft. concrete pad and an 200 sq. ft. expansion of the existing wood mulched swing set area located on the south side of the facility with the use of Site funds; (more…)

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Features of the New District Website

We are a couple weeks away from the launch of the new district website and because I am not very good at waiting I thought I would give you a sneak peek of some features of the new site. As mentioned in a previous post during the planning process we surveyed students, parents, employees, and the community to gather data about their use of the current district  website, along with their likes and dislikes. The main objective was to create a website that is audience centric, has up-to-date information, and is easy to navigate. We are accomplishing this in several different ways, but a couple of the ways we are doing this is through the top and side navigation as seen here. Depending on what category you fall into you can go directly to “your” page and find the information that is relevant to you. The information that is provided on this page was decided after looking at Google analytics and user research.

Top Navigation

Another objective for the new site was to create an awareness of the happenings within our district. The main way that this is being done is through the news feed seen here. Up-to-date information and events will be announced on the home page along with press releases and happenings.

What's New NewsNews Full Page

A request that was mentioned in the survey over and over again was a more user online calendar system. The new site will have a very robust and user friendly online calendar system. You will now be able to have a more accurate calendar of the districts events year round. You will be able to search by month, day, activity and school. We will then carry this even one step further as we continue into phase two with the redesign of individual school websites. Each school will have a calendar on  their home pages which will include their own events.

Calendar on home page

The last item I am going to share today is the Staff Directory. This is something that I hear repeatedly, that people have a hard time using and finding the information they need in our current staff directory. Brian Abeling, Director of Technology worked closely with Flying Hippo Web Technologies to create, what we think, is a very useful and robust staff directory.

Staff Directory Search Box
I am looking forward to sharing the new and improved site with you in the next couple of weeks. We still have a lot of things to do in order to launch the new site so better get back to it!

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WDMCS Board Approves Retirement Plan, Fresh Fruit Program and More

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held its annual meeting Sept. 10, 2012, and took the following action:

  • approved the proposed 2013-2014 Early Retirement Plan, which has no changes from the previous year’s plans, to allow eligible district staff to have the opportunity to plan further in advance when making a decision concerning retirement; (more…)

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WDMCS School Board Aug. 27 Meeting Summary

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, August 27, 2012, and took the following action: (more…)

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A Mom’s Reflections on the First Day of Kindergarten

I knew the day would come when I would send my daughter, who was once my little 5-pound peanut, off to kindergarten. That day has arrived.

Today, with hundreds of other parents, I dropped off my daughter, Melayna, for her first day of kindergarten in West Des Moines schools. She was all smiles with her new haircut and dress, but I could tell she was nervous because she was wide-eyed and fidgety. She posed outside the school with her best friend, Lauren, for pictures. Then we found her teacher, Ms. Hirsch, and she sat and patiently waited with her classmates until everyone had arrived and they could go to their classroom. (more…)

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WDMCS School Board Aug. 13 Meeting Summary

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012, and took the following action:

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WDMCS: “Way Better”

Well, we are here; the school year has ended. It seems so long ago that I introduced myself to you back in an August edition of the Informaline.

Being still relatively new, I am often asked whether Iowa/West Des Moines is “what I thought it would be.” My response is always, “It is way better than I thought it would be.” (more…)

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School Lunch Prices to Increase 10 Cents

Students who wish to each school lunch will pay $.10 more per meal next school year. The new lunch prices were approved by the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education Monday, June 25, 2012. (more…)

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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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