Public Hearings Monday, Feb. 23 on Two Proposed School Calendars

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold its next workshop and regular news_calendar_photomeeting on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. The workshop begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by the regular business meeting at 7:00 p.m. The agendas follow. These meetings are open to the public.

During the regular meeting, the School Board will hold public hearings on two alternate calendars for the 2015-16 school year. One proposed calendar has a start date of August 24, 2015, which reflects a legislative bill currently under consideration. The other alternate calendar proposes a start date of August 31, 2015, which is in line with current state law.

These two alternate calendars are being proposed after school districts across the state were notified in December that the Iowa Department of Education would stop granting routine waivers to the law requiring schools to start classes during the week of Sept. 1. A new waiver submission process has been implemented. The district has submitted a waiver request for a calendar with a start date of Aug. 12, 2015, which was approved by the School Board last year. The district is waiting for a response on its waiver request.

The alternate calendars are being proposed in the event the district’s waiver request is not approved or no action is taken before spring break. Districts are required by law to hold public hearings on proposed school calendars.

 

Workshop Agenda

I.             Call to Order

II.            Roll Call

III.           Annual Student Achievement Report

IV.          Adjournment

 

Regular Meeting Agenda

I.             Call to Order

II.            Roll Call

III.           Open Forum

IV.          Consent Agenda

A.            Consent – Minutes

B.            Consent – Personnel

C.            Consent – Bills for Payment

D.            Consent – Student Trip Request(s)

E.            Consent – Facilities Projects

                1.            Valley High School – Waste Management Compactor Lease

V.            Superintendent’s Report

VI.          Board Members’ Reports

VII.         Open Enrollment

VIII.        Facilities Projects

IX.           Hearings

A.            Clive Elementary Flooring Replacement

B.            2015-16 School District Calendar (August 24 start date)

C.            2015-16 School District Calendar (August 31 start date)

X.            Contracts

A.            Clive Elementary Flooring Replacement

B.            Bohnsack & Frommelt LLP – Agreed Upon Procedures Engagement

C.            Y Camp – Jordan Creek

D.            Iowa Home Care

E.            Morningside College Student Teacher/Practicum

F.            R & R Realty

XI.           2014-15 Early Retirement Re-opening

XII.         Financial Report – January 2015

XIII.        Request for Closed Session: Student Discipline [Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (e)]

XIV.        Request to Reconvene Open Session

XV.         Request Motion for Item Discussed in Closed Session

XVI.        Request for Closed Session: Personnel Matter [21.5(1)i]

XVII.      Request to Reconvene Open Session

XVIII.     Request Motion for Item Discussed in Closed Session

XIX.        Adjournment

 

Workshop & Regular Meeting Materials

Board Information