District Safety Committee
Indian Hills Junior High Principal Shane Christensen has been appointed and accepted the role as the District Crisis Response Manager, which is in addition to his duties as principal. Shane has sent out reminders to all buildings regarding tasks to be completed at the beginning of the school year including setting dates and times for tornado, fire and other drills. The district has added a new piece to the emergency plan called ELF (Evacuate, Lockdown, Fight). Each building will review the information with staff and run practice drills. The district safety committee met on August 29th and reviewed the steps taken to date regarding building walk-throughs, emergency plans and emergency supply inventory. The group will begin reviewing and updating the current crisis plan and procedures, flip charts and staff training plan. This work will be ongoing throughout the school year.
The voice of Valley High School student Samantha Greer rang out during the West Des Moines Community School District Board of Education meeting on May 14, 2012.
She wasn’t speaking on a specific board issue; she was singing.
“The Watchman’s Daughter” by Samantha Greer
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).
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. Continue reading