May 2, 2016 board meeting

3 May

Miller Middle School Counselor John Augustine recognized Gaby Gonzalez, center, and Avy Smith for their selection into the Blank Summer Institute. Not present was Donovan Gavagan.

Miller Middle School counselor John Augustine presented two students selected for the Blank Summer Institute at the University of Iowa this summer. The students included Gaby Gonzalez and Avy Smith. Donovan Gavagan was also selected but was not present.
Gaby said she looks forward to meeting new people and Avy said she looks forward to learning on a college campus. For more information on this honor, click here.

School handbooks approval
The changes for the school handbooks were presented at the April 18 meeting. This was final approval of the handbooks with minor changes for the 2016-17 school year.

Website redesign
District Communications Director Andrew Potter proposed the district enter a contract with Global Reach of Ames for the district website redesign. The redesign will occur this summer and give the site a fresher look and increase capability for use on smartphones. The new site is expected to be up and running in early August.

Board Policies
310.4 – Organizational chart – Board Vice President Janelle Carter said the board will look at the administration chart proposed, but plans on moving the title of associate superintendent to a director of instructional services position to give the new superintendent some flexibility with this position. The board also plans to make that director position at the same level of other director positions in the district. The chart will come back for a first reading at the next meeting.

302.2 – Associates to the Superintendent – Qualifications – Marked as reviewed
302.3 – Associates to the Superintendent – Directors and Supervisors- Appointment – Change of a wording, to be brought back
302.4 – Associates to the Superintendent – Functions – Marked as reviewed.
303.1 – Building Principals and Associates – Change in wording, to be brought back
305.1 – Administrative Cabinet – Marked as reviewed.

Personnel items
For personnel items, click here. (The termination was pulled from the list of personnel approval items pending a hearing)

The board entered into a closed session to discuss the candidates for the superintendent position. The finalists are expected to be announced on May 3.

From Board President Bea Niblock
“I remember the day that the district website was launched with tabs to each attendance center and how the website has grown and changed over the years. But, the time has come for the district website to have a facelift.

Andrew Potter, district Communications Director, will work with Global Reach of Ames to develop a new design with a fresher look and better viewing capability on smartphones and mobile devices. The new design will be user friendly with up-to-date information at the fingertips of the community and our students’ families. The new website is expected to be launched by the beginning of the next school year.

The district should be commended for reaching out to make the district website fresh, user friendly and transparent to all who log on.” – Bea Niblock


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