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Ames Community School District

May 11, 2015

Board members will assemble in the Multipurpose Room at Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Drive, on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting.
(The Board respectfully requests that all cellular phones be turned off during the meeting.)
Click here for a printable version of this meeting May 11, 2015, meeting agenda

Approx. Time  

Call to Order.

  2. Approval of Agenda

Reading of Mission Statement.

The mission of the Ames Community Schools is to ensure that all learners develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and personal esteem necessary to grow in and shape a changing society.
6:35 p.m. 4.

School Board Recognition.

6:40 p.m. 5. Public forum. District residents, students, parents/guardians of students, and staff members may address the Board about any topic relevant to the District. Speakers must sign up at the beginning of the meeting and each speaker is limited to three minutes per board meeting.  If necessary, the Board President may need to reduce the three-minute time limit to accommodate more speakers in the 20 minutes allotted. The Board may approve an extension of the 20-minute time allocation to allow all speakers up to three-minutes. We ask speakers to remember that Iowa law prohibits the Board from discussing specific employees or students or their performance. Student speakers will state their name and school. Others will state their name and address

Information Item(s)

 6:55 pm 6.

ELP Update. Linda Martens. Exhibit I-1.

7:30 pm 7.

Policies to Announce. Rodney Briggs and Tim Rasmussen. Exhibit I-2.
Written comments will be accepted in the Superintendent’s Office through May 18.
DA, Fiscal Management
DAB, Debt Management
FEA, Educational Specifications and Construction Plans (combined with FECA, FECB)


Discussion Item(s)

7:20 pm 8.

Food Service Management Policy. Karen Shimp. Exhibit D-1.

7:30:pm 9.

Board Meeting Schedule for 2015-16. Tim Taylor. Exhibit D-2.

7:40:pm 10.

Board Committee Reports. Luke Deardorff. Exhibit D-3.


Consent Item(s)  All items listed under Consent will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a motion is made and approved, prior to the time Board members vote on the consent items, to remove the item from the Consent Items for further discussion.)

7:50 pm 11.

Minutes of Meeting held April 27, 2015. Karen Shimp.


Personnel Report. Tim Taylor. Exhibit C-1.


Contract(s)/Agreement(s). Exhibit C-2.

  1. Agreement with Kaplan University for Student Teachers. Mandy Ross.
    Exhibit C-2a.
  2. Verizon Cell Tower Modifications to Equipment. Gerry Peters.Exhibit C-2b.
  3. Cell Tower at Ames High School – Dark Fiber Project. Gerry Peters.Exhibit C-2c.
  4. Amendment to Contract with Piper Jaffray & Co. Karen Shimp.Exhibit C-2d.
  5. Contract with Windstream for network connectivity to new administration building on 24th Street. Karl Hehr. Exhibit C-2e.

Gift(s) to the District. Tim Taylor. Exhibit C-3.


Continuous Open Enrollment. Tim Taylor. Exhibit C-4.


Action Item(s)

7:55 pm 16.

List of Graduating Seniors. Tim Taylor. Exhibit A-1.

8:00 pm 17.

Reappointment Lists of Educational Assistants, Secretaries, Media Technologists, Information Technologists, and Custodial/Maintenance Staff. Tim Taylor. Exhibit A-2.

8:05 pm 18.

K-12 College-and Career-Readiness Standards (Counseling Curriculum). Yonas Michael. Exhibit A-3.

8:10 pm 19.

Polices to Approve. Rodney Briggs and Tim Rasmussen. Exhibit A-4.
DN, School Properties Disposal Procedures
EIC, Workers Compensation Insurance
FAB, Energy Management Program
FF, Naming New Facilities
GBO Substance Free Work Place
GDBC, Support Staff Fringe Benefits
IIAA, Textbook/Materials Selection, Adoptions, Maintenance and Control
JHC, Student Health Services and Requirements
JHCB, Immunization of Students
JHCD, Administering Medicines to Students
JHFF, Abuse of Students by District Personnel
JNA, Fee Waiver
KBB, School-Sponsored Television
KGD, Community Use of School Facilities for Childcare
KQ, Public Records

8:55 pm 20.

Change Order: Meeker Playground Project. Gerry Peters. Exhibit A-5.

8:20 pm 21.

New Open Enrollment Applications for 2015-16. Tim Taylor. Exhibit A-6.

8:25 pm 22.

Approval of Agreement with Ahlers Law Firm to provide Bond Counsel Services. Karen Shimp. Exhibit A-7.

8:30 pm 23.

Resolution authorizing the issuance of $10,000,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2015. Karen Shimp. Exhibit A-8.

8:35 pm 24.

Resolution authorizing the reimbursement of certain costs from the $10,000,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2015. Karen Shimp. Exhibit A-9.

8:40 pm 25.

Termination of Certain Certified Staff. Tim Taylor. Exhibit A-10.

8:45 pm 26.

Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Government Building to RDG Architects. Tim Taylor. Exhibit A-11.


Board and Staff Item(s)

8:50 pm 27.

Items from the Board.


Items from the Staff.


Board Planning Calendar. Tim Taylor. Exhibit B-1


Closed session: Real Estate.


Closed session:  Evaluation.




It is the policy of the Ames Community School District to maintain a nondiscriminatory environment in every aspect of the operation of the District. The District shall provide equal educational and employment opportunities without regard to color, sex, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs and activities or its employment and personnel policies. Dr. Tim Taylor, Superintendent, is the reporting officer for affirmative action, desegregation, and discrimination. Any questions should be directed to: Dr. Tim E. Taylor - Educational Services Center- 415 Stanton Ave.- Ames, IA 50014– (515) 268-6610

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