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School Board Agenda of April 22, 2019


Ames Community School District April 22, 2019

Board members will assemble in the Boardroom, 2005 24th Street, on Monday,
April 22, at 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting.

(The Board respectfully requests that all cellular phones be turned off during the meeting.)

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.

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Approx. time

Item No.

Item Description

6:30 p.m.


Call to Order



Approval of Agenda and Reading of Purpose Statement


The Ames Community School District commits to equity and access that empowers every individual to reach their full personal and educational potential.


1.     Educational Equity and Improvement

2.     Transparent Financial Planning and Processes

3.     Recruitment, Retention, and Development of a High-Quality Staff

4.     Clear and Consistent Communication to Support Positive and Proactive Community Relationships

5.     A Safe and Responsive System that Promotes the Mental Health and Well-Being of Every Individual



Celebrations & Recognitions. Chris Stensland, IASBO Award.


INFORMATION  ITEM(S) Residents of the District, students attending the District, parents or guardians of students attending the District, and District staff members may address the Board about any topic relevant to the District whether on the current agenda or not. Those who wish to speak must sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Speaker participation is limited to three minutes once per item. The views and opinions of citizens addressing the Board do not necessarily reflect those of the Board, District administration, or staff. Speakers are to remember that Iowa law prohibits the Board from discussing specific employees, students or their performance. Student speakers will state their name and school. Others will state their name and address.



Food Service Contract. Chris Stensland. Exhibit D-1. (Priority 2)
Public Comments


2019-20 New Money Budget. Jenny Risner. Exhibit D-2. (Priority 2)
Public Comments.


Transitioning intramural 7th grade volleyball and basketball programs at AMS to interscholastic programs beginning 2019-2020. Spencer Eslinger and Yonas Michael. Exhibit D-3. (Priority 1)
Public Comments


Literacy Adoption. Amy Lane and Elementary Principals. Exhibit D-4. (Priority 1) Public Comments.


Board Committee Update. Alisa Frandsen. Exhibit D-5. (Priority 4)
Public Comments

  Public Forum

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.

  9. Minutes from the meetings held April 8, 2019. Chris Stensland. (Priority 4)
  10. Financial Reports for March 2019. Chris Stensland. Exhibt C-1. (Priority 2)
  11. Claims and Payroll for March 2019. Chris Stensland. Exhibit C-2. (Priority 2)

Contract(s)/Agreement(s). Exhibit C-3. (Priority 2)

a.            Agreement with Best Practices, Inc. to provide professional development at Northwood Preschool Center on June 6 and 7, 2019. Kristin Barber. Exhibit C-3a.

b.            Renewal of lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for mail machine. Karl Hehr. Exhibit C-3b.

c.            Agreement with Simbli eBOARDsolutions for online Board Meeting software. Jenny Risner and Chris Stensland. Exhibit C-3c

d.            Facility Use Agreement with ISU for use of the Cross Country Course for an AMS meet on September 18, 2019. Jeremie Knutson. Exhibit C-3d.

e.          Agreement with Lifetouch. Kathy Packer. Exhibit C-3e

  13.  Open Enrollment Applications. Jenny Risner. Exhibit C-4. (Priority 4)
  14. Gift(s) to the District. Jenny Risner. Exhibit C-5. (Priority 2)
  15. Reading Adoption. Amy Lane and Elementary Principals. Exhibit A-1. (Priority 1)
  16. 2019-20 New Money Budget. Jenny Risner and Chris Stensland.
Exhibit A-2
  17. Student Fees for 2019-20 School Year. Jenny Risner. Exhibit A-3. (Priority 2).
  18. Meal Prices for 2019-20. Chris Stensland. Exhibit A-4. (Priority 2)
  19. Set Public Hearing (May 6, 2019) for Sewer Easement at Mitchell Site to City of Ames. Exhibit A-5. (Priority 2)
  20. Waiver of Conflict of Interest. Chris Stensland. Exhibit A-6. (Priority 2)
  21. Personnel Report. Lisa Negus. Exhibit A-7
  22. Architectural Services for Small Projects Agreement Amendments. Gerry Peters. Exhibit A-8. (Priority 2)
  23. Mitchell Elementary Additions & Remodel 2020 – Architect Contract. Gerry Peters. Exhibit A-9. (Priority 2)
  Board and Staff Item(s)
  24. Items from the Board.
  25. Items from the Superintendent.
  26. Board Planning Calendar. Jenny Risner. Exhibit B-1.

The next School Meeting is scheduled  for May 6, 2019.  




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