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School Board Meetings of December 10, 2018


Ames Community School District December 10, 2018

Board members will assemble in the Boardroom, 2005 24th Street, on Monday,
December 10 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.

 Click for a Printable Version of the December 10, 2018 meeting and work session agenda 

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



INFORMATION  /DISCUSSION 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.



Update on New High School Project. OPN Architects. No Exhibit. (Priority 2)

Public Comments.



Memorandum of Understanding with Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club. Chris Stensland. Exhibit D-1. (Priority 2)

Public Comments


Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) Budget. Gerry Peters. Exhibit D-2. (Priority 2)

Public Comments.

  6.  Equity Committee Report. Equity Committee. Exhibit D-3. (Priority 1)

Public Comments.


Board Committee Updates. Alisa Frandsen. Exhibit D-4. (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.

  8. Minutes from the meeting held November 26, 2018. Chris Stensland. (Priority 4)
  9. Personnel Report. Lisa Negus. Exhibit C-1. (Priority 3)
  10. Gift(s) to the District. Jenny Risner. Exhibit C-2. (Priority 2)

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

Agreement with Frontline Education Recruiting and Hiring and Frontline Central. Lisa Negus.Exhibit C-3a .


Policies for Approval. Allen Bierbaum and Monic Behnken.
Exhibit A-1.

Suggested motion: I move the Board approve the policies as presented.

100 Legal Status of the School District. (Priority 2)

105 Assistance Animals (Priority 1)

300 Role of School District Administrations (Priority 3)

301.1 Management (Priority 3)

302.2 Superintendent Contract and Contract Nonrenewal (Priority 3)

302.7 Superintendent Civic Activities (Priority 4)

302.8 Superintendent Consulting and Outside Employment (Priority 3)

  Board and Superintendent  Item(s)
  13. Items from the Board.
  14. Items from the Staff.
  15. Board Planning Calendar. Jenny Risner. Exhibit B-1.
  Closed Seesion ( If Needed)
  16. Closed session as provided in section 21.5(1)(i) of the open meetings law to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual has requested a closed session.


Next Meetings

January 7, 2019 – Work Session on Elementary Enrollment Challenges

January 14, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting

January 28, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting




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