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Collins-Maxwell Community School District

Board of Education

Monday, February 26, 2018

7:00 – Regular Board Meeting

Library, Collins-Maxwell Middle School/High School, Maxwell, IA  



  1. Call to order, roll call, acknowledge quorum.
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Welcome Visitors and Public Comment*
  4. Celebrations
  5. Communication and Administrative Reports
    1. State Report Card
    2. Legislative Update
  6. Information/Discussion
    1. 6-12 Math & Reading Intervention
    2. Expanded Business Offering
  7. Action Agenda
    1. 2018-2019 Music Trip Approval
    2. Approve Early Retirement Applications
    3. K-5 Class Size Guidelines
    4. 6-12 Science Curriculum Adoption
    5. Operational Sharing 28E Agreement – Facilities Director & Business MGR, HR/PR
    6. 2018-2019 Curriculum Director
    7. Set FY19 Certified Budget Hearing Date
    8. Budget Guarantee Resolution
    9. 2018-2019 School Calendar Hearing
    10. Transportation Replacement
    11. Facilities/Capital Projects Approval
  1. Wrestling Room Paint
  2. Wrestling Mat
  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes
    2. Bills for Payment
    3. Financials
    4. Personnel
  2. Board Comments
  3. Adjourn



*Visitors who wish to address the Board should be recognized at this time.  Due to legal requirements of the public meeting laws, the Board will take action only on items posted on the agenda.  Complaints cannot be about personnel.

As a result of snow days, our last day of school for students is now Wednesday, May 23.

Welcome to Collins-Maxwell Community School District!

The mission of the Collins-Maxwell School District is to prepare responsible individuals for the future through academic and social experiences.

The Collins-Maxwell Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Family and Consumer Sciences, Business, and Agriculture.

It is the policy of the Collins-Maxwell Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its education programs and its employment practices.  There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Jordan Nelson, MS/HS Principal, 400 Metcalf St, Maxwell, IA 50161, 515-387-1115, jnelson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us.

CM Board Meeting - Key Takeaways September 2017


Spartan Fans, get your UnderArmour gear here! This takes you to a special site set up for us to get non-embroidered UnderArmour clothing at up to 40% off. Also, 10% of the proceeds go right back to our Athletic Boosters!  **note: prices on the site are retail. The discounts will be applied at checkout  Click here for instructions


Check out our new Welcoming Flyer celebrating our Past Success and Future Opportunity




The Governor’s STEM Council announcing the 10 new STEM BEST awardees and being a part of the Story County Consortium (Ames, Ballard, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-NESCO, Gilbert, Nevada, and Roland-Story School Districts) we were awarded in the  North Central STEM Region.  For more information click on the link. MediaRelease_2016-STEM-BEST-Awardees



Are you confused when you see your student’s Iowa Assessments Profile Narrative?  Do you know if your student is proficient or not in reading, math and science?

We have created a narrated slideshow to help answer some of your questions about this state test.  We hope this will answer some of your questions and explain the scores generated from these assessments.  If you have any other questions please feel free to talk with your student’s teacher.

CM Iowa Assessment Video


Thank you to our yearbook sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

JKT Construction, Landus Cooperative – Collins,   Allen L. Kockler Co.

Gold Sponsors

Maxwell State Bank, Logsdon’s Grocery, Exchange State Bank, Community Bank


Silver Sponsors

Center Grove Orchard, Ames Orthodontics – Dr. Kim J. Wass, Fidelity Bank, Olberding Law Office, City of Collins


McFarland Eye Center, Burke Corporation, Moorman Construction Inc., Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home, Pedersen Insurance & Financial Services, Nevada Ace Hardware, Collins-Fire & Rescue



U.S. Bank, Our Family Vet Clinic, Parker Law Firm, Twin Anchors RV Sales & Service, Main Street Floral & Gifts, Clock Works, Nevada Chamber of Commerce, Ness Farm Supply, Weir’s Insurance, Niland’s Café & Colo Motel, Central Veterinary Services, Fareway Stores Inc.




  • Important Dates coming up:

    March 22- Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm Large gym

    March 22- Early Dismissal

    March 22- NHS Blood Drive 12-6 pm in small gym

    March 22- School Board Mtg. 6:30 pm

    March 22- Girls/Boys HS Track meet at Grinnell

    March 23- No school

    March 24-  CM Spring Show

    March 30- April 2- Easter Break

    April 7- 2nd Annual Tailgate Dinner and Auction at MACC  6 pm


    ***There are #LoveForLindsey t-shirt order forms in the office. If you would like to order one, you can pick up an order form and then return it here to the office or to Toot's.



    1. Juniors!!!  Meeting during lunch today in Ms. Robinson’s room.

    The junior class will be voting for Prom Court this year! They will be choosing 5 females and 5 males for the court. ONLY the juniors will be voting. ONLY Seniors can be on court. This is a new tradition we hope to have last for years!





    2. Middle school track practice will be in Collins. Bus will leave Maxwell at 3:20




    3. Connie Smith is looking for help with landscaping and spring window cleaning.  Please call Connie directly at #515-231-7916.  This is a great way to earn hours!!!






    4. 8-12th grade boys interested in playing baseball, there will be a meeting at 10 am Thursday morning in the large gym.





    5. Seniors please stop in and see me about the correct spelling of parent names to go in newspaper for the graduation section. Thank you!




    6. The NHS is hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, March 22 from noon to 6 in the small gym. If you will be visiting with teachers on Thursday afternoon for conferences, please consider stopping by the small gym and making a donation. The Blood Drive ends at 6:00 PM so please come early to donate. Walk-ins are always welcome, but if you could email dhartgers@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us with an approximate time you would like to donate, that would give us an idea of how many staff we need for the drive that day. Thank you for considering a blood donation on Thursday, March 22!





    7. *** Collins-Maxwell Athletic Booster Events ***

    2nd Annual Tailgate Dinner and Auction

    April 7th, 2018

    Maxwell Area Community Center

    6:00 - Social Hour

    6:00-7:00 - Silent Auction

    7:00 - Dinner catered by Three Stooges

    7:30 - Live Auction

    8:00 - Hawk McIntyre Music

    $25/Person $40/couple

    Wear your Spartan Colors!

    You can view more details and tickets can be purchased online at 


    Buffalo Wild Wings in Ames Fundraiser (Starting 3/1/2018-5/31/2018)

    You can view details of the fundraiser at the link below. Take a picture of the card to use at the restaurant with your phone!

    https://www.collinsmaxwellathleticboosters.com/buffalo-wild- wings





    Jostens will be in your school this week for the following event.

    Graduation Announcement Design with Jr. Class Officers

    Date: Thurs, March 22

    Time:  8:30 AM

    Graduation Announcement / Cap and Gown Delivery

    Date: Thurs, March 22

    Time:  9:00 - 9:30 am

    All payments on delivery day are CASH ONLY




    9. Spartan Pop Sockets!!

    ·      Student council will be selling Spartan pop sockets to raise money for water bottle filling stations!

    ·      Each pop socket will cost $10.00

    ·      The pop socket will have a black base, a white top, and blue writing.

    ·      If interested in purchasing, please contact a student council member or see Mr. Smith or Mrs. Sutherland





    10. Seniors please check for an email from Nurse Peters and American Heart about your CPR ecard.





    11. WE NEED SOCCER REFS AND YOU GET PAID!!! Click here: Reasons to Become a Referee

    There are soccer clinics offered every weekend in March.  Students pay the $55 for the clinic, and after reffing for our club you will be refunded.  Please email me if you have any questions.  This is not for silver cord hours, our soccer club pays between $15-35 per game.

    Mandy Wierson






    12. Let’s Do Our Best to Stay Healthy!

    We are starting to see an increase in illness in the MS/HS. Please keep in mind washing your hands is the #1 way to stop the spread of germs. Please remember to wash your hands after you use the bathroom, blow your nose, and before you eat. Please also keep in mind it is best to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just washed your hands. This is the time of year there is a lot of illness to be shared, so let’s stops the spread of germs by washing our hands!

    Sick Policy

    Just a reminder to keep your student home if they have the following symptoms: Fever (100.0 F or higher), vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours, and/or red, mattery eye(s). The student needs to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (Tylenol/Ibuprofen). I will call you if I feel your student is not able to stay in school. Also remember if your child is going to miss school for more than 3 days for being sick then your student will need a doctors note to return to school. Please keep the offices updated on any phone number changes.

    Let’s have a healthy rest of the school year, Nurse Jill

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