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Collins-Maxwell Community School District

Board of Education

Friday, May 11, 2018

10:30 – 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
  • School Board Recognition
  • FAST Testing Improvement
  1. Communication and Administrative Reports
  2. Information/Discussion
  3. Action Agenda
    1. Approve Summer Capital Projects
      1. Tuck point Work
      2. Restroom Remodel/Plumbing
      3. Maxwell Windows/Doors/Elem Skylight
    2. Approve Operational Sharing for Transportation Director
    3. Approve Shared Transportation Mechanic
    4. Approve Technology purchase
    5. Approve Sports Sharing Agreement – Baseball with Nevada CSD
    6. 2018-2019 Administrator Contract
    7. 2018 Summer Food Program
    8. 2018-2019 Athletic Training Contract with McFarland Physical Therapy
  4. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes
    2. Bills for Payment
    3. Financials
    4. Personnel
  5. Board Comments
  6. 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.

1:1 Learning

This is the site for all information related to the 1:1 learning initiative.

  • MacBooks are distributed to all students in grades 9-12 for use in school and at home.  (started fall of 2015)
  • iPads are distributed to all students in grades 6-8 for use in school and at home. (started fall of 2012)
  • Grade-level sets of 25 iPads were purchased for each grade k-5 at the elementary to be used during school hours.

Acceptable Use Policy - adopted by the board on July 16, 2012
CyberSafety PowerPoint presentation as PDF (presented at parent informational meeting)

Help Desk:

  • The media center desk at the MS/HS will be the primary location for any extra iPads that may be needed for checkout. It will also be the primary place for students to log concerns about their iPads. The media center associate will notify Mr. Corbin (technology director) about issues that need his attention.
  • The media center desk will be staffed from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM on regular school days. On early dismissal days, the desk is open until 1:45 PM.
  • Outside of school hours, students, parents, and staff are encouraged to email Mr. Corbin for any technology concerns. He will plan to reply within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • First, please review the Acceptable Use Policy located above. It contains a great deal of information about the use and care of the iPad.
  • Second, we are developing a list of FAQs as they arise. Please send questions to Jason Ellingson, superintendent, or Kris Corbin, technology director.

What are some apps that students can download at home that the school would consider appropriate?
The school district supports apps that have a clear educational value. Some examples include e-reader apps such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Other appropriate apps include graphing calculators, e-printer apps, and educational support apps. If you have questions, please contact Kris Corbin, technology coordinator, at 515-387-1115 or kcorbin@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us.

Are students are able to print at home?
Students are able to print at home. You will need to have a wireless printer for printing access. Please check the iPad general settings as well as your printer’s specific wireless instructions.

How do students lean in the same way if they lose their iPad due to disciplinary consequences?
The district has had a technology code of conduct in place before the iPad initiative, so teachers are prepared to provide alternate assignments to support the learning of students while they do not have access to their iPads.

What should students do with their iPads if they are out for athletics?
Students should not plan to take their iPads to athletic competitions. The district has spoken with the coaches, and the coaches support this arrangement. Students should keep their iPads locked in their lockers are checked in at the media center.

What is the monthly cost to charge an iPad?
The annual cost to charge an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities. By comparison, a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72 in the U.S.

Can they leave it at the media center to be charged?
Yes, students can leave their iPads in the media center for charging. The school will also have "charging stations" for students to access in the morning and during school hours.


  • Important Dates coming up:

    May 21-MS Good Citizenship Trip to Adventureland

    May 21-HS Finals Odd Periods  1,3,7,5

    May 22-HS Finals Even Periods 2,4,6,8

    May 23-MS Awards Day/8thGrade Promotion 11 am

    May 23-Last Day of School Dismissal at 1 pm



    *****Monday’s Finals schedule is odd periods: 1,3,7,5

    *****Tuesday’s is even periods: 2,4,6,8


    1. High School Students!!!  After final check outs are done, to kick off summer we are planning a fun morning of outdoor activities, music, ice cream and picnic style lunch on the last day of school!  Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and tailgating games for lots of fun with your classmates.




    2. 8th Graders:  Your Four-Year Plan needs to be printed and signed by your parent before you can check out.  

    9th-12th Graders:  ALL Naviance tasks need to be completed before your check-out sheet will be signed by Mrs. Allen.  

    Naviance username is your school email address and password is Naviance.





    3. There are signups in the office for MS and HS Cross Country for next year!  Please consider joining our team.  If you have any questions, stop by and chat with Coach Meinerts.  We are also looking for student/athletes that want to dual-sport to help all sports dominate this fall!  Go Spartans!






    4. FFA will officially close the books on the 2018 plant sale on Thursday May 17that 3 pm.  There are a few plants left.  The FFA would like to thank everyone for making the 1stannual plant sale a success!





    5. Time is running out!  Buy your yearbook today.  High school books are $50 and the PreK-8 books are $20. If you would like to order a book, send payment to Mrs. Coffelt.  Please make checks payable to Collins-Maxwell Yearbook.





    6. The Collins Public Library has more silver cord opportunities June 23. We need 5 high school students to help serve and clean up lunch at Collins Days. If interested please contact Sara Coree at slcoree@gmail.com





    7. Opportunity for Silver Cord hours to anyone who would like to help with the Maxwell Presbyterian Vacation Bible School (VBS). It is Monday, June 25th - Thursday, June 28th. It runs from 6-8 PM. The areas that we could use volunteers would be games, snacks, art, and guides to lead the children to the different stations. If anyone is interested, please have them call or text me. My number is 515-681-3684.




    8. The AAU Junior Olympic Sport Stacking Championships are coming to Des Moines this summer and we are in need of some "Judges" to help us make this event complete. I’m reaching out to the local high schools looking for interest from incoming Juniors and/or Seniors to earn community service hours.


    Mandatory Training:

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 


    Friday, July 27 from 7:30-4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 28 from 7:30-3:00 p.m.

    T-shirt and lunch provided.

    Free parking.

    Each volunteer will earn personal Community Service Hours for the time they work.

    Please email or call if there is any interest, or if you'd like more information!

    Kailey Diedrick- kdiedrick@speedstacks.com




    9. Just a quick reminder about the dress code now that the weather is getting nice:

    There is a strong connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty. Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level and does not disrupt the school or educational environment. Students are prohibited from wearing:
    --Clothing advertising or promoting items illegal for use by minors including, but not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
    --Shoes with cleats except for outdoor athletic practices, bare feet, shoes with wheels, bedroom slippers
    --Clothing displaying obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racial and/or sexual remarks, making reference to prohibited conduct or similar displays or that creates a disruptive educational environment 
    --Clothing that exposes a bare shoulder, midriff or cleavage, underwear, or pants lower on the waist that exposes bare skin (this includes slit shirts that expose the navel or midriff from the side and ripped shorts and pants)
    --Shorts and skirts should be mid-thigh or longer
    --Sunglasses, hats, bandanas, jackets, and coats are generally not permitted to be worn in the building
    --Clothes or accessories deemed to be a safety issue like excessive baggy pants, chains, long earrings, or dog collars --Under certain circumstances or during certain classes or activities a stricter dress code may be appropriate, and students must comply with the stricter requirement
    The principal or designee makes the final determination of the appropriateness of the student’s appearance. Students inappropriately dressed are required to change their clothing or parents will be notified and the student will be sent home. Detention may be given to repeat offenders 







    10. Any 6th grader who wants to play JH baseball or softball needs a physical by May 23rd.  If they had a physical after May 30, 2017 they are ok for this year we just need a copy.





    11. YSS Summer Program needs help beginning June 4th-July 19th.  The program runs from 9:30-12:15.  Volunteers will help facilitate learning experiences in the STEM fields as well as music and video production.  Please see Mrs. Allen or Kalli Kennel (Impact Coordinator) for more info.





    12.There are blue Love for Lindsey Bracelets for sale for $3. If you would like to purchase one see Mr. Nelson either in his office or during lunch.





    13. The Collins Public Library would like to offer silver cord hours every Tuesday in June from 9-11 am for the summer reading program. We would like two high school students

    If you have any questions you can email Sara Coree at slcoree@gmail.com






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

    C-M Athletic Booster Club ~ End of Year Potluck

    When: Thursday, May 24th

    Where: Maxwell City Park, Enclosed Pavilion (West of Casey’s)

    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

    Who: All Middle and High School Collins-Maxwell athletes, coaches and their families!

    The Booster Club will provide hotdogs and burgers, condiments, plastic and paper serving items. 

    We ask that you bring the following based on your 2017-2018 grade:

    7th grade athletes – Bring Chips

    8th & 9th grade athletes – Bring Dessert

    10th & 11th grade athletes – Bring side dish

    12th grade athletes – Bottles of Water

    Coaches – Bottles of Water

    Activities will be played in the Volleyball, Baseball and Basket Ball areas.

    Any questions, please contact Kathie Smith gophersmitty@hotmail.com.

    Drive a Ford for C-M Athletic Boosters

    Ames Ford Lincoln would like to help our C-M Athletic Boosters by giving us $20 for each test driver that has a valid driver's license, 18 years and older, and is from different households. They will give us a maximum of $6,000!

    We need to meet our goal of having 300 people that meet the above requirements. This can include 18 year old seniors! Recruit your family and friends! No obligations, no selling anything or asking for money. Just get everyone you know to take very short test drive.


    Grade winner with the most referrals will win a pizza party and slot of time that is determined by the school to play at the park during the school day.

    Individual winner with the most referrals wins a $50 gift certificate at Logsdons.

    Need your Help!

    We will need parents and kids to sign up for one hour slots of time by 2018-2019 grade level. They will help fill out forms and to bring in traffic. We encourage your family and friends to come during your grade's hour that they are working to keep the traffic steady throughout the day but they can come at ANY time between 9:00AM-5:00PM.

    Sign up here. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084dabae2ca5f58-test

    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!




    15. Story County Conservation has just extended the application deadline for our backpacking adventure for high school students! We’ve had trouble reaching students through our usual channels and are turning to educators in the schools for help. Any assistance you can provide in spreading the word about this opportunity is greatly appreciated.

    This seven-day trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park runs June 27 – July 3 and is for those completing grades 9-12 this spring. Students will experience three nights back-country camping in what is considered the most diverse habitat in North America. It’s a trip to challenge mind, body, and spirit. Interested students should apply soon – the deadline is this Friday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m. More information and application can be found here. 

    If you have any questions, contact Erica Place

    Erica Place Outreach Coordinator

    Story County Conservation

    56461 180th St. | Ames, Iowa 50010-9451

    P: (515) 598-4761 | E: eplace@storycountyiowa.gov 

    www.storycountyconservation.org Facebook Twitter Instagram



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