Friday, April 14, 2017

CCA FY 18 Certified Budget

At their special meeting on April 12th the Board of education approved the Certified Budget for FY 2018. Districts are required under Iowa law to have their certified budgets approved by April 15.

The top box gives Total Special Program Funding. For CCA these include the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) and the Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL). The ISL is a portion of the general fund that is used for instructional materials, staff salaries, etc. The VPPEL is, as the name says, used for the upkeep and improvements of our facilities, technology, vehicle purchases, some band instruments, and other equipment with an individual price over $500. It cannot be used for salaries. A unique characteristic of these levies is that they are funded by a combination of property tax and income surtax.

The second box down shows that the ISL is funded with a 7% income surtax rate, in combination with a property tax rate of $0.02471(Line 7 lower on the page). The VPPEL is funded with a 5% income surtax rate and a property tax rate of $0.05539 (Line 14 lower on the page). These rates are consistent with FY 17.

The bottom box, with numbered lines has the breakdown of CCA property tax rates. The FY 18 rate of $16.95892 is within 100ths of a cent of the FY 17 rate. CCA is unique in that the Amana Library Fund is utilized by our district. The historic Amana district pays a $0.20 higher rate than the rest of the CCA district.  The $16.95 rate is for the historic Amana district, the remainder of CCA pays a rate of $16.75. Our projections show a stable rate over the next five years. Reminder that the property tax you pay each year may go up or down based on your valuation changes, as well as the potentially changing tax rates of other entities.

If you have any questions regarding the CCA certified budget or tax rate, please contact Tim Kuehl or Lori Robertson at the district office: 319-828-4510.


Tim Kuehl

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CCA Calendar for 2017-2018

At their January 18th meeting the CCA Board of Education approved the following calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. My apologies for the incorrect calendar that was released previously. Due to the Governor's actions a couple years ago we cannot start prior to August 23rd.

Tim Kuehl

Monday, November 14, 2016

Smarter Balanced Assessment

As you are likely aware, Iowa is switching to a new mandatory assessment. Schools had been utilizing the Iowa Assessments and will be required to utilize the Smarter Balanced Assessments in 2017-2018 for Reading and Mathematics. CCA is still exploring how the interim assessments will be utilized in our district. Currently students are administered the iReady assessment in much the same way that the Smarter Balanced interim assessments are intended to be used. We will be studying both assessments and implementing a plan that best informs our teachers regarding student learning needs.

Attached is an FAQ from the Iowa Department of Education.


Tim Kuehl

Monday, October 17, 2016

Facilities Committee Recommendation

This presentation, link, was shared with the CCA Board of Education at their September meeting. The Board had preliminary discussion at their retreat on October 12th. They will discuss further at their meeting on October 19th and have invited Facilities Committee members to attend the work session in December.

Tim Kuehl

Friday, September 9, 2016

Public Forum - Facilities 9-8-16

CCA held a public forum to collect input on future facilities projects on 9-8-16. The Facilities Committee is meeting again on 9-13-16 to analyze the data and formulate a recommendation(s) for the Board of Education. Below are links to materials shared at the forum and a survey where you can submit your opinions. The link will close on Monday evening in order to have the data ready for the committee on Tuesday. Please take some time to read the materials and complete the survey, share with your CCA friends and neighbors, we'd like as much feedback as possible in putting the recommendation together.

Tim Kuehl




Friday, September 2, 2016

Public Forum

Reminder: Facilities Public Forum on September 8th, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center at CCAHS. The meeting will begin with an overview of the process and background information for patrons. We will then break into groups to gather insight and feedback from attendees.  Attendees will be asked to complete an exit survey.  Data from the survey will be utilized by the Facilities Committee at their next meeting in formulating a recommendation to the Board of Education.

A few things you should be aware of:

  • The proposal must stay within $25 million.
  • The proposal must account for over population at North Bend and Tiffin Elementary Schools.
  • If additional pods are selected the district would need to add a 600 sq/ft addition on to each lunch room in order to maintain having 3 lunch periods in those buildings. Without the addition we would have students eating lunch very early/very late.
  • The high school will be reaching its capacity of 900 students in 2021, not having the final addition as part of this recommendation would likely leave them overcrowded for a few years.
  • The options presented are NOT meant as a pick one or the other. They are two samples that emerged through conversation with the Facilities Committee. The final recommendation could be any combination of projects.
Hopefully, we'll have a great turnout on September 8th. We believe that more input will lead to the best possible solution to the challenge of growing enrollment faced by CCA.


Tim Kuehl

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 4, 2016 Facilities Committee Meeting

Attendance: Tim Kuehl, Aimee Pitlick, Michelle Emmel, Eugene Charbon, Jenny Rempt, Shawna Colvin, Jacci Brandt, Phil Larson (representing Shive-Hattery), Jason Drake, Carol Preston, Brad Hill, Jamie Bormann, Angie Rummel, Les Baumbach, Jay Allen, Malinda Lamb, Dan Dvorak, RSP and Associates (Rob Schwartz, David Stoakes, Clay Guthmiller).

The presentation has needed information regarding projected enrollment and bonding capacity.

Presentation: Link

On September 8 at 6:30 pm there will be a public forum at CCA HS. The meeting will begin with a short presentation in the Performing Arts Center, to be followed by input gathering in the lunchroom area.  Please invite any and all interested patrons to this meeting.

One of the critical decisions that the district will be making is how best to accommodate the increased enrollment at the elementary level. Is it through a new building, or via additions to existing buildings? There will also be discussion around prioritizing a variety of other district needs.

Below are options that surfaced from the facilities committee. A final plan doesn't necessarily have to be one or the other, but could be some combination of the priorities demonstrated in these plans.

Key facts:

  • Must stay within $25 million.
  • NBE will be over instructional capacity in 17-18, with TE soon to follow.
  • Timing of high school passing 900 students and bonding timelines dictate that the final addition to the high school should likely be on this bond.


Tim Kuehl