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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next meeting of the facilities committee is on August 18th at 5:30 pm in the High School Library. The public forum will be on September 8th at 6:30 pm in the High School. Please encourage CCA patrons to come and share their input.