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JUNE 30, 2016

5:30 PM



1.              Call to order; acknowledgement of visitors and quorum

2.              Approval of agenda

3.              Approval of consent items

A.   Minutes of June 20, 2016 meeting

B.    General fund and schoolhouse fund bills – June 30, 2016

C.    Approval of Resignations, Transfers, Contracts

                                               i.     Resignations:  John Johnson, Bus Driver; Caitlin Sutherland, Robotics Coach

4.              Communications

5.              Business items

6.              Adjournment



A.   Approve 28E Agreement with Ballard CSD for shared Superintendent Ottie Maxey and Director of Teaching and Learning Katie Claeys.

B.    Approve 28E Agreement for shared Activities/Athletic and Transportation Director Services with Baxter CSD.

C.    Approve Contracted Services Agreement with Ellsworth/Marshalltown Community College for post-secondary opportunities.

D.   Approve rent for the office at the building on Main Street of Maxwell.

E.    Approval of updated elementary report cards.

F.    Approval of salaries after the exempt session.



An exempt negotiations strategy session will be held per Iowa Code 20.17(3) about salaries and benefits of employees not in a collective bargaining unit.


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 school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, socioeconomic status, or disability as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973.

2016-2017 Registration Information

2016-2017 registration form

fee form and waiver

The Whole Grade Sharing Decision


The Collins-Maxwell School Board’s unanimous vote to end Whole Grade Sharing conversations came down to one very simple issue: money. The very real possibility of losing a significant percentage of the district’s children over the next four years was in the end the sole determination in making the decision. Much conversation was held over issues such as the  location of facilities/events, what positions would be shared, who might be in those roles, and who else might be invited to the table for larger partnering opportunities.

But the issue of school finance and how the Collins-Maxwell community would be impacted trumped everything. To put this in simplest terms, consider how your own household would work if within four years you knew family income would drop by 30-40%. No family would sign up for that challenge. Collins-Maxwell board members could not put their school community in such peril.

As each board member spoke there was a clarity of purpose and great emotion. No one had taken this difficult decision lightly. This was clearly evident for all in attendance. It was not about “bullying”, or pressure, but rather about economic facts. While our long time sports sharing partner Baxter might not miss a beat and likely flourish with a Whole Grade Sharing partnership, it was impossible to find a positive path forward for Collins-Maxwell when losing so many children.

Several weeks ago Collins-Maxwell offered an option of looking at a regional plan that could impact teaching and learning in this area for years to come. It was a big, ambitious idea and outside of a few enthusiasts did not gain the traction needed.

Last night board members reiterated their support for the recently renewed two-year sports sharing agreement that has served CMB for twenty-eight years. But asking the Collins-Maxwell board to financially implode their district was not something they could vote to do.

So a new chapter is about to unfold. New central office leadership will invigorate the district. Finances are much improved and plans for maintaining a strong financial program are in place. Teaching and Learning will have a new district leader and already much has been done to insure quality instruction for students.

Finally, it would be my hope as I leave that lessons have been learned. The sometimes petty bickering needs to stop. All small towns and school districts face challenges. Cooperation, trust, and understanding are the tools that will allow for successes. Mayors need to talk, city councils need to meet periodically, and people need to support their school district. Build upon this new opportunity to improve the future of your school district and communities. Everyone wins!!!




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


Go Gray in May 5K

May 14, 2016

Fundraiser for Chad Grandon  Registration Form



Due to weather, our current last day of school is now Tuesday, May 24th. 

 - This is when we plan to have the MS awards assembly

and 8th grade graduation.


Thank you to our 2014 yearbook sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors
Allen L. Kockler Co. - Nevada, IA, JKT Constuction - Maxwell, IA, Midwest Insurance Corp. - Maxwell & Collins, IA Exchange State Bank - Collins, IA Grassroots Action Inc. - Maxwell, Meusburger Construction - Maxwell, IA,  Put it On Video - Clive, IA Farmer's Cooperative Co. - Collins, IA Collin's Lions Club - Collins, IA

Gold Sponsors
Olberding Law Office - Nevada, IA  State Bank & Trust Co. - Nevada, IA Fidelity Bank - West Des Moines, IA Story Medical Clinic - Maxwell - Nevada, IA, Center Grove Orchard - Cambridge, IA, Muscular Rehab Clinic -Maxwell, IA, Collins Wellness Center - Collins, IA

Silver Sponsors
Logsdon's Grocery - Maxwell, IA, Toots's Cutting Parlor - Maxwell, IA Community Bank - Nevada, IA Twin Anchors Golf: LawnPro - Colo, IA  Bacon Funeral Home & Crematory - Nevada, IA

Central Veterinary Services PLC - Melbourne, IA Vetter Equipment - Nevada, IA  Bud's Auto Repair, Inc. - Huxley, IA  McDaniel Insurance - Nevada, IA  Ness Farm Supply - Maxwell, IA  Weirs Insurance - Colo, IA  Nevada Chamber of Commerce - Nevada, IA  Quick's Hardware & Rental - Huxley, IA  Baxter Real Estate Agency - Baxter, Ia  Tamara Ross State Farm Insurance - Nevada, IA  Central Iowa Building Systems, Inc - Nevada, IA  Jordening Law Office, P.C. - Nevada, IA  Barilla America, Inc - Ames, IA




  • Daily Announcements

    May 24,  2016

    Day 180


    Have a great summer!

    • Good morning, and welcome to the improved district website.  We hope you will find items easier - as well as more information!  Please send comments to our superintendent, Jason Ellingson, at jellingson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us  
    • We hope to add important information specifically for the elementary here soon!!

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