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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.


Make Payments Online!

Collins-Maxwell CSD is pleased to have a online payment processing system, PaySchools. This program allows you to make school-related payments online via e-check or credit card at your convenience all from our school’s Web site.

How It Works

  1. Access our online payment processing system from our schools Web site at www.collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us. In designated areas you can make purchases by clicking the Buy Now Button.
  2. The first time you access the system, you will be asked to create a username and password.
  3. Click and get into Your Online Profile.
  4. Click First Time Users click here to register.
  5. Fill out the data. This password is the password you will enter each time you get into the website.
    Click and get into Your Students. Fill out information for each of your children that are students at Collins-Maxwell CSD.
  6. After you login, simply select the item(s) you wish to purchase by getting into Shopping Cart, then choose to pay by e-check or credit card.
  7. To pay by e-check (directly debiting your bank account), you will enter your bank’s ABA routing number and personal bank account number.
  8. To make your purchase by credit card, enter the account number and expiration date for your VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit card.
  9. After you complete your purchase, an e-mail confirmation and receipt will immediately be sent to you. PaySchools uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, requires passwords throughout the program, and does not store personal bank or credit card information to ensure privacy and security for users.

Benefits For You

  • Easy and convenient online access to pay fees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • No more lost checks.
  • Instant credit to student accounts reflecting the new activity.
  • Ability to view account history of purchases.
  • Assurance of private and secure transmissions.
  • Not only is this service a convenience for you, it saves district resources that can be spent on your childs education.

We are currently accepting online payments for the following items:

Lunch- Student- $2.80      Adult- $3.75
Breakfast-Student- $1.80.   Adult- $2.25
Milk- $0.55
Activity Pass- Student- $50       Adult-$75
Textbook Fee- $50/student
Preschool Materials Fee- $50

Payschools is created and administered by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and Information Services USA. IASB is a nonprofit organization instituted to advocate quality public education for Iowa Students. Information Services USA offers leading edge software solutions for schools.

Click here for Payschools *new* log in link for Collins-Maxwell


  • Important Dates coming up:

    March 16- End of 3rd Quarter

    March 20 & 22- Parent Teacher Conferences

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

    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


    ****Prayer service for Lindsey Lamb-Pitcherello, her family, and her medical team Friday at 5:00 at the Methodist Church. Her favorite color is blue so wear it for Lindsey Friday evening at the prayer service.




    1. The Collins-Maxwell National Honor Society is sponsoring a volunteer activity with Meals from the Heartland in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 20. If you are interested in attending this service activity, please stop in the office to sign up and pick up a permission form. Permission forms are due Monday, March 19.




    2. FFA meeting this Monday, March 19th at 6:30pm in the Ag Room.






    3. SENIORS!!!

    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!

    We will announce the King and Queen the night of Prom at the Grand March!  

    Anyone that is on the Prom Court will receive a sash to wear the night of Prom. We will be putting up your pictures on the TV Screen in the main lobby.  Once voted into the court, if you have a picture you like that you want me to display, please get that to me asap! 

    The court will be announced next week on Wednesday the 21st!! 

    **If you plan not to attend prom, please let me know as we would like the King and Queen to be at prom**





    4. Baseball in Collins this Sunday at the elementary gym at 5:30






    5. 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!







    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




    7. 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





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






    9. 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






    10. There is a sign-up for football cheer for any 8th grade through 11th grade students who want to do cheerleading for football next year in high school.







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

    Upcoming Meeting

    When: Monday on March 19th, 2018
    Time: 6:00PM

    Where : Maxwell Commons


    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






    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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