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Calendar Revisions for the 2016-17 School Year check the Calendars page on left hand side

Whole Grade Sharing

In an effort to inform our community about ongoing work related to the possibilities of whole grade sharing, we will continue to add information to this section of the website.  The dates in bold are when items were added to this page. 

Questions or comments can be directed to Jordan Nelson, High School Principal, at #515-387-1115 or jnelson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us


6/20/16 Letter from Dr. Lane  The Whole Grade Sharing Decision





1/19/16 -

Over the past few months in various meetings, the topic of operational sharing has come up.  It can be a good financial choice for districts as it provides for state dollars if a district shares certain positions with another district.  Further, the district sees more financial benefit due to the other district paying a portion of the position's salary.  Below is a brief explanation of operational sharing versus whole grade sharing.

- Operational Sharing and Whole Grade Sharing   


1/18/16 -

First, I want to apologize that we had an error in the number of potential new courses for Collin-Maxwell students in a whole grade sharing agreement with Baxter.  At the January 6th meeting, we presented 36 new courses.  The corrected number is 32.  We have updated the schedule and the presentation below (see 1/08/16) to reflect this correction.  Second, we have added the potential new courses here in a list format for ease of reading.

- CMB New Course Offerings 


1/11/16 -

We have now posted answers to the questions asked during the public forum time of the joint board meeting on January 6th, 2016.

- Public Questions 01.06.16


1/08/16 -

At the CMB joint boards meeting on January 6th, the boards heard a presentation from Rob Luther, Baxter 6-12 principal, and Jordan Nelson, Collins-Maxwell 6-12 principal, gave a presentation on possible course offerings in a grade 6-12 whole grade sharing arrangement.  Below is their presentation and the course offerings.

- CMB Schedule presentation 

- CMB Schedule for HS-MS


1/07/16 -

Last night, the boards of Baxter and Collins-Maxwell met to continue the discussion on whole grade sharing.  The board members heard a presentation from Paula Vincent, the chief administrator of Heartland AEA, that shared information related to our districts.  That presentation is listed below.  Further, the board hear a presentation from the two secondary principals, Rob Luther and Jordan Nelson, about potential course offerings and enhanced academic programming.  Also, the board members were updated on the WGS Data Framework and WGS Strategic Timeline.  Those documents are listed under the "1/04/16" entry below.

- Heartland AEA presentation on academics, enrollments, and finances


1/04/16 -

Information was presented to the board at their December 2015 meeting about what data is being collected and the timeline for collection related to whole grade sharing with Baxter.  Those documents are attached.  They will also be discussed at the January 6th joint CMB boards meeting at 6:30 PM in the Maxwell large gym.

- WGS Data Framework

- WGS Strategic Timeline



Here are some resources to inform community members about whole grade sharing:



On October 26, 2015, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell boards of education met to discuss our current sharing arrangement and if there is a desire to move forward to something more.  As a result of that meeting, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell board agreed to the following:
1. Maintain our CMB athletic sharing agreement
2. Work together to collect and analyze the data needed for whole grade sharing options (no timeline given)

In the process, the Collins-Maxwell board has chosen not to engage in further talks with Colo-NESCO about sharing a superintendent starting in the 2016-2017 school year.  Nor is there more talk about 3-district athletic sharing or 3-district whole grade sharing at this time.

The boards from both sides demonstrated a commitment to the current CMB athletic agreement, as well as interest in exploring whole grade sharing.  Both boards agreed that meeting was too soon to take a vote on whole grade sharing.  They did direct the administration from both districts to begin the data collection needed to make an informed decision on whole grade sharing.

As a result, over the course of this year, the administrations will begin a feasibility study that will look at academic offerings, facilities, finances, and other factors relevant to whole grade sharing.  We will work to be open in communication, deliberate in our decisions, and dedicated to doing what is right for our students, staff, and stakeholders of Collins-Maxwell.

No timeline was established about if and when a vote will be taken about whole grade sharing. We plan to share our progress at board meetings, on the district website and Facebook page, and in our monthly newsletter.

The boards did agree to begin quarterly joint meetings that will replace the current CMB Communications Committee.  The CMB Communications Committee consists of the superintendent, secondary principal, athletic director and two board members from each district, focused on addressing matters related to the athletic sharing agreement.



The Collins-Maxwell board of education has Margaret Buckton of the Iowa School Finance Information Service (ISFIS) speak to the board during a work session about our current financial status, as well as surrounding districts.  Her presentation is available here.



During the 2013-2014 school year, the Baxter and Collins-Maxwell administrations began some initial work on data collection related to whole grade sharing.  This work began at the direction of their boards at the CMB joint board meeting in spring 2013.  There were two focus areas for the work:  academic offerings and transportation costs.  Below are the documents created as a result of that work.  Please remember these were initial documents based on 2013-2014 school data.  There are here as reference only.


  • Daily Announcements

    April 28, 2017

    Day 164


    1. JV/V girls soccer game with PCM cancelled tonight. No practice.





    2. HS Girls track meet at Ballard has been cancelled for tonight!  No practice.



    3. No MS Girls/Boys track practice.



    4. Last night the boys track team competed at PCM in a highly competitive meet. Final team scores were East Marshall 135, PCM 133, CMB 131. Lots of gritty efforts, PR's, and guys stepping up to compete! Please come out to support the boys and girls track teams at our conference meet this Tuesday at Baxter.

    Congrats to Will Clapper for competing hard at Drake Relays yesterday! Will improved his incoming seed in the shot put and represented himself and the team well on a big stage.






    5. There will be another senior picture in the gym on Monday, May 1 during MTSS.






    6. HS volleyball meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:15 for all girls going into grades 9-12 next year in Ms. Dentlinger's room. We'll be discussing some important information regarding fundraising and ordering before summer. 





    7. LIBRARY BOOKS  ~ As the school year comes to a close, it is time to pay off your library fees and fines.  Search under your beds and in your closets and find that missing library book.  No more books will be checked out this 2016-17 school year and please make sure you return you book(s) before or on the the day they are due. If you have a fine please turn pay your money to the Superintendent's office.




    8. All DMACC paperwork is due before you leave for the summer.  Do not procrastinate and miss out on the class you want.  Also, if you are taking a DMACC math class in the fall you need to complete the ALEK test.  See Mrs. Allen for instructions.




    9. I Have A Plan Guideways are required to be completed before Mrs. Allen can sign you out. Plan accordingly, you have received an email if you are not 100% complete.




    10. Music booster meeting Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM in the Choir room





    11. Silver Cord hours for the 2016-2017 school year are due May 1st. That is Monday!





    12. Attention juniors and seniors: the Senior Class and their parents invite you and your guest to attend this year’s After-Prom. The festivities begin at 11:30 at the high school on April 29th and lasts until 3:00 a.m. There will be a hypnotist, inflatables, games and food. Please stop by the Principal’s office to sign up and get a waiver for you and your guest. Please have the waivers returned by Wednesday, April 26th.




    13. Senior Parents ~ the 2017 After Prom Signup Genius has been sent out for After Prom, April 29th, please take some time and fill in a time that you can come and support your senior's last big function.  We need your help, there are lots of time slots still open.  Thank you!!







    * You may sign up for seating chart in my room. 

    * You need to sign up for couple/single pictures in my room. 

    * Be at the Grand March by no later than 5:15 pm as we will be taking class photos at 5:30. 

    * Grand March begins at 6pm 

    * Dinner begins at 7pm 

    * Valet Parking on the bus barn side of the school. 






    We have two dates available for athletes to receive free sports physicals!

    Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    Time: Both are 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Location: Iowa Ortho (450 Laurel Street, Des Moines)

    Physicians providing the physicals are from Mercy Hospital.

    Registration is now open for both dates through the event brite link


    Athletes/Parents are encouraged to register via Event Brite. Pre-registrants will receive a "Swag Bag" upon arrival of the evening.

    Parent/Guardian is recommended to attend to give consent. However, If Parent/Guardian is unable to attend. Please let me know as consent forms can be sent prior to event to those people.


    16. There is a sign up for 2017 CM Football cheerleading in the office.  Coach Scott is trying to get an idea of how many are interested.  Tryouts and practices will be announced at a later time.  There is a separate sign up for MS and HS cheerleaders.

  • 1:30 Dismissals on Tuesday (August 23) and Wednesday (August 24).

    Zootopia Under the Stars on Friday, September 9! 

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