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Fine Arts Faculty Present Art Show

staff art show 2016 flyerThe Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you to attend the “Artists for Future Artists” show on Thursday, September 29th, from 6-7 pm. This free special event will be held at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs.

The Council Bluffs Community School District Fine Arts Faculty invite you to attend the “Artists for Future Artists” show on Thursday, September 29th, from 6-7 pm. This free special event will be held at Beauty Operators, located at 156 W. Broadway on the 100 Block in downtown Council Bluffs.

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Voters Renew Levy for Ten More Years to Maintain Schools

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Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th 
to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Special School Election on September 13th to renew longstanding levy that funds building maintenance and technology. The renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy will not raise taxes, just extend the existing levy for 10 years.

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

All Our Kids 2016-17-compressedThe school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

The school year is off to a great start!  All Council Bluffs Community School District staff members are working as a team to provide engaging learning experiences for All Our Kids!!

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School Bus Schedule Updated

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.

 

 

Click here to see the building-level schedule

Questions?  Email transportation@cb-schools.org or call 712-320-8999.

The updated school bus schedule is now available.  Parents are encouraged to review the schedule to confirm the location of the bus stop nearest home, and the time the bus will pick up in the morning and arrive after school.  Click on Read More to access link to the online schedule.     Click here to see […]

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Summer Exploration and Summer School Parents Invited to Take a Survey

survey-clipart-cliparti1_survey-clip-art_10Parents of students who are participating in the Middle and High School Summer Exploration Program classes are invited to take an online survey about your child’s experience in the program of the Council Bluffs Schools. Your feedback will be valuable in our efforts to continuously enhance or programs for students.  Thank you, in advance, for your time. Click on the following links to take the survey:

Elementary School Parent Survey

Middle School Parent Survey

High School Parent Survey

Parents of students who are participating in the Middle and High School Summer Exploration Program classes are invited to take an online survey about your child’s experience in the program of the Council Bluffs Schools. Your feedback will be valuable in our efforts to continuously enhance or programs for students.  Thank you, in advance, for your time. […]

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Change in School Start Times for 2016-17 School Year

school_bus_stop_paddleDid you know there are changes to the school day start and end times for this school year? These changes are being made after careful consideration and in light of the opportunity to gain significant cost-savings of $400,000 each year for bus transportation. This is one way the school district can counter several years of reduced financial support from the state and help maintain class sizes and student programs.

 

Tuesdays through Fridays

Middle School:  7:30 am- 2:30 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)
High School:  8:10 am-3:10 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)
Elementary School: 8:55 am-3:45 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Mondays

Middle School:  7:30 am- 12:50 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)
High School:  8:10 am-1:30 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)
Elementary School: 8:55 am-2:05 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

With these new start and end times, each bus can be used for three routes instead of for two routes, decreasing the need to lease as many buses or employ as many drivers.

We considered several time shifts, and planned to ask our staff and families about which option in schedules was preferred.  However, our study and the estimates from our bus company, First Student, showed that this one specific schedule option would have the most significant positive impact on the school district budget, so it makes sense to implement that change for the 16-17 school year.

We appreciate your support and flexibility as we attempt to find cost-saving measures that will not interfere with the programs that help all children succeed. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child’s school. You are also welcome to call the school district’s office at 712-328-6446.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What will be the new start and end times for schools next school year for Tuesdays through Fridays?

A:  Middle School:  7:30 am- 2:30 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)

     High School:  8:10 am-3:10 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)

     Elementary School: 8:55 am-3:45 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Q:  What will be the start and end times for Mondays?

A:  Middle School:  7:30 am- 12:50 pm (25 minutes earlier than current schedule)

     High School:  8:10 am-1:30 pm (20 minutes later than current schedule)

     Elementary School: 8:55 am-2:05 pm (10 minutes later than current schedule)

Q:  What time will breakfast be served?

A:  Middle School: 7:00-7:25 am
High School: 7:20-8:00 am
Elementary School: 8:30-8:50 am (times slightly different for some buildings)

Q:  How much money will this save?

A:  This change to the school start and end times will result in a savings of at least $400,000 annually due to the reduction of the number of busses and drivers needed for the daily morning and afternoon routes.  In a time when funding from the state is inadequate to pay for increasing costs of operating a school district and paying fair wages to employees, this $400,000 is significant since that money can instead be used to maintain programs for students as well as to retain teachers and other staff members who serve students.

Q:  Why not have high school start much later based on the research that shows sleeping in is good for teenagers?

A: The option considered with high school starting at 8:45 a.m. would save only about half of the amount of money of the chosen option.  In addition, parents, students and staff members expressed concerns about after-school activities and work obligations for high school students.

Q: Why didn’t you seek input from parents and staff?

A: We considered several time shifts, and planned to ask our staff and families about their preferred change.  However, our study and the estimates from our bus company, First Student, showed that this one specific option would have the most significant positive impact on finances, so it makes sense to implement that change for the 16-17 school year.

Q:  Were there any other schedules that were considered?

A:  It would be possible to save even more money by changing three elementary schools’ schedules to match the high school schedule. However, varied elementary schedules would be too disruptive for traveling teachers who serve multiple elementary buildings, so we didn’t seriously consider the option.

Q:  What will be the work hours for employees at each school level?

A:  The work schedules will shift accordingly with the earlier or later start times to provide the appropriate coverage during student hours. Elementary licensed staff work 7.5 hours per day and Middle/High licensed staff work 8 hours per day. Building administrators as well as the directors of the Nutrition and Custodial departments will determine schedules of the full and part-time staff in those departments.

Q:  How will the change the schedules of traveling teachers for specials, etc?

A:  The schedules of traveling teachers will be set as soon as possible to account for the changes in school start and end times. The master schedules may change based on teachers who serve both middle and high schools, for example, to account for the 40- minute difference in schedules rather than the current 5-minute difference.  

Did you know there are changes to the school day start and end times for this school year? These changes are being made after careful consideration and in light of the opportunity to gain significant cost-savings of $400,000 each year for bus transportation. This is one way the school district can counter several years of reduced financial support […]

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Retiring Chief HR Officer Janet Reiners Receives Recognition

Janet Reiners Special Congressional and Iowa Awards Congressional Record Award to Reiners Iowa House of Representatives Special Award

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Janet Reiners, longtime Chief Human Resource Officer in the Council Bluffs Community School District! She was surprised with a few special honors on July 21st, during her last week of service to the District. U.S. Congressman David Young presented a copy of the Congressional Record from July 13th, honoring Janet upon her retirement and for having received the Iowa State Education Association’s TEAM Award “Together, Educators and Administrators Make it Happen.” Iowa Representative Mary Ann Hanusa also presented Janet with a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives.

          Congratulations to Janet Reiners, longtime Chief Human Resource Officer in the Council Bluffs Community School District! She was surprised with a few special honors on July 21st, during her last week of service to the District. U.S. Congressman David Young presented a copy of the Congressional Record from July 13th, honoring Janet […]

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3rd Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

The third trimester for the 2015-16 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll!

Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher, silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79, and bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49.

Kirn Middle School

Wilson Middle School

Abraham Lincoln High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

The third trimester for the 2015-16 school year is complete!  Congratulations to these students for making the honor roll! Gold level represents a GPA of 3.80 or higher, silver level represents a GPA of 3.5-3.79, and bronze level represents a GPA of 3.0-3.49. Kirn Middle School Wilson Middle School Abraham Lincoln High School Thomas Jefferson […]

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Download the Council Bluffs Community School District FREE Mobile App!

DID YOU KNOW?  You can access upcoming events, back-to-school information, and so much more on the Council Bluffs Community School District’s free mobile app? Download the app from the Apple App store or Google Play Store.

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DID YOU KNOW?  You can access upcoming events, back-to-school information, and so much more on the Council Bluffs Community School District’s free mobile app? Download the app from the Apple App store or Google Play Store.    

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Council Bluffs finish in top 20 in competition for All-America City Award

A group of nearly 30 adults and children, including Mayor Matt Walsh and Council Bluffs Community School District superintendent Martha Bruckner, represented the City of Council Bluffs at the All-America City Conference in Denver, June 17-19. At the conference, Council Bluffs accepted recognition as one of the 20 finalists but was not selected as one of the 10 communities named an All-America City.

To be selected as a finalist, the community submitted an application to demonstrate the local efforts related to this theme. The Council Bluffs application focused on three main areas:
• expanding free outdoor, wireless Internet across the community (BLink) www.blinkwifi.org
• capital campaigns that raised money for three facilities benefitting children in Council Bluffs (YMCA, Children’s Square USA and Council Bluffs Community School District’s newly named Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex)
• continued progress on the Grade Level Reading Campaign, improving early literacy, school attendance, and summer learning.

Among the representatives from Council Bluffs are nine students, educators and leaders from the City of Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa West Foundation, Google, Children’s Square U.S.A., and the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This is the second appearance in four years for Council Bluffs as a finalist to become an All-America City. The award program is sponsored by the National Civic League, and celebrates innovative community-driven solutions.

Read more about this story in the Daily Nonpareil

A group of nearly 30 adults and children, including Mayor Matt Walsh and Council Bluffs Community School District superintendent Martha Bruckner, represented the City of Council Bluffs at the All-America City Conference in Denver, June 17-19. At the conference, Council Bluffs accepted recognition as one of the 20 finalists but was not selected as one […]

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