Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Waukee school board is considering a policy that could regulate school employees' use of social media.
After flying years without a net, Jerry Ripperger said the time has come for the Waukee school district to have a policy that regulates district employees' use of social media. "We don’t have a choice," said Ripperger, president of the Waukee school board. "We have to do this not only for the benefit of the students, but also the 700-plus employees in the district. We have to lay out policies and guidelines that benefit everyone." A first reading of the policy was provided at last Monday's school board meeting with board members voting 6-1 in favor of it as read. What do you think? Is a policy regulating school employees' use of of social media fair? Tell us in the comments. The policy states that district staff should, among other things…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A piece of legislation in the Iowa Senate could create big problems for school districts across the state seeking earlier start dates for students.
Months of time, work and consideration on the Waukee schools' district calendar could go to waste if a piece of legislation in the Iowa Senate wins approval. The bill, approved this week in the Iowa House, restricts Iowa schools from starting their year before the fourth Monday in August. It also eliminates a waiver process that has, until now, allowed most of the state's school districts to circumvent the required state start date. The abrupt changes are unwelcome news in the Waukee school district, says Jerry Ripperger, president of the Waukee school board. Do you have questions for the Waukee Schools administrators regarding the calendar issue? Tell us in the comments. "It’s an emotional topic," said Ripperger. "There are strong …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
At its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the Waukee Board of Education proposed a lower property tax rate for the 2012-13 school year.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Results of a survey about the Waukee Community Schools district calendar were discussed at a school board meeting Monday night. The results could mean minor changes next fall.
Lance Mouw couldn't wait to be more involved in the Waukee school district. The father of two Brookview Elementary School students had a lot of questions about the district, its calendar and how things worked behind the scenes. Mouw's chance came last spring when the Waukee Schools put together a Parent Calendar Advisory Committee to discuss and review the district calendar. The results of the committee's efforts were presented to the Waukee school board Monday night with a spotlight on the data collected from a confidential online survey taken by more than 1,100 respondents. The survey, available to parents beginning in December last year, included 17 questions about dates on the school's calendar, what parents liked and didn't like …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It's been a busy week in the Waukee School District. Here's a recap of what you might have missed.
It’s been a busy week in the Waukee school district. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things you might have missed. Elections Elections were held Tuesday for three seats on the Waukee school board. Incumbents Jerry Ripperger, Larry Lyon and Susan Bunz beat out challengers Todd Dohrmann, Kurt Hiatt and Rob Thelen to serve a four-year term on the board. Fewer than 2,000 votes were cast in the election, according to the Dallas County Auditor’s office. No Child Left Behind Iowa’s state report card on the No Child Left Behind act was released last week. According to the report, two schools in the Waukee school district were listed as schools in need of assistance: Waukee Elementary and Waukee Middle School. This was the first year the two …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Current Waukee school board president Jerry Ripperger of Urbandale is both a parent and advocate when it comes to the Waukee school system.
On Sept. 13, Waukee area voters will decide who should serve on the Waukee school board. There are three seats up for grabs in the election. Susan Bunz, Larry Lyon and Jerry Ripperger are all in the race to keep their seats on the board, while newcomers Todd Dohrmann, Kurt Hiatt and Rob Thelen hope to replace them. Today on Waukee Patch we profile the first of the six candidates running for the Waukee school board. Name: Jerry Ripperger Age: 46 Occupation: Director of consulting, Principal Financial Group Address: 15415 Airline Ave., Urbandale E-mail: email@example.com Jerry Ripperger will be the first person to tell you that serving on the Waukee school board has never felt like a job or a duty. “There was no one issue that made me run …