Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Job Posting

Job Posting

Shared HR Director/Secretary between
North Butler and Clarksville

If interested, staff members must submit letter of Interest to Shellee Bartlett
by August 24, 2018
in person or email to

Posted Date: August 15, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

The Clarksville Community Schools administration and Board of Education would like to welcome everyone for the 2018-2019 school year.

As I begin my first full year as shared superintendent between Clarksville and North Butler, there have been some changes. We will welcome some new faces to the Clarksville Schools this fall, including PK-12 Principal Keith Reuter (pronounced writer). Mr. Reuter joins us after previously holding the Middle School Dean of Students position in Charles City. I look forward to the things that Mr. Reuter will bring to the staff, students and community of Clarksville.

We are also making some upgrades to the facilities. This includes making some updates to flooring in the locker rooms, gym lobby and restrooms. We are also looking into building a new crows nest/ concessions/ restroom area for the baseball and football fields which will include a significant upgrade over the current facility.

Clarksville Schools has also started an official CVSD twitter page (@CCSDIndians) and will be opening a District Wide Facebook account for the first time in the very near future. It is our goal to do the best that we can to ensure that we are communicating in the most effective ways possible to reach as many of our patrons as we can, in the most timely manner.

Please know that Mr. Saathoff, Mr. Reuter, and I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have to the best of our abilities and that I am more than happy to sit down and listen to concerns that anyone may have in regards to the school. Remember that I am in Clarksville two days a week so it is always best to check with someone beforehand to ensure that I am in the district.

Looking forward to a great year,

Joel Foster, Superintendent

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Board Agenda 7-16-18

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018
Room #109
5:30 P.M.

It is the mission of the Clarksville Community School to provide the finest educational
opportunities so that all might achieve their fullest potential.

  1. Call to Order
    1. Approve Agenda
    2. Approve Minutes: June, 2018
    3. Approve Monthly Financial Reports: July, 2018
    4. Approve Personnel Recommendations:
      1. Contracts: Rick Sandifer, Ind Speech & Play; Katie Wedeking, HS Language Arts, Yearbook, Newspaper, JH Girls BB
      2. Resignations: Tammy Krull, Kitchen Manager

  3. Receive Communications & Visitors
  4. Action/Discussion Items
    1. 2018-19 Dairy Bid
    2. 2018-19 Bread Bid
    3. JH/HS Handbooks
  5. Administrative Reports
  6. Items for Next Board Meeting
  7. Adjournment
  8. Next Board Meeting: August 20, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Board Agenda 5-21-18

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
ROOM #109
5:30 P.M.

It is the mission of the Clarksville Community School to provide the finest educational
opportunities so that all might achieve their fullest potential.

1.          Call To Order
2.          CONSENT AGENDA
a.    Approve Agenda
b.    Approve Minutes: April, 2018
c.    Approve Monthly Financial Reports: May, 2018
d.   Approve Personnel Recommendations:
                                                                    i.      Resignations: Jordan Myers, JH Boys Basketball; Jill Norton, JH Girls Basketball; Brandon Zelle, assistant boys basketball
                                                                  ii.      Appointments: Keith Reuter, K-12 Principal; Jeremiah Urban, custodian

3.      Receive Communications and Visitors
4.      Action/Discussion Items

a.       DC Trip – Heather Foster
b.      Approve Changes to 2017-18 Master Calendar
c.       Classified Staff Contracts – Update Number of Days, if Applicable
d.      Flooring Bids
e.       2018-19 Classified Staff Contracts

5.      Administrative Reports
6.      Adjournment
7.      Next Board Meeting Date

a.       June 18, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Board Meeting 4-16-18 Tentative Agenda

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
ROOM #109
5:30 P.M.

It is the mission of the Clarksville Community School to provide the finest
Educational opportunities so that all might achieve their fullest potential.

1.       Call To Order

2.       Consent Agenda
a.   Approve Agenda
b.   Approve Minutes: March, 2018
c.   Approve Monthly Financial Reports: April, 2018
d.   Approve Personnel Recommendations:
                                                   i.     Resignations:
                                                  ii.     Contracts:

3.     Receive Communications and Visitors

4.     Action/Discussion Items
a.     Teacher Contract Termination: (Roll Call)
b.     Class of 2017 Graduation List
c.     Transportation Agreements with North Butler
d.     Website Administration
e.     Board Policy 505.5 – 1st Reading (Computer Apps)
f.      Frontline/AESOP, time clock & sub management
g.     Elementary Office Door & Window
h.     Approved Summer Work Projects & Bids -????

5.     Administrative Reports

6.     Adjournment

7.     Next Board Meeting Date
a.     May 21, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mr. Kuchera's Physical Science

Please check out Mr Kuchera's Physical Science page. He is doing some incredible things with hands on learning! Keep up the great work Mr. Kuchera!!

Friday, April 6, 2018

School Finance-Budget Reductions

Iowa school finance can be relatively complicated. There are several different funds, most of which can only be used for certain things.

For instance, we have the Physical Plant and Equipment levy (PPEL). This fund is used for building infrastructure, maintaining and improving our buildings and grounds, purchase or lease of equipment such as busses, and technology purchases when the unit is over $500 in price.

We also receive funds from the Statewide Schools Infrastructure Sales and Services tax. This is a one-cent sales tax on purchases that comes back to the schools and we are able to use these funds in the same way as the PPEL.

Clarksville Community Schools is doing well in this area. We have enough money in the PPEL and One-cent funds that will allow us to maintain our buildings, and we will continue to upgrade the buildings, grounds and other areas of the district as necessary.

The general fund is the area that Clarksville is facing possible issues. The general fund is the area that most of our operating costs come from. Things like utilities, fuel, bus repairs, and the biggest portion is the salary of all employees. Salaries and benefits take up approximately 75% of the general fund. At the end of fiscal year 18 (the current year), the district has a projected unspent balance (school finance term-like your credit card limit) of $530,000. At the end of fiscal year 19, which ends June 30, 2019, we had projected an unspent balance of about $280,000. There are several causes for this, with the largest being declining student enrollment numbers over the past several years.

As a point of importance, it is against the law for a school district to overspend its budget. When a school district overspends its Maximum Authorized Budget, which is basically set by the state, it must then build a corrective action plan and go before the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC). According to Iowa Code 257.31, subsection 18,

If a school district exceeds its authorized budget or carries a negative unspent balance for two or more consecutive years, the committee may recommend that the department implement a phase II on-site visit to conduct a fiscal review pursuant to section 256.11, subsection 10, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (1), subparagraph division (e).

During a Phase II site visit, if the site visit committee deems that a district is not viable, the state board of education has the right to close that district for nothing other than financial reasons. As this is the case, it is important that we create a cushion in the unspent balance of roughly 10-15%.A district the size of Clarksville should have an unspent balance of roughly $450,000 to $650,000. The board has set this as a priority.

On Wednesday April 4, 2018, the board met in special session and decided that it was not acceptable for The Clarksville district to end the year with a drop in the unspent balance to the projected levels. As that is the case, the board decided that it was in the best interest of the district to make some adjustments to staffing levels, as staff salaries are roughly 75% of our general fund budget.

Decisions that were made were to not replace one elementary teacher who has resigned, not replace the vocal music position so there will be one K-12 music position, and to reduce one JH/HS social studies position.  These changes make a huge difference to the future of the Clarksville school district, allow us to streamline and “right size” the staff, and still provide a quality education for our students.

Please remember that this is not a dire situation, but is a proactive approach to ensure that we can provide the proper education to our students.

Please feel free to contact me, or stop in and see me if you have any questions or thoughts on this or any other topic.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Special Board Meeting April 4, 2018 Agenda

ROOM #109
5:30 P.M.

It is the mission of the Clarksville Community School to provide the finest educational
Opportunities so that all might achieve their fullest potential.


1.         Call to Order
2.         Approve Agenda
3.         Consider Recommendations for Staff Reductions and Program Realignment and Possible Action

4.         Staff Reduction(s) for 2018-19 School Year
5.         Personnel Resignation:
6.         Adjourn