100 School District

100 Legal Status of the School District

All powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved to the states. Iowa’s Constitution authorizes the creation of a Common Schools System. As part of this Common Schools System, this school district is a school corporation created and organized under Iowa law. This school district shall be known as the PCM COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

 

This school corporation is located in Jasper, Marion, and Polk counties, and its affairs are conducted by locally elected school officials, the PCM Community School District Board of Directors. This school corporation has exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in its territory.

 

Legal Reference:              

Iowa Constitution, art. XI, §§1, 8, 12.                                      

Iowa Code §§ 274.1, .2, .6, .7; 278.1(9); 279.8; 594A

 

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised            

101 Educational Philosophy

As a school corporation of Iowa, the PCM Community School District, acting through its board of directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students, within the limitations of the school district’s ability , in order to provide for students, in cooperation with the families and the school district community, the opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance to and encourages each student to develop his/her full potential to become a productive citizen.

 

The board endeavors, through the dedication of the school district’s resources, to encourage students to prepare for and anticipate their future. In order to achieve this goal, the board will seek qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and for the expertise for educational productivity.

 

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education. Critical thinking and problem solving skills, that will assist the students’ preparation for life, shall be instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum. The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

 

The support and involvement of the home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the educational program. The school district strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the school district community to create within the students an awareness of the importance of each, and to encourage the goals outlined above outside of the educational environment.

 

Legal Reference:               Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 275.1

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised 04/18/2016 

102 School District Instructional Organization

The PCM Community School District offers an educational program for grades kindergarten (K) through twelve (12). The levels of instruction are organized by the following levels:

  • Preschool shall attend in Monroe, Iowa, or Prairie City, Iowa.
  • Grades kindergarten (K) through five (5) shall attend Elementary School in Monroe, Iowa, or in Prairie City, Iowa.
  • Grades six (6) through eight (8) shall attend Middle School in Prairie City, Iowa.
  • Grades nine (9) through twelve (12) shall attend High School in Monroe, Iowa.
  • Special education students will be assigned by chronological age for school placement (elementary, middle, high school), but their levels of instruction will be determined by a staffing procedure.

 

Each school building will have a certified administrator responsible for the administration and management of the school building, the school building personnel and educational program. The principals shall work closely with the superintendent, who shall oversee the administration and management of the school district.

 

Legal Reference:              

Iowa Code §§ 256.11, 275.1, 279.11, 280.14.

281 Iowa Admin. Code 11.1, 11.2(1)-.2(8).

281 Iowa Admin. Code 12.1, .3(11), .5.

 

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised 12/20/2010  

103 Equal Education Opportunity and Multicultural and Gender Approaches to the Educational Program

The district and the board will not discriminate in its educational programs and/or activities on the basis of age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, race, national origin, color, religion, genetic information, or creed.

 

The district and the board shall encourage and engage in multicultural approaches to the educational program, which shall include approaches which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, including race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socioeconomic background; and which shall include the contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, European Americans, and persons with disabilities.

 

The district and the board shall encourage and engage in gender fair approaches to the educational program, which shall include approaches which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of women and men to society; shall reflect the wide variety of roles open to both women and men; and shall provide equal opportunity to both sexes.

 

The district and the board requires all person, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

 

Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the superintendent by writing to Superintendent’s Office, Box 610, 400 E Hwy 163, Monroe, Iowa  50170m(641) 259-2316; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004, 1-800-457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, (312) 730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661, 1-800-669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146.

 

Legal Reference:                   

20 U.S.C. §§ 1221 et seq. (1988).

20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. (1988).

20 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq. (1988).

42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq. (Supp. 1990).

34 C.F.R. Pt. 100 (1993).

Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.11; .11A; 280.3.

281 I.A.C. 12.

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised 04/18/2016  

103.E1 Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination

The PCM Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following service areas:

  • Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing, including transportation, distribution, logistics, architecture, and construction
  • Business, Finance, Marketing and Management
  • Human Services, including law, public safety, corrections, security, government, public administration, and education and training.    

 

It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate in educational programs and employment practices on the basis of: race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs).

 

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact or submit the grievance form to the district’s Equity Coordinator (for programs) or Superintendent (for employment) at 400 E. Hwy 163, PO Box 610, Monroe, IA 50170 or (641) 259-2316.

 

Approved 10/17/2016         Reviewed ______    Revised _____

103.E2 Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate in educational programs and employment practices on the basis of: race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs).

 

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact or submit the grievance form to the district’s Equity Coordinator (for programs) or Superintendent (for employment) at 400 E. Hwy 163, PO Box 610, Monroe, IA 50170 or (641) 259-2316.

 

Approved 10/17/2016         Reviewed ______    Revised _____

103.E3 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely by reason of his/her disability, in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity sponsored by the school district.

 

The district will establish a grievance procedure to resolve complaints of discrimination related to Section 504/ADA. Due process rights of disabled students, parents, employees, applicants or patrons under Section 504/ADA will be enforced.

 

The board of directors will designate an individual to serve as the district's Section 504/ADA Coordinator and compliance officer and will publicize the name, office address and office telephone number of the designee. Inquiries regarding compliance with this policy should be directed to the district's Section 504/ADA Coordinator or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Chicago, IL, 877-521-2172.

 

Approved   05/15/95       Reviewed 10/17/2016       Revised 10/17/2016 

103.R1 Grievance Procedure Regulations

It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the Equity Coordinator (for programs) or Superintendent (for employment), 400 E Hwy 163, PO Box 610, Monroe, IA 50170, (641) 259-2316.

 

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the school district have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination. The district has policies and procedures in place to identify and investigate complaints alleging discrimination. If appropriate, the district will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and to correct its discriminatory effects on the Complainant and others.

 

A Complainant may attempt to resolve the problem informally by discussing the matter with a building principal or direct supervisor. However, the Complainant has the right to end the informal process at any time and pursue the formal grievance procedures outlined below. Use of the informal or formal grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Please note that informal processes and procedures are not to be used in certain circumstances (e.g., sexual harassment and sexual assault).

 

Filing a Complaint

A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the Equity Coordinator (for programs) or Superintendent (for employment). An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the Equity Coordinator or Superintendent committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed with one hundred eighty (180) days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The Equity Coordinator or Superintendent shall assist the Complainant as needed.

 

Investigation

Within fifteen (15) working days, the Equity Coordinator or Superintendent will begin the investigation of the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation (hereinafter “Equity Coordinator”). If the Complainant is under eighteen (18) years of age, the Equity Coordinator shall notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend investigatory meetings in which the Complainant is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy. The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;
  • A request for the individual named in the complaint to provide a written statement;
  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement;
  • Interviews of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses;
  • An opportunity to present witnesses or other relevant information; and
  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

 

Within sixty (60) working days, the Equity Coordinator shall complete the investigation and issue a report with respect to the findings.

 

The Equity Coordinator shall notify the Complainant and Respondent of the decision within five (5) working days of completing the written report. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

 

Decision and Appeal

The complaint is closed after the Equity Coordinator has issued the report, unless within ten (10) working days after receiving the decision, either party appeals the decision to the Superintendent by making a written request detailing why he/she believes the decision should be reconsidered. The Equity Coordinator shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Superintendent. Within thirty (30) working days, the Superintendent shall affirm, reverse, amend the decision, or direct the Equity Coordinator to gather additional information. The Superintendent shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and the Equity Coordinator of the decision within five (5) working days of the decision. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

 

The decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

 

The decision of the Superintendent in no way prejudices a party from seeking redress through state or federal agencies as provided by in law.

 

This policy and procedures are to be used for complaints of discrimination, in lieu of any other general complaint policies or procedures that may be available.

 

If any of the state timeframes cannot be met by the district, the district will notify the parties and pursue completion as promptly as possible.

 

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation, is prohibited. Persons found to have engaged in retaliation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures.

 

 

Approved 10/17/2016_       Reviewed 04/17/2017     Revised 04/17/2017     

104 The People and Their School District

The board recognizes the value of interaction and participation with the citizens of the district community for the school district’s education and operations. Popular control of public education is one of the cornerstones of a free society. The people exercise that control through their Board of Directors. The board will cooperate, whenever possible, with the district community to participate in the district community while carrying out its elected responsibilities.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of opportunities for involvement with the district community.

 

Legal Reference:                   

Iowa Code §§ 25A, 613A

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised            

105 Long-Range Needs Assessment

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students, and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals. The board shall conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation as responsible citizens and successful wage earners.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board shall authorize the appointment of a committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.

The board of education will provide opportunities for local feedback on an ongoing basis by encouraging patrons to participate through:

  • locally conducted surveys;
  • membership on district established committees;
  • the open forum at each regular school board meeting;
  • recommendations from the Advisory Committee;
  • attendance at periodic, public forums/meetings;
  • attendance at special events;
  • reading of local papers and the school newsletter;
  • presentations made to local community organizations;
  • providing a comprehensive public relations program;
  • the use of community volunteers;
  • the PTA organizations;
  • visits to school district facilities.

The school district’s communications program shall strive to keep the citizens informed through a regular flow of information and to encourage the interchange of ideas between the school district and the community.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students’ progress on Federal, state and locally determined indicators. The superintendent shall report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the board and committee’s work, the board shall determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district’s progress made under the plan to the committee, community, and Iowa Department of Education.

 

Legal Reference:                   

Iowa Code §§ 21; 259.7; 280.12, .18

281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b)

Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 04/18/2016       Revised 04/18/2016   

105.R1 Long-Range Needs Assessment Regulations

The process for long-range needs assessment for the PCM School District will include the following procedures:

  • provisions for collecting, analyzing and reporting information derived from local, state and national sources;
  • provisions for reviewing information acquired on the following:
    • state indicators and other locally determined indicators,
    • locally established student learning goals,
    • specific data collection required by state and federal programs;
  • provisions for collecting and analyzing assessment data on the following:
    • state indicators,
    • locally determined indicators,
    • locally established student learning goals.

These procedures will include:

  • The Board of Education desires to conduct a long-range needs assessment of the district to establish new goals and set the direction for the district at a minimum of every five years.
  • The Assessment Team made up of counselors, teachers, AEA representative, and curriculum director will analyze the district data, and make recommendations to the District Improvement Team, the Advisory Team, the SIT Teams and building Teams.
  • District data will be presented to the District Improvement Team a minimum of twice a year and annual goals will be recommended from data gathered.
  • Input from the District Improvement Team, The Advisory Team, The SIT Team and Building Teams will be compiled and presented to the School Board.
  • The goals adopted by the school board will fit with the district’s School Improvement Plan.

 

Approved   04/17/00       Reviewed 04/18/2016      Revised