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School board members sit on a number of committees which advise the district in areas of policy, curriculum & instruction and planning, and for which agendas and meetings are posted. These committees may be made up of parents, members of the community, faculty, administration, and members of the Board. All sessions for the following committees are open to the public, but public input is not generally solicited during committee meetings.

Required Board Committees:

  • Facilities/Finance Advisory Committee – This committee considers best practice in school finance, district business strategies, long-range planning for facilities, and other elements of facility development and construction to make sound recommendations to the Board.
    • Meets at 4:30 pm on the second Thursday of the month
    • Board Representation: Amy Tagliareni
  • Policy Advisory Committee – The Policy Advisory Committee reviews policy, recommends changes, and oversees the five-year review cycle for policies. Changes recommended by the committee are presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • Meets at 4:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month
    • Board Representation: Katie Claeys and Sarah Barthole

Additional Mandatory Committees:

  • School Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC) – The SIAC serves in an advisory capacity to provide feedback to the District in key areas including but not limited to school improvement efforts, educational needs, student learning goals, and bullying prevention.
    • Meets from 6:00-7:30 pm, 4x per year
    • Board representative: Katie Claeys and Joy Burk

    Meeting Dates: Oct. 18, 2021, Feb. 14, 2022, Apr. 18, 2022, June 20, 2022

  • Professional Development (PD) Committee – The school district is required by Iowa law (SF277) to have a Professional Development Committee. The committee is made up of equal representation of teachers and administrators. The role of the committee is to:
    • Monitor implementation of the Student Achievement and PD Program,
    • Determine the use and distribution of professional learning funds,
    • Monitor professional learning, and
    • Monitor the district teacher evaluation requirements.

Administrative Committees with Board Representation:

The following committees include representation from the Board of Education. Board members attend, participate in meetings, and provide reports to the Ankeny Board of Education. These meetings do not, however, require a posted agenda and are not necessarily open to the public.

  • Ankeny Schools Foundation Committee – This committee supports and enhances educational opportunities in the school district. The Foundation is the only community volunteer organization that serves all schools in the District and provides a way for the community to support all educators, volunteers, and students. Through the yearly grant program, funds are available to students, teachers, and organizations to provide educational opportunities not funded from the school district budget. The Foundation Awards Committee determines the distribution of awards based on academic quality and need.
    • Meets at 5:00 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month.
    • Board Representation: Amy Tagliareni

  • Calendar Committee – This committee discusses the calendar survey and potential changes to the District’s calendar. The calendar recommended by the committee is presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • Board Representation: Katie Claeys  and Sarah Barthole

College and Career Readiness Team – This committee serves multiple purposes, providing input on college and career readiness in our PK-12 District (per legislative requirements of HF2392), including input on our district plan, Orbis Programming, and our K-12 counseling program.

    • Meets 4x per school year, with additional subcommittee meetings as needed
    • Board Representation: Ryan Weldon

  • Equity Committee – The purpose of the external Equity Committee is to give feedback and provide perspective about the needs of individuals and groups in our community to ensure equity and inclusion for all in the school community. The equity committee will serve as an advisory committee the District Director of Equity and DEI Leadership Team.
    • Meets 4x per year
    • Board Representation: Joy Burk

School – City Advisory Committee

    • Meets 3x per year at 7:00 AM, alternating between the District Office and City Council. Date TBD.
    • Board Representation: Ryan Weldon

Superintendent’s Advisory Committee – This committee meets to discuss systematic issues and focuses on a wide variety of topics.

    • Meets 2-3x per year
    • Board Representation: Joy Burk