West Burlington Independent School District is planning on doing a student achievement score presentation at our May 2nd work session. The elementary scores are stellar and we are in the process of crunching the high school and junior high scores. The data points are being tabulated and after the staff has had a chance to absorb the results, our public will be privy to the scores. I believe we have taken great steps to improving instruction through implementing our Comprehensive Literacy Model (CLM) with more fidelity as well as the introduction of the Everyday Math program in the elementary building. The secondary building has made headway with the academic seminar time, enhancing individualized instruction, and the improvements in our learning supports for all students. It is an exciting school year for teaching and learning in our school district. The School Improvement Advisory Committee will be convening in late April or early May. If you are asked to participate, we would appreciate your involvement. If you would like to serve, contact Superintendent Schmitt. The SIAC is asked to render input on a host of topics, all of them directly pertaining to our students at West Burlington Independent School District.

We are frantically working on plans for the 2016-2017 school year. Kindergarten roundup is completed and we have some available spots in our class rosters in the kindergarten class for the fall of 2016. Contact the elementary building for information. Our class sizes at the elementary building classrooms continue to be very low. Class sizes at the time of Iowa Assessments are as follows:  First grade, four sections, average size of 19.6, fourth grade, three sections with an average of 21 students, third grade with an average of 19.5 students per classroom.
The K-2nd students don’t take the Iowa Assessments, but here are the class sizes:  Second grade, four sections with an average of 17.5, first grade, four sections with an average of 18 students per classroom, and kindergarten has four sections and averages 17.75 students per classroom. The WBISD Board is providing great teacher-to-student ratios and excellent instruction. We currently have 12 students on our open enrollment waiting list for the 2016-2017 school year. Please remember that maintaining these very low teacher-to-student ratios is an expensive proposition. The WBISD Board is committed to maintaining these state leading teacher-to-student ratios as long as we can afford them.

The WBISD administrative team has had a few internal discussions about the possibility of placing caps on grades six through twelve. We would consider numbers higher than the elementary school’s. These discussions have just been initiated. After the internal discussions have been completed, the West Burlington Board of Education would then be asked to weigh in on the pros and cons associated with putting grade caps in place in the 6th through 12th grade buildings. The public will be apprised of any developments, so stay tuned.

I urge all of our stakeholders to finish the school year strong. We have a lot to accomplish before the summer break. Thank you for your continued support of our teachers, support staff, administrators, and board of education. Most importantly, thank you for your wonderful support of our students. Kids First!

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Superintendent Dave Schmitt at or call (319) 752-8747, option #3