August 4, 2020

Northview Principal

On July 6, the Ankeny Board of Education approved hiring Mr. Jay Slight as the new principal for Northview Middle School.

Mr. Slight has accumulated over 20 years of teaching experience. Most recently, he has served as head principal of Storm Lake Middle School in Storm Lake, Iowa. He has diversified experience in administrative roles and brings to Ankeny Schools his knowledge of instructional leadership, community partnership, and encouraging student achievement.

“My leadership style is very collaborative,” Mr. Slight said, “I believe that relationship building, from staff and students to parents and community members is an important part of being an effective school leader.”

Mr. Slight holds an Associate’s degree from Des Moines Area Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Iowa State University, and a Master’s in Education from Drake University in Secondary Administration and Educational Leadership.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Jay Slight to Ankeny Schools this fall. Mr. Slight’s background and passion for student achievement and family engagement makes him an excellent fit for the principal of Northview Middle School,” said Dr. Jen Lindaman, Chief Academic Officer and Interim Superintendent.

Mr. Slight officially began his new role July 7, 2020. He succeeds Ms. Bev Kuehn, who took on a new role in the Ankeny Community School District as the Director of Secondary Education.

August 4, 2020

Rock Creek Principal

On June 30, the Ankeny Board of Education approved hiring Johanna Cooper as the new principal for Rock Creek Elementary School.

Cooper has over 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher, bilingual elementary teacher, reading interventionist, literacy specialist, staff development coordinator, and head of schools. She has been an educational leader in Houston, Texas, Spring Branch, Texas, Katy, Texas, Durango, Mexico, and most recently she has been serving as the Head of Schools for Chiang Rai International School in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Cooper is an innovative and transformational instructional leader whose focus is on ensuring schools engage in research-based practices that develop global citizens.

Her family enjoys traveling and getting to know new cultures. Her oldest child is a junior at Iowa State University and her youngest will be in eighth grade.

Cooper holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Public School Administration from Texas A&M. Additionally, she is working towards completing a Doctorate in Educational Philosophy from the University of Illinois in 2023.

“My commitment as an education leader is to continue to take risks, listen, and learn from others, and always make informed decisions that are based on the best interest of the students,” Cooper said.
“I am confident in the expertise, knowledge, and passion she brings to this role,” said Superintendent Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston. “She possesses the requisite skills and experiences to continue to move Rock Creek Elementary forward.”

Cooper officially began her new role July 1, 2020. She succeeds Mr. Al Neppl, who took on a new role in the Ankeny Community School District as the Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development.

“I am excited to get to know the community I serve,” Cooper said. “My goal is to continue to provide Rock Creek Elementary with strong leadership and build strong relationships that will help us serve our students better. I am looking forward to welcoming the students, faculty, staff, and parents into the 2020-2021 academic year.”

June 17, 2020

Ankeny Community School District Office Reopening and COVID-19 Plan Updates

Ankeny Community School District office buildings will reopen to the public, with some restrictions, on Monday, June 15. There will be specific hours of the day in which buildings will accept public visitors and assist them.

These hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors should call ahead to schedule appointments, so as to limit the number of people in the building at a given time and maintain social distancing. The public is still encouraged to first try to obtain the assistance or answers they need via phone call or email.

In addition, the Ankeny School Board met on June 15 to update the Ankeny Community School District COVID-19 Plan. The following updates were made concerning building access, athletics sanctioned camps and practices, community engagement, open areas, green spaces, and playgrounds:

Building Access: The District will balance event requirements and available resources. Decisions about how to balance requirements and resources take into account the different classifications of facilities use. The District will follow all mandates from the Iowa Department of Education for all activities.

ACSD Athletics Sanctioned Camps and Practices

  • The Iowa Department of Education has suspended activities for any sport other than baseball and softball until July 1, 2020.
  • The Activities Directors will work with coaches to develop plans prior to July 1 for any practices or camps, including camps sponsored by the booster club.
  • Plans must be approved by the Activities Directors and District Administration prior to the start of camps or practices.

Community Engagement

  • District facilities will remain closed to all events and activities that are not school-sponsored until at least July 6.
  • Prior to opening ACSD facilities, community groups will provide the District with a detailed plan for ensuring the safety of community members and ACSD staff. The plan will include providing necessary PPE, screening, mitigation, cleaning, and alignment to all government guidance and proclamations pertaining to social distancing and group size.
  • Community groups will be responsible for the cost of additional custodial time and supplies necessary to sanitize the space prior to each use and after each use.

Open Areas/Green Spaces/Playgrounds

  • All District playgrounds and green spaces will be open to the public beginning on June 8, 2020.
  • The playground at Westwood Elementary will be CLOSED to the public from June 8 to August 14 during the weekday for Before and After School Summer Camp.
  • Use of Open Areas, Green Spaces, and Playgrounds will be at the community members’ own risk.
  • All District athletic facilities, including tracks and outdoor athletic fields will be CLOSED to the public at all times.

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