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BCIG Community School District: 712-364-3687

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10-02-14 OA Special Board Meeting Agenda

Class of 2015 Seniors
The yearbook staff needs one VERTICAL wallet size senior photo and one baby photo of you by no later than Jan. 30, 2015.


WELCOME TO OA & BCIG Community School Districts

Welcome to the Odebolt-Arthur & Battle Creek-Ida Grove Schools. We are proud to provide you with information regarding our schools and district. Though our newly redesigned website remains under construction, we are confident that as you visit our organization through these web pages that you will find OA&BCIG to be committed to providing students with outstanding educational programs in an exceptional environment.

OA&BCIG Schools are two districts involved in a Whole-Grade Sharing agreement with a total student population of approximately 1,000 students. The two districts share a high school that has all of the 9-12 grade students attending high school in Ida Grove and all of the two districts 6-8 grade students attending school in Odebolt. In addition, there are two PK-5 Elementary Schools, one in Ida Grove and one in Odebolt. The 259 square mile combined district area is comprised of four communities, home to over 6,000 citizens and is ideally suited to those interested in outdoor activities and rural community life. Home to several large manufacturers, our districts consists of small, rural communities in Northwest Iowa; an area rich in agricultural history and great natural beauty.

We thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our school districts. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I can be reached at nouellette@oabcig.org or by phone at 712.364.2255 or 712.668.2289.

Thank you,

Dr. Nick Ouellette
Superintendent of Schools
Odebolt-Arthur Community School District

Battle Creek-Ida Grove Community School District

Health Announcement

At OA & BCIG Community Schools, we are NOT currently seeing a high rate of student absences with the symptoms that are identified.
However, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that the Enterovirus EV-D68 is causing illness in Iowa. EV-D68, like other enteroviruses, appears to spread through close contact with infected people. Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year, usually in the summer and fall.
Here is more information about this virus from the Iowa Department of Public Health:

  • Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types.
  • It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year, usually in the summer and fall.
  • Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious.
  • Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of the more than 100 types of enteroviruses circulating in the U.S. and around the world.
EV-D68 Symptoms and Treatment
  • EV-D68 usually can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
  • Respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing typically come on quickly.
    • Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. Infants, children, and teenagers with a history of asthma or those who have a condition that compromises their immune system, are most likely to become severely ill.
  • There is no specific treatment, such as an anti-viral medication, for EV-D68 infections.
  • Many infections resolve on their own and require only treatment at home:
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Stay home so you do not spread the virus to others.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces to stop the spread the spread of the virus at home.
Guidance to Parents
  • Parents of children with cold-like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should contact their health care provider.
  • There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.
  • Ways to help reduce the risk of getting infected with EV-D68:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • There will not be a daily count of cases as EV-D68 is not a reportable disease in the United States. Also, CDC does not have a surveillance system that specifically collects information on EV-D68 infections.

Food Settlement lawsuit

Dear OA & BCIG Communities:


The OA & BCIG Community School Districts have received official word that a settlement has been reached between the Plaintiffs and Iowa Educators Corporation (“IEC”), its successor, The Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (“IAEP”), and Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc.  This has been referred to in the news as the Iowa School Food Settlement.


Individual School Districts are NOT the beneficiaries of the settlement funds.  The settlement terms state that “Class Members (these are individual parents and students) may receive up to $3.50 per student per year that they attended an IEC-member school, up to a maximum of $50.00 per student.”  OA & BCIG have been identified as an IEC-member schools during the time set forth by the settlement agreement and our parents may make claim directly on the Iowa School Food Litigation Settlement Website.


To make a claim and to learn more about the settlement terms you may visit Iowa School Food Settlement Litigation Settlement Website and follow the steps to making a claim or read about the settlement.  The District cannot and will not give any legal guidance to parents on this issue as the settlement does not affect the District or assume wrong-doing by any of the IEC-member schools.  If you believe legal guidance is needed, or desired, in your situation please contact your legal counsel.




Dr. Nick Ouellette

Superintendent of Schools


Welcome our new staff

New staff members to OA & BCIG this year include:  Rebecca Maher (HS Band), Calee Hoffman (OA 2nd Grade), Angela Lensch (HS Guidance), Bobbie Barto (BCIG KEY), Jo Lyons (OA K-8 Guidance), and Chelsea Steil (BCIG 3rd Grade).  Middle row includes Katie McQuiston (BCIG 5th Grade), Karen Hannam (MS 6th/8th Reading), Kari Hadden (HS Business), and Kaylene Henningsen (BCIG Elem. Tech).  Back row includes Amber Winther (BCIG Spec. Ed), Kaylyn Brightwell (BCIG Spec. Ed), Alex Longnecker (OA K-8 Vocal Music), David Rubis (MS PE), and Krystal Page (MS Science).


Ordering a Yearbook

  Directions for ordering online





BCIG Community School District
Dr. Nick Ouellette, Superintendent
900 John Montgomery Drive
Ida Grove, IA 51445

OA Community School District
Dr. Nick Ouellette, Superintendent
600 South Maple Street
Odebolt, IA  51458


OABCIG High School
Mr. Patrick Miller, Principal
900 John Montgomery Drive
Ida Grove, IA 51445


OA Elementary & OABCIG Middle School
Mr. Doug Mogensen, Principal
600 South Maple Street
Odebolt, IA  51458


BCIG Elementary School
Mr. Alan Henderson, Principal
403 Barnes Street
Ida Grove, IA 51445


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