When it was reaccredited this spring, AdvancED provided the school system with five actions it must complete to retain accreditation. Assessment Coordinator Carol Martin updated the board on the system’s progress on those goals thus far.
“In our AdvancED report, we had several powerful practices, areas they felt like we were strong in, and then we had required actions, which are things to work on,” Martin explained Wednesday. “So, we have turned those things into goals for our system that we will be working toward, and we will give AdvancED a formal response to each of these actions as well as annual updates on our progress.”
The first action is implementing a comprehensive employee mentoring program for new and non-tenured employees. Martin said this has already begun with the new school year, but they are “developing a more concrete, formal process across the system so it is done the same say at all schools.”
A second goal is to create and implement a student mentoring program in which every student has an “adult advocate,” Martin said. “We do have many of those relationships happening through the Leader in Me program at the elementary schools and AVID at the middle school, but we want to see this for every student in the system, and we are designing a structure for that.”
A third goal is to implement a comprehensive data assessment system, or a data dashboard, that allows anyone to access instructional, behavioral and other information from every school online. The fourth action is development of a system-wide process to ensure AdvancED goals are being met, which Martin said will be accomplished in-part when each school presents its continuous improvement plan in the next few weeks.
The final action is to develop a long-term strategic plan. Superintendent Todd Freeman will be leading that effort beginning in October, Martin said.
“These actions are teaching us to look at everything system wide,” Martin said. “We do a lot of these things already, but may not have coordinated them throughout the system in the same way. That is one of the lessons we are learning, and we are excited to get better at working with a K-12 perspective. It’s going to be good for us, and we are in agreement with all of these goals.”
In other business, the BOE approved the following personnel actions:
• Resignation of Sylacauga High School math teacher Amy Collins, effective immediately.
• Retirement of Pinecrest Elementary third grade teacher Pat Smith, effective Aug. 1.
• Employment of: full-time bus driver Antoinette Perry, effective Aug. 21; Anita Huntley Indian Valley Elementary breakfast service supplement, effective Aug. 19 to May 22; Marcus Brown, Nichols-Lawson Middle breakfast service supplement, effective Aug. 19 to May 22; Marty Turner, seventh and eighth grade assistant football coach, effective with the new school year; Robby Richardson and Derrick Crawford, SHS equipment and training room supplement, effective with the new school year; Rhonda Vincent, half-time guidance counselor at Nichols-Lawson, effective Aug. 26; substitute teachers Jennifer Adams, Dawn Amiot, Michelle Blackman, Michele Boatright, Apfil Clifton, Linda Gissendanner, Holly Harris, Donna Horn, Judy McMurphy, Jodi Shaw, Deann Webb and Gloria Winsell, all effective Aug. 21.
• Maternity leave of absence for Sammie Fowler at Indian Valley, effective Nov. 1 to Jan. 3.
In addition, the board:
•Approved accounts payable, payroll, financial statements and bank reconciliations for July totaling $2,140,977.98.
• Approved a recommendation to enter into a $13,500 contract with Alabama Association of School Boards for policy review and analysis.
• Approved returning tuition students Jordan Helm and Brenan Smith.
• Entered into an executive session for a student disciplinary hearing.
The next regular BOE meeting is Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office.