A state requirement, continuous improvement plans outline specific achievement goals for the present school year. Assessment Coordinator Carol Martin discussed how the schools are working in line with Plan 2020, and principals from each school presented an overview of the goals their plan entails.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman said thanked administrators for their hard work to create these plans.
“They have set lofty goals, and it is the responsibility of this office to make sure they’ve got the resources and support to do that,” he added.
Overviews of continuous improvement goals are as follows:
• Indian Valley Elementary – increase student achievement in math and reading, improve writing skills, and encourage leadership qualities that foster a positive learning environment.
• Pinecrest Elementary – implement an adult advocacy system for students, increase reading and math proficiency, and decrease reading achievement gaps.
• Nichols-Lawson Middle – increase student proficiency in reading and comprehension, have students perform at grade level in math on standardized testing, increase science proficiency, teach students to apply accurate language skills when speaking and writing, promote organizational skills, increase student understanding of experiences that provide for the study of the ways humans view themselves over time, and encourage faculty to use data to improve student achievement.
• Sylacauga High – increase graduation rate by 2 percent, implement a comprehensive assessment system, increase performance on ACT college entrance exam, increase math proficiency, and improve the transition experience from middle to high school.
In other business, the board:
• Authorized property requisitions from the city of Sylacauga for adjoining space to a sidewalk on the north side of SHS, adjoining property to the public swimming pool on Norton Avenue to be used for a band practice field, and the Pinecrest Elementary campus.
• Approved a facilities assessment contract with Barganier Davis Sims Architects for Pinecrest and Indian Valley schools.
• Approved an out-of-state field trip to the Georgia Tech campus for AVID middle school students.
• Approved five new tuition students for the current school year.
• Approved accounts payable, payroll, financial statements and bank reconciliations for August totaling $2,008,241.
• Approved employment of: extended day program substitute Robin Justice; substitute teachers Caitlin Fleaman, Sanquenette Gamble, Nina Graham, Jennifer Miller, Christy Smith, and Jennifer Murphy; Pinecrest Elementary Saturday school tutors Pam Roberts, Kristy Harmon, Lauren Ogle, Beth Patterson, Crystal Powell, Julie Green and Gary Rivers.
• Approved the 2012 transportation plan.
•Was presented information about the travel guidelines and Affordable Healthcare Act.
• Approved the Medicaid Administrative Claim program contracts. The program provides around $100,000 in reimbursements annually.
• Approved Kathy Landers as District 6 director for the Alabama Association of School Boards.
The next regular BOE meeting is Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office.
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