School Board discusses district’s improvement plan
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Mar 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County’s Board of Education heard the 2009-2010 district improvement plan, which includes reports about the each school’s and the district’s performance on the ThinkLink and Learning Checks continuous exams, at their meeting Thursday night.

The principals of the Trigg County Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High Schools gave the individual school reports, while Trigg County Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Beth Sumner gave the overall district report, which shows whether students are on target to meet the No Child Left Behind scores.

Contained in the reports are the scores themselves, how those scores compare with the benchmarks that had been set and the programs that are either proposed or underway to improve the scores.

Sumner said the ThinkLink data, a projection of whether the district will make its No Child Left Behind scores, has shown that students exceeded goals in both math and reading.

The district will continue the assessment reports to implement and revise curriculum maps and pacing guides, will visit other successful schools with similar demographics and will continue the district Learning Checks, Sumner said.

Another strategy is parental involvement forums, with Sumner stating that the district will host a Pritchett Committee – Parent Leadership 101 on March 24 and 25 at the Cadiz Renaissance Center.

High School Principal Neal Cummins said the high school scores left something to be desired, although the students in general and students with disabilities did better than students on free and reduced lunches and African American students in some areas.

“No excuses, we’re just not getting the job done right now,” Cummins said.

Middle School Principal James Mangels, Intermediate School Principal Brian Futrell and Primary School Principal Ann Taylor all said that while many of their scores are better, they can always improve.

In other actions, the school board unanimously agreed to transfer ownership of a communication tower, which had been previously declared as surplus, to the Trigg County Fiscal Court. Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis said the tower will be used by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The transfer also includes a release and “hold harmless” agreement.

The board also unanimously agreed to authorize McGinnis to advertise for insurance bids for the 2011 fiscal year.

Eileen Kehrwald, administrative secretary for Trigg County Schools, indicated after the meeting that the board cancelled its Thursday, March 25, meeting, and scheduled a special called meeting on Tuesday, March 23, meeting at 6 p.m. The only item on the agenda will be the consent agenda followed by a closed session.

In other business, the board recognized those who placed first, second and third at the Primary/Intermediate exhibit at the Janice Mason Art Museum.
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