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DC School Board – Improvement, Appeal, Red Brick Update

September 24th, 2012 by

Drew Central School board members met for their annual report to the public, which informed on fiscal, facilities and schools’ update, and for their regular school board meeting, which discussed handbook policies and the salary schedule.

Drew Central Elementary and Middle School both received school status of achieving, while Drew Central High School landed in the “needs improvement math” and “needs improvement” in percent tested categories, though it remains under appeal. The elementary school also received the new 21st Century After-School grant that can boast 93 enrolled students under Director Nola Gober.

The appeal pertains to an erroneous situation regarding the math scores and the state; the high school students that tested in math ended up classified as middle school students, therefore they aren’t seen as tested and even though the math scores were above or at state average they still received “needs improvement.“ The percent tested also took a hit also because in literacy some students received classification of a lower grade due to their credits. This leaves the school responsibility for showing that the students required to take the test did.

In the annual report the board also brought attention to the renovations the school district completed and continue to work on. The Red Brick building reach 90 percent completion in its demolition process and completion of a new roof on the Earl Willis Auditorium made the list. Air conditioning overhaul in the high school and vocational school near completion as well. The middle school received lockers for 7th and 8th graders as well.

In the regular school board meeting that followed the board approved the updated Student Handbook policies. One of the corrections involved how the school documents absences; they will do away with excused or unexcused and leave them only as absent. Students max amount of absences total just ten, though the schools plan to keep proper documentation regarding why students miss school. That documentation will serve to inform the courts why students missed so much school if necessary.

The board added additional items to the Salary Schedule including after-school tutoring certified teachers, teacher aides and peer tutors, which will earn $25 per hour, $10 per hour and 7.50 per hour respectively. Another addition involved bus drivers who drive additional routes; they can earn $10 hour with a maximum of $100 per day.

The next school board meeting will take place Oct. 9.

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