meets state AYP standard
Rumsey, Staff Writer
to Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School Principal Leanna Phillippe, the
state has officially declared that JCD Elementary has met Adequate
Yearly Progress (AYP). We will be considered to be in improvement
until we have met AYP for two years, she told the school
board at the regular meeting held April 15. Phillippe stated that
a few changes will be implemented in the coming year to ensure
the students are prepared for state testing.
The elementary staff has been working on curriculum mapping in
math to determine what should be taught and when. Phillippe also
told the board that all grade levels are discussing areas where
students are doing well, and what areas need to be reinforced.
This should be very beneficial as we look at textbooks next
year, she noted.
Important dates for the elementary include the Art Show/Book Fair
on May 7; Fourth Grade Pioneer Program on May 13; an All Sports
Day on May 22. According to Phillippe, the theme for the sporting
event is Year of the Champions. Several activities are planned,
and t-shirts will be purchased by the PTO. I think it will
be a really fun day, she said.
In his report to the board, Superintendent Bill Narwold announced
that the winners of the Lilly Scholarship were both JCD seniors,
Gerald Hardesty and Valorie Wagner. Narwold noted that their success
was a reflection on the parents and teachers as well as the students.
I cant say enough about how proud of the students
and staff we are, he said.
The students in the special education class will attend the Very
Special Arts program in Sunman, according to Narwold. Artists
from the tri-county area will meet to help these students to experience
the many types of music and art forms.
Narwold told the board that due to the boys basketball teams
success, the school has been receiving offers of donations from
several organizations at the state and local levels. He assured
them that every donation is adhering to the strict policies in
place. A list of the donations received will be available to the
board members at the next meeting, according to Narwold.
Art teacher Stacy Gray urged the board to consider the art and
music programs when voting on the Reduction in Funds or RIFs next
month. Gray questioned how teachers will have time to effectively
teach an arts or music program with everything else they have
to accomplish as per state standards.
The art and music programs represent the elementary school
to the public, said Gray. If the programs are eliminated,
the students wont have the chance to express themselves
in that area, she continued.
Chelsea Dwyer, Delaware, was in attendance to support the art
and music classes. According to Dwyer, the music program was important
to her son. Its a great thing, she said.
The master contract for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years
was unanimously ratified. According to Narwold, details include
increases in salary; additional money on the insurance for the
single and family plans; as well as minor language changes.
In other business:
Due to the cost of supplies, the after school latch-key
program increase to $3 a day beginning with the 2009-2010 school
year was unanimously approved.
The board unanimously approved the recommendation as Leanna
Phillippe as the Title I program director.
The recommendation for new social studies textbooks made
by the textbook committee was unanimously approved.
The elementary handbook was unanimously approved.
The NEOLA policy was approved on the second reading.
The resignation of Lynne Davis, speech pathologist, and
Sarah Kelts, assistant speech pathologist, was unanimously approved.
The recommendations to employ Joan Roads as speech pathologist
was unanimously approved.
All board members were in attendance, along with corporation treasurer
RuthAnn Peetz and corporation attorney Tim Day to advise. The
next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20 beginning at 6
p.m. at the high school cafeteria.