JCD student retention at lowest in years

Beth Rumsey

Staff Writer

Jac-Cen-Del High School Principal Johnny Budd presented the updated information regarding those students receiving retention letters at the regular meeting on Wednesday, May 19. According to Budd, the number of letters sent out was the lowest in three years.

Budd explained that the parents, student, and himself meet to determine the best strategy to improve a student’s grade. He said that students are given acuity tests four times a year and receive additional help in weak areas.

A new software program that teaches students to critically analyze information is being piloted at JCD. Critical Web Reader was paid for through a grant and will be used in the English department.

JCD will continue to use the Indiana Virtual Academy for students in need of credit recovery at no cost to the student, according to Budd. Currently, 120 students county wide are using this program.

The board approved a resolution to pay expenses on design and building related building project costs incurred before the building financing was approved. Bid information for the building project will be available on June 17 and will be due back in July, according to JCD Superintendent Bill Narwold.

The board was asked to consider a stronger, more consistent program for students in special ed. Concerns were expressed for the priority for Title I students and teacher, requesting outside substitutes be used rather than existing staff.

In personnel matters, the board approved the non-renewal of the contracts for Courtney Hughes, David Huling, Mike Stephens, and Greg Whaley with a vote of 3-2, Deanna Young and Bill Roberts voted no.
The retirement of Nancy Leever was unanimously approved. The resignation of bus driver Don Newhart was approved. The board approved the hiring of Rachel Staggs as Spanish teacher starting the 2010-2011 school year.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at the elementary library.