June 15, 2006

Parent Voices Concerns At School Board Meeting

Students at the Scotland County R-I elementary school may be reading too much. Well not exactly, but a concerned parent met with the Scotland County R-I School Board at the June 8 meeting to address concerns with scheduling and curriculum.

Lora Alexander addressed the board members regarding the first and second grades. She noted concerns that not all the Grade Level Expectations (GLE’s) in Math, Science, and Social Studies were being taught at these levels.

Alexander presented the board with copies of the current GLE’s for review.

She indicated that she believed the new reading program was demanding too much time and did not allow for Math, Science and Social Studies to be properly addressed.

Superintendent Dave Shalley told the meeting attendees that he recently had attended a meeting at the Truman State Regional Professional Development office with High School Principal Ken Cross, and Jo Beth Harvey (PDC Co-Chair) in February to discuss curriculum in preparation for the upcoming Fourth Cycle of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) review.

Shalley stated that after that meeting the district administrators asked all teachers to begin listing all GLE’s on the lesson they were teaching.

“From that point we are reviewing to pinpoint any areas we might be neglecting,” Shalley stated.

Shalley added that following Alexander’s initial visit to his office, that he and Elementary School Principal Rob Moore reviewed the second grade lessons for the year and reported that all GLE’s have been addressed in each subject.

Scotland County R-I just finished the second year of the Read First program. Read First requires that each grade provide 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading each day. In addition, an extra 30 minutes is required for Tier II reading.

Moore had previously addressed the concerns about the time limits for the other subjects since the beginning of the grant in 2004. Some steps taken include supplemental reading material consisting of non-fiction reading materials in social studies and science. In addition, the summer school curriculum has focused on Science, Math, and Social Studies since the beginning of Read First.

Shalley stated the district is also monitoring the progress of students through the testing process. He stated the results of the TERRA NOVA, a national standardized test, show the district’s students are performing above Companies submitting milk bids were Anderson Erickson and Prairie Farms Dairy and companies submitting bread bids were Wonder Hostess and Sara Lee.

Following a review of the bids received, the board voted 7-0 to award the milk bid for next year to Prairie Farms and the bread bid to Sara Lee.

Picnic, Staff Breakfast

Annually the board holds a picnic for the new employees and provides breakfast for the entire staff. This year’s picnic date has been set for August 17th. Time and place will be determined later. The staff breakfast will be August 16th at 8:00 a.m. in the High School Commons.

Executive Session

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Ivy Garman as the Special Education Life Skills instructor and to Frank Wineinger as a custodian. The board voted 7-0 to allow Shari Moore to end her Newton summer school duties on June 9th and resume her extended contract duties as counselor beginning June 12th.

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