Reports on a number of programs in the Monett R-1 School District provided insights for Board of Education members during the November board meeting.
Assistant Principal Brad Hanson provided a review of the district's five Title programs that receive federal funding. Services target needs within a specific population group, such as economically deprived, migrant students and non-English speaking students. Other funds support smaller class sizes at the elementary level and assist rural schools.
Hanson reported that money had been applied school wide rather than at a targeted area a couple years ago, because the high percentage of students receiving free and reduced price meals. The preschool program is almost entirely funded by Title 1A money, paying for three certified teachers and two paraprofessionals.
Funding for five instructional coaches working in kindergarten to third grade, the English language learning coordinator and a second instructional technology coach at the elementary school all comes from Title funds, Hanson said.
With funding reduced this year in every Title program, Hanson cautioned about making budgeting commitments, especially with staff.
Hanson and David Miller, high school assistant principal and district safety coordinator, reviewed the school and workplace safety program.
The district safety committee, which meets twice a year, provides collaboration between administrators, insurance consultants, department directors, such as maintenance and food service, and outside vendors who may be viewed on security cameras. A checklist developed last year aided safety walk-throughs.
The committee saw significant gains this year due to the introduction of the consolidated buildings at Monett Elementary School. The new state-of-the-art surveillance system at the new building made the need clearer to update cameras at other campuses as budgeting allows.
The traffic study at Monett Middle School was also cited as a positive step toward improving student safety.
Building improvement plans
Three administrators submitted their annual building improvement plans.
Russ Moreland, director at the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC), reported each program has committed to increasing the pass rate percentage by 5 percent from the previous two-year average. The ultimate goal is for all students to master their subject as measured by the Technical Skills Assessment test.
Moreland also hopes to maintain or increase enrollment and boost the SWACC graduation rate to 95 percent by May 2013.
Strategies for improving student performance include: embedding credits into communication arts, science and math studies; simulating skill tests in the program curriculum; and finding ways to measure reading, writing and math skill levels in all students.
For the faculty, Moreland identified a number of professional development strategies. Staff will use Goggle Docs to gain skills with technology, use flip cameras in classroom visits and meet with visiting faculty instructors.
Moreland also planned to develop a marketing plan for SWACC that included digital media and updated program brochures.
Principal Peg Bryan named three goals for Monett Intermediate School. She hoped to increase the number of fifth and sixth grade students scoring on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in math and communication arts by 10 percent. She has targeted decreasing the number of office discipline referrals by 25 percent.
A school-wide positive behavior support program is being implemented to reduce discipline issues. Teachers plan to collaborate on common lesson plans in math, communication arts and science. Sessions have been scheduled in teambuilding common lessons and assessments and data review through the year.
Principal David Steward listed three goals for the high school. He hoped to raise scores for end of course exams, ACT college entrance exams and advanced placement course performance. He expects the introduction of the One to the World program, giving every student a laptop computer, will increase the use of technology, resulting in changes of student perception in the school's climate and culture.
A Climate and Culture Team will organize to include a cross section of the student body that will meet regularly with teachers and administrators. Teachers will administer a student survey each semester to gather data on student perceptions for that teacher's classroom.