Reports on several programs offered in the Monett R-1 School district were presented at the Monett R-1 Board of Education meeting.
Russ Moreland, director of the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC), presented a summary of services offered. In addition to 15 career and technical programs, SWACC offers evening adult education, career education, non-traditional education and post-high-school courses through Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College.
Moreland identified increasing the pass rate percentage in each SWACC program by 5 percent from the previous two-year average as the primary goal. The ultimate goal is passing all students who have mastered technical skills. In the short-term, Moreland hoped to boost the student graduation and completion rate to 95 percent by May 2013.
Program strengths include: low teacher-student ratios; mentoring by second year students; teacher mentoring; top rated facilities; industry trained instructors; active community advisory groups; Career and Technical Student Organization participation and support from Monett and other communities sending students to classes.
Making programs more accessible to students who have to choose between SWACC classes and regular course work remains the top need. Moreland saw the development of embedded credits in SWACC courses addressing core subject needs for work done in SWACC classes. Moreland also wanted to see creation of a culture of continuous improvement driven by student achievement data. Continuing to update technology meant ongoing equipment updates and continuous staff training.
MHS discipline changes
Monett High School principal David Steward submitted recommendations for changes in the discipline directives in the student handbook. School board members planned to tweak the proposals and act on them in April.
A change is proposed in discipline for use of cell phones involving in-school suspension and detention. Steward said changes would give administrators greater discretion for dealing with incidents. Elementary principals will have latitude to conference with an offending student.
A second policy change focuses on acceptable use of laptop computers and other devices such as iPads, iPods and eReaders. Providing greater use of electronic devices necessitated changing the discipline directives.
The proposal for disciplining misbehavior on school buses simplifies different actions for four offenses down to two choices. Removal of bus privileges becomes automatic for repeat offenses.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann updated board members on the preliminary energy study conducted by Snyder Electric. The review identified savings of $60,000 to $80,000 were available with certain equipment upgrades. Savings could be achieved within five to 10 years.
The next step would require a full energy audit, which is a more expensive process requiring the board to seek qualifications before awarding a contract.
Jungmann reported the recent release of state funds for transportation would bring an additional $3,000 for the district.
A schedule for testing under the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) will begin in April, running through the month at different campuses, concluding with end-of-course exams at the high school in May.
"We're all excited about what our kids will show and the learning that's taken place this year," Jungmann said.