SAR: Moffat County schools 'average'

Seven thousand, seven hundred and sixty-nine dollars buys Moffat County School District students an education the state deems average.

School Accountability Reports released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Education rank five of Moffat County's seven schools "average" and two "high."

Possible rankings are excellent, high, average, low or unsatisfactory.

East Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School earned "high" rankings.

School accountability reports are compiled by the state based on test scores and other data. The reports are sent to schools, which are required to make those available to the public.

This year's school accountability reports will be published in Saturday's edition of the Craig Daily Press.

The report will provide a plethora of information, including academic rankings, school staffing, the professional experience of teachers, the student per teacher ratio, salary data, attendance and discipline issues.

The results came as no surprise to school officials.

"We expected these results," Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said. "There wasn't a lot of radical change from last year."

Schools districtwide are seeing an improvement in math scores -- mostly because the district has revamped its math curriculum and is focusing on math achievement, Sheridan said.

"We think we're heading in the right direction," he said. "Some scores are going up quicker than others, and we're still about 10 percentage points from where we want to be."

East Elementary and Sunset Elementary improved their scores from last year, which were average. Maybell Elementary School is the only one that fell from last year, from excellent to average.

The report reveals total school district revenues at $18,174,876 or $7,769 per student. Most of that revenue comes from local tax support, though $2,859,699 came from the state and $1,304,550 was received in federal grants.

The district's biggest expense is personnel -- with teachers earning $9,923,239.

School safety and discipline also are highlighted in the report. There were no reported violations at Maybell, East and Sunset elementary schools. There were five reports of code of conduct violations at Ridgeview.

By far, Craig Intermediate School -- identified as Craig Junior High on the state report -- had the most violations with 123 code of conduct violations, one habitually disruptive student, two cases of alcohol abuse and one case of substance abuse. That number was higher than the 105 total violations reported last year and the 93 reported for the 2001-02 school year.

The high school was second in the number of violations reported, with one case of a student with a dangerous weapon, 11 alcohol violations, eight tobacco and two drug violations and 58 violations of the code of conduct. That number is substantially lower than last year's combined 130 violations.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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