School Board to discuss past and future goals

Policy changes, attendance and state standards on the agenda today

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Moffat County School Board meeting

6:30 p.m. today in the Moffat County School District administration building boardroom, 775 Yampa Ave.

Agenda:

• Call meeting to order

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Accept canvassing of official abstract of votes

• Oath of Office

• Election of officers

• Adopt agenda

• Visitors

• Consent items

— Approve Oct. 22 meeting minutes

— Financial report as of Oct. 31

— Check registers for November 2009

— Personnel report for November 2009

• Reports

— Construction/building and grounds

— Kindergarten-All Day

• Action Items

— Second reading, policy 1511 parent involvement

— Second reading, policy 5460 weapons in school

— First reading, policy 1210 safe schools

• Discussion

— Board Member Committee Assignments

• Announcements

• Adjourn meeting

School board work session

4 p.m. today

Agenda:

• Public hearing, policy 5460, weapons in school

• Public hearing, policy 1511, parent involvement

• AYP report

• School attendance

• School District Accountability Committee by-laws

• Break

— Beginning with a work session at 4 p.m., the Moffat County School Board will meet to discuss a multitude of issues, from all-day kindergarten to truancy.

In the afternoon work session, the board will be given a presentation on Adequate Yearly Progress and Moffat County’s performance on state standards.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 required that all states measure the achievement of districts and schools and set annual goals for the state.

The threshold for achievement is called Adequate Yearly Progress and Moffat County School District is measured in 86 different areas.

The most recent report demonstrates MCSD’s AYP performance in the 2008-09 school year, in which the district made the targets in 77 of the 86 areas.

At the elementary level, Hispanic students, students with disabilities and students with an economic disadvantage did not make AYP in reading or math. Craig Intermediate School and Craig Middle School also did not make AYP in those subgroups this year.

In a news release to school districts, The Colorado Depart­ment of Education said that when a district does not make AYP in a certain area, they are put on a plan to boost performance in that area.

Superintendent Joe Petrone said the district still has improvements to make in several areas.

“We’re just slightly below, and we needed to have more to meet the test, and we didn’t, so we have to do better,” Petrone said. “It’s a high standard. I think when President (George W.) Bush pushed this through he really meant no child — that’s just one child — left behind. We have this all or none proposition to be responsible for.”

He said the principals of individual schools have each written goals to support growth in each struggling subgroup.

“We’ve sort of expected it, so we’re well on our way,” he said.

Following a presentation on AYP standards by assistant superintendent Christine Villard, Moffat County High School principal Thom Schnellinger on school attendance.

The presentation is intended to prepare the board to deal with unexcused absences at the high school and middle school.

Currently, the district has a policy that allows officials to start a dialogue with the family of a student if they are absent four times in a 30-day period.

“We’re really looking for an opportunity to engage with the court system,” Petrone said. “We want to ask for help from a local judge to help us help parents understand the importance of being in school. “

The regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will start with the swearing in of new board member Christine Balderston, followed by action items and reports.

Zack Allen, Sunset Elemen­tary School principal, will give a report on all day kindergarten, which is new to Moffat County this year.

“It’s a video presentation,” Petrone said. “We’ve got clips from kids and teachers. It will really be quite nice. We took issues that surface when we were considering all-day kindergarten, and looking at the upsides of that.”

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