Summer credit recovery a success, district wins grant

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By Kristin Beck

Students took advantage of an opportunity to earn credits over the summer at the Center for Accelerated Learning, the site of the recent Carroll County Board of Education meeting Thursday, Aug. 22.

“Mr. (Jeffery) Root has taken this ball and run with it,” Superintendent Lisa James, Ed.D., said. “He has done an exceptional job of getting this off the ground.”

Root held a mini-session May 23-24 and 28-31 for two seniors who needed to graduate and eight juniors close to passing. Carroll County High School teachers Carl Roberts (English) and Brian Crank (math) offered their expertise.

Both seniors, Samantha Beach and Herman Collins, successfully graduated.

More high school students joined the classes from June 3-26 and learned skills, such as note-taking and how to prepare for a test. In the end, 47 students recovered 68 credits in 21 days.

Root held a second session from July 8-26 with 24 incoming freshmen. The goal was for the students to learn the basic skills necessary to make them successful high school students, Root said. All 24 students successfully completed their classes.

“We appreciate all you did, Mr. Root,” James said.

Later in the meeting, Rachel Mefford was introduced as the new college and career coach at the Center for Accelerated Learning, housed in the Carroll County Area Technology Center building. She was hired as part of the Race to the Top grant.

Mefford said she is currently working with the high school students in the early college program who are taking classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College. She is also introducing herself to all of the high school students in their English classes. Mefford said she is explaining to the students what it means to be “college and career ready” and will help them set goals on how they want to achieve that designation.

After talking to the high school, Mefford will meet with the eighth-graders at Carroll County Middle School. She wants to spread the word to parents that there are resources available through her office for any of their questions regarding financial aid, colleges, etc.

School board takes last year’s tax rate

The Carroll County Board of Education voted to accept the compensating rate of 56.5 cents per $100 assessed value, which would generate the same amount of revenue the board received last year. This is because real estate assessments are flat.

Chief Financial Officer Jon Conrad said he believes the board is in a good spot financially.

The motor vehicle tax rate also stayed the same at 55.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. This rate has been the same since he arrived in 2005, Conrad said.

The tax rates were approved 3-0, with board member Carolyn Jones absent.


Carroll receives grant from WHAS Crusade

Carroll County Schools received a $10,000 grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children. About half of the grant will be spent on career kits for the Carroll County High School students, Exceptional Children, Migrant and ESL Director Kathy Bieger said.

The following kits will be purchased from Project Discovery, which specializes in working with students with disabilities: auto detailing skills kit, “Your appearance on the job” kit, maintaining regular attendance kit, following directions kit and a consumer shopping kit. Bieger said these will help the students work toward the College and Career Ready designation.

The remaining funds will be spent on computers and tablets that will be distributed throughout the district, Bieger said.

The school district applied for the WHAS Crusade for Children grant in April and received word that it had received it in July. Bieger said she will be re-applying for another grant in March.

Carrollton Fire Department, Westside Volunteer Fire Department and other local organizations fundraise for the WHAS Crusade for Children throughout the year, with the largest push at the end of May with the door-to-door collection and road blocks.

CFD will be hosting a golf scramble Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley, with all proceeds benefiting the WHAS Crusade for Children.