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District sees progress in reading but not in math

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By Tim Hendrick

Carroll County Assistant Superintendent Doug Oak and Elementary Instructional Supervisor Jonica Ray reviewed the testing results for the 2016-17 school year at the Oct. 26, Board of Education meeting.

The district made progress in reading at every grade level but two; unfortunately the district took a step backwards in mathematics at every grade level. Oak said they had implemented a new math curriculum, Engage New York, and that is the only thing that changed in math from the previous year.

Oak and Ray detailed the next steps for the district. The elementary next steps for reading are continuing the Bellarmine partnership; implementing guided reading, not pulling large numbers for reading intervention; pushing reading support rather than pulling students from class; providing professional development in diagnosing needs; and improving the formative assessment process. Ray said the KPREP, the end of year assessment, is like an autopsy. The district wants to improve formative assessment processes to measure progress throughout the year.

The next steps for elementary math were to increase instruction time at the primary level from 45 minutes per day to 90 minutes per day. Math instruction time was reduced at the primary level to focus on literacy. The district also will continue the use of professional learning communities regarding instructional strategies, formative assessments and intervention practices and continuing focus on conceptual understanding.

The middle school will continue to use the Accelerated Reader goal of 1 million words read per student. Oak said the 1 million words read seem to be the key. He also said the district will look at the correlation between how much a student reads and student achievement. He said the focus for math would be on conceptual learning and math practices.

The high school saw an increase from 17.4 to 18.9 in the average ACT score. Superintendent Ron Livingood said the increase was impressive and shows that the students are moving in the right directions, but in the statistical world the increase was not significantly different. Oak said every teacher adopted five junior students and encouraged them and rewarded them throughout the year for high achievement, and the high school would continue this process.

To address the graduation rate Oak said the high school would continue relationship building by providing mentors, monitoring missing assignments, setting individual goals, and contacting parents to keep students on track.

Winn upgrades

The Board of Education approved the BG-2 and BG-3 for the roof replacement and HVAC upgrades for Winn Primary. Vincent Vetter, JRA Architects, and Leiah Roy Kerr, Greulich Engineering, presented the information asking for the board to approve the design development (BG-2) and updated cost estimates (BG-3).

Kerr said the board’s decision to replace the HVAC throughout the entire school allowed her to change the system type to a more efficient system. Outside units will be installed on the east end of each wing and the individual units in each classroom would be removed.

The project also improves the air circulation in the attic space, which will increase the life span of the shingle roof and address the lack of air circulation within the building.

Superintendent search

Oak said the superintendent search committee was coming together. The Board of Education has selected their representative and a principal has been selected. The teachers elected one teacher, but the second teacher position was a tie, so there will be a runoff to fill the second spot. The parent organization still has to go through its selection process, Oak said. Nominations will be requested for the minority representative.

Attendance

Chief Operating Officer Mark Willhoite said the district had 1,908 students and the district was averaging 94.71 percent attendance through the first two months of the school year. He said the goal for the district is to have 96 percent attendance. The district is trying several interventions before going through the truancy process.

Easement

The Board of Education approved an easement for the Kentucky Wired project. The easement allows underground conduit to be installed along the frontage of Hwy. 227 at the main entrance of the high school. Livingood said further research found that installing the conduit and eventually the fiber optic cable would not affect the rates the district would pay through the state for broadband access.