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S-GI Board discusses district report card

SPRINGVILLE — The June 11 Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education meeting started with a presentation about various updates to the code of conduct, for the 2013-14 school year. Most of the changes were clerical, adding terms to help clarify rules, while others eliminated time frames, such as the 30 calendar day requirement for reporting events of any type of bullying, according to the presentation.

The Dignity for All Students Act for New York state also added to the code of conduct, which centered around cyberbullying, misconduct on social media websites and inappropriate use of technology, on and off school grounds.

Colden Elementary School Principal Kathy Townsend provided a presentation about Aimsweb, an information-gathering tool for students. The report focused on data that presented students’ growth in learning, for core subjects, and compared them to students’ previous year’s scores.

Anonymous students’ test scores, from three years, were compared. Townsend showcased three types of graphs: one each for below average students, average students and above average students. Aimsweb uses scores from standardized testing, to help show progress of students, over time. The program uses box and whisker graphs, to help compare the progress of district students to the national averages.

Director of Technology, Data and Assessment Joann DePue presented the S-G I School District Report Card for 2011-12. According to the report, the number of teachers dropped from 55 in 2010-2011 to 49 teachers in 2011-12. This equates to a 44 percent turnover rate, according to the report card.

“The turnover rate seems high but, over time, will even out,” DePue explained.

Questions were raised by board members when the report card showed that, during the 2011-12 school year, the high school had two non-completers or dropouts, compared to the 2010-11 school year, which saw 15 non-completers or drop outs. According to DePue, there is no one reason for the decline in dropout students. The average class size remained the same, at 18, for the 2011-12 school year.

The report card can be found online at reportcards.nysed.gov.

A proposal to purchase the former S-GI District bus garage for $1 was submitted to the board by the Christian Youth Corps. The board tabled the proposal, until more information, regarding the property value and environmental state, could be more accurately determined.

In other board matters:
– The board passed the claims audit report, dated May 17.

– The treasurer’s report from April was accepted.

– The action recommended by Superintendent Paul Connelly, to memorialize the intent to fund school reserve accounts with excess funds from the fund balance, was passed, with a 5 – 2 vote. Board members Janine Caimano and Steven Schunk opposed the motion.

– Board policies were accepted, concerning abolishment of certain rules, due to information’s being covered by various federal and state laws and transportation designations that did not change.

The next S-GI board meeting will be held on June 25 at 7 p.m. in the high school library/media center.


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