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USC commits $29K toward making AYP

By Staff | Mar 20, 2011

Jerry Jensen

United South Central School Board members continue to support the district’s commitment to getting off the list for not making Adequate Yearly Progress.

Although there are no test results, Superintendent Jerry Jensen says he and the district’s two principals recommend funding remedial classes aimed at improving scores.

“We have this AYP problem and we need to get off that train as quickly as possible,” he says.

Elementary principal Tracy Frank says she and parents of students receiving help have seen growth and improvement.

And, high school principal Kelly Schlaak says the instruction given to students has raised academic expectations and motivated them to pass future tests.

Like last year, the board approved spending nearly $29,000 to pay for costs associated with the remedial classes.

Under the No Child Left Behind Law, districts are required to make Adequate Yearly Progress.

USC students last year failed to achieve acceptable test scores in seven areas. Because AYP was not attained in reading for a second straight year, an improvement plan needed to be developed.

In another matter, Jensen asked board members for input on how to conduct a student expulsion hearing that could be held later this month.

Jensen says the hearing for the case could be done by an independent officer; a member of the school board; a committee of the school board; or by all board members.

“I would feel more comfortable with the entire board serving as the hearing officer. They’ll get to hear everything. This affects lives,” he says.

Board members agreed with Jensen and picked two tentative dates if a hearing is needed.

Jensen says he, the school’s liaison officer and a principal are still investigating the matter before deciding to schedule a hearing.

With the budgeting process underway, board members reviewed a preliminary capital expenditure five-year plan for 2011-16.

All five years have expenditures totaling more than $200,000 each, with the highest being $233,600 in the 2012-13 school year.

Revenue for each year is calculated at $214,709, meaning the district will have to dip into cash reserves in three of the years.