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District brags on its ‘06-‘07 report card

January 17, 2008

Just like its students, the Lansing School District has received a report card, rating its "adequate yearly progress" for the 2006-2007 school year and was happy to see that it passed.

Assistant superintendent Donna Hughes presented the report to school board members Monday during their monthly board of education meeting.

"We're very pleased with this," Hughes said of the district's scores, "But we'll continue to work hard."

The district received an 87 percent rating for the amount of students who are proficient in reading, which exceeded the goal of the state, which was to have a 65 percent proficiency rating.

In math, the district scored 82.9 percent rating, exceeding, again, the state goal of 55.7 percent proficiency rating.

This annual report was started in 2002 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Each district has until 2014 to reach a 100 percent efficiency rating. If that is not met they then have five more years to met those marks before becoming unaccredited.

"The results mean that we're doing great right now," Hughes said in a later interview. "We're continuing to increase and we plan on meeting the 100 percent by deadline."

A slight concern among board members, however, was raised at the rating the district received for the number of its classes being taught by "highly qualified teachers." Hughes explained that for teachers to be considered "highly qualified" would mean they were certified in the same area they teach in the schools.

The district received 100 percent rating in all subjects except history and government and English language arts. As an example, Hughes said that one teacher, who teaches language arts, has a degree in social studies but only a certain number of hours toward a degree in language arts.

Hughes was quick to note though that this teacher and others who may be teaching in an area outside their original certification are all only a few hours away from completion in the new area. She also said that each teacher has proven that he or she is in the process of working toward the new certification.

Shelly Gowdy, board president, said the fact that the district didn't get a perfect rating for all of its teachers doesn't mean that every single teacher isn't completely capable and qualified to teach students. She said she didn't like the wording of "highly qualified teachers" because she considers all of Lansing teachers to be highly qualified despite the few who are missing a few hours.

Hughes also made note to point out that Lansing's graduation rate of its students was 95.2 percent in 2007 compared to a statewide average of 89.7 percent. The school did drop slightly in attendance rating. In 2006 the school had 95.4 percent and went to 94.4 percent in 2007. On a statewide level the attendance rate in 2006 and 2007 was 95.2 percent.

In other business, the board:

¢ Approved, 6-0 (Gary Courtney was absent), the resignation of Mindy Newby, Lansing Middle School counseling secretary.

¢ Approved, 6-0, the appointment of Regina Marshall as a three-hour cook at the elementary school.

¢ Approved, 6-0, the pay applications for construction of the new elementary school and high school auditorium.

¢ Heard a construction report by Superintendent Randal Bagby. On the new elementary school the ceiling grid was installed in all areas and the ceiling tiles have been placed in areas D and E, light fixtures are installed in all areas, painting is complete, the gymnasium floor is stripped and finished, case work has been installed in all areas and the floor tiles are complete in areas D and E.

For the high school auditorium, the block fill has been complete so painting has begun, HVAC duct work is complete, Sheetrock soffits are complete and the auditorium and stage ceilings are painted.

¢ Discussed a draft of the district calendar for the 2008-2009 school year. The draft will be sent to all faculty and staff for review. Once feedback is collected, Bagby said he would decide if any changes need to be made before representing it to the board for final approval.

The draft calendar shows the first day of school starting Aug. 13 with the last day being May 22. Bagby said his goal was to add more teacher in-service days but that the district was required to have 1,116 hours of school a year.

¢ Approved, 6-0, the retirements of Linda Hume, LES kindergarten teacher, and Lilly Dorsey, LES third-grade teacher, at the end of the current school year.

¢ Approved, 6-0, to extend the contract of Bagby until the end of the 2010 school year.

¢ Met in executive session for 40 minutes to discuss personnel matters.

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