The Monday, August 27, Board of Education meeting was dedicated to setting goals for the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Alicia Lambert presented the goals to the board who reviewed and discussed a number of the outlined goals.
“Through this process we are noting what we want to work toward the next step in this,” Superintendent Lambert said. “As long as we keep moving forward, it’s better than setting some astronomical goal that we not going to reach.”
The board and Superintendent Lambert decided to review, monitor, and address third and fifth grade reading and math levels through a summative assessment as an extra measure to determine student achievement and readiness.
This decision followed a lengthy discussion regarding student achievement per grade level. The board wants to address students who perform below their grade level standards but still move on to the next grade.
Under performing students at the high school are easier to determine, because if a student does not pass a particular class, then they are to retake that class. At the middle and elementary level, if a student does not pass a class, they are often moved up to the next grade level without thorough remediation.
The board reviewed the outlined goals during the work session. The board will present and vote on them at the next board meeting. All board members were present for the work session meeting.
The school system administration is beginning a series of visits to the three county schools’ morning meetings next week.
In addition to the goal setting session, personnel changes were reviewed. Tracy Harlan resigned from her position as Dean of Students at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School. Harlan accepted a position with Randolph County schools as a gym teacher.
The board approved the hire of James Gilbert as a special education teacher itinerant at Tucker Valley. Christine Ward was approved as the lead extended day enrichment teacher at Tucker Valley. Dale Lansberry and Alison DeLeurere were hired as extended day teachers for the six week after school STEM program.
The next Tucker County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the board office.