Troy City School Board holds meeting

Published 10:25 pm Monday, October 21, 2013

The Troy City Schools Board of Education members learned about a new diagnostic and measurement tool being used by teachers at Troy Elementary School during the Monday board meeting.

Nikki Johnson, an intervention teacher at TES, shared data and information about the program with board members.

She explained the state-funded program, which is used to identify students’ competencies and provide immediate feedback and data for teachers to use in helping students grow and develop.

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“This really gives us a bigger picture of how each student is doing,” she said. “It’s really helped us with struggling reading and math students.”

The school is using the Global Scholar Performance series to evaluate how well students are mastering competencies in reading and mathematics. The program was implemented at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

In other business on Monday, the board:

• Approved the 2014 capital plan. The plan, developed by a committee of more than 30 representatives of faculty, administration and support staff, outlines a five-year wishlist of projects and improvements for the district. “We are required by law to develop this plan each year,” said Lee Hicks, superintendent. “Any capital improvement project has to be listed on this plan before it can be done, but just because something is listed on the plan doesn’t mean it has to be funded or that we will do the project.” Hicks said lawmakers and state officials use the capital plans to assess needs when considering funding issues. “If they don’t see it on the plan, they don’t see the need,” he said. More than 35 projects are listed on the five-year plan, raging from roofing and HVAC improvements to renovations and additions.

• Approved a salary schedule for the bookkeeping office.

• Approved the designation of Oct. 28-Nov. 1 as Red Ribbon Week.

• Approved the designation of Nov. 18-22 as American Education Week.

• Named Eva Green and Jason Thomas the delegates to represent the board at the upcoming Delegate Assembly.

• Approved the Fairbanks Medicaid Reimbursement Agreement, which CFO Mickey Daughtry said nets more than $60,000 for the district each year.

• Named Wally Lowery as the new president of the board and Eva Green as the vice president, in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Judson Edwards, former president.

• Welcomed Mark Salmon as a new member to the board. “It’s an understatement to say it’s like I’m trying to drink a glass of water from a fire hydrant,” he said to the board. Salmon said six of his eight children have graduated from Charles Henderson High School, and he appreciates the impact teachers have made in their lives and in the lives of other students. “You’ve helped to share their lives,” he said. “I am a believer in public education, and I hope as I serve on this board I can help make a difference.”

• Accepted the financial report, which included sales tax revenues for September of $244,358, a 3.4 percent increase of the prior month, and utilities expense of $37,042, an 11 percent decrease over the prior year.