Troy school board reviews accreditation score, notes

Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Troy city school system received high marks on their AdvancED Accreditation engagement report.

After being reviewed on a number of different metrics, the school received a 301.95 score on a scale of 100 to 400.

“I feel like we did outstanding, scoring in the 300s out of 400,” said Dr. Lee Hicks, superintendent. “Most schools score in the 200 range. We’ve always done well on this and that’s a credit to the board.”

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Some of the highlights that the accreditation review found included a “high commitment to student success, a robust partnership with Troy University, numerous student academic and extracurricular opportunities that prepare students for college, careers and life; and expansive curriculum.”

The school board were also credited as strong leaders for the system.

One thing that the accreditation team found needed improvement was “differentiation in teaching.”

Hicks said the team was only able to see 20 minutes of each class on one day and said he believes the schools’ teachers already present very differentiated teaching.

Dr. Christi Armstrong, assistant superintendent, said that the accreditation team will be giving further steps for the board to take soon, and Hicks explained that the accreditation process will soon not bring any recommendations.

“From now on there will be no recommendations, they’re just going to give you a score and be done with it,” Hicks said. “But we’re already working on the things we know we can control.”

In other business, the board:

• Approved a bid of up to $165,000 repair the bleachers a the CHHS baseball field due to drainage issues that caused a portion to collapse and other portions to become unsafe.

• Approved a bid of $166,000 for the construction of a practice field on the CHHS campus. Troy University gave the school system $180,000 so that the athletic teams can use their own practice field instead of practicing at the university campus.

• Approved the resignation of Adriane Creel, psychometrist at the central office. Hicks said the position will now be contracted out and will save the system $25,000 to $30,000.

• Approved a leave of absence for Judith Park at CHHS from November 5, 2018, to January 2, 2019.