Sunday, April 7, 2013

USD 383 Board of Education

April 3, 2013
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

Dr. Pam Russell, Executive Director of Special Services, presented the board with the special education services report.  Overall, there had been in increase in the total number of students receiving services, with the greatest increases being in the gifted, autism, and learning disability programs.  The district did not meet the state's target of graduating 80% of students receiving services, and Dr. Russell reported that Special Services is working on training a team at the high school that may help to improve graduation rates.

Keith Noll, Director of Maintenance, provided the board with a list of projects planned for the summer. Projects included playground improvements at Marlatt and Bergman, sidewalk repair at Anthony and Eisenhower, HVAC replacement at Amanda Arnold, and roof replacement at Bluemont.

The board considered expanding summer school programs at Lee, Ogden, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools.  The three schools in addition to Northview and Bergman had received 21st Century Community Learning Center grants and wanted to be able to expand summer program offerings accordingly.  Lee wanted to add a remedial program for grades K-3, Roosevelt wanted to add a remedial program for grades K-4, and Ogden wanted to expand its summer program by an additional month.  The board approved the additions to summer programs 7-0.

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