Board to receive report on district test scores

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will hear a presentation concerning the district’s MAP and ACT test results at tonight’s meeting.

The results of the MAP and EOC’s have been released and overall district officials were pleased with those scores.

This is the first year that all juniors in the district were given the ACT test and district officials have already been working on changes to the curriculum to address areas of concern.

“Overall the district was very competitive and did a nice job on the MAP and EOC testing,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said. “There are areas that we are addressing regarding our recent ACT scores.

“We are below the state average,” Pollitt said. “Carla Wheeler and I have met with the administration and we are looking at ways to realign the District’s curriculum more closely to the ACT standards than the state assessments.”

Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton said his staff has already started to implement some of the changes to help raise student success rates on the test.

“We have set up workshops for all juniors to take in the second semester,” Norton said. “They will cover all areas of the test. The workshops will be given during the school day so all juniors will be able to take them.

“We know what we need to attack in light of the scores,” Norton added. “We have a plan in place and feel like we know what we need to address.”

The board is also slated to vote concerning the hiring of an asset management firm.

The matter was discussed during two previous meetings. The management firm, if hired, would look at all legal, available options to maximize the investment of balances the district can make.

“Before we take a vote on this, we wanted to make sure all our policies were updated and in place concerning this,” Pollitt said. “That is the reason for waiting to take the vote.

“All of the policies that concern this have been updated,” Pollitt added. “We will decided tonight if we want to proceed with hiring a firm.”

Board members will also vote on who to send as a representative to the TIF Board.

“The City of Sedalia is proposing a TIF for property in the Sedalia School District,” Pollitt explained. “Since a portion of the property is also in the Dresden District both schools may elect a member to sit on the board for the TIF District.”

The board will also discuss proposed changes to the soft drink, water and athletic drinks currently in place in the district, and will be given information regarding a donation to the Parkview Elementary playground.

A presentation on the parent notification system and district website will also be given.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Heber Hunt Elementary, 600 S. Warren St. For more information, call the central office at 829-6450.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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