Board to discuss Comprehensive School Improvement Plan

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School District 200 will meet tonight to discuss changes to the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) as well as how to best accommodate an ever growing school population.

Carla Wheeler, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment wrote in the board packet, “that with recent changes and recommendations made by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the District for educational goals the district felt a revision of the CSIP was necessary.”

Wheeler said on Friday morning that most of the revisions centered on the development of the academic goals portion of the plan.

“Our focus is and has been on what we are doing to help our students be as prepared as they can be for college or the workforce,” Wheeler said. “We need to make sure that what we are doing will give our students the best shot at succeeding in their future endeavors.

“We feel that with the changes we have made we are in compliance with DESE and their recommendations,” Wheeler added. “Two of the changes we included in this plan are an Internal and External Analysis.”

Wheeler said the Internal Analysis was strength for the district.

“When we sat down and looked at the list of all we have accomplished as a district it was a pretty impressive list,” Wheeler said. “There are still challenges we face and things we want to accomplish but this continues to give us a plan for the future.”

The plan addresses the following core elements for student achievement: leadership, facilities and resources, curriculum and assessment, and effective instruction.

One area of the CSIP plan, facilities and resources, will be discussed at tonight,’s meeting with regards to the district’s expanding enrollment.

“We need to discuss the options we have for the continued growth in our enrollment numbers especially with next year’s fourth grade class,” Superintendent of Sedalia 200 Schools Brad Pollitt said. “We have to determine how to best utilize the available space that we have throughout the district’s buildings.

“In January of 2009 the elementary buildings contained students in kindergarten through fifth grade,” Pollitt said. “We made the decision to move the fifth grade to the middle school to help with numbers. ”

Currently there are more than 200 students in grades kindergarten through four than in 2009 when the buildings housed students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Some elementary buildings, Horace Mann and Parkview, have slightly less than 20 students than when they included the fifth grade.

“Horace Mann has 12 fewer students and Parkview has 18 fewer than in 2009,” Pollitt said. “Several of our elementary buildings are close to being full again.

“We have some options and we need to look at those in regards to how we can best serve our students,” Pollitt said. “Sedalia is a busy community and a growing community and as a result of that our district continues to grow.”

The board is expected to make decisions regarding some extra duty positions as well as the proposed Smith-Cotton High School Planning Guide and will be presented information regarding several donations made to the district.

The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Smith-Cotton Junior High, 312 East Broadway Ave. For more information, call the central office at 829-6450.

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

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

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