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Cloverdale School Board Hears Spring ISTEP+ Test Update And Approves New Drainage Project

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale Community School School Board recently met for their October 2013 meeting with six of seven members in attendance.

The board recognized a quorum and moved on to approve routine matters including meeting minutes from September 9, 2013 and claims and financial reports.

After recognizing the corporation’s October students of the month, the board moved on, hearing from athletic director James Wade regarding a proposal from Endeavor Communications. According to Wade, the school system was approached by Endeavor about broadcasting various sporting events, plays, etc. on a channel owned by Endeavor. The events would not be broadcast live, but would be filmed, edited and broadcast a few days after the event. Equipment and technology questions have yet to be answered and further details will be brought before the board at a later date.

Next on the agenda was an ISTEP+ update from district test coordinator Kathleen Glaser. According to Glaser, third grade received

89-percent passing in language arts and 87 percent passing in math. Fourth grade finished with 85-percent passing in language arts and 94-percent passing in math, with the science scores not yet released. Fifth grade finished with 79-percent passing language arts, 76-percent passing math and 79-percent passing social studies. Sixth grade had 76-percent passing language arts and 72-percent passing math. Seventh grade had 79-percent passing language arts, 80-percent passing math and 73-percent passing social studies. Eighth grade finished with 67-percent passing language arts, 74-percent passing math. At the high school level, English 10 had a 64-percent pass rate and algebra an 81-percent pass rate.

“Overall, I think we have to be pleased with the progress we saw this year,” Glaser noted. “Especially considering the challenges we had giving the computer portion, I think these are good scores.”

“I’m pleased that we are making some improvement, but I’d like to know where our scores are compared to the state average,” board member Bobbi Nees said. “I’d like to see that overall we are making strides too.”

CES/CMS Principal Stacey Baugh announced that a complete report would be available at the next board meeting.

In old business, the board saw graphics and heard the phase I and phase II drainage proposal from Dan Sulkoske. After much consideration and discussion, the board voted 5-1 to approve the proposal at a cost of $174,000, with contingency. Nees voted in opposition of the proposal. The next step is to engage the engineer for the design services and then receive bids.

Several items were approved in the new business portion of the meeting including the adoption of the proposed 2014 budgets, tax rates and levies, capital projects plan and school bus replacement plan and resolutions. Four members of the board voted in favor of the motion and one opposed and one abstained.

Also approved was the ratification of the certified teacher contract, approval of the non-certified support staff, a donation from the Putnam County Community Foundation for boy the toy drive and for Project Pig 2. Several professional leave requests, field trip requests, facility use requests and cash transfers were also approved.

The final item of the night found the board approving a minimal number of personnel items including:


•Kelly Sevents, elementary nurse.

•Jennifer Weist, CES/ CMS Part-time cafeteria.

•Tori Maldonado, CHS instructional assistant. Resignation

•Jennifer Walters, elementary nurse.

•Tisha Combs, CHS cheer coach.

•Regina Tate, CHS instructional assistant.

Coaching/ Hire/ Volunteer

•Billy Boyette, CMS seventh grade boys’ basketball coach.

•Heather Lee, CMS eighth grade girls’ basketball coach.

•Ed Stevens, CMS seventh/ eighth grade boys’ volunteer basketball coach.

•Rob Stout, CHS varsity wrestling volunteer assistant.

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board is scheduled for Monday, November 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Center, located on East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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