2013-11-19 / Front Page

Cloverdale Building Principals Update School Board Members On Progress

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

During last week’s meeting of the Cloverdale School Board, building principals Stacey Baugh and Sonny Stoltz provided updates on educational tools within their respective schools.

Baugh was the first to speak, expanding on the ISTEP scores delivered at the October board meeting by Kathleen Glaser. According to Baugh, both schools have seen a lot of growth across the board with seventh grade showing the most improvement.

Baugh also went on to explain new programs being offered both during the school day and after. A new reading program implemented isn’t showing improvement yet, but looks to in the future after teachers and students alike are up to date. The addition of an art club and drama club at the middle school and homework help and tutoring have also been positive steps.

Baugh encouraged board members to stop by and see the great things happening at both CES and CMS.

Cloverdale High School Principal Sonny Stoltz also addressed the board, detailing a ‘freshman academy’ program put into place this year.

Looking to increase graduation rates, administrators sat down with eighth grade teachers, counselors and anyone else interested in the process and hand-selected 18 incoming freshmen they were afraid would ‘fall through the cracks,’ in an effort to give them a boost early to improve their graduation rate later on.

With ‘Success for Everyone’ being the motto, Stoltz wanted to make sure that was the case. These students, all of which wanted to stay in the program, have made great strides in both attendance, grades and behavior. There is even an incentive trip to go bowling for those who qualify.

Stoltz also noted that although positive things are happening at CHS, one area that needs to be addressed is reading comprehension in males from the eighth grade to the tenth grade.

With schools all over the state readying themselves for their A-F accountability grades, the Cloverdale principals gave board members an outline of the good things going on at Cloverdale and those that must still be worked on.

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