Meetings watch: Board of Education

At a Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building, board members:

  • Heard a report on Drum Majors and Leadership Camp members by high school band director Jennifer Johnson.

Johnson recognized student Tyler Howard for making the Conductor's Challenge at the camp and recognized Howard and Jennifer Saloman for being selected as outstanding major drummers.

  • Heard an annual report on the high school grad program, which teaches teenage parents parenting skills and helps them to continue school and graduate.

Program coordinator Laura Adkins recognized the hard work of other program workers.

She said there were five fathers and 25 mothers involved in the program in the last school year.

She said nine students involved in the program graduated in May, four dropped out and 14 have plans to return to the program next year.

  • Heard a presentation on new short cycle assessment by David Van Wettering.

Van Wettering said the school district will be replacing their student assessment program Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) with a program called Discovery Education Assessment.

He said the difference between the two programs is the state will reimburse the school district for the Discovery program and the new program will allow faculty to see the questions presented to students, so they can target specific problem areas students test low in.

Van Wettering said with state standards, which were released Monday, Portales students surpassed the state average for improvement in reading in every grade except fifth grade.

He said the district was closer to state average for math than in previous years under Adequate Yearly Progress standards.

  • Approved donations.

Garden Source replaced a tree at Valencia Elementary.

US Bank donated $250 for state championship rings for the high school baseball team.

The La Escalera Art Guild donated $100 for the high school art program and $100 for the junior high art program.

  • Discussed the athletic/activities code of conduct.

Board members agreed to approve the code of conduct at the August meeting after certain wording concerning student drug possession and distribution was changed.

  • Approved a resolution for notice of public meetings.
  • Approved a resolution accepting cooperative agreement control with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
  • Approved a resolution regarding high-stakes testing.

The resolution states that the Portales school district disagrees with state testing putting so much emphasis on specific tests.

  • Approved a resolution declaring certain fixed assets obsolete.
  • Approved budget adjustment requests.
  • Approved repaying 2011-2012 end-of-year loans.

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