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Crawford makes AYP for 5th straight year

April 08, 2009
The Crawford County Community School Corp. made Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008, marking the fifth straight year it has met the federal benchmark.

Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of the school corporation, told the school board at its monthly meeting, March 17 at Leavenworth Elementary School, only two corporation schools — Crawford County Junior-Senior High School and Patoka Elementary School — didn't make AYP.

To make AYP as outlined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, a school must meet all performance, participation and attendance and graduation targets for each student group. A school that failed to make AYP the previous year can make AYP via the "safe harbor" provision, by reducing the number of students not meeting performance targets by 10 percent and meeting attendance and graduation rate targets.

PES just missed making AYP, as its free lunch student group tallied 59 in English but needed 59.3.

"So, by three-tenths of a point they did not make" adequate progress, Eastridge told the board, adding that at a small school like PES, the difference could be just one student. "I'm not sure I agree with that."

CCJSHS, however, presents more of a concern, he said, as its special education student group fell well short of the target rate for both math and English.

Despite two of its six schools not making AYP, the corporation as a whole did, Eastridge said.

Corporations can make AYP by two ways: meet performance, participation and attendance and graduation targets for groups of students in one or more grade spans — elementary school (grades K through five), middle school (grades six through eight) and high school (grades nine through 12); or through the safe harbor provision, by reducing the number of students not meeting performance targets by 10 percent and meeting attendance and graduation rate targets within one or more grade spans.

The corporation made AYP via the safe harbor route. Since enactment of No Child Left Behind, the school corporation has failed to make AYP only once, in 2003.

Eastridge also talked briefly about the corporation's results for PL 221, the state's accountability system. The corporation is in the "academic watch" category, but Leavenworth Elementary School is categorized as "exemplary" while two others — English and Milltown Elementary schools — are listed as "commendable."

The school board also heard a presentation from LES teachers Laura Watts and Eric Emerson.

Watts noted that LES personnel are excited that the school is one of just nine to be nominated by the state for the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award.

She said staff were also pleased that 87 percent of students passed the ISTEP-Plus student achievement test this year. Watts said this was because of the efforts of staff, administrators and parents, as well as the school's remediation, full-time kindergarten, Title I and Reading Recovery programs, among others.

Emerson credited the school's Parent-Teacher Organization for its help, including purchasing periodicals for students. The PTO, he said, is "the hardest working and most supportive I've ever been involved with."

Emerson also praised the school for its Student of the Month program, the annual Title I book buy and the summer education packet, where students who complete the packet are rewarded with a camp-out at the beginning of the new school year.

In other business, the school board:

•Learned from Eastridge that a new phone system will be installed at CCJSHS this summer.

•Voted 6-0 (Trustee Lucas Stroud was absent) to approve the following items as part of a single-vote consent agenda:

—Using Good Friday, April 10, as a snow makeup day. The board also gave Eastridge permission to apply to the state for a waiver for some days missed this year. If a waiver is granted, school also will be in session May 1, 8, 11 and 26 with May 27 being the last day of school. Graduation will still be on May 22, but all students — including seniors — will be required to attend class through May 27.

—The resignations of Cheryl Day as junior varsity volleyball coach, Debbie Ruble as junior high school cheerleading coach and Mark Boone as Marengo Elementary School girls' B-team basketball coach.

—A resolution for a declaration of emergency regarding the wastewater treatment system at CCJSHS. The resolution allows the school corporation to use Capital Projects Fund dollars to make needed repairs to the system.

—Declare a septic tank as surplus property.

—Jessica Branham as track coach at Milltown Elementary School.

—The maternity leave request of Kelly Beck from May 10 through the end of the school year.

—Allow Eastridge to seek bids for renovation of the special education classroom at CCJSHS.

—Addendums for bus drivers Kathy Griffith, four miles per day, from Feb. 16 through the end of the school year; and Jenny Howe, 4.6 miles per day, from Aug. 8, 2008, through the end of the school year.

—Cindy Cain as the high ability coordinator at CCHS and Janice Thayer as the high ability coordinator at CCJHS.

—Kevin Milligan as English Elementary School track coach, Alan Cox as girls' varsity basketball coach and girls' summer basketball coach, Kim Allen as girls' varsity volleyball coach and girls' summer volleyball coach, Lance Stroud as cross country coach and Chris Atkins as volunteer assistant track coach.

—The meeting dates for the school board.

—Indiana Online Academy summer session contract. The school corporation will receive some reimbursement from the state.

—A field trip request for Milltown Elementary School fifth- and sixth-graders to St. Louis on May 12, 13 and 14.

—A contract with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy for evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center program at CCHS. The 21st Century grant requires that the after-school program — known as PACK — be evaluated by an outside firm.

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