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Trustees tackle IREAD scores

June 27, 2012
School may be out for the summer, but administrators and school board members are still working daily to ensure that the 2012-13 school year is one of the best yet for the Crawford County Community School Corp.

The school board met on June 19 at the administration building near Marengo to discuss several extracurricular position resignations and subsequent hirings as well as to go over the IREAD test scores.

IREAD is a third-grade literacy test given to students throughout the state.

"The state wants you to hit the 90-percent threshold," Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent, said. "We were, basically out of that, two kids short of hitting the 90-percent threshold."

The state rate was 84 percent passing, and Crawford County scored 88.5 percent, with 100 of 113 students passing.

ISTEP student test scores have not been released to the public.

In another matter, the board, at Eastridge's recommendation, approved having Trane service the HVAC units throughout the district.

"You know, we've had some ongoing issues with our HVAC contractor," Eastridge told the board. "That contract is running out. We would like to bring Trane in for about a 40-hour work block to do some work over the next 12 months."

He said the hourly rate is below what the corporation currently is paying Honeywell.

Eastridge also announced that the corporation has a chance to regain some of the funding that was lost due to budget cuts on the state level by passing a resolution of the corporation's fiscal body to request a loan from the state general fund.

"This will allow us to recoup $38,000 of what they cut, so this is not anything we're doing," he said. "The state has said, 'We've hit you guys awfully hard with this, and we're going to give you a chance to get some of that money back.' "

Students can expect to see some changes in several of their classrooms next year. Not only are some classrooms under construction, but there will be new textbooks introduced for several classes.

There also will be a change in the student handbook. Students and parents now will be able to find policies on retaking classes and how it affects graduation.

In other business, the board:

•Accepted resignations from Janessa Newkirk, Crawford County Junior-Senior High School cheerleading sponsor; Laura Watts, Battle of the Books sponsor for Leavenworth Elementary; and Jamie Haney, girls' basketball A and B coach for Leavenworth Elementary.

•Accepted the retirement of Linda Grant, after 32 years with the corporation.

•Agreed to hire Carly Kaiser as girls' basketball coach and Taffaney Saltsgaver as sponsor of Battle of the Books, both at Leavenworth; Lisa Smith for the fifth-grade teaching position at Patoka Elementary; and Jimmy Gabbard Jr. as a part-time groundskeeper/gym custodian for CCJSHS.

•Approved travel arrangements submitted by several coaches for their teams' summer camps.

•Decided on a pest control agreement with Terminix.

The board of trustees' next regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 10, at the administration office.

A closed executive session will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the public meeting to follow at 7:15.

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