The Clay Community School Board of Trustees met Thursday in the Auditeria at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School for its regular session meeting.
Clay Community Schools Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust presented an update on the Goals, Strategies and Activities Report for the 2007-09 academic school years.
"I am happy to report the majority of our goals, strategies and activities have been achieved," she said.
The report was established with a consultant for the Indiana School Board Association and is posted on the corporation website to allow for review by the community.
The first goal for CCSC is, the school corporation, as a whole should meet national accountability requirements of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and state accountability requirements.
"Our first strategy was to provide meaningful/measurable remediation plans for students," she said. "This includes Summer Jump Start, before and after school remediation as well as during the school day, secondary computer based programs including Success Maker and NovaNet."
There has been a 0.9 percent corporation-wide improvement from 2007-09 in English, which is 2.6 percent below state average. There has been a 4.2 percent corporation-wide improvement from 2007-09 in Math, which is 0.4 percent above state average.
In the No Child Left Behind-AYP, the corporation has a green light passed, which Knust said is the first time in four years this has happened.
Student's attendance has increased in five of the seven elementary schools and they are at or above the state average for the 2007-08 school year. Attendance at Clay City High School has improved 0.7 percent from the previous year but 0.1 percent below state average. Student's attendance at North Clay Middle School has improved 0.2 percent from previous years but still below the state average 0.1 percent. Northview High School attendance has improved 0.8 percent from the previous year, but is still below average.
"I am very pleased to announce an improvement in our graduation rates," Knust said. "It isn't where we want to be, but it is better than we have been and we are still working to improve."
CCHS is 9.9 percent above the state average for the 2007-08 school year, which is a 0.7 percent increase from the previous year. NHS is 2.6 percent above the state average for the 2007-08 school year, which is a 6.7 percent increase from the previous year.
The second goal for CCSC is facility planning will continue until building/renovation projects are complete.
"Since the project is still in progress, I can tell you what we hope to gain from this," she said. "More technology in the classrooms, through the Access Indiana (State Grant) which allows for computers in all English classrooms at Northview and computers will be installed in all English classrooms by fall 2009 at Clay City."
A technology committee meets at least once each semester to determine training, hardware and software needs. Administrators continually monitor possible grants and a corporation-wide committee visited all school buildings and made recommendations for security technology to be included in the building projects.
CCSC's third goal includes financial benchmarks and standards for the corporation will be established and followed.
The General Fund cash balance is increased and a year-end cash balance of not less than 90 percent of the previous year is maintained in debt service, pension bond, capital projects, bus replacement and special education pre-school.
Additions will continue to be made to the rainy day fund on a year-to-year basis until it is at least 10 percent of the general fund appropriated amount from the current year.
Goal four for CCSC is the settling of contracts, which all past and current contracts have been settled.
The fifth goal for CCSC includes the re-culturing of schools, which will contribute to increased flexibility, innovation and adaptability to change by employees of Clay Community Schools.
"One of our strategies was to improve student motivation," Knust said. "We have educated students regarding standardized tests results and Indiana's Academic Standards are displayed in the classrooms."
Advanced placement audits are completed for courses being taught and incentives as well as rewards are provided at all schools for improvement of test scores, attendance and behavior she said.
"Peer mediation program implemented at Northview and positive behavior support (research based program) has been implemented at Eastside Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Meridian Elementary, Staunton Elementary and Van Buren Elementary," she said.
An improvement in teacher motivation and enhancing the communities parent involvement in education as well as providing collaboration time for all teachers is key to all improvements made within the corporation and necessary for success.
"The goals, strategies and activities for 2009-11 are still being finalized and they will build from the 2007-09 plans," Knust said. "We are very proud of our accomplishments and we will continue to work together to accomplish our goals and improve education for our children."
The response to Knust's report was positive and well received by the board.
"This is great," board member Terry Barr said. "Everyone has really been working hard and this shows it."
Supt. Dan Schroeder wanted to reassure everyone that even with the building project, the educational needs of the students are not being neglected.
"We are not done, there is always room for improvement," he said. "Even with the building project and the bus garage situation, students are still improving."