Archive for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Administrator discusses Tonganoxie missing AYP

McLouth also misses standard

October 13, 2010

The Tonganoxie School District missed the mark for the Annual Yearly Progress as part of No Child Left Behind, but joined an increasing number of districts to not meet the guidelines from the previous year.

Tonya Phillips, director of educational programs and student services, said several more districts were in the same boat this year. Phillips told the board that 34 districts did not make AYP last year, as opposed to 82 this year.

AYP is based on state assessment testing. Each year, the specified performance target increases as districts work toward the goal of students meeting standards by 2014.

The subgroup that did not meet AYP for the Tonganoxie School District was students with disabilities at Tonganoxie Middle School.

Phillips noted that middle school students were at a disadvantage in that they could only take the tests once, while high school students could retest.

She also pointed out that for several Kansas school districts missing AYP, it came in subgroups at the middle school level.

McLouth also did not meet AYP.

Other area districts that did not meet AYP standards were Basehor-Linwood, Lansing, Leavenworth, Lawrence, Turner and Oskaloosa.

School Board to select firm for architectural design

The school board approved a meeting Monday, Oct. 25 to interview architecture/engineering firm finalists for new facility designs. The designs will be for a school bond issue expected for April 2011.

The board will select one of these three finalists: Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects and Nevius, Serig and Palmer Architecture, both of Overland Park, and Warner, Nease and Bost Architects, Kansas City, Mo. A committee of two board members, two administrators, three patrons and two consultants selected the finalists from 15 applicants.

Interviews will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the THS west campus. Discussion and selection of a firm is expected to last about 30 minutes and finish around 9 p.m.

Executive session called

The school board met for 30 minutes and then 15 minutes for executive session.

Superintendent Kyle Hayden and THS principal Jamie Carlisle met with the board during the sessions. Patrons Gery and Debbie Tanking entered into the closed-door session for three minutes of the 30-minute session.

The first session was called for privacy issues, while the second was for privacy and personnel.

Student-run business highlighted

School board members got a glimpse of Tongie Ink, a new student-run screen printing business at Tonganoxie High School. Art instructor Amy Johnson, as well as some of her students, showed board members the process of screen printing T-shirts. Students have produced about 400 shirts for the breast cancer awareness events for the Oct. 22 Tonganoxie High School football game.

Johnson said students’ best productivity was about 75 shirts in an 80-minute class period. Students are producing shirts for several school groups as well.

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