December 12, 2009

Extra elementary position draws but one response

Extra elementary position draws but one response

By ALLAN TINKER
The additional elementary teaching position has drawn but one response; the McClusky School District was informed at their regular Dec. 14 meeting on Monday night. Supt. Lee Kelm noted that they would have to consider what things may or may not continue for the next year also.
“Maybe we want first and second grade separate; two and three combined, as well as four and five. Then grade six could be taught some additional coping skills for their transition to the upper level classes where they don’t have just one teacher in one classroom,” Kelm noted.
Reading appeared to be a critical area for students, even those who were skilled in math. They still have to read the directions for the problems, noted Andie Brintnell, instructor in the elementary school.
Brintnell also commented on the additional help that they plan to have available for students who qualify for additional help: under the 45 percentile in the math profile. The individual tests results had apparently not been sent out; the board directed the issue be resolved and that all parents receive a copy of the individual test results for their child/ren.
The additional time would be available after school, with a milk or snack available for the students. The program would run three days per week, starting in January. Transportation for ALL students in the program would be available and no child would be left without direct supervision, said Kelm. “It is best that they get started right,” he added. “And we have discussed this at length with the other elementary teachers.
Brintnell stated that the teachers planned to rotate the shifts among them, two at a time, with the same teacher on the same night each week.
The board heard the necessity to inventory the school’s equipment, including books. A camcorder will be first used to record what is visible in the rooms. Kelm noted that several students could be hired to inventory the school during the summer.
Business Manager Cindy Miller noted that this would be better than paying for a computer program. “They will get good work experience and learn how to research, too.” Once the items are in inventory, the process of adding and deleting items would be fairly simple, she added.
 


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