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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla high school, junior high, RTI/RTC present improvement plans for the year

  • Administrators for three Rolla schools presented their annual school improvement plans to the Rolla Board of Education Thursday night.
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  • Administrators for three Rolla schools presented their annual school improvement plans to the Rolla Board of Education Thursday night.
    Rolla High School, Rolla Technical Institute/Center and Rolla Junior High School administrators added their plans to those of the elementary and middle schools presented at the October meeting.
    The goals were all similar: improved attendance rates, better statewide test scores and continued integration of technology into the instructional process
    "Good things are going on at Rolla High School," Dr. Jim Pritchett, principal of Rolla High School, said as he outlined the goals at his building with the help of Amy Herrman and Josh Smith, assistant principals.
    RHS will work on making sure 90 percent of the students attend 90 percent of the time, Pritchett said. So far this year the attendance rate is 90.6 percent.
    In the technology area, Herrman said the school this year has embraced the Bring Your Own Devices program.
    Herrman also reported the school is working to make the students more college and career ready by giving the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery of tests to all sophomores. This is far more than a test for the military, she noted; it is an excellent tool to use in helping students set their goals.
    To improve scores and performance of students, Smith noted the high school has realigned the curriculum to the core standards, offers tutoring and a writing lab and other assistance.
    To develop the staff, Smith said the school will offer workshops and encourage involvement in professional organizations.
    Matt Duncan, Lucas Chapman and Paula Haas presented the plan for Rolla Technical School/Center.
    Duncan said the vocational school will improve recruitment practices, retention of students and placement rates.
    Chapman said the school will increase student performance by focusing on making sure students are career ready. One way to do this is to introduce industry recognized certification in more of the instructional programs.
    Haas said the school will enhance its instructional technology as a way to improve student achievement. This will be done through more use of iPads as well as additional training.
    Rolla Junior High School Principal Monica Fulton and Assistant Principal Andy Stormes presented that school's improvement plan.
    Goals are to improve student achievement, improve citizenship, improve attendance, build relationships between the school and community and increase the use of technology.
    Fulton said the school will incorporate the state testing program into daily lessons and assessments as a way to improve scores, as well as continued use of research-based instructional strategies.
    Stormes spoke of the decline in the number of discipline incidents and the continued work in that area.
    The goal of 90 percent attendance 90 percent of the time is similar to that of other school buildings.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fulton said the school will reach out to parents and the community and will also continue to collaborate with other schools.
    In other business or discussion:
    • The annual audit was presented to the board by a representative of Graves and Associates CPAs, LLC, who noted the district financial records accurately reflect its actual accounts. The representative commended the board on several areas, such as the amount of reserves.
    • Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aaron Zalis and Assistant Superintendent Kelly Hinshaw presented a report on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's new model for teacher evaluation.
    • Zalis noted board members will visit early childhood education centers in Branson and Nixa Nov. 21. Board members have visited Jefferson City's center. Zalis said these three different centers give the board a well-rounded look at the different methods for early childhood education.
    • Mitch Lewis, representing the Rolla Band Boosters, and three high school marching band drum majors thanked the board for authorizing construction of the synthetic turf football field where the Route 66 Marching Festival was recently held.
    • Rolla High Schools custodial staff was present to receive certificates for their work to attain the Gold Award from Green Clean Institute President Dave Thompson, Rolla.
    Thompson said RHS is the first school to earn that distinction by following his 180 "best practices."
    The district also received the Silver Award in the K-12 category of the 2013 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities sponsored by American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network and Healthy Schools Campaign.
    • Noting that American education Week is Nov. 18-22, board President Jim Packard said, "The board would like to thank the community and staff for helping students to be successful." The week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and "is an opportunity to build alliances with the community. The goal is to emphasize the important role educators play in helping today's students succeed."
    • The board watched the monthly board report from the Missouri School Boards Association.
    • The next meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 12.

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