Fillmore Central board reviews annual report on
curriculum, instruction and student achievement
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 4:40 AM
The Fillmore Central Board of Education approved publishing its 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement during its Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, regular school board meeting in Harmony. The report is preceded by a school board statement, which outlines the priorities the district has for educating students and developing educational professionals.
The District Advisory Committee, which is a body of 14 school board, parent, teacher, student and community members, advised the school board on the implementation of state and local graduation requirements. The committee created goals and measurements for high student achievement; a safe, caring, learning environment; and efficient and effective operations.
The district employs a testing program called AIMS Web for incoming kindergartners to see which students need Title I services for reading and math skill development. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are used in third through eighth grades and for sophomores and juniors in the high school.
Eighth grade students take an EXPLORE test which gives the student information for school planning and career exploration. Sophomores take the PLAN test which expands upon that concept. Juniors take a PSAT test for National Merit Scholarship qualification and the ACT is available to juniors and seniors.
For 2013 seniors, the average ACT score was 22. MCA reading scores showed a 55.2 percent proficiency, which was under the statewide level of 57.8 percent. MCA math scores showed a 58.8 percent proficiency, which was under the statewide level of 61.2 percent. MCA science scores showed a 57.9 percent proficiency, which was above the statewide level of 52.1 percent. Five students graduated with a GPA of 3.75 or higher and eight students graduated with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Goals were set to implement a one-to-one laptop initiative in the high school, iPads in the elementary school and meet other technology integration needs.
In extra-curricular activities, 179 students in grades 7-12 were involved in at least one.
The district's goals for this school year are to improve mathematics proficiency, continue integration of their one-to-one technology initiative, among others.
Approval was given for the proposed 2013 Payable 2014 levy, which is currently at roughly $1.82 million. The school will be certifying the maximum levy during the October school board meeting. Currently, the levy is up around 24 percent from last year. Superintendent Richard Keith noted the school had been required to complete a new fire alarm system and installation of exhaust hoods in the shop area, which were costs not planned for during the previous year.
Under business relating to personnel, the board approved the resignations of Jessica Marzolf as an early childhood special education paraprofessional, Jill Miller as high school paraprofessional and Nate Jones as a high school custodian. The board also approved the termination of three part-time custodial positions in turn approving the hire of a single person. Brian Wolfgram, Arden Wilford and Brenda Hahn will be replaced by Mindy Daniels. The board approved the hire of Jon Aske and Donna Oellrich as custodians at the high school. Jill Miller was hired as a preschool aide for 4- and 5-year-olds.
Lower level winter coaching positions were approved. The assignments are Joe Cullen as varsity wrestling assistant; Alan LaFluer, wrestling assistant; Paul Snell, wrestling volunteer assistant; John O'Connor, girls basketball B-squad coach; Kelsey Ristau, girls basketball eighth grade coach; Andrew Pederson, boys basketball B-squad coach; Tris Tollefson, ninth grade boys basketball coach; Kyle Rundquist, eighth grade boys basketball coach; Levi Olstad, seventh grade boys basketball coach.
Dean of students, principal reports
Dean of Students and Athletic Director Chris Mensink went over several points in his report. He gave special acclaim to the high school volleyball team that had secured the top ranking in the state for Class 1A volleyball over the weekend. The team had won six games and defeated four ranked foes during the Class 1A Showcase Tournament held in the Twin Cities on Sept 20 and 21. Outside hitter Taylor Case was named the tournament MVP with teammates Tori Peterson and Morgan Malley receiving honorable mention.
Homecoming week will take place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.
Evacuation drills and annual bus tests were administered during the first few weeks of school.
Principal Heath Olstad reported that staff had a development day on Sept. 16 in which they worked through the web-based platform Editure to create Professional Learning Communities. Olstad said development has been positive as a result of switching to the new platform a year ago.
Olstad also noted several opportunities for juniors and seniors to attend college fairs held in Rochester.
Fundraising efforts are in full swing with the fifth through eighth grades holding a "One and Done" fundraiser and the high school band's Wake Up to the Band fundraiser.
Mid-quarter reports are being sent out. Olstad said there should be few surprises since many parents utilize an online access to their student's grades.
Students will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 16, before Education Minnesota break on Oct. 17 and 18.
In other business, the board approved the following items.
Three open enrollment requests from Kingsland were approved.
Two requests for graduate credit reimbursement were approved.
The van driver pay scale was set by the board to take into consideration number of years of experience. Supt. Keith mentioned the district would be looking at all custodial and paraprofessional rates of pay during the next spring.
The board accepted a donation of $8,500 from the football program fundraiser, which was used to purchase a portable irrigation system for all grass sporting fields.
The October school board meeting will be held in Preston at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.