A pre- and post-test will be given to students at the beginning and end of the semester or school year, respectively. The pre-test will be used to establish a baseline of the student’s knowledge and the post-test will show the growth achieved throughout the class. The SLO assesments will be given to 21,980 high school and middle school students in the county.
Harper said the tests will be given electronically through the BlackBoard, an online learning management system used by county students, to increase efficiency and reduce cost.
Punkaj Daiya reported to the board construction at Hamilton Crossing Elementary School is completed. Over the summer he supervised renovation to the car rider lanes and the administrative offices. The adjustments made to the car rider area positively impacted the traffic flow surrounding the school, Daiya said. Two wings are being added: six classes in one wing and four in the other. The six-class wing is nearly complete and work is to begin soon on the remaining four-class section. Other improvements included a new playground, additional parking and landscaping.
White Elementary School is also currently under construction. The new media center is complete, however, the work for an additional 11 classrooms is still in progress. The county also made improvements to parking and landscaping at the school.
The total cost of both projects is $9 million and is expected to be completed before the end of December.
Harper said the system will accept the exemptions offered by the state board of education regarding the new, stricter standards on snacks sold at school. The standards, which originated from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, mandate snacks must meet calorie, sodium, fat and sugar limits. The state offered local school systems the choice to take 30 three-day exemptions from the requirements. This will affect what is sold in vending machines and school fundraisers; however, the 90-day exemption will allow for relaxed guidelines on what is sold during that time period. Currently, vending machines in county schools do not offer full-sugar drinks and this is expected to continue.
Randall Birch, a school resource officer, was selected as Employee of the Month and awarded by the Bartow Education Foundation. He received the honor for his mentorship of a local elementary school student whose father recently died and his home was destroyed in a fire.