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Slater school board approves accountability plan, sets Board of Education filing dates

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Paul Crews accepted a community recognition award for the Slater FFA Alumni, which was presented by the Slater Board of Education Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Partner in Education award highlights Crews' leadership of the alumni, with Superintendent Terry Lorenz saying the group has played a key role in the school's FFA program. Some of its support provided ways for students to attend camp, and contributions also aided in the addition of an annex building. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
Because Slater is a Focus School, the district had to create an accountability plan, which was approved by the Board of Education Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The plan and a three-year budget must be approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the district will receive funds to implement the programs.

The plan targets four key components including leadership, curriculum and assessment, effective instruction and collaborative cultures.

"Some of the action plans are specific and targeted just toward K-8, because it's the Alexander Building because we're the Title building," Elementary and Middle School Principal Sarah Marriott explained. "High School is not a Title I building. ... Essentially ... we're going to be doing the whole thing district-wide."

After having met with state and federal representatives, Superintendent Terry Lorenz seemed confident about the district's proactive stance.

Ken Lewellen, who is nearing retirement from KMMO as news director, received a Partner in Education award from Slater School District on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Superintendent Terry Lorenz stated the district wanted to thank him and recognize him for his support throughout the years, and joked about Lewellen's ability to make him sound intelligent on the radio. Slater schools acknowledge KMMO as a partner in education for its continuous coverage. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
"The leadership piece of this is so big, and pushing in the direction for improvement, to know that we have been heading in the right direction even prior to this, it's very reassuring," Lorenz said. "They've both commented that they're impressed with the direction we're headed."

Although it doesn't necessarily fall under the accountability plan, administrators have taken a closer look at the district's attendance policy -- even gathering thoughts and concerns from students, teachers and a parent advisory committee.

"There was a lot of good community support," Lorenz said. "They were able to provide some genuine input, thoughts and ideas."

One of the changes is recording an absence as just that, an absence, if a parent calls in for their sick child. A certain amount of absences will be allowed, and administrators' goals are to decrease the amount of unnecessary absences.

The board approved the new policy, as well as a change to Policy IKC, which now has a subheading of Outstanding Academic Achievement. This recognition is in lieu of valedictorian and salutatorian during graduation. The class rank will remain open to juniors, versus seniors, for this year.

In other news, opening bids for snow removal was approved as well as the use of the school facility as an American Red Cross shelter in the event of an emergency.

Filing for two seats on the Board of Education will open Tuesday, Dec. 11, and closes Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Up for re-election next year are Darla Arni and Joey Gochenour.

Board members Rick Hays, Joey Gochenour, Darla Arni, Jayme England, Brenda Guthrie and Bud Griffith were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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