Sweet Springs Board of Education sets filing dates, talks CCSS

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sweet Springs Board of Education met Tuesday, Nov. 12, to set filing dates for board elections in the spring. Three three-year terms are up for election April 8 and they are currently held by Robert Fuehring, Troy Schroeder and Brian Vogelsmeier.

School board candidate filing will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, and will end at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, during normal working days at the superintendent's office.

Requirements for filing are the candidate must be a citizen of the U.S., resident taxpayer of the district who has resided in Missouri for one year preceding election, be at least 24 years of age and must not be a registered sex offender or a person required to be a registered as such.

Newly elected board members are required by law to successfully complete orientation and training requirements within one year of the date of election. The orientation and training consists of at least 16 hours with the cost paid by the district.

Superintendent Donna Wright provided the board with literature on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and compared it to the current Grade- and Course-Level Expectations (GLE/CLE) curriculum the school uses.

"(Common Core) has been an issue that is going around," Wright said. "Some of you have attended meetings and school presentations."

Wright took the time to compare the standards of both at a third-grade level, for example, to explain the difference in the way each are approached.

She first explained the GLE/CLE curriculum the teachers currently use, which tells the teacher what the students should know and gives examples of what teaching materials could be used to achieve the end result.

"Notice with these, it doesn't tell (the teacher) how to teach it," Wright said of the GLE/CLE that has been out since 2004. "(He/she) determines on her own how to teach the different items."

The teachers have began looking at the Common Core Standards to get ready for the new round of assessments.

"As you look at this, one thing to note, it's basically like the GLEs in that it tells the big idea, but no where in this does it tell the teacher what they're to use or how to go about teaching it," Wright said. "That's not in this."

Wright told the board Elementary Principal Melanie Schlup has the CCSS and GLEs/CLEs Crosswalk Alignment Analysis, provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which Schlup and the teachers have been reviewing.

"Basically, it shows them -- and the teachers have been looking at that -- how they are connected," Wright said. "In other words, 'We've been doing this, what does that mean now? How has it changed? Is it exactly the same as it used to be? Is it teaching more in depth than it used to be?'"

Wright said the crosswalk takes the CCSS and "tie them to the GLEs or CLEs so you know whether that particular one is more in depth than it used to be or whether it's the same as it used to be."

In other business, the board heard a presentation from Brightergy about installation of solar panels, benefits to the school and the lease agreement offered to the district.

Sierra Shake, business development specialist for Brightergy, answered questions the board had.

The board agreed to table any decisions on the matter until the December board meeting.

In announcements from the administration, Paula Staples received the Teacher of the Year. Mitch Guier donated three pieces of equipment, valued at $7,500, for the weight room including a vertical-row machine, a mutli-hip machine and a triceps-pulldown machine.

The FFA and Student Council sponsored an annual blood drive Nov. 7, which had 67 donors.

Megan Evans, Nathan Vogelsmeier and Jeffery Hall earned All-Conference honorable mentions in volleyball and football.

The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Contact Rachel Knight at rknight@marshallnews.com

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