(Posted Sept. 21, 2018)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
Madison-Plains Local Schools received an overall grade of “C” on the first state-issued report cards to contain letter grades.
The bulk of districts in Ohio received the same grade, according to Karen Grigsby, district curriculum director, who reviewed the results at the Sept. 18 school board meeting.
While the district made progress in many areas, it received low grades in other areas, she said.
“We’ve already got strategies we’re working on for improvement,” Grigsby said.
She noted that grades for the various categories on the report card are weighted differently. So an “A” in one category doesn’t provide the same amount of points as does an “A” in another category.
Madison-Plains received an “F’ in the “prepared for success” category. Grigsby said the state used figures from as far back as 2016 to calculate the grade and that 51 percent of schools in the state failed this category.
Looking at individual buildings, the district’s elementary and junior high schools received overall grades of “B.” The intermediate and high schools received grades of “C.”
Areas where the district performed better than expected were in science, all subjects in fifth grade, seventh-grade math, high school English I, and junior and senior high students with disabilities.
Areas that need work, Grigsby said, are fourth-grade math, eighth-grade math, and junior high and eighth-grade English language arts.
In the district’s financial report, Treasurer Todd Mustain said expenditures are 3 percent lower this year than last and the district continues with “belt tightening.” He said he expects a decrease in expenditures for Fiscal Year 2019.
Next month’s financial report will include an update on the five-year forecast.
The board approved its official bus stops list and a statement that the district did not intend to provide career technical education in grades 7 and 8. The board also approved two field trips for the FFA, one to the National FFA Convention set for Oct. 25-27 in Indianapolis, and another to Greenhand Camp at Camp Muskingum Sept 30-Oct. 2.
The meeting marked the first time in months that board president Mark Mason was able to cast votes on board legislation.
Earlier this year, Mason was called to active duty as a member of the Air National Guard. In certain situations, Guard members cannot serve in elected office while on active duty. Because his unique job with the Guard does not involve deployment away from the area, Mason asked for a waiver. That waiver has now been processed.
“I’m back,” he said as he settled into his chair at the start of the meeting.
The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.