USD 383 Board of Education, Oct. 19, 2016

Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

The board was provided with information about secondary math “compaction” for advanced students.  In the past, students who were advanced in math might skip a grade or a course.  An issue that has arisen with skipping is that math content is not repeated across different grades, so when a student skips a grade, he/she misses content that won’t be taught later on.  The “compaction” route offers all of the material but at a faster pace, or students can double up and take two math courses in the same year, or students may take courses in the summer.  The item was for information only.

The board received the annual report from the Transportation Department, and Andrea Adams, Director, noted that since a wage increase was approved for bus drivers, there has been a significant increase in the number of applicants.

Board members discussed suggestions for a state finance formula, continuing the discussion that had started during the Oct. 5 meeting.  Items discussed to add to the formula included  funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages, categorical aid and weightings for military-connected students, and weightings for new facilities.  Eric Reid, Asst. Superintendent, said he would draft a more formal document of the suggestions for the board’s review on Nov. 2.  The board will also host a community meeting for the public to provide input about a new state finance formula.  The community meeting will be Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m., at Eisenhower Middle School.

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