Perry School officials in the Perry-Lecompton district are launching plans to target needs and meet specific goals that will enhance the learning environment in the schools.
At this week's meeting, the Perry-Lecompton School Board approved school improvement plans proposed by administrators from each of the district's six schools, said Supt. Henry Murphy.
The schools' administrators were asked to demonstrate increased knowledge of influences on effective learning, explain how they would show increased student achievement and express the intention to implement the Academic Management Systems Program. That plan involves formulating programs to achieve predetermined goals.
"Each school will have additional things they want to do," Murphy said. "The plan called for them to identify activities they want to get started, people who will be involved and any obstacles."
The administrators presented timelines for putting the plans into action and a means for evaluating progress, he said. The first written progress report on individual school improvement plans will be submitted by school principals to Murphy on Feb. 1, and the final report is due June 7.
The school board plans to hear presentations about the plans from each principal at the June 24 meeting, Murphy said.
"We've been involved in school improvement for a number of years," he said. "It's easy to say you're involved in school improvements, but this way, we have proof that we're doing something."
IN OTHER business, board members:
Denied a request by first-grade teacher Della Carvell, who asked that three graduate school hours she completed while an undergraduate in college be recognized and counted toward an advancement in salary.
Approved a final payment of $10,143 to R.D. Andersen Construction Co. for recent renovation work in the district. The payment is contingent on the completion of minor repair work at Williamstown Elementary School, scheduled to be finished by Dec. 22.
Authorized Murphy to seek base bids for acoustical work in the Perry-Lecompton Middle School gymnasium, which frequently is used for programs and plays.
Approved a request from a local youth soccer club to use school property for practice fields. The club received about $1,200 from the Perry Fall Festival Committee to purchase goals, which will be placed in an area designated by the school board.
APPROVED A request by the Perry Fall Festival Committee to place pre-school playground equipment on Perry Elementary School property.
Increased travel compensation for district employees from 24 cents a mile to 26 cents a mile.
Adopted a workers compensation policy from Trinity Insurance Company at an annual cost of $16,301.
Hired Rex Clough as a part-time districtwide maintenance worker.
Designated board member Pat Mulvehill to serve on KASB's Governmental Relations Network.
Approved a new process for evaluating the superintendent, a process scheduled for the Jan. 14 meeting.
Scheduled the staff and retired staff Christmas breakfast for Dec. 20 at Perry-Lecompton High School.
Agreed to advertise surplus property items, such as light fixtures, desks and playground equipment, in the January newletter. Interested individuals can leave a sealed bid at the administration office.