Carlisle High School principal Brad Horn presented a new master schedule change this fall during his presentation of handbook changes at Monday night’s School Board meeting.
Horn said he’d like to reduce the number of credited classes per day from its current 8 to seven.
In a breakdown provided by Horn, during the second quarter of last school year, 230 of the 308 or 75 percent of enrolled students had one or more zeros on assignments. He said there were also 165 F’s made by students on semester tests last year.
For this reason, Horn said the high school leadership team began looking into why so many students were receiving zeros. He said while some may not have the apathy, other students are so involved with extracurricular activities that they tend to overlook homework assignments. In an effort to set students up for success, the team would like to create a designated non credit period at the high school for students. The period will be known as “back on track time” which is a hybrid of what is being done at various school district. Second period would get that designation.
“Back on track time is going to serve several purposes,” Horn said.
A district wide Google document will be set up to record students that will need to make up work or receive enrichment during that time. According to Horn, one part of the back on track time, will allow students that may not be grasping the content to work with interventionist for enrichment. Another part will be to allow those students who have a zero on assignments, to make up their work.
“We won’t take no for an answer anymore,” Horn said.
In addition, the period will be offered as an incentive time for students to get work completed on time. Students who have their work completed will be allowed to go to monitored and designated areas for various activities of the student’s choice.
“It’s kind of not normal thinking,” Horn said. “It’s kind of out of the box.”
While, credit can also be recovered for students behind during back on track time, there will not be any formal classes offered for credit during the period.
“Sometimes, as a teacher, we take for granted on a color sheet,” Horn said. “That shouldn’t be happening. So if these assessments are worth doing, then we need to get them in. This lets us all know what kind of grade we are taking.”
“I think this is going to improve our assessment,” Horn said. “If our grades are up and our assessments are valid, then our test scores should go up, if kids start turning their work in. Our grades are bad because we have a lot of zeros, our school grades. Our standardized test scores are not good. So does that mean our assessments are not valid or does that mean our assessments are valid and kids just aren’t doing them. Our goal is to get them to turn their work in and do the assessment, so the teacher knows what they are actually gaining. Another thing is to just take care of kids and make sure they get the grades for their credits. There is just too many F’s, way too many zeros.”
Following Horn’s presentation, the board unanimously approved to accept the high school handbook changes with a strike through the graduation ceremony addition, concerning the decoration of graduate caps.
In other business, superintendent Jason Clark recommended that the district hire a full time resource officer. This person will be hired through the Carlisle Police Department for supervisor and law official purposes, but paid for by the district.
“What I’m looking for is someone that is not so hard core that he doesn’t build a relationship with kids or a rapport with kids, but yet doesn’t turn away or doesn’t turn a blind eye to it because he becomes to much of a friend, or she becomes to much of a friend. I’ve seen it go both ways, and there is a happy medium there where it’s the law and they understand it’s the law, but yet there’s a good rapport with the kids.”
According to Clark, the officer’s duties will include educational programs and to intervene for disciplinary action in the event a law is broken.
“The only time he will be in consult is when we feel like we have a law broken, not a handbook rule,” Clark said. “So you have drug offense, you have a bullying offense, you have a physical altercation which is an assault or battery offense. These other things such as being late for class or cheating on a test or whatever is happening in those areas will be the principals jurisdiction. “
By unanimous vote the board approved to move forward with hiring a school resource officer for the 2017-18 school year.
Following executive session, the board unanimously voted to hire Melaney Hedrick as elementary teacher, Candi Mills as high school teacher, Ryan Johnson has high school teacher and coach, Roger Alderson as high school teacher, Krystal Boyle as part time high school teacher, Sheila Woods two days per week as central office aide, Chrissy Adams as elementary aide, Shelly Mills as cafeteria worker, Logan Prince as long term substitute for semester one and LeAnne Measles as nurse.
Bids for the elementary school parking lot paving project opened at 2 p.m. on July 17. Two bids were received. The highest was NSC Inc. of Little Rock for $79, 900 and the lowest was from Redstone Construction of Little Rock for $40, 670. By unanimous vote, the board accepted the lowest bid of $40, 670 from Redstone Construction.
Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved to:
- Award the bread bid to City Market and the milk bid to Hiland Dairy for the 2017-18 school year with the grocery bid to Performance Food Group and Sysco
-Accept elementary school handbook changes as presented and the student insurance contract to Benchmark Insurance in the amount of $20,442
- Adopt the early and absentee voting resolution for the upcoming 2017 school board election
- Contract registered nurse Shawn Carter for $1,000 for nursing supervisory responsibilities
-Approve the legal transfer of two students to the Lonoke School district.
The next regular school board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the administration building.