An annual Carlisle School District report to the public was presented during Monday night’s Carlisle School Board meeting. Board members Terry McCallie, Bryan Oliger, Cliff Schafer, Adam Ellis, CJ Parker, and Superintendent Jason Clark were present.
As Clark gave the annual report to the public, board members were introduced and recognized for their many hours of work for the district. He reported that both the elementary school and the high school was fully accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education. Clark noted that the district operates free from fiscal, academic, or facility distress. As of Nov. 1, the district is operating with a $1,189,696 reserve balance.
A summary of personnel changes and enrollment figures were also highlighted. There are currently 692 students enrolled in preschool through 12th grade.
Clark gave an overview of the recent ACT and ACT Aspire test scores, along with the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. As a more in depth presentation, High School Principal Brad Horn and Elementary Principal Jason Stewart also gave their reports, breaking each grade level and subject matter down to show student educational growth and give a comparison to surrounding districts.
During Horn’s high school presentation of 11th grade ACT scores, Clark added that as a parent, insuring your child is as prepared as they can be for the ACT test in hopes to have their college education paid for, is important. He said when comparing numbers to the surrounding district, students at Carlisle are testing just as well as students in other district.
“Your going to be just as prepared for the ACT [at Carlisle], as any other school district around us,” Clark said.
In order to correct academic deficiencies the district has, Clark said the proposals are to offer student incentives, supplemental instruction, after school remediation, interventionists, back on track time and for teachers continue to receive additional training in a number of areas including improving literacy/math strategies, special needs students, parental involvement, technology utilization, classroom management, and suicide prevention/anti-bulling.
According to Clark, the district, in accordance with Arkansas statute, participates in Arkansas Public School Choice. Students in surrounding districts may file an application to attend Carlisle Schools by May 1, 2018. This application may be picked up in the District Administration Office at 520 Center Street, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024. Interested applicants may also call the District Administration Office at 501-552-3931 for more information. Employment practices and all school services including vocational opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap condition.
In other business, Clark said the results from the 2015-16 have finally been received. He said he considers the audit to be a clean one, as segregation of duties was the districts only finding. Clark said this will almost always be a finding with the district and has been in the past because with the limited amount of staff, the ability to have more than one person required to complete a task is not feasible.
Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved to:
- Expel a male CORE students for the remainder of the school year
- Authorize a one time bonus of $1,000 for all district employees
- Allow the use of the old high school library building for an English as a second language migrant education program.
The next Carlisle School Board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the administration building.