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Schools' report card good overall; science social studies need work

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer, Photographer

The monthly meeting of the Johnson County School Board was called to order on Thursday, November 8. All members of the board were present and eager to tend to November’s agenda.
First to address the board was Rebecca Wright, a parent of a Johnson County High School student. Wright wished to address a situation involving her child and the parent of another Johnson County student. According to Wright, the parent of the other student boarded the bus Wright’s child was riding in an attempt to confront her child about an unrevealed situation. The parent that boarded the bus was described as combative and confrontational toward Wright’s child and Wright expressed concern that not enough was done by the bus driver to prevent or prohibit the parent from boarding the school bus or confronting the student. Morris Woodring addressed Wright’s concerns and said that he had spoken with both the parent and the bus driver involved in the situation and that the bus driver is no longer employed by Johnson County School System. Woodring also stated that all Johnson County bus drivers are required to undergo several safety training courses that provide training about situations such as this and that due to this recent situation, the training will be reiterated amongst the drivers employed by the school district.
Student School Board Representative, Jacob McGlamery, gave his monthly report to the board. McGlamery updated the board about the happenings within JCHS including the start of the 2012 basketball season. McGlamery also reiterated the districted excitement in receiving funds from the ‘Gear Up’ program; a six-year grant that is specifically designed to encourage and increase the graduation rate for low-income and high-risk students.
The next item on the November agenda was a report given by Dr. Mischelle Simcox detailing the district’s State Report Card. Simcox summarized the district’s progress by utilizing the new state AMO requirements, which are a set of guidelines for measuring a school’s academic achievement. According to Simcox, the new AMO system will likely phase out the old value added system which does little to report the district’s overall achievement. The 2012 report detailed each school in the district, grade by grade. Overall, the district fared extremely well and scored either at or above state proficiency requirements. The report also showed a boost in the graduation rate as well as attendance. In contrast, there was room for improvement in some detailed reports involving the progress of individual schools in science and social studies. In summary, the district showed improvement in almost every aspect and outperformed several neighboring school districts.

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