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December 24, 2013

School board approves district improvement plan

Gilreath wraps first year as chair

STEARNS —  Over the last month or so, the McCreary County Board of Education has heard annual reports from each of the district’s five schools and on Thursday, approved a Comprehensive District Improvement Plan for 2014.

    Prior to the vote, Superintendent Arthur D. Wright presented the district’s accountability scores at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

    At the elementary level, the district scored a combined 38.1 in reading and math with next year’s goal set at 48.7. The elementary non-duplicated gap score in reading was 39.6, math 29.9, science 74.3, social studies 49.1 and writing 40.

    At the middle school level, the district scored a combined 40.1 in reading and math with next year’s goal set at 42.9. The district hit this year’s reading target at 40.1 and exceeded the writing target (42.4) by one point. The middle non-duplicated gap score in math was 33.7, science 48.6 and social studies 47.4.

    At the high school level, the district exceeded its targets in social studies (scoring 38.7), writing (36,7), and college and career readiness (42.3). The high non-duplicated gap score in reading was 41.6, math 13.1 and science 14.

    Supt. Wright noted that the district’s instructional supervisors have worked with principals and teachers to develop strategies to meet the target goals at every level.

    In other business, the board recognized Ashley Corder who has been selected to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this February in Washington DC. Corder was introduced by Darlene Price, who featured the McCreary Central High student on her WHAY/MBR show Truth or Politics to raise money for the trip.

    Board chair Nelda Gilreath took the opportunity to thank her colleagues, Supt. Wright, board attorney Winter Huff and administrative secretary Melanie Thompson for their support during her tenure.

    “It’s been rewarding,” she said before noting that a new board chair would be starting in January.

    As is customary for the first meeting of the new year, the school board elects officers and sets regular meeting times. Gilreath, currently in her second term representing District 1, was elected as vice-chair last January and took the head seat a month later following the resignation of Stewart Jones.

    Gilreath’s comments initially caused some confusion that she may not seek another year chairing the board but she later clarified that she only meant that the board would vote again next month.

    “If they elect me, I will take it again,” Gilreath said of the chairmanship.

    The next school board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 23.

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