The Eastern Greene Board of School Trustees heard reports from its three building principals who have started to work on an effort to improve the school's A-F School Accountability Program scores that were released late last month.
Eastern Greene High School and Eastern Greene Middle School each scored a 'C' letter grade, while the elementary was assessed an 'F' letter grade in the first year that growth models were included in the report card scoring formula calculated by the Indiana Department of Education.
Superintendent Ty Mungle says Eastern's Elementary School is at a disadvantage somewhat in the scoring because it has smaller student pool in the grade K-4 facility than a typical elementary school that include grades K-6.
"That sometimes can help you and at times that can be a challenge," Mungle pointed out.
Mungle said he is confident that a plan is in place that will improve the scores.
"It is a work in progress," Mungle said in pointing out that the school's director of learning, Maggie Dainton, is working with the principals.
In addition, the school board took action to assist in correcting the scores by signing a new two-year contract with Five Star, an educational consulting service, to provide expanded technical services at the three Eastern buildings.
"They (Five Star) will have someone here every day to work with us. Five Star provides us with integrated services with our technology and will also provide support to our classroom teachers in the use of technology in their classrooms," Mungle explained.
The firm will provide a staff member at Eastern on a full-time basis, according to the new agreement.
Mungle says as an administration and a school board you are always concerned about low scores -- especially when Eastern as a corporation received an 'A' letter grade last year when the growth models were not considered in that round of report card calculations.
"You want to know what areas you are successful in and what areas you need to work on and focus on. I see it as something we need to increase our focus. I would be alarmed if we don't see any changes in the future, but I'm confident because of the time and energy we are putting into this we'll see an increase in the scores," Mungle said.
The board also approved the purchase of a 2001 Bluebird bus to be used on the school-operated Route 6. Cost of the bus is $6,300 and it will be purchased from the Rainy Day Fund.
In other business, the board:
* Accepted the resignation of high school teaching assistant Shane Padgett.
* Accepted the resignation of maintenance assistant Thomas Wheelock.
* Hired Donald Dyer as a high school teaching assistant to replace Padgett.
* Accepted the resignation of Sarah Schafer as a Kid's Zone assistant.
* Approved the hiring of Amy Terrell as a part-time aid in the developmental preschool
* Approved maternity leave for Katie Clark, starting March 8, 2013 and ending May 6, 2013.