South Putnam school superintendent Bruce Bernhardt presented some good news to the board members Monday during the regular meeting.
He told the board all four of South Putnam's schools -- Central Elementary, Reelsville Elementary, Fillmore Elementary and South Putnam High School -- passed the Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008.
"This is a fantastic thing," Bernhardt commented.
Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes AYP if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Indiana in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. South Putnam High School did not make the AYP in 2007.
It was the only school corporation from Vigo County to Marion County to have all of its buildings pass the AYP. Bernhardt said it is a compliment to the teachers, administrators, students and parents to have passed.
"It is something very few schools accomplish," Bernhardt added.
One school board member added some praise to the two SPHS students who were named Lilly scholars this year, Tyler Heavin and Tabitha Arnold.
In keeping with the school's good record, Bernhardt reminded everyone spring ISTEP would be administered April 27 through May 6. Parents were asked to make sure children received a good night of rest and breakfast during ISTEP testing.
In other business:
* A joint school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Area 30 Career Center. Board members from all four county school corporations will be in attendance. Dave Archer from West Central will be speaking.
* South Putnam Education Foundation held its annual meeting April 18, at which two teacher's grants were presented.
* School board members voted to purchase new textbooks for the 2009-10 school year. Textbooks rotate on a six-year cycle and will be purchased during the summer break. Companies chosen were Glenco, Prentice Hall and McGraw and Hill. Every book will be copyrighted 2008 or 2009.
* High school and elementary handbooks were approved by the board.