CLOVERDALE- Superintendent Carrie Milner discussed Cloverdale's parent-teacher conference strategy at the town's monthly school corporation meeting on Monday night.
"At the high school, because the state, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that we don't need those parent-teacher conference hours, we are doing it our own way," Milner said. "Which is to work through prep periods, before and after, telephone calls and arranged times. So that if our parents do need to come in we do meet with them on their schedule."
Milner also said that they were working to have the middle school and elementary school with half-day schedules for teachers. That would mean that substitutes would be present in the classroom so that parents could meet with teachers on a designated day.
"We have a better response from that age group than we do at the high school," Milner said.
Elementary school principal Stacey Baugh gave a presentation on the Annual Yearly Progress report. The report is based on preliminary numbers and is required by the state. It presents target educational goals in a variety of areas and schools must meet the target in each of those ares to make their yearly progress goal. Cloverdale high school missed its goal because of two categories out of 13- the English performance of students with free and reduced meals and the graduation rate of the school. Both categories were within five percentage points of the target.
The middle school missed passing because of two categories out of 17- the English and math performance of special education students.
The elementary school met all its performance standards.
Previously, board member Dave Brinkman was concerned about a lack of an executive session to discuss hiring during the last meeting. With an executive session before this meeting, the board moved through both old and new personnel votes with no discussion, passing all the items with a consensus.
The Cloverdale students of the month were Makenzie Westell at the elementary school, Jake Waycott at the middle school and Bristina Skiles at the high school. Board secretary Tony Hacker praised Skiles in particular saying she was "the real deal. She's in the top five of the 400 or so students I've interacted with (at the school)."