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CCSC to undergo Advanced Ed assessment

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CLOVERDALE -- The time has come for the Cloverdale School Corporation to have its Advanced Education visit.

The board heard Monday from elementary and middle school principal Stacey Baugh who has spearheaded this process from the beginning.

Although the process has undergone several name changes, every four to five years school corporations undergo an assessment to see how well the corporation is working as a whole.

"We are due for a visit," Baugh said. "They will be here for three days next week, Monday through Wednesday."

Although the process of accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance, it is designed to help distinguish schools following a set of educational standards. There will be one out-of-state administrator sent to Cloverdale to help with the process as well as two to three in-state administrators.

"We will present our school improvement efforts," explained Baugh. "They will go through and see if they agree with our findings."

This process not only evaluates the corporation's teaching and learning efforts, but the corporation as a whole, to see how everything works together.

Among the other areas to be looked at are vision and purpose, governance and leadership, documenting and using results, resource and support systems, stakeholder communication and continuous improvement.

"This has been an ongoing process and an all inclusive process," Baugh said. "Everyone has been involved."

The team that will be visiting Cloverdale will not only go through the research that the corporation has prepared for them, but interview parents, teachers, students and support staff from cafeteria workers to bus drivers.

Although, this process and rating does not affect funding, it gives parents and community members some reassurance.

"It lets our parents and community members know that we are actually looking at ourselves and improving," explained Baugh. "It gives taxpayers the idea that what they're spending their money on is actually being put to good use."

Among the other items the board addressed were summer school programs. The board will host summer school May 29-June 22 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be both morning and afternoon sessions, which will include breakfast, lunch and a snack.

There will also be driver training offered this summer. The cost will be $311 for Cloverdale students and $336 for non-corporation students, if there is room.

The board approved the resignations of Allyn L. Anderson as a high school math teacher and Tiffany Ludwig as the middle school agriculture teacher.

The board also approved the renewal of coach Pat Rady's contract as boys' varsity basketball well as the hiring of Lacey Chambers as a middle school instructional assistant and Lynn Lotz as an executive secretary.

The following coaches were also hired as volunteer assistant football coaches for the summer of 2012: Tom Winders, Michael Nees, Brad Sczerbik and Taulbee Jackson.

Board members also honored fourth-grader Natasha Carter, fifth-grader Tori Combs and senior Brian Dale as students of the month.

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