Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 9:00 pm
RI student grades rise with new before-school program
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By Nicole Lauer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock Island High School's new before-school enrichment period led to 13,096 student-teacher contacts during the first semester, according to a report to school board members on Tuesday night.
Rock Island High School principal Tim Wernentin provided a mid-year evaluation of the enrichment program that began this fall. The period, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. four days a week, lets students visit multiple teachers for help.
Mr. Wernentin said 8,858 student-teacher contacts were voluntary and another 4,238 were mandatory. Students failing classes are required to attend the mandatory sessions.
Administrators are happy with the program, he said, noting there are 3 percent fewer F's overall from the same time last year and 10 percent fewer F's at this grading period for the senior class compared to last year's senior class.
Also, through the program, 2,308 student visits to the library were recorded and breakfast purchases rose 33 percent. In a survey, 369 students reported they were able to raise their grades through the program.
Board members also heard that 94 percent of students have received no out of school suspensions, above the goal of 89 percent, and certified staff absences are at 2.85 days, far below the target of 9.56 days.
In other business, board members:
-- Learned Kayla Jackson has received a $5,000 Thoms Family Above & Beyond Scholarship for her effort, "The Art of Giving." Her student art fair raised money to start an after-school art club for students who otherwise could not enroll in art classes. Finalists Kelly Bishop, Lizandra Gomez-Ramirez and DeAuna Ivy received $500 scholarships.
-- Approved the retirements of Mindy Tribble and Mike Russell at the end of the current school year. The retirement of Michael Breidenstein also was approved for the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
-- Approved spending $19,995 to buy Edulink, an emergency notification system.
-- Approved the "notice to remedy" for an unnamed employee. Assistant superintendent Jim Andrews said the action notifies an employee in a supervisory position that an inappropriately handled incident cannot reoccur and protects the school board in the event of legal action.