At their meeting May 13, the Chariton Community School Board approved a District ELA (English Language Arts) textbook purchase totaling $236,556.85. Of this amount, $115,000 will be paid for out of Title I funds and the remainder will be paid for out of the District’s general fund.

The District budgeted $150,000 for the textbook purchase. Board Vice President Kellie Gookin moved to approve the purchase, which was approved unanimously.

It was explained that the ELA teachers have been meeting this school year to outline their pacing guides, instructional guides, and proficiency scales to align with the Iowa Core Standards. They have selected materials that match with their required standards.

The board also approved the District Assessment Plan outline for 2019-20. Superintendent Larry Achenbach said this plan is very similar to what they had last year and it provides for the assessments and data collection for the 2019-20 school year.

One change is the addition of the FAST (Formative Assessment System for Teachers) Math screener for grades K-8.

“We have been very pleased with the data we receive from the FAST Reading screener and would like to try the FAST Math screener. We currently use FAST to drive our instruction in the area of reading,” Supt. Achenbach said.

Board member Sarah Willis moved to approve the District Assessment Plan outline for 2019-20, which was approved unanimously.

The board also approved the final reading of Board Policy 700-704 and the first reading of Board Policy 607 and 705-707.

The first reading of the High School, Middle School and Elementary Student Handbook changes was approved as well.

Building rental, open

enrollment requests approved

Two building rental requests were also approved. The first was from Adam Bahr to rent out Johnson Auditorium for a concert put on by the Lucas County Arts Council’s/Vredenburg Concert Series on Oct. 10, 2019.

Read the May 21, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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