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School board makes annual report

Carlisle School Superintendent Jason Clark gave the district annual report to the public Monday night during the board meeting. In accordance with state guidelines, the annual report to the public includes accreditation, program goals and proposals to correct deficiencies in various areas of the Carlisle School District.

After welcoming guests, Clark said the district currently has 709 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12th and 57 preschool students. There are eight new staff members in elementary, as well as high school and two new bus drivers for the 2013-14 school year.

In accordance with test results from state benchmarks exams, end of course exams and other state and federal exams given during the previous school year, the district scored at or higher than the state average on 12 tests of the total 24 measurable areas across various grade levels. Because of these results, the district is identified as needs improvement in math. The elementary school is identified as needs improvement in literacy and math. The high school is identified as needs improvement in Math. District wide students are achieving in percent of students tested, graduation rate and literacy.

“Although there is need for improvement, the teachers and students were acknowledged for their dedication and hard work,” Clark said.

Other proposals to correct deficiencies were to have greater academic focus, offer student incentives, provide supplemental instructional materials and have after school remediation.

In order to correct academic deficiencies, Clark said teachers will continue to receive additional training in a number of areas including improving test scores, literacy/math strategies, special needs students, parental involvement and technology.

Staff development and in-service were provided through the Wilbur Mills School Cooperative, Arkansas Department of Education and through the Carlisle School district, according to Clark.

According to the district mission statement states “the Carlisle School District in partner with family, community, and administration, will provide a curriculum that allows all students the opportunity to be proficient in literacy and math. We will promote high level thinking skills, technology, skills and social skills necessary to be a responsible citizens in a safe environment accessible to all.”

Clark said in accordance the Arkansas Public School Choice Act, students in surrounding districts may file an application to attend Carlisle schools. Applications are available at the district administration office, 520 Center Street. Interested applicants may contact the administration office via phone 870-552-3931 for more information. Employment practices and school services including vocation opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or handicap condition.

Also during the meeting, the board voted unanimously to:

• Pass a bond rating resolution to make bond payment at least 15 days in advance of payment due date

• Pay license renewal and association fees as an incentive for district employees

• Hire Angela McCallie as basketball concession stand manager at the rate of $8.25 per hour with a $50 bonus on tournament nights

• Give all district employees a one time $700 bonus

• Appoint Cliff Schafer as the Carlisle School Board voting delegate

Bryan Oliger was absent from the meeting. The next regular board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the board room.

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