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Lanesboro School makes plans to improve math scores

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

School is in session and it would appear all is running smoothly because the Lanesboro School Board met with a short and efficient agenda on September 18th.

The annual report on curriculum, instruction and student performance was discussed. This document defines results of basic standard tests and relative curriculum and instruction needs. The curriculum is evaluated in six year cycles and more often as necessary.

The district is transitioning from the Basic Skills Test to a new Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test in reading and math for students in grades 3-8. Reading has been identified as a strength in Lanesboro schools but math has been identified for improvement in the secondary schools.

To achieve the best possible results, students will be offered one on one instruction, Saturday school, mentors to work with students individually or in small groups, utilization of individualized computer programs and three week summer school for students "at risk" in reading and math in grades K-6.

The state and federal standards guarantee that all high school graduates have reading and math skills needed to live and work in today's society.

The levy certification was accepted. The total maximum levy will be $511,219 for 2008, a modest 3% increase over 2007.

Other Business

• A contract was approved for a speech therapist to work with students of all ages as needed. Elaine Meltzer will be hired to work one day per week. She also works in Mabel Canton schools and the contract "sells back" 1.1 hours per month to Hiawatha Valley for speech therapy and instruction in that community for children 0-3 yrs old. Her services will replace the previously used computer program.

• The board agreed on a proposal to open time at the end of school board business for community patrons to address the board. Time allotment for visitors to speak will be at the discretion of the chair. Action will not be taken on topics presented but it offers an opportunity to introduce ideas and concerns. Visitors have always been welcome to meetings but this proposal offers a format for participation. Typically, the board members are approached by individuals informally and the board agrees that this works well but allowing time at a meeting is another means of communication with the citizens of the school district.

• Because the October meeting would coincide with MEA it was agreed to move it up to Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.

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