Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015 School Board meeting highlights

Special Recognition
Richland Two students, employees and school board members were recognized for their accomplishments.

Faculty Focus
Felicia Richburg-Sellers and Jennifer Rushing from Conder Elementary School shared how the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) approach is being integrated throughout the school. They also shared experiences from Conder's recent STEAM Day including a video detailing how the school is working to solve the “Food Deserts” issue facing many children across the nation.

Voting Item: Elementary and Middle Early Release Days for 2015-2016
The board voted to approve the proposed elementary and middle school early release dates for the 2015–2016 school year. These dates were selected by the Superintendent’s Faculty Advisory Council and the elementary and middle school principals. Early release days provide time for teachers to participate in collaborative planning and professional development, which prepares them to meet the needs of very diverse learners and set high expectations for all students.

Early Release Dates
Explanation and Purpose of Early Release Dates
2015–2016 Working Calendar

Update: Ridge View Facilities
Executive Director of Operations Jack Carter presented an update on the status of ongoing facilities upgrades at Ridge View High School.

Ridge View Update

Report: Career Prep
Team Leader for Career and Technology Education Mary Paige Boyce shared with the board information about the Richland Two Career Prep Program. The program is offered as an option to high school students who have been enrolled in and have been unsuccessful in the ninth grade for a minimum of three semesters and whose test scores indicate a possible need for this program. This alternative program focuses on the job readiness and life skills necessary for students to successfully enter the workforce. Students learn the Work Keys skills necessary to pass the Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading for Information tests necessary for employment in major businesses which use this assessment for hiring purposes.

Career Prep Presentation

Report: Board and Superintendent Priorities
Superintendent Debbie Hamm shared with the board her nine priority areas for improvement in the district.

Nine Priority Areas

A complete recording of each board meeting is aired on the district’s cable access channel 12 R2TV on Time Warner Cable and on demand anytime through the district’s YouTube channel.

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