BIC Board talks NWEA program

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The March 14 Buffalo Island Central School Board meeting opened with information provided by Dr. Kima Stewart, BIC West principal, and Scott Petznick, math teacher, explaining the schools involvement with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Assessments. The Board viewed a demonstration of how the program is utilized. Petznick shared examples of student and parent access as well as teacher access and use of the program. The examples shown included a personalized assessment based on individual student performance in order to cater to each student's needs to advance throughout the year.

Buffalo Island Central School Board members listened to information presented by Scott Petznick, KAIT Teacher of the Month, about NWEA assessments during the March meeting.

Petznick also received congratulations on his recent student nomination and selection as Teacher of the Month awarded by KAIT.

Concerns were raised that not all BIC students were receiving equal opportunity and access to all resources. Stewart assured the Board that plans are being made to ensure the program is available to all students in the near future.

Architects Hardy Little and John Mixon discussed tentative floor plans for new construction on both Monette and Leachville campuses. The plans were described as "value driven" to maintain the best options for the budget.

The Board and architects will continue to discuss possible layouts and material to maximize space and functionality in the new buildings before finalizing layouts.

The Board approved the 2015-2016 audit findings. Superintendent Gaylon Taylor shared that no major findings were reported and plans are underway to make any corrections needed.

Bids were excepted for two buses no longer in use by the district. Dal Luther purchased a 1998 International for $3,333. The other, a 2005 International, was bought by Cesar Marroquin for $1,000.

The Board then discussed options for a new bus. The District will purchase a 2017 bus from Central State Bus Sales that can seat 83 passengers for $107,740.

The board held executive session to discuss personnel issues:

*The Board agreed to a one semester leave of absence for Jae Glass.

*The rehire of all principals for the 2016-2017 school year was approved.

*The Board accepted the resignation of Tracey Yates.

BIC School Board meetings will be moved to the third Thursday of each month. The decision to change days will accommodate architects who will be in the area for other projects on the same day. The next meeting is scheduled April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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