Sanders recognized for 16 years of service to BIC Board

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Outgoing School Board member Nathan Sanders was presented a plaque for his 16 years of service to Buffalo Island Central School District. Pictured from left, are: Board members Todd Edwards, Superintendent Gaylon Taylor, Sanders, Darrin McFall, Scott Colbert and Jason Stewart.
(Town Crier photo/Greydon Williams)

“To serve 16 years for our school district is really quite, I don’t know if you want to say an ordeal, it probably has been an ordeal at times but it’s quite an accomplishment for this district,” Gaylon Taylor, Buffalo Island Central superintendent, said.

For the past 16 years Nathan Sanders has served on the BIC school board. On Sept. 21, Sanders attended his last board meeting. The superintendent thanked Sanders for his many years of service and listed some of the accomplishments and projects the board has been a part of during Sanders' 16 year term.

“You can look back and you can kind of help me, you guys (the board members), on the building projects he’s been a part of - I guess the MAC and I guess it also would be the superintendent’s office and also the bus barn. More importantly, most importantly, is the passing of the mileage,” Taylor said.

Taylor also stated that even though Sanders will no longer be a part of the board he hopes Sanders will always be there if they need his advice. Sanders was then presented with a plaque to commemorate his years of service.

Mary Beth Gardner, Buffalo Island Central ESL coordinator, asked the board to approve the ESL handbook while also presenting some information on what ESL is. English as a Second Language is a program dedicated to aiding students who are not native English speakers. The program gets funding for ESL students from the state, last year the program received $331 per student. There are currently 78 students in the ESL program.

Dr. Kima Stewart presented the review of the federal and state programs that the BIC elementary will qualify for. Through state and federal funds the total elementary budget for the 2017-2018 school year is $655,531.94.

Stewart also presented the opening enrollment for grades K-4. The total number was 228 students, which is down 14 students from last year.

A question was asked if there were plans to add a staff member who would be able to assist deaf students. Stewart said currently someone is being paid out of the special education funding for that service, but they do have someone who is interested in the position.

“He’s taken the test required to become a true deaf interpreter and if he passes that or if he ever gets his scores, he took it in April, they say it takes six months, there are eight people that score it. It is a complete performance exam…if he gets that (certification) he will come on board,” Stewart said.

Stewart said last year the teachers had a new challenge of having less time with each individual student. Some classes went from having a count of the mid-teens (15 to 17) to having numbers over 20.

“That may not seem a lot mathematically, but when you are trying to teach multiplication that is an incremental gain,” Stewart said.

The last presentation made by Stewart were the test results from the spring of 2017. In first grade 84 percent of students in the district scored either advanced or proficient and 77 percent scored advanced or proficient in math. In second grade 74 percent in reading were advanced or proficient and 79 percent were advanced or proficient in math.

ACT Aspire test scores are percentage based on readiness. One hundred percent would mean completely ready whereas zero would mean not ready at all. Third grade scores reflected 91 percent in English, 53 percent in reading, 14 percent in writing, 80 percent in math and 50 percent in science. Fourth grade scored 74 percent in English, 58 percent in reading, 42 percent in writing, 63 percent in math and 44 percent in science. The fifth grade scored 75 percent in English, 35 percent in reading, 44 percent in writing, 71 percent in math and 54 percent in science. The last grade tested is the sixth grade which scored 83 percent in English, 44 percent in reading, 76 percent in writing, 67 percent in math and 58 percent in science.

The board also adopted the salary schedule for the 2017-2018 school year as well as the ASB personnel policies for the 2017-2018 school year.

Marti Peel has volunteered to be in charge of the season passes for sporting events. Those interested in obtaining a season pass need to contact Peel. The price for passes will be the same as last year.

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