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Board reviews NECAP science results


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
October 24, 2012
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain School Board met for just over an hour during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Principal Jay Fitzpatrick reviewed the results of the spring NECAP science test results.

Fitzpatrick reported that 36 percent of the students scored in the top two categories of proficiency, which was three percent higher than the state average. Forty-seven percent of the students tested scored in Level 2, which is two percent higher than the state average, and 18 percent of students scored at Level 1, which was two percent lower than the state average.

Fitzpatrick talked about the recent NECAP testing in math and English and said that students worked well and commended their efforts. The testing setup included 90 minutes of physical activity followed by two sessions of testing broken up by a lunch period.

Superintendent Robert Cullison reported that he would be meeting with representatives from the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) about their previous two-page report. Member Jeff St. Cyr has displayed disappointment in the length of the report compared to what the school paid for the report.

Chair Eunice Landry, who is also the chair of the finance committee, reported that the legal fees owed to Municipal Resources Inc. by the school are $5,725.42. Payment of this amount will leave approximately $2,000 for legal fees in the budget.

Susan Dillon, the business administrator, will be looking for a possible budget surplus.

The finance committee recommended a $2 per hour increase for the head cook during the absence of a Food Service Director. The board unanimously approved the motion.

The finance committee has scheduled a budget work session for Oct. 30, and has set a goal of having budget recommendations in the Nov. 20 board packet.

The board approved a final reading of a memo of understanding regarding the school resource officer.

Shayna Sweezy, the student representative, reported that the History Club recently returned from its trip to Gettysburg, Pa.

The annual Senior Spaghetti Supper will be held on Nov. 7, and the senior class will host a hypnotist on Nov. 15. The senior class will be hosting a Halloween Dance and Haunted Halls the Friday before Halloween.

The board approved the minutes from its Oct. 2 meeting.

The next scheduled meeting of the Prospect Mountain High School Board is on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Mountain High School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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