Derry Area School District to transition away from No Child Left Behind standards
By Greg Reinbold
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Derry Area School District officials heard details last week of the School Performance Profile system used by federal and state departments of education to evaluate schools and districts.
The SPP system will replace the Adequate Yearly Progress model beginning this year as schools transition away from No Child Left Behind standards.
Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Walters said the system measures schools and districts in the categories of academic achievement, closing their achievement gap between actual and target (100 percent) proficiency rates, academic growth and an “other” category, which includes graduation and attendance rate, as well as participation and performance in advanced placement, college credit and international baccalaureate courses.
Each measurement category is weighted differently, with academic achievement and academic growth comprising the majority of the total score.
Following the presentation, the school board voted unanimously to approve extending contracts with photography services. The board extended its deal with Interstate Studios for Grade K-11 photography through the 2016-17 school year, and extended its contract with E. Henigan for high school and athletic photography. Prices for both services remain the same as the 2011-14 bids and are contingent upon continued satisfactory service.
The board approved the request of Robert Blamick for Derry Area to host the First Year Algebra Contest of the Mathematics Council of Western Pennsylvania on April 5 and May 10. All costs will be paid by the Mathematics Council.
The middle school will seek a newspaper adviser after the board accepted the resignation of Sarah Dunn from that position. The board accepted the resignation of Neal McClarren as boys' junior varsity basketball coach and voted to employ Barry Brasili as assistant game manager for the 2013-14 school year at a salary set by the district's supplemental professional contract.
The board approved a pair of purchases for the technology department: two tablets with keyboards from CDW, purchased with funds from capital reserve at a cost of $914.99 each through the PEPPM purchasing cooperative pricing; Team Viewer Remote Session Support one-time license fee of $2,697.05 from TeamViewer GmbH, paid from the general fund.
The board approved additions to the substitute employees lists, the employment of three extended day-to-day substitutes, two noon-time aides, a majorette instructor and a volunteer woodwind instructor for the marching band.
In other employment business, the board voted to change the status of Steve Bozelli from Maintenance I to Maintenance Technician RHVAC at an hourly rate of $22.90 and to award permanent contracts to Merissa Larrew, Carrie Schneider and Jennifer Zinkham, all of whom have completed three years of service with satisfactory ratings.
The board approved the request of Barbara Visconti to attend the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials conference in Hershey March 11-14, 2014 at an approximate cost to the district of $1,200. Other conference attendance requests approved were Lisa Dubich to attend the Olweus Bullying Prevention conference in Mechanicsburg on Dec. 12-13 at an approximate cost of $485 and Cheryl Walters and Robert Neidbalson to attend the Integrated Learning conference in State College on Nov. 6-7 at an approximate cost of $715.
The board approved and adopted the Adjudication in Student Discipline Incident #179, dated Sept. 18, 2013. The adjudication was previously approved following a due process hearing before the board.
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