Board says RSU 40 strategic plan not plagiarizedBoard also debates Many Flags Steering Committee offer
Washington — Community members once again voiced their disappointment in Regional School Unit 40 Superintendent Susan Pratt during a Board of Directors meeting Oct. 18 for apparently "cribbing" the district's strategic plan from RSU 21.
However, Chairman Danny Jackson responded that after meeting with legal counsel in executive session, it had been determined that Pratt's actions did not constitute plagiarism.
Pratt herself did not address the issue, but briefly reported that, in other news, "negotiations with the teacher's association have reached an impasse" and will now move into mediation.
Many Flags discussion continues
Superintendent Pratt deviated from the Board of Directors' predetermined agenda in order to present an offer from the Many Flags/One Campus Steering Committee.
Though RSU 40 voted to reject the Many Flags proposal Oct. 4, Pratt said that the project's steering committee had extended an offer for two RSU 40 members to attend their meetings as non-voting members.
Board member Lynda Letteney said that she didn't see the point.
Pratt responded, "I think that the point...was that they would be able to participate in the discussion."
"[T]heir hope is that someday we'll see the error of our ways," said board member Tod Brown. Brown went on to say that though he wasn't committed to the project, he was interested in taking "further steps."
Board member Ann Donaldson said that although she is in favor of regionalization, she doesn't like the "shape-shifting" nature of the project and the consolidated campus.
However, Donaldson said she is interested in keeping tabs on the initiative, and that if there were two interested parties available, they should be allowed to take up the Many Flags Steering Committee's offer.
"I'm just damn curious," Donaldson said.
Board Member Gail Hawes said she would have preferred the issue to have been listed on the agenda, and recommended that the board wait until the Nov. 1 meeting to vote.
The board subsequently moved to postpone further discussion on the matter until the next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 1.
No Child Left Behind 2011-2012
Kim Schroeter, RSU 40 director of instruction and No Child Left Behind coordinator, presented No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress results for 2012-2013.
AYP is calculated from data gathered the previous academic year.
While most RSU 40 reading and math progress results demonstrate that all targets were met or met with safe harbor — indicating satisfactory year-to-year progress — Medomak Valley High School did not meet targets in either area.
Medomak Middle School did not meet progress targets for attendance among economically-disadvantaged students, and Miller School did not meet progress targets among economically-disadvantaged students.
In terms of overall school status, Friendship Village School, Prescott Memorial, and Union Elementary School are all listed as making AYP.
Warren Community School is poised to be making AYP next year should they achieve satisfactory results on this year's testing, but targets are still not being met at Miller School, Medomak Middle School, and Medomak Valley High School.
Board member Tod Brown said that only 50 percent of graduating MVHS seniors complete all four years at the school.
Brown said that the turnover, which he partially attributes to students moving beween divorced or separated parents, may be affecting test results.
Prescott Memorial MEA results
Richard Blackman, principal of Prescott Memorial School and Union Elementary School, presented the recent MEA results for fifth-grade science at Prescott.
According to results Blackman distributed to the board and public attendees, 74 percent of Prescott students were ranked as "proficient" or "proficient with distinction," while 21 percent are "partially proficient." The remaining 5 percent are listed as "substantially below proficient."
Blackman said that these results are in keeping with the trend of the past several years.
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.