The impact of Parents as Teachers (PAT) continues to grow in Palmyra. A report on the program was delivered during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting in Palmyra.
Kathy Nicholson reported to the board PAT program, which serves 200 families and over 270 children.
In other business:
• The elementary school Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) Leadership Team reported on the PBS program at Palmyra Elementary School. PBS is a school-wide program that teaches positive behavior supports.
• The board discussed the annual Missouri School Boards Association meeting that was attended by Dudley Powell, Martha Keim, Oneta Crowe, Roger Sutter, Stephanie Bross, and Eric Churchwell.
• The school board retreat scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, facilitated by Leroy Huff, Missouri Association of Rural Educators (MARE) consultant, was discussed.
• The possibility was discussed of implementing wrestling at Palmyra High School beginning the 2015-16 school year if there is student interest and the resources are in place to support wrestling.
• The new “Accredited with Distinction” criteria under MSIP 5, proposed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), was a topic of discussion. The new criteria includes: Earning 90 percent of the points on the current Annual Performance Report (APR), APR status scores for all standards must be “On Track” or “2020 Target,” world language classes offered prior to ninth grade, Gifted Education offered, all physical education requirements met, Fine Arts (music & art) offered, and Early Childhood Education program offered in addition to Early Childhood Special Education and Parents as Teachers.
The public can submit comments to DESE on this topic through Thursday, Oct. 17, by mailing them to DESE, Office of Quality Schools, Attention: School Improvement Section, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by e-mail at MSIP@dese.mo.gov.
• The board discussed the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Committee that is being re-established to review and revise the CSIP.
• The board accepted the resignation from Andrea Lay, food services, and approved additions to the substitute teacher list as presented.