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Mount Ida School Board discusses test scores

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online
MOUNT IDA – A decline in test scores was among the topics discussed at the most recent Mount Ida School Board meeting.
A drop in test scores was mentioned several times throughout the meeting with Superintendent Tristan Knoedl addressing the topic near the end of the meeting. While no numbers were officially available at the time of the meeting, everyone acknowledged that the drop in ACT Aspire Test scores was a point of concern.
Superintendent Knoedl stated, “We’ve got some work to do and we know that.”
Reading was the subject most affected in the elementary school.
School officials will be meeting with various agencies and groups in an effort to gather resources and develop a plan to improve test scores.
In other business:
The board approved the transfer of two students into the Caddo Hills School District, and one student into the Mount Ida School .
The board approved the 2022-2023 BBES and Mount Ida High School improvement plans.
Motion to approve the School Board policy revision and additions for the 2022-23 school year was made by Phillip Carr, seconded by Jeremy McCullough Carried 5-0. 5:33 P.M.
The board approved the 2022-2023 Teacher Handbook for use.
The board approved the 2022-2023 Classified Employee Handbook for use.
The board approved the 2022-2023 MIHS Student Handbook for use.
The board approved the 2022-2023 BBES Student Handbook for use.
The board approved the 2022-23 District Recruitment and Retention
The board approved an increase in substitute pay to meet the minimum wage requirements of $82.50 for Cafeteria Subs, $88 for Classroom Subs, and $98 for Licensed Subs.
The board accepted the resignation of Lisa Swindle, elementary cafeteria worker.
The board hired Julia Bissell as elementary cafeteria worker.
The board voted to terminate the Point of Contact (POC) agreement with Susan James due to change in ESSER funding.

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