The process of improving test scores throughout Eufaula City Schools has begun and the first reports signal ECS is on the path to recovery, although both first-year Superintendent Joey Brannan and Elementary Curriculum Specialist Holly Mitchell warned there is still a ways to go to recover from last year’s extremely poor grades given to each campus.
Brannan did note that one test showed grades 3-8 were at a reading readiness of just 22 percent during the Christmas break, but had improved to 72 percent by the end of the recent school year.
“We’ve got a plan in place and we’re going to attack it,” said Brannan, who opened every staff meeting after arriving in January with the campuses’ grades of “C, D, F, F.”
“We’re not where we need to be, not even close, but we’ll celebrate the small wins and move forward.”
Mitchell broke down the latest scores for grades 3-8 as compared to the 2017-18 school year:
* Third Grade Reading up 9.6 percent
* Third Grade Math up 9.4 percent
* Fourth Grade Reading up 13.6 percent
* Fourth Grade Math up 3.2 percent
* Fifth Grade Reading down 1.7 percent
* Fifth Grade Math down 1.2 percent
* Sixth Grade Reading up 22.9 percent
* Sixth Grade Math up 12.1 percent
* Seventh Grade Reading down 12 percent
* Seventh Grade Math down 7.7 percent
* Eighth Grade Reading up 1.3 percent
* Eighth Grade Math up 3.8 percent.
ECS is hoping these results will show a vast improvement on the state test scores that will released later this year.
Yadira Chavez was sworn into her role as the newest member of the Eufaula City Schools Board of Education by board President Richard Wingate.
Student lunches will increase by 5 cents per child if the meals are offered by the Child Nutrition Program, although James Bailey, director of facilities and safety, said paperwork has been submitted to provide all students within the school system to get free breakfasts and lunches.
Resignation Certified: Mary Elizabeth Long, 240-Day Special Education Coordinator, Central Office, effective June 14; Megan Lane, Kindergarten Teacher, Eufaula Primary School, effective June 4; Employment Certified: Mary Frances Clark, Speech Language Pathologist, Central Office, effective Aug. 2; Kayla Riley, Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Central Office, effective Aug. 2; Kathryn Foy, Kindergarten Teacher, Eufaula Primary School, effective Aug. 2; Mitzy Knotts, Third Grade Teacher, Eufaula Elementary School, effective Aug. 2; Angela Reisch, Third Grade Teacher, Eufaula Elementary School, effective Aug. 2; David Arnold, Math Teacher, Admiral Moorer Middle School, effective Aug. 2; Reginald Hicks, Counselor, Eufaula High School, effective July 1; Merri Hicks, Physical Education Teacher, Eufaula High School, effective Aug. 2; Lauren Kiser, Social Science Teacher, Eufaula High School, effective Aug. 2; Amber Brannan, Kindergarten Teacher, Eufaula Primary School, effective Aug. 2.
Special Recommendation: Transfer/Reassignment Certified, Matthew Rogers, Voluntary transfer from Fifth Grade Teacher, Eufaula Elementary School, to Gifted Teacher, Eufaula Elementary School, effective for the 2019-2020 school year; Holly Mitchell, Transfer from Elementary Instructional Specialist to 240-Day Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Central Office, effective July 1; Stacey Turvin, Transfer from Federal Programs Specialist to 240-Day Federal Programs Coordinator, effective July 1; Andrea Tew, Voluntary transfer from Career Technical Teacher, Eufaula High School to Career Technical/Science Teacher, Eufaula High School, effective Aug. 2.
Temporary/Part Time/Additional Duties: Sherene Huner, Bookkeeping for Accounting Staff Training and CNP Accounting; as needed, not to exceed 120 hours per pay period, $20.48 per hour, Central Office, effective July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; Marielos Medina Monarrez, Spanish Instructor/Interpreter, Central Office, $13 per hour, as needed, effective Jan. 9, 2019-June 28, 2019; Cody Brown, 7 additional eight-hour days, at his daily rate of pay for the 2018-2019 school year, June 18, 2019-June 27, 2019; Samantha Weathers, 2 additional 8-hour days, at their daily rate of pay for the 2018-2019 school year, June 18, 2019-June 27, 2019, and 4 addition 8-hour days, July 1, 2019-July 24, 2019; Montavios Meishon Duckworth, Summer labor, $7.25 per hour, not to exceed 40 hours per week, effective June 3-Aug. 9.
There will be a special board meeting on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Central Office.