Shelby County School Board: New vision, implementation to get vote

-A A +A

First look at winter MAP scores coming

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will take a vote on a proposed new vision for the district at it's meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district's offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

The concept, which focuses on five points – globally effective students, 21st Century professionals, healthy and responsible students, Innovation, and 21st Century Support Systems – was put together by the Strategic Leadership Team and presented to the board by a large group at the Jan. 23 meeting.

The lengthy presentation outlined the steps needed to achieve each of the five points and their benefits.

“This is the plan we’ve put together,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “The BIG Goals will still be our motto, but our vision and our mission will come from Inspired Learning, Leading and Living.”

The new vision will have a greater commitment to technology and several changes throughout the day in classrooms.

“We want to provide needs-based scheduling for students and encourage performance-based learning,” he said. “That could open up accelerated paths for students like we’ve never seen before.”

Some of those changes could come from “flipped classrooms,” in which students watch lectures online at night to be prepared for work in the classroom the next day, or blended learning that features a computer/technology based portion of the course along with a teacher-led portion.

Board chair Doug Butler, for one, already supported the changes.

“I’m a believer in your vision,” Butler said at the previous meeting. “I will be voting in favor of moving forward with this. I think parents and teachers will have to embrace this wholeheartedly.”

Winter MAP results

The board will hear a presentation on the winter Measures of Academic Progress test results. The test, which is given three times a year, is a nationally recognized test that is a predictor for students earning proficient or distinguished on the state tests.

The scores will also show the growth of classes and individual students throughout the school year. The first test was given in the fall, and the third and final test will be given in the spring.

Allocations and staffing

After reviewing the draft budget last month, the district will use that information to begin its school allocations and staffing. Greg Murphy, the district director of finance, will present an allocation for each school based on projected enrollment and the staffing to meet that school’s needs.

Last month Murphy told the board that district expects to have 166 additional students next year.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Celebrate a diploma recovery project graduation.
  • Hear a staff report on daycare.
  • Consider approval of extending lawn care contracts for the 2014 mowing season.
  • Have a closed session for the purpose of the Superintendent’s formative evaluation.
  • Consider approval of awarding a contract for maintenance of athletic fields and support spaces.
  • Consider approval of waiving board policy to allow students to participate in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly on Sunday.
  • Consider approval to allow Shelby County High School eighth grade students to use common carrier transportation for a field trip on Thursday, Feb. 20.
  • Consider approval of 2014-15 non-resident contracts for outgoing students to Hardin and Jefferson counties.
  • Consider approval of a second reading of revised SCPS board policy, 04.311, regarding fiscal management and district accounts.
  • Consider approval of leave of absence requests.