District takes long aim at accreditation

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns Board of Education members approved a road map of six sets of long- and short-term goals Oct. 12.

“Goals in these categories must work to the fifth year of the plan for successful accreditation,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “This year, 2016-17, is zero year and the aim of zero year is to establish a successful five-year program.”

“Year one is next year and so on. We will examine these district goals and decide whether to keep, discard, or change the goals and priorities,” he said.

Staff, administration, directors, and school board members all will participate in review and development of the school district’s stated aims.

The categories for review are curriculum and instruction, personnel, school/community, board relations, student activities, operations, and capital outlay.

In other business:

  • Board members rescinded a 2011 policy established for sixth grade basketball participation. Previously, board policy allowed 12 students on each middle school team with players selected from the seventh and eighth grades. Eligibility issues can arise that mean not enough players are available to field a team. Fluctuation in class sizes can cause students to be left out. The board voted to allow board discretion by year as needed to fill the teams and encourage participation.
  • Traxson acknowledged a gift from Peabody American Legion Auxiliary family bingo night. The group donated a large quantity of back-to-school items students will be able to use during the coming year as well as a $100 cash donation for additional supplies if needed.
  • High school and middle school principal Ken Parry told board members no high school students and only two middle school students had been on the ineligible list this year.
  • The board accepted the resignation of Jake Watts as custodian and hired Frank Davis to fill the position following an executive session to discuss classified personnel issues.

Last modified Oct. 20, 2016

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