The Board of Education started the meeting with the Night of 1000 Dreams Early Bird drawing for the Grand Prize Raffle/Auction Ticket. Longtime committee member Ted Hinze and Director of Development Vic Boblett drew the name of Darrell Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds will be one of six people able to participate in the Grand Prize Raffle/Auction for the trip to Punta Cana. Coach Boblett thanked the board for their support during his tenure and acknowledged Ted and his commitment to the development program for the last 21 years. The event is this Friday, April 13 and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. See the Night of 1000 Dreams Live Auction List >>
Rock Island High School Girls Bowling members
The Superintendent and board acknowledged the Rock Island High School Girls Bowling All Academic and All-Metro team: Lindsay Entsminger, Emily Eckert, Ali Hawotte, Jordan Scholl and Catherine Rednour. Coach Braet is excited about next year and is glad that he has some more good high school years with his team members.
The Rock Island High School Boys Wrestling Team members were recognized for their great season and many accomplishments: Blake Anguisich, Michael Cole, Tyler DeHaven, Ignace Hakizimana, Darius Henderson, Kyle Kerres, B.J. McGhee, Trae Nichols, Lucas Rusk, Jean Louis Sawadogo and Chase Wiggins. Coach Joel Stockwell congratulated his wrestlers for being dedicated to the sport, and also thanked the board for their support and acknowledged Athletic Director Bob Swanson for his help and support during his coaching tenure.
Rock Island High School Wrestlers
Board Member Reports
Dave Rockwell congratulated the new inductees for National Honor Society last Wednesday, April 4. There were 32 high school seniors and many up-and-coming sophomores and juniors. Rockwell also congratulated the drama/speech team and they had their presentation last Saturday. The production, Agnes of God was a great performance. The Head Start policy council applied to DHHS for additional COLA funds for this budget year in the amount of $16,391. Head Start’s current enrollment is 321 and they are showing attendance rate of 89.4%. Dr. Kim Armstrong also attended the National Honor Society Induction program. It was great to see the large number of underclassmen involved with the program. Armstrong also attended the “Promoting the Peace” at the Martin Luther King Jr. event in which former student Destiny Wren coordinated some great opportunities for students. The Girls Track Team is still on a winning streak and the girls are breaking records left and right. Linda Dothard attended the Open Meetings Act Mandatory Training. She will be going to Naperville for the IL Student Liquid Asset Fund and going to Boston next week for Nat School board conference. Paula Rummels is heading to Thomas Jefferson this week for a visit and the BHASED meeting on April 11.
Student board member Sam Ferry announced April 16 is Annual Jazz Night in the RIHS cafeteria. It’s a great event. April 24 & 25 juniors will be taking the PSAE and ACT test. In May, The Interact Club members will be attending the RYLA conference in May.
Dr. Oberhaus extended congratulations to Debi Goslin (Frances Willard); Val Matson (Washington Jr. High); Lisa Maxwell (Eugene Field) and Anitra Whiting (Thomas Jefferson) for being selected as 2012 Dispatch Argus Master Teachers. RIMSD #41 continues the trend of having the most teachers acknowledged. The dinner an ceremony is May 4 at iWireless Center. Congratulations to the Washington Jr. High Jazz Band. The students are moving on to the state competition in May. This spring is full of sports events – please try and attend a baseball, soccer, tennis, softball or track meet. This weekend the Girls Track Team is at home and next weekend the Boys Track meet is at home. These are the only two track meet events at home for the rest of the season – please try and get out to see our students.
The following teachers were granted with tenure, beginning the 2012-2013 year:
Andrea Bonner (Lang.Arts-Academy) Rock Island High School
Jacob Boyd (Special Ed.) Rock Island High School
Jeffery Duster (Soc.St.) Rock Island High School
Bill Gustafson (Art-Graphic) Rock Island High School
Thad Hoover (P.E.) Rock Island High School
Courtney Fulton Soc.St./Math Washington Jr. High School
Kathleen Hartzler (Science) Washington Jr. High
Steve VanDeWalle (Interventionist) Thurgood Marshall
Christine Beierlein (Grades 4-5) Denkmann Elementary
Lisa Bisom (Interventionist) Earl Hanson Elementary
Rita Jett (Multiage 5-6) Intermediate Academy
Sarah Greim (Special Ed.) Longfellow Elementary
Rebekah Stevenson (Grade 5-6) Longfellow Elementary
Ashley Brumbaugh (Kindergarten) Rock Island Academy
Amanda Hollingsworth (Multiage 3-4) Rock Island Academy
James Slankard (Physical Ed.) Rock Island Academy
Michael Carton (Multiage 1-2) R.I. Center for Math & Science
Ashley Hebblen (Looping 1-2) Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Nikki Duke (Psychologist) District
Angela Lynch (Speech Pathologist) District
The board also approved the contract renewal of 26 teachers/staff and did not renew the contracts of 16 teachers in the school district.
Rock Island High School Daily Schedule Proposal
Rock Island High School Principal Tim Wernentin and Math Teacher Michelle Lillis presented a new high school daily schedule to the board. One of the goals of Rock Island High School this year was to re-evaluate the daily schedule. Teachers and administrators know that there are students who struggle with school work, and there are those students who also want to spend more time at school on projects and activities. Therefore, a committee of teachers and parents have been working on a new high school daily schedule solution to address student access to teachers as well as help teachers address their curriculum planning needs.
Overall, the schedule change would provide a consistent format across the board for the entire 5-day week without having to observe the early-out Wednesday. Currently the high school starts at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:15 p.m. The new day schedule/proposal maintains the seven period schedule but adds an enrichment period at the beginning of the day. Therefore 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. (the enrichment period) would be used as a time when students can come in and meet with teachers to get help, and then the actual instructional day would start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
The focus for students that are failing classes is that they must attend the enrichment period for supports and assistance with their teacher. The purpose is to move them off the failing grade. This process will be a three week cycle, allowing three cycles for each quarter. Teachers will be proactive in communicating to students and parents/guardians on academic concerns and informing them of the required enrichment sessions.
For other students the enrichment would not be mandatory, but they would be encouraged to attend other enrichment activities: character, college, career, community, group work, extra support, or potentially online coursework/dual credits. This schedule also provides a common preparation period for all departments one day per week.
The committee has been gathering feedback about the new schedule. A community input meeting is going to be held on Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. The board will consider the plan at the April 24th meeting.
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- The board reviewed Third Quarter Scorecard updates. Attendance is up by 94% and students with 2 or less referrals is at 83.92% (up 2% from last year) and students with no out of school suspensions is at 92% which is consistent with last year’s actual number. A total of 42 students have been placed in Special Education (this year’s target is 50). The school district monthly financials are in the red (-) and there is 139 days Cash on Hand. That could change in the fourth quarter as figures come in from the State of Illinois. Five loss-time injuries have been documented thus far, overshooting this year’s target of 4. Certified staff absences are at 7.48%, which is ahead of this year’s target.
- An Acuity update was given, indicating that the system has measured growth in student achievement as well as the achievement gap, which saw greater than expected growth. Teachers have been creating custom tests in the system and also taking advantage of professional development opportunities. Students have also been receptive to the system and have benefitted from using the tests. A survey will be done with teachers at the end of the year to see what needs to be planned for 2012-2013.
- The board approved board policy revisions 2:120, 2:190, 2:200, 4:110, 4:170, 5:10, 5:30, 5:125, 5:190, 5:220, 5:260, 5:285, 6:50, 6:110, 6:280, 7:100, 7:190 and 7:270.
- The board awarded contracts to contracts to Johnson Controls, Moline, IL, in the amount of $6,390.00; Baker Group, Moline, IL, in the amount of $8,063.00; and Ragan Mechanical, Davenport, IA, in the amount of $8,305.00 for Air Conditioning Cleaning and Start-up, and a contract to Baker Group, Moline, IL, in the amount of $21,644.00 for Boiler Cleaning and Inspection.