The report was presented by Nancy Evans, director of curriculum. According to Evans, API scores were coming up and overall test scores were up. ACT scores, which included testing areas such as English, mathematics, reading, science and composite, had a slight increase and scores were within the state average or slightly above.
According to the report, fewer students are taking ACT tests; 133 students tested in 2005-2006 compared with 173 four years ago. Evans said now is the time to get involved with children's testing in order to see “winning solutions” in the future.
Under the superintendent's report, Bob Drury discussed the future creation of a committee for improvement. According to Drury, the committee would discuss future improvements of the Altus Public School system. The committee will discuss academics, sports, facilities, nutrition and other issues concerning schools.
“The committee will be formed this fall,” he said. “It will involve every element of our community; they will be able to tell what they expect from our school.”
Items approved include the use of outdated and surplus books by the Salvation Army for their tutoring program. Darrell Moss questioned whether schools had enough textbooks for students. Robert Bowers, Altus Intermediate School principal, said the students rotate some books, but they have access to books online and through CD's. Board President Linda Buxton wanted to clarify whether books could be checked out if parents felt the need to do so for their child. Bowers said the books were available to be checked out if needed. However, Drury said textbook teaching was a thing of the past and textbooks are used more for reference materials.
Another item up for approval was the hiring of a truancy officer. The truancy officer would make home visits to find students who were absent. Board member David Walker suggested the hiring of this position in the September board meeting; however due to his absence and at the request of Board Member John Thomas, the board decided to table the discussion for next month. Thomas suggested the administration “put a plan together” and submit a request to the board so the matter can be discussed further.
Members present were Linda Buxton, Darrell Moss, John Thomas and Col. Keith Moncrief, ex-officio member.
New hires approved include: Lori Hayes as part-time teacher at the Bulldog Academy. There were no non-certified positions hired and several substitutes were approved.