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North County hires company to review curriculum

The North County School District will hire an outside consultant to review their curriculum.

During the school board meeting Thursday night, Mike Willard of the Show Me Curriculum Administrators Association told school board members he would review the curriculum to see what the district could do better. He said he would make sure there was no redundancy or gaps in instruction.

Willard said he would work with the district’s schools for two years. Willard will work with the instruction coordinator, principals and teachers from each building.

He estimated it would cost the district less than $1,000.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Henderson said Willard would be doing a curriculum audit. He said it has never been done before in North County and it has been helpful to other districts in the St. Louis area.

In other matters, Bobbie Meinershagen discussed the special education plan for the district.

She said they plan to create a special education advisory committee and increase parental involvement.

In addition, North County High School Principal Ron McCutchen talked about the school’s 2005 MAP scores. He said test scores are higher than they have ever been and he credited the teachers’ work inside and outside the classroom.

“I’m very proud to be a member of the staff at North County High School and the North County School District,” McCutchen said.

Despite that scores were higher, the school did not meet its adequate yearly progress (AYP) in communication arts. McCutchen said the number of students at grade level had grown but the state does not currently recognize those figures – only the figures for students performing above grade level.

Also at the meeting, the school board decided to keep the tuition rate for Sunrise School District at the same rate.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Gibbons said De Soto is charging the same rate and he believes it would only affect North County negatively to raise the rate. Currently, the district gets about $175,000 from the Sunrise School District for students who are sent to North County.

Janice Neubrand, a school board member, said she would like to look at raising the rate next year. The rate has stayed the same the past three years and is below the cost of per pupil education.

Also, the board hired a first grade teacher and a special education teacher at Desloge Elementary School.

During the public comment section of the meeting, Terry Rickard addressed the board about his concerns regarding the district throwing away pieces of school history, and Dan Schunks, director of North County Bands, let the board know that the high school practice football field was flooded due to an improper drainage system.

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