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Farmington School Board approves studies, summer school

FARMINGTON – During a regular Farmington Board of Education meeting Tuesday night the board voted to approve a graduate follow up studies report, A+ report, and summer school.

Andrea Pruett, advisor at Farmington High School gave a report to the board about the 180 day graduate studies follow up report for the class of 2011. It was gathered by the National Student Clearinghouse which reports to the data to DESE. Information was also provided by local colleges, parents and students.

Pruett said for four year colleges and universities there were 66 students or 26 percent who attended, for two year college there were 112 students or 45 percent who attended and four students or 2 percent went to technical school. In total there were 182 students or 72 percent total students who went to college. There were 39 students or 16 percent who went to work, six students or 2 percent went into the military, 20 students or 8 percent were other and 4 or 1 percent was unknown. The other category includes students who were employed part-time, working at the Missouri Community Improvement Industries, Sheltered Workshop, unemployed or stayed at home with parents.

Pruett said the numbers for military have gone down.

Debra Aubuchon, director of At Risk Programs, gave a report on the A+ program. The A+ schools program is a school-improvement initiative established by the outstanding schools act in 1993.  

This year there are 428 students with a signed A+ agreement on file. There are 142 seniors, 118 juniors, 109 sophomores and 59 freshmen. There are 220 high school students actively tutoring.

There are three A+ tutoring students –  Jetaime Hovis with 94 hours, Jesse Francis with 90 hours and Kayla Sandlin with 85 hours. There are 61 seniors in the class of 2012 who are on track to be A+ eligible. There were 97 seniors in 2011 who were A+ eligible.

Sarah Long said they plan for a full summer school from May 29 through June 22. The administrative team met with principals and reviewed data and the need for offering summer school.

Based on the data the district will be offering summer school to all students who either want to sign up or need to recover credits or work toward mastery or grade level expectations. Classes will be in the core areas and will be tied to communication arts, math or science GLEs. A few needed non-core classes will be offered at the high school level such as health and PE.

Transportation will be provided and the district will participate in the summer food program.

Board President Angie Hahn recognized former members David and Jane for the years of service. They also welcomed Dolores Howard and Jeff Lawson to the board.

Aubuchon recognized Judge Sandy Martinez as the Heartland Hero for April and Jamie Lamonds as Featured Teacher for April. Patty Ribbing gave the Featured Staff member to Judy Soens .  

The annual retirement dinner for the district will be held Monday at the high school at 6 p.m.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

Maridee Lawson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 756-8927 or mlawson@dailyjournalonline.com.

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