Puxico School Board approves multiple program evaluations at January meeting

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Puxico School Board approved multiple program evaluations and learned of a new program at its January meeting Thursday evening.

Instructional coach Tammy Thompson presented the guidelines for the Grow Your Own Teacher Program to the board. This is a new program in the district that will allow it to create a financial award to be applied toward college tuition or completion of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE). The goal of the program is to bring quality educators to the Puxico School District.

The funds for the award will be taken from a grant entitled Grow your Own grant.

Individuals must fill out an application for the program with the district. To qualify the individual must be pursuing a degree in education or be willing to complete the ABCTE program. The applicant must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, live within 30 miles of the Puxico School District and be able to pass a background check.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of administration, Puxico staff, the high school counselor and a board of education representative.

The funds can be used in multiple ways. They can be given to recipients in college in increments of $500 a year ($250 a semester) for four years. An enrollment fee of $1,900 for the ABCTE program may be given.

The funds may be uses to pay a one-time fee of $73 for the Missouri content assessment or $94 for the elementary education multi-content test, which are part of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA). Also $100 may be given for applying for teacher certification with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

The funds are awarded to recipients in the form of loans/scholarships. These can be forgiven in the amount of $1,086.50 per year for two years or a total of $2,173 for people completing an education degree or ABCTE program not in elementary education. A forgiveness of $2,194 ($1,097 per year for two years) is available for people completing an education degree in elementary education or the ABCTE program.

Recipients are guaranteed a position with Puxico Schools following the completion of their degree/certification and the total loan will be forgiven in a two-year period. However, should recipients part ways with the district for any reason before the two-year forgiveness period or not complete their degree or ABCTE program, they will be responsible for paying the balance of the loan/scholarship.

The applicant/recipient must provide the district with grade cards, as well as proof of enrollment and attendance while in college.

The board approved the guidelines.

Parent Education and Community Education Programs

Puxico Elementary Principal Nathan Wills presented the evaluation for the parent education program. The goal of the program is to ensure parents/guardians are able to assist in their child's learning and to encourage them to be actively involved in their child's education in the school district.

Wills said this program encompasses activities such as grandparents day, open house and others involving the family of students.

The objectives of the program include communicating with parents through weekly and monthly newsletters, social media, the school website, conferences, report cards and grade level parent nights. The program also looks to provide opportunities for parents to interact with their students in fun and educational activities and promote shared responsibility for high student performance through the Parent-Teacher-Student Compact signed each year at open houses, parent meetings or conferences.

The program also provides educational information to parents through monthly newsletters and contact with Parents As Teachers. Parents and pre-kindergarten students are acclimated to the school program through pre-kindergarten screenings, orientation and pre-kindergarten summer school.

Wills said he is concerned about the spring parent-teacher conferences not being as well attended as the conferences in the fall. He said the district is looking at ways to improve this.

High school principal Gretchen Hill presented the Community Education Program evaluation to the board.

The goals of this program are to provide programs and information regarding adult education programs available to community members and collect data on the educational needs of community members.

The programís objectives are to use the data collected to create opportunities for continuing education programs. The district also informs community members about services and programs available for continuing education.

The district works through the program with MOLearns to provide community members with information regarding online tutoring to acquire a high school equivalency (HSE).

The board approved both program evaluations.

Superintendents Report

Superintendent Cindy Crabb said the districtís transportation department is stabilizing and currently the district has enough bus drivers. Crabb said herself and other teachers who had acquired the appropriate license filled in as drivers when needed.

Crabb said the district will send out a survey regarding the elementary school. This survey will be online on Facebook and paper copies will be available to those who need them.

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