Board of Trustees Meeting Report – April 10, 2017

Quarterly Report on District Strategic Plan

Associate Superintendents Verba Echols and Walt Wilcox gave a presentation of the data presented in the Quarterly Report on the Strategic Plan for the quarter ending on December 31, 2016. This edition of the Quarterly Report features information about the latest graduation rates, college articulation agreements, high school certification programs, a district content standards update, and NCSD central services survey data. The Quarterly Report can be viewed in full (as well as corresponding appendices) here.


Report on High School Graduation Data

Wilcox and Charlotte Gilbar, NCSD’s Director of Assessment, presented on specific pieces of data regarding graduation rates. In Gilbar’s report she compared Natrona County’s rates with other comparably-sized districts (Albany #1, Campbell #1, Laramie #1, and Sheridan #2). Within the larger groups of data, Gilbar also presented on specific subgroups, drawing the following conclusions:

  • Students with IEPs had graduation rates that were fairly similar through all 5 districts.  Laramie #1, Natrona #1, and Sheridan #2 were all at 63%.
  • Students who are lunch eligible had graduation rates that were also fairly similar within 4 districts (63%-66%).  Sheridan #2 had the highest rate of 72%.
  • NCSD’s Hispanic students had a graduation rate of 74%, this is the second highest of the 5 districts, with Albany #1 at 79%.
  • The range of differences between females and males for graduation rate among the five districts ranged from 5%-13%.
  • Natrona #1 had a difference of 5.4% between the graduation rates of females and males.  This was least amount of any of the districts.

 Gilbar also highlighted the differences in credits required for graduation at the different districts, telling the Board this plays a role in graduation data as well. She stressed that NCSD continues to make efforts to have every student be successful and earn a high school diploma.


English/Language Arts and Health Resource Adoption

The Board of Trustees approved the vetted resources for the English/Language Arts (ELA) and Health subject areas. The following steps were followed in the selection of recommended ELA and Health Resources: information was solicited from vendors, sample materials were requested from publishers, NCSD subject area committees (made up of district teachers, administrators, and other certified staff) reviewed and recommended resources using the Grade Levels K-2 and Grade Levels 3-12 Criteria. Materials were displayed for the required twenty-one day public comment period. Schools have begun resource selection using evaluation from the subject area committees. Schools will retain a great amount of flexibility and autonomy in choosing from the list of approved resources. Next, schools will submit their separate resource selection plans.


Other items…

  • Trustee Clark Jensen reported during both the work and regular sessions that the mitigation work has been completed at Midwest, and the district is awaiting the first round of air quality testing with the new system installed. The work in Midwest is ahead of schedule, with plans to have the entire school back in the building for the start of the 17-18 school year.
  • The Certified and Classified Personnel Report was approved and can be viewed here.
  • The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at NCSD’s Central Services Facility (970 N. Glenn Rd.)

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