Friday, September 19, 2014

Week of Sept. 15

Week in review:

This week has been full of learning more regarding FAST at the elementary level and ultimately beginning the testing of our elementary students.  The MS/HS continued the work of building the knowledge base of the the process of CFA's and collaborative teams.  

Also, during our board meeting administrators shared the "hard work and benefits of our district work".  Our Benton Community District staff really rocks and our focus is on improving our students experiences.  Below are a few examples of progress made this week:

  • Staff members discussing student engagement and creating more rigorous classrooms experiences utilizing the IPI tool.
  • We completed the first week of Benchmark implementation across the district and it was exciting to see so many classrooms focusing on main idea and details.
  • QR codes were being used for students to determine their own learning path.
  • "Magic" a.k.a. Tyler Maschino set up a email account for our BCTLT@benton.k12.ia.us based on a suggestion from our staff to have one point of contact for BCTLT.  
  • CSIP and APR were approved by our District Board of Education.  
  • The Benton Community Board of Education approved the timeline for the consideration of organizational restructuring for the 2015-16 school year.  Below is the timeline approved by the Board.  Continue to check the Benton Community website will be a location used for additional documents regarding restructuring.    
    • Benton Community School District
      Board of Education 2014-15
      Timeline for District Organizational Restructuring

      June 25, 2014                         Work Session to Present Budgetary and Enrollment Information to the Board

      July 2014                                 Benton Connection Article to District patrons/parents summarizing the Work Session and options for consideration for 2015-16

      August 2014                           District-wide Staff message as a follow-up to communication in the Spring of 2014

      September 17, 2014              Board approves timeline during Regular Board meeting

      Sept. 17 – Oct. 14                  Additional information made available to district stakeholders that the matter is under consideration

      October 1, 2014                     Official Enrollment Date for 2014-15 – Report to the Board at the October 15th regular board meeting

      October 8, 2014                     District Advisory Committee to Discuss Restructuring Plan

      October 15, 2014                   Board Discussion at Regular Meeting on proposed plans for 2015-16 and set date(s) for Public Hearing:
      o   October 30, 2014       7:00 p.m.         MS/HS Auditorium
      o   November 12, 2014   7:00 p.m.         MS/HS Auditorium

      October 30, 2014                   Public Hearing on Proposed Decision regarding 2015-16 School District Restructuring

      November 12, 2014               Public Hearing on Proposed Decision regarding 2015-16 School District Restructuring

      November 17, 2014               Board Work Session at 6:00 p.m. to Discuss Restructuring Recommendation

      November 17, 2014               Final Decision by Board regarding 2015-16 School District Restructuring

      December 2014 – May 2015 Planning and implementation of District Restructuring for 2015-16 school year














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