School plans public meeting on curriculum

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 17, 2011

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In order to address some of the questions and concerns about CSCOPE and the STAAR test, the Decatur school district is planning a curriculum night for January.

At Thursday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Rod Townsend said he would like to have the meeting at a neutral location, possibly the second week after students are back from the winter break.

“It will give people an opportunity to ask questions and make comments,” Townsend said. “The main thing is to open the lines of communication.”

In his report in the board packet, Townsend said many of the comments he has heard about CSCOPE and the STAAR test are not true. He said the meeting would provide accurate information on the subjects.

CSCOPE is a curriculum management system used districtwide. The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test is the new state-mandated test that is replacing the Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (TAKS) test this year.

Also in his report to the board, Townsend said he had met with the architect, construction company and engineer used for the high school to look at ways to fix a problem behind the cafeteria. The driveway has been sinking – up to 14 inches in some places, and the facility has started to experience sewer problems.

“If it is not fixed soon, we run the risk of having to close our kitchen,” Townsend said in his board report.

He told the board a plan will be formulated by the beginning of the year, but the project may be a major repair.

“We may have to tear out the concrete and redo the plumbing,” he said.

He estimated the area in need of repair will be a 60-by 80-foot area.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the audit report for 2010-2011 after hearing that the audit was clean;
  • announced that all seven members of the board had completed the required number of continuing education hours; and
  • heard a report on the Academic Excellence Indicator System.

At the beginning of the meeting, various students and student groups were recognized for recent accomplishments, including the district’s Christmas card design winners, the Decatur High School cross country teams and the students who performed at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards convention in Austin.

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