Coventry Board of Education hears presentation on state report card

State report cards continue to be reviewed by districts and the Coventry Local School District is no exception.

During the Oct. 17 meeting, the Coventry Board of Education heard from Shannon DeMita, who is the instructional assessment and accountability coordinator for the district, about the state report card.

This was the first year the state gave an overall grade to districts, with Coventry receiving a D. The overall grade has six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, improving at-risk K-3 readers and prepared for success.

For achievement, the district received a D; progress a D; gap closing a D; graduation rate an A; improving at-risk K-3 readers a C; and prepared for success the district received a D.

Each component also has indicators, which districts must meet. This year, the state added several new indicators including chronic absenteeism, an indicator the district met.

DeMita said everything has a weight attached to it, which is how the grades are calculated.

She said the plan moving forward is to continue to expect high expectations set forth by district Superintendent Lisa Blough. DeMita said the district will also look into the data deeper with help from Summit Educational Incentive, which is coming at no cost.

The district also plans to evaluate its curriculum to make sure it aligns with what the state is grading the district on.

“While these results are definitely not what we have hoped for, our teachers and administrations are taking the results seriously, have a positive outlook and are focused on improvement,” DeMita said.

Board President Chris Davis thanked DeMita for the presentation and going into such detail.

“Hopefully next year things will be different,” Davis said.

In other business Oct. 17, the board:

– Approved an appraisal agreement with Industrial Appraisal Company. This is an item the district needs to complete as part of being in fiscal oversight. The inventory is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving and a report will be given to the district either in December or January. Coventry Treasurer Sherry Tyson said the district shouldn’t have to wait until this is done to ask to be removed from fiscal emergency as long as the auditor sees the inventory count is being done.

– Heard an update from Blough about busing. She said many roads in the district were under construction and this created several delays. These projects are coming to an end and parents can expect their students coming home 10 to 15 minutes earlier Blough said.

– Approved a contract with Kiko Auction to move forward with the auction process for the Lakeview Elementary building. This past summer, the district moved their administration offices out of the building. The auction will likely be in late November or early December. Blough said a formal public notice will be posted on the district’s website about the auction.

– Approved a salary adjustment for teacher Janelle Evans, who says the district owes her back pay in the amount of $28,211.

– Approved a memorandum of understanding between the board and Coventry Education Association relating to the evaluation of teachers.

– Recognized several students who scored a perfect score on statewide tests.

– Entered executive session for real estate and for personnel reasons with no action taken.

The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Coventry High School.

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