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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
THOMASBORO — Thomasboro Grade School made adequate yearly progress in the 2012 school year based on ISAT scores.
Superintendent Bonnie McArthur said in 2012 the school recorded an 83.8 percent score — compared to 85.1 in 2011 — in reading.
In math, the school had a 90.5 percent score, up from 88.5 percent in 2011.
An 85 percent score is considered adequate yearly progress, but McArthur said the school’s 83.8 percent figure was considered adequate based on a confidence interval factor. She said the confidence interval factor is a “margin of error” device built into the system.
“We are such a small school that to account for the margin of error, they apply a confidence interval to our score, which, when applied, we made the 85 percent to make AYP,” McArthur said.
Adequate yearly progress is a measurement defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.
The report also shows that enrollment increased from 94.9 percent in 2011 to 96 percent in 2012.
Board member resigns
Board member Larry Shurbet tendered his resignation from the board.
Shurbet, who had served on the board for four years, said he was stepping down because of other commitments that have taken away from the time he previously had been able to devote to the board. He was up for re-election in April.
Illinois law requires that the position be filled within 45 days.
Anyone interested in filling the seat for the remainder of Shurbet’s term should mail or drop off a letter of interest to Jane Sprandel, board president, at Thomasboro Grade School, by Thursday, Nov. 15.
All candidates for the position will be interviewed at the school board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the grade school.
Contact Sprandel with questions at email@example.com or 217-778-6796.
School might study co-oping in all sports
McArthur reported projections indicate student numbers would be low in all sports for the 2013-14 school year.
She said that projection is based on the number of students in a class and the number now participating in sports.
The board directed McArthur to investigate a cooperative agreement for the entire sports program if the number of interested students remain low when a Title IX survey is completed in February. The school already has a cooperative agreement in baseball with the Prairieview-Ogden district.
Roof project complete
The board learned that the metal cap that goes around the edges of the gym roof would be installed Oct. 22.
The roof was recently replaced.
McArthur said the board is still waiting to hear about the possible cause of a malfunction of the gym air conditioning unit that had to be repaired. The worst section of the unit was sent off for inspection to see what caused it to fail.
McArthur said earlier that school officials believe the damage was storm-related. The district’s insurance company disagrees, however.
The board set a building and grounds committee meeting at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, to compile a list of work needed on the school.
McArthur reported enrollment for prekindergarten through eighth grade was 158 students compared to 159 students at the same time last year.
McArthur said one student had been suspended for one day.
First quarter attendance was 97 percent.