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By NIKOLLE KEENEY
Rantoul Press correspondent
Rantoul Township High School will undergo a 5Essentials assessment over the next month.
5Essentials (5E) is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide. Fifty percent of students and teachers will be required to take the assessment as well as 20 percent of parents.
Based on more than 20 years of research by the University of Chicago, the 5E system reliably measures changes in a school organization through its survey, predicts school success through scoring and provides individualized actionable reports to schools, districts, parents and community partners, and professional development to school leaders and teachers.
Research has found that schools that are well-organized, safe and supportive are more likely to be successful. Specifically, researchers determined five essential components for school success: 1) effective leaders; 2) collaborative teachers; 3) involved families; 4) supportive environment and 5) ambitious instruction.
Successful schools achieve at least three of the five criteria.
“This will be a good measure to see how well we are doing as well as what areas we can improve upon,” RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio said.
Results will be reported on second semester student report cards.
The assessment was discussed at last week’s monthly meeting of the Rantoul Township High School school board.
Ceiling, floor tiles to be replaced. Board members awarded Valor Technologies, Inc. of Bolingbrook the bid to remove the ceiling and floor tiles in the south end of the second and third floors of the east wing of the school.
Valor came in with the lowest bid, an estimate overall cost of $72,400. The tiles must be torn down and replaced as they are either asbestos or fiberglass.
The board awarded Dodds Company of Champaign the bid to install new ceiling and floor tiles in the same wing. Dodds Company submitted the lowest bid, an estimate overall cost of $96,180.
Agree to match SRO salary. The board voted 4-2 on re-entering an agreement with the village of Rantoul to set the cost of the school resource officer for the following year. The school agreed to match the school resource officer’s salary from last year, $64,675.
Board members Merle Wilson and Ann Reale voted against the agreement, arguing that two teachers could be hired on what the school gives the officer.
Amerio said SRO Kurtis Buckley is a benefit to the school as well as the village.
“We all know the reputation of the village is dependent on the reputation of the schools. He plays a great part in that,” Amerio said.
New football uniforms approved. Board members gave the go-ahead for new football uniforms. Old uniforms (jerseys purchased five years ago and pants purchased eight years ago) are now out-of-code with current IHSA standards.
The new uniforms will cost $18,000 for the varsity team. The JV team will receive old varsity uniforms, as IHSA restrictions do not apply. Home uniforms will have a purple top with gold pants; away uniforms will be a white top with gold pants.
Principal Todd Wilson said the uniforms will be similar to Louisiana State University’s current uniform.