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School Board Chairman, Tim Trivett, addressed citizen concerns regarding school spending at the meeting on Nov. 9. Trivett assured citizens that the school is looking at all options in relation to resolving the recent damage to the middle school and finding permanent placement for middle school students.
Sparking citizen concerns was the recent meeting with representatives of Moseley Architects, who briefly outlined the cost of housing all students Pre K-12 on one campus, either in one building or several. Trivett
assured the public that the school is simply exploring all options and reminded citizens that it is a mandate for the present superintendent that the school system not operate in the red.
Trivett said that the present middle school building is 100 years old and has suffered from neglected maintenance as well as damage from this year’s storms and earthquake, making repair costs very high. Trivett, however, stressed that the board is aware of the historical significance of the building and has already been meeting with groups who specialize in restoration.
“I can assure you that for at least the next year and a half [the remainder of Trivett’s term] there is nothing to hide” Trivett told the public. He also encouraged anyone with questions concerning the budget, or anything else, to either call or write to the school board members for answers.
Currently the middle school students are being housed in various trailers at the Elementary/Middle School campus awaiting the arrival of the new mod pod. Superintendent Donna Power shared a letter outlining the schedule for the mod pod.
Preparation of the site, and construction of a water retention pond, will take place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 23 as well as the installation of utility fittings and other site plan requirements.
Delivery and set up of the mod pod is scheduled for Nov. 28 thru Dec 2 and students are scheduled to move in the week of Dec. 5.
If all goes according to schedule the new building will be dedicated in January.
High School I-Station Reports
I-Station test results for reading, grade 9, showed 34 students passed. Only two students were moderately below grade level, but passed when retested in October.
End of Course reading benchmark testing for grade 11 showed 95 percent of students passed the writing portion, but revealed more work needs to be done in the area of reading with a lower score of 60 percent passing. Corrective action is being taken.
Math Benchmarks for Algebra I dropped by only four points to 96 percent, but are still way ahead of the 70 percent pass rate needed. Algebra II jumped considerably from 67 to 86 percent and geometry is struggling with a drop from 49 to 43 percent. High School Principal, Clint Runyan reported that he is working with the teacher to identity the problem.
Earth Science has jumped from a 77 to 100 percent and biology is holding steady at a 94 percent pass rate.
World History I and US/VA are in the high eighties, and World History II has risen to a 100 percent pass rate from a previous score of 67. Runyan credits the success of the world history class scores to Theresa Traver who is new to Colonial Beach High School this year.
Middle School Benchmark testing
Principal Julia Britt prefaced her presentation of the benchmark test results for the elementary and middle schools by saying, “We’ve been through a lot at the elementary and middle school! We’ve lost a lot of instructional time, despite that, the teachers are working very hard.” Britt stated she thought the school board would really be pleased with the results.
Reading 3, 4 and 5 all showed marked improvements with scores of 78, 96 and 67 respectively. Although reading 5 does require more attention, it did improve from a score of 58.
Writing 5 showed a significant drop from 90 to 67, but results are inconclusive due to reported problems with scanning equipment. The students will be retested for accuracy.
Reading 6 dropped from 94 to 60 percent. Britt stated that day of testing was one of their disrupted days and believes the scores will jump back up at the next testing. Both Reading 7 and 8 jumped by 14 percent.
Math 3 and 5 rose slightly, and math 4 dropped by a few points, but all are at or above the 70 percent pass rate. Math 6,7 and 8 all made slight improvements however math 6 and 8 remain below the 70 percent pass rate with scores of 63 and 69, respectively.
Third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade science scores held steady with above passing rates, along with third grade history.
Both seventh and eight grade science showed improvements but are below the 70 percent pass rate with scores of 65 and 51. Britt stated these tests were given to students while the teacher was packing to move out of the middle school building.
Virginia Studies and US History showed marked improvement, and US I-6, US II-7 and Civics & Economic-8 all show high scores in the 90’s.