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Catholic board to look at student achievement

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The Northwest Catholic District School Board will take another step towards improving student achievement as several recommendations are up for approval at Saturday’s regular board meeting.

The recommendations come from the student achievement committee, headed by curriculum co-ordinator Ron Fryer, which Education Director Carol-Lynne Oldale formed following the release of grade three and six testing results back in October.

Since then, Fryer (who will present the recommendations to the board at Saturday morning’s meeting at Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout) and a committee of teachers and principals have worked to pinpoint what reading, writing, and math strategies were being used in the classroom, how effective they’ve been, and what could be done to improve student achievement.

The five recommendations up for approval include:

•the board should direct school and board administration to develop activities to improve communication between partners;

•the board should investigate supplemental programs/activities to enhance students achievement;

•the board should investigate the feasibility of eliminating core French in primary grades;

•the board should monitor and review French Immersion programs; and

•the board should maintain the student achievement committee and revise the structure to include the curriculum co-ordinator, two principals, and two teachers per division for a total of nine members.

In other business, the board will be presented with an update on its 2001-02 budget.

While it previously was revealed to be a balanced budget totaling $11,418,657 in revenues and estimated expenditures, more details will be discussed at the meeting.

Other items on the agenda for Saturday’s meeting include:

•an annual report from Deanna Pacheco, chair of the special education advisory committee;

•a request for approval of early dismissal dates scheduled for 2001-02 for the purposes of professional development;

•the personnel report for June, noting the appointments of two part-time teachers to St. Michael’s and Sacred Heart Schools, and the change in status for five teachers from probationary to permanent positions;

•a request for approval of revised policy G-12--Principal Designate;

•the May cash disbursements report;

•a request for approval of 35 new textbooks, as per policy B-01 Textbook Approval;

•a request for approval of Seaboard Life Insurance Company as the board’s carrier of student insurance for 2001-02; and

•principals’ reports on the evaluation of school councils.

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