By Alexandra Hedrick, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Administrators with the Pearl River County School District presented the state test data to the school board at Monday night’s meeting.
Curriculum coordinator Kimberly Alford, and Assistant Superintendent Nina Guthrie, presented the schools and district’s improved test scores during the superintendent’s report.
The presentation included graphs and data comparing the test scores and accountability results for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The presentation also included pictures of students, faculty and staff participating in different activities throughout last school year.
“It truly takes a village when it comes to raising test scores here in Pearl River Central,” said Superintendent Alan Lumpkin.
Lumpkin said the school district has one of the lowest budgets in the state and spends one of the lowest amounts per student in the state, but has the “highest in the state in our results that come out of our students when they’re taking state assessments.”
Alford said only three percent of the 5th graders performed at the minimal level on the state 5th Grade Science Test and 83 percent performed proficient or advanced. Four percent of 8th graders performed at the minimal level on the state 8th Grade Science Test and 85 percent performed proficient or advanced.
Since the 2011 state test results, Pearl River Central Upper Elementary increased 13 QDI points, Pearl River Central Middle School increased 29 QDI points and Pearl River Central High School 32 QDI points.
All of the Pearl River County School District’s Career Technical Education programs placed in the top six in the state, with Food Product ranking number one. Design technology, early childhood, and business and computer technology are number two. Agriscience is ranked number three.
Pearl River County School District is ranked 20th in the state, a 20 place increase from 2011 and a 16 place increase from 2012.
Alford said the district has a goal of increasing their QDI score to 200, increasing the number of students scoring proficient and advanced in language arts, math and science; making growth with students at each school; increasing the graduation rate; increasing school attendance; and decreasing the number of discipline referrals.
The Board of Directors set a special recess session for Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. to dedicate the courtyard of Pearl River Central Lower Elementary School in honor of Burlon Reed, who served as assistant principal for the lower elementary school last year.
Also at the meeting, the board:
— Rescinded the contract agreement with Accurate Background and Drug Testing Services, LLC that was approved at the Aug. 5 meeting. Lumpkin said, the company called the district office on Monday to inform them that the company was going out of business. The board then approved a contract agreement with Advanced Screening Solutions, LLC.
— Approved out-of-state travel for high school SATP/CPAS students to attend the Grand 16 Theater in Slidell, La. on Nov. 15; 3rd graders to travel to Global Wildlife in Folsom, La. on Oct. 15 and 16; professional leave for Robin Craft on Oct. 22 to Mandeville, La.; and 2nd graders to travel to Insta Gator Ranch in Covington, La. on Oct. 29.
— Approved to replace a bus turnaround at 75 Doan Hill Lane with 64 Verna Roach Rd.
— Approved budget amendments; claim dockets; off-line claim dockets; personnel resignations, hiring, and changes; 16th section matters; and private contracts for preschool parents.
— Approved the Title 1 school-wide plan for the high school, middle school and upper elementary; and the Parent Involvement Plan at the middle school.
— Approved the request for two students to be released from the school district to attend the Picayune school district.
— Approved a $1,000 donation from the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors to the Pearl River Central basketball team.
The board went into executive session to discuss bus transportation, a para-professional issue and a legal matter.
The board adjourned the meeting until Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.