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Pearl River Central School Board meets to discuss encouraging test results

POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Curriculum Coordinator Kimberly Alford gives a presentation outlining Pearl River School District’s excellent test results and continued student growth. Photo by Dart Spiers

POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Curriculum Coordinator Kimberly Alford gives a presentation outlining Pearl River School District’s excellent test results and continued student growth.
Photo by Dart Spiers

For the second consecutive year, the Pearl River Central School District received an academic standing grade of “B” and was ranked in the top 25 school districts in the state of Mississippi. At Monday night’s school board meeting, PRCSD Curriculum Coordinator Kimberly Alford gave a presentation outlining state test data and district goals moving forward.
The results were overly positive, as Pearl River Central Upper Elementary and Pearl River Central Middle School finished well above the Mississippi state averages in both math and language arts scale scores. The graphics also showed that every school in the district finished either at or well above state proficiency levels in every test.
The data also demonstrated student growth using three years of test results to monitor progress.
“When you follow our students cohort data we can see that despite numerous changes to curriculum across our state and our school district, our students are continuing to move,” said Alford, “So that’s exciting to see.”
Alford also congratulated the Pearl River Central Middle School science department, whose state test scores unofficially ranked as the ninth highest in the state.
The top priority in the list of district goals was to become an “A” school district, and every goal listed afterward was designed to contribute to that achievement. Increasing graduation rates and school attendance were among the other items noted.
In other business, the school board:
– Approved a transfer to District Maintenance from 16th Section Interest for the amount of $25,000 to purchase a new fence for the high school softball field and new bleachers for the middle school softball field.
– Approved an overnight field trip to Homewood, Ala. for the PRCHS Show Choir on Feb. 20-22, 2015.
– Approved an overnight field trip to Enterprise, Ala. and Dothan, Ala. for PRCHS Show Choir on Mar. 6-8, 2015.
– Named the middle school softball field “Kauzlarich Field” after Mr. Jeff Kauzlarich who funded the entire project.

The PRC School Board will meet again on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.