OSKALOOSA — Families attending school in the Oskaloosa Community School district will not have to pay more in student fees in the 2020-2021 school year.
Currently, the fees are $45 for elementary school students and $75 for both middle school and high school students.
Wright said when registering for the current school year, families got a discount if they registered their students for school before May 1 to incentivize registration.
“I do have some data regarding that and what it cost us, because I am recommending that we try that again,” she said. “We actually had 679 students register prior to May 1, that’s the deadline for the discount.”
Of those 679 students, 462 paid their fees and 217 were either determined to be free or have not paid.
Wright said the cost to the district was $4,620 for the $10 discount per early-registered student.
“It is well worth it to get those people registered early,” she said. “It saves a lot of time and stress for our secretarial staff.”
The Oskaloosa Community School District Board of Directors decided to continue the early registration discount, as well as the fee schedule.
Winter data update
Curriculum Director Angie Hanson said students at Oskaloosa schools are making progress in their skills.
“A lot of kids were talking about ‘wow, I am a good reader.’ or ‘I can do this,’” she said. “So when those attitudes start to change, we saw some growth in scores and I think we’ll continue to see that because they’re starting to believe in themselves.”
Teachers and administrators are making good use of the data they have available, Hanson said, and have been doing a lot of planning.
Oskaloosa Elementary School
Principal Sarah McGlothlan said the school has several goals that have been a focus in the building.
“All of the data that you’ve just seen, we are responding to that,” she said, “digging into it deeply, making instructional shifts because of what we see.”
The goals include working with leadership teams and structured collaboration in the building.
“The goal of that collaboration is that we never have students in our building that are sitting with a flat line and nobody’s doing anything,” she said. “So every four weeks, we are reviewing what those plans look like. So our goal is once we get a really strong process in place between our title and special ed, we will then bring in our gen ed teacher, who also serves that same students and we will look to spread it out amongst the other people.”
Oskaloosa Middle School
Principal Mark Scholes said some of the middle school goals include working toward quality instruction improvement.
“So basing that off of a continuous improvement model, we’re always getting better,” he said. “There’s never one solution and then that’s it for five years. Every year we’re analyzing it, we’re analyzing it during the courses.”
The middle school goals also include looking at priority standards across all content levels, analyzing those standards, teacher collaborations and working with community partners.
Scholes said PBIS – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports – has not gone away.
“PBIS is nothing more than a complement to social emotional learning for our students,” he said. “When you put both together, you have a very powerful concoction that can really make a lot of headway with our students. And our staff as well.”
Oskaloosa High School
Principal Stacy Bandy said he felt the first year with the block schedule has gone well.
“There’s always growing pains,” he said. “I know that a lot of folks are happy they have the extra time to do some of their planning of group work, small group work or working with real life practices, going out, seeing different venues, activities, those kinds of things. We are constantly looking at it and revising it.”
The vertical teams are evaluating daily schedules and pride hour, as well as the conditions of learning.
vertical teams evaluating daily schedules as well as PRIDE hour.
“I think we moved forward in some areas and I think we got a better understanding of perception between the kids and us,” he said. “So I think we’ll continue to grow in that area.”
Oskaloosa Community School District Board Director Sharma Parlett said she appreciated the fact that the administrators are continually examining what’s going on their buildings and revising and making things better.
“I think that says a lot,” she said, “because that’s hard work, to always be self-reflective and to try something different. That’s not always easy for teachers.”
Other board business
• The board approved purchasing a 77-seat school bus and an 84-seat school bus.
• The 2018-2019 audit report was accepted.
• The board policy 603.6, regarding physical education requirements, was approved.