Last updated: April 30. 2014 2:56PM - 224 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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Administrative reports took center stage at the Tri County North Board of Education, Monday, April 21, including updates on OAA testing, Indiana University East courses, and a high school blood drive.

Joe Finkbine, K-6 grade principal’s monthly updates included OAA testing for the Tri-County North Elementary School, which will take place in May.

In the fall of 2013, Finkbine saw a 40 percent passing rate, and hopes to achieve higher numbers this spring. If students do not pass their testing scores, it could be possible for example, for a fourth-grade student to take third-grade reading courses to attempt to better their scores. This aspect is still in discussion.

Regarding MAP testing, Finkbine said the goal for students to reach of 80 percent passing rate, however, the current passing rate for students is much lower.

The elementary school’s field day will be held May 30.

Doug Dunham, 7-12th grade principal said administration is attempting to solidify the academic partnership between TCN and Indiana University East, so students may take college courses through the university while enrolled at TCN.

Courses which have been approved at the university are AP English and Geology. Pending courses are Personal Finance and Speech courses.

Students are preparing for the OAA testing, and will be attending an OAA pep-assembly “to relieve their stress,” said Dunham.

The National Honor Society hosted a blood drive, with a goal of 61 units of blood, and achieved 68 units.

Superintendent William Derringer reported students attended school Friday, April 18, Good Friday, as one of their four make-up days. Other make-up days will be May 30, June 2, and June 3. Seniors will be required to attend classes after graduation.

Kindergarten enrollment produced 48 newly enrolled students. A low number, according to Derringer, however, the superintendent is confident more will enroll at the last minute.

Derringer also reported the Levy Committee produced 100 yard signs, which were in high demand, according to Derringer.

High School graduation will be held May 29 at 7 p.m.

Several substitute teachers, volunteers, substitute-classified and classified personnel were approved.

The board accepted the resignation of Kristi Falldorf, Linda Stupp, and Roxeverne Curtin, as well as the resignation of Carleigh Hayes.

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