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Annual Report to Public
Annual Report to Public
Ashley Fritsche
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SCRANTON SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING 2018

 

The Scranton School District held its Annual Public Meeting in the elementary library on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to inform patrons of the academic and fiscal status of the school district. Superintendent Toby Cook reported the overall district goal is to provide guidance, leadership and support so that each student may achieve his/her maximum potential and become a useful, productive member of society.

 The district made several improvements to facilities during the summer. The safe room/tornado shelter was completed in July. The parking area in front of the shelter was redone and extended to cover more area. The overflow parking at the new gym was paved. Construction of a new baseball concession stand is nearing completion. The batting cage was moved and covered, and the old batting cage is now a pitching practice area. The elementary hallway and office floors were replaced. Bus pen was renovated and expanded. Gas pumps were moved and redone. Elementary playground now has new basketball court and goals and a tetherball pole. High school hangout area now has a new basketball goal and a gaga pit.

 Enrollment in the district as of October 1, 2018, was reported to be 424 students in grades K-12. Enrollment is up 12 kids from last year.

 Elementary principal, Gary Rhinehart, reported the K-6 enrollment at 237 students. The elementary school had to replace two teachers who resigned. Hired were Heather Wolf, fourth and fifth grade literacy; and Andrea Hammers, first grade.  New teacher’s aide hired was Michelle Hanks. All teachers are designated as Arkansas Qualified for the appropriate areas.

The NWEA scores for the first and second graders, as well as the ACT Aspire scores for the third through sixth graders, are as follows:

3rd Grade

Scranton

National

English

87

72

Reading

58

40

Science

47

39

Math

79

61

4th Grade

Scranton

National

English

86

69

Reading

55

43

Science

43

42

Math

60

57

5th Grade

Scranton

National

English

65

73

Reading

38

39

Science

38

44

Math

46

52

6th Grade

Scranton

National

English

80

73

Reading

48

47

Science

56

48

Math              64             60

Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grades tested using the MAP NWEA. These scores cannot be compared nationally or statewide. These show the students at or above grade level.

Kindergarten NWEA

Reading

55%

Math

53%

  

First Grade NWEA

Reading

53%

Math

43%

 

Second Grade NWEA

Reading

57%

Math

43%


The elementary school is offering after school tutoring to students on Monday thru Thursday after school until 4 p.m. Parents must pick their child up after tutoring. Tutoring will end at Spring Break.

High School principal, Mark Siebenmorgen, reported the 7-12 enrollment is 187 students. New instructional staff is Emily Clayborn for science and Sheila Villareal for math.  All high school teachers are designated as Arkansas Qualified for the appropriate area. 

The high school is presently offering the required 38 courses to meet state standards.  Advanced Placement courses offered are AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Composition and AP World History.    The distance learning lab offers classes in Spanish I and II, American Sign Language I and II, Medical Terminology, Foundations of Health Care, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Abnormal Psychology, Fashion Merchandising, Fundamentals of Flight, Computer Science, Forensic Science, Tourism Industry Management, and Fundamentals of Photography through Virtual Arkansas.  Also offered through the distance learning lab as part of the Virtual Arkansas concurrent credit program are:  Elementary Spanish I and II,   English Composition I and II, American History, World Civilizations, Public Speaking, College Math and College Algebra.  There are 30 students participating in this program.  College credit is awarded from our partnering institution, Arkansas Tech University.  Concurrent Credit American History is taught on campus by Scranton High School faculty member Shannon Warren. The University of the Ozarks allows qualifying juniors and seniors the opportunity to take concurrent credit classes on their campus.  One senior is enrolled in this program.  Four students are enrolled in the Arkansas Tech University Career Center in Paris.  Four students are enrolled in the Arkansas Tech University Career Center in Clarksville.  Two students attend the Career Center in Russellville.

 

The ACT Aspire Assessments were administered this spring.  Results were:

 

Scranton

State

 

Scranton

State

Math 7

71

47

 

15

34

English 7

89

79

 

 

 

Reading 7

54

40

 

 

 

Science 7

57

43

 

 

 

ELA

STEM

64

36

45

19

 

 

 

 

Math 8

64

46

 

 

 

English 8

89

75

 

 

 

Reading 8

57

51

 

 

 

Science 8

50

42

 

 

 

ELA

STEM

54

29

48

17

 

 

 

 

Math 9

45

38

 

 

 

English 9

58

58

 

 

 

Reading 9

42

39

 

 

 

Science 9

ELA

STEM

45

52

29

33

44

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math 10

29

29

 

 

 

English 10

66

60

 

 

 

Reading 10

32

34

 

 

 

Science 10

ELA

STEM

32

46

17

33

43

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

The high school continues to work on improving math and literacy scores.  The district has purchased My Access, NWEA Map, Odysseyware, Discovery Education and IXL Math to supplement instruction.

 A tutoring program began October 1st.  Tutoring and homework help are available in Math, Literacy, and Science from a certified staff member before school from 7:40 to 8:00.

 The High School is a One-to-One school, with all students in grades 7 through 12 being issued a Chromebook for use at school and home.

 The latest available data released by the Arkansas Department of Education from the 2016-2017 School Report Card designated Scranton High School as a B School. The school was listed as having the following: Attendance rate was 94.7%, Graduation Rate was 100%, and Dropout Rate was 0.95%.

 The district feels that incorporating technology into everyday learning is essential due to the way we test and the world in which we live. We offer the latest technology available to our students in the classroom.

 The Scranton Opportunity School has made some changes in staffing this year.  Mrs. Shannon Warren is the lead SOS teacher. Other teachers working with students in the SOS classroom are: Mrs. Gibson (who has been working in the SOS), Mr. Blamey (social studies), and Mrs. Villareal (math).

Seven students graduated from the program last year, and we currently have ten students in the program.  All students are making adequate progress towards graduation requirements.  In addition to academic goals, students are working on having better attendance, social and emotional skills, and career possibilities are explored as well. 

The program is still receiving visits from first year teachers from other districts. Among many other things, they receive tips on how to organize lesson plans and grading for so many different schedules.  Mrs. Warren was awarded Alternative Education Teacher of the Year at the conference this past summer in Rogers, Arkansas.  She was recently appointed to the Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators board; she is one of two representatives for this region.

Mrs. Kim Cook, Gifted and Talented teacher, reported that 52 identified students in grades 3 -12 are being served.  Students may be nominated for the program by faculty/staff, parents, community members, peers, or they can nominate themselves.  General nominations are received any time during the year but are especially encouraged during September and April. The students are identified on the basis of specific and consistent criteria in several areas which can indicate giftedness as outlined in the local definition.  This includes above average intellectual ability, creative thinking ability, high achievement, and task commitment or motivation. No single criterion or cut-off score may be used to exclude a student from identification and placement.   Referral forms are available on our school website or by contacting the GT coordinator.

Services: 

High School (9th-12th)

Served through concurrent credit, secondary content, Advanced Placement or pre-Advanced Placement courses.  

Middle School (7th-8th)

Seventh and eighth grade students receive services through secondary content classes.  Teachers of all core content classes have received training in providing differentiation for gifted and talented students. 

Elementary (3rd -6th)

Third through sixth grade students participate in a “pull-out” program for 150 minutes of direct instruction per week provided by the GT teacher/coordinator. 

Elementary Enrichment (K-2nd)

Students in Kindergarten through second grade receive 40 minutes of whole-group enrichment each week.  These classes take place in the GT resource room and are led by the GT teacher/coordinator.

Community Awareness/Communication

A Gifted and Talented link is on our District’s web page (referral documents, rules and regulations, Q & A section, and all district policies and procedures are available).

 Gifted and Talented Face Book page:  Provides an opportunity to broadcast news and information to students, parents and community members.  Promotes our school’s Gifted and Talented Program.

 The Parental Involvement Program is facilitated by Mrs. Greta Strobel at the elementary school and Ms. Laura Simpson at the high school. Each school plans activities to get more parents involved in the education of their child. The elementary is planning a Sip ‘n’ See night for parents to come observe lessons in their child’s classroom.  Seventh grade Orientation were held on August 7.  Both schools held an Open House for parents and students to visit their classrooms and meet teachers on August 13. The school holds two Parent/Teacher conferences each year.  The first one was September 20, and the second one is scheduled for March 14, 2019.  Grades and attendance are recorded electronically in E-school.  Parents have access to attendance data, classwork assigned, and progress reports through the web-based Home Access Center (HAC).  Parents are also able to update their contact information through HAC.  The school uses an automated phone messaging system to keep parents informed of important announcements and events. The district also has a Facebook page to keep parents updated and share pictures and activities going on. The newest way we communicate with parents is through an app designed specifically for Scranton Schools. All pertinent information is available on the app. We are able to send out push notifications to parents on the most important events. We’ve also updated and have a new website that is very user friendly.

 All five school board members received the professional development as required by A.C.A. 6-13-629. Current board members include Joe Koch, President; Tim Blaschke, Vice President; Adam Fritsche, Secretary; and members Ryan Rogers and Hilda Turner.

 The district facilities include twelve buildings and several storage buildings and ground improvements (covered walkways, fencing) totaling $13,763,937. The contents of the buildings are valued and insured for $2752,958. The district is covered by Arkansas School Boards Association Risk Management Program.

 Director of Federal Programs is Mr. Gary Rhinehart. The district receives federal funding in Title I, Title II-A, and Title VI Reap. Scranton Schools is a schoolwide Title I school. We are able to serve all the students in the school with Title I funds, rather than identify lower achieving students and concentrate the funds on those students.  

 Title I

Scranton Schools is a schoolwide Title I school. We are able to serve all the students in the school with Title I funds, rather than identify lower achieving students and concentrate the funds on those students. This year, the district Title I allotment is $196215.66, plus a carryover from last year of $2107.46. We are also transferring our Title II-A funds ($20085.56) over to Title I this year, allowing us to have more flexibility in how it is spent, making the total $218408.68.  We will use the money for the following:

  • After school tutoring at both schools beginning October 1 and ending at Spring Break
  • Portion of salary/benefits of teachers in high school doing interventions/remedial work
  • Portions of two elementary aides who will work under direct supervision of certified teachers with identified students
  • One class size reduction teacher salary/benefits
  • Reading Interventionist salary/benefits in elementary
  • Odysseyware, a remedial computer program used for interventions
  • Technology (7 iPads for elementary teachers)
  • HS literacy supplies
  • Parental involvement set asides
  • Homeless student needs and the backpack program
  • My Access, a literary tool, used in high school
  • Accelerated Reader, Star Reader, Accelerated Math, Star Math programs

Title II-A

The district Title II-A allotment for this year is $19840.56, plus a carryover from last year of $245, totaling $20085.56.  This money was transferred to Title I this year.

 Title VI-Reap

The district Reap grant allotment for this year is $32,832. There is no carryover from last year. The money is budgeted as follows:

  • Laptop for art classes
  • Additional chromebooks and repair supplies
  • Redcat sound systems for high school
  • Headphones for distance learning class
  • Projector, screen, and sound system for cafeteria
  • Projector, cart, sound system for safe room

Title IV Student Support & Academic Enrichment

The district Title IV allotment for this year is $10,000.

  • Discovery Education, a streaming tool teachers use for lessons
  • Wilson/Fundations literacy supplies

The district is financially sound at this time. We have no revolving loan debt. Our last several buses have been purchased with cash.  The district currently has two bonds. The last audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, had only one finding which was the need for more internal control. This would require employment of more personnel in the accounting department which is not financially feasible at this time. The breakdown of our recent year-end legal balances have been a steady increase. In fiscal year 2014-2015, we ended with $785,606 legal balance and transferring some money into the building fund, closing the year with an $837,330 balance there. In fiscal year 2015-2016, we were able to transfer money again over to the building fund, ending with a legal balance of $788,223 and a building fund balance of $960,426. Fiscal year 2016-2017 proved to be similar to past years. In 2018, a new law taking effect only allows for a carryover of no more than 20% of the current year net legal balance. We chose to significantly lower our net legal balance to end the year to $625,000, allowing us to transfer $277,643 to the building fund. This increased our building fund balance to $1,294,541.  To keep on track with Act 1105 of 2017, we again lowered our net legal balance back to $625,000 to end fiscal year 2017-2018. This allowed us to transfer over $235,513 to our building fund, giving it an ending balance of $1,034,607. Budgeted balance for 2018-2019 is as follows:

 

Beginning Balance July 1, 2017                                   $625,000

Total Operating and Debt Service Revenues              $3,704,372

Less Salary Fund Expenditures                                    $1,640,458

Less Operating Fund Expenditures                             $1,715,053

Less Debt Service Expenditures                                  $174,666

Less Transfer to Bldg Fund at FYE                               $174,195

Projected Ending Legal Balance                                 $625,000

 

Scranton School District anticipates keeping a steady balance for years to come.  We strive to provide a quality education to every student and have confidence in their ability to reach their maximum potential and become productive members in society.