By SEAN ROWLEY
The Hulbert Public Schools Board of Education on Monday night heard reports on the number of dropouts from the high school, and retention of third-graders who do not read at the required state level.
Dr. Marilyn Dewoody, HPS superintendent, explained that Oklahoma law requires third-graders to read at a third-grade level before being promoted to fourth grade. “We are required to develop an academic progress plan for these students,” Dewoody said.
Student who can’t read at the re-quired level must get a minimum of 90 minutes per day of uninterrupted instruction, unless qualifying for a “good cause” exception – such as students learning English as a second language, or those with disabilities who are assessed with alternate achievement standards. Mid-year promotion to fourth grade is possible if proficiency is reached by Nov. 1.
Dewoody said the administration is “very excited” about the new playground equipment for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students, which was opened Monday.
After tabling it last month, the board approved the district’s estimate of needs for the 2013-’14 year. The board also OK’d the consent agenda, which included fundraiser requests for the senior class, athletics and band.
The board rejected an appeal by Rachelle Luvian to rescind her removal from school grounds and activities until Dec. 31. Bill Kilpatrick was hired as a facility maintenance specialist, and Stacy Whitney was hired as a teacher assistant.
The next regular meeting of the Hulbert Public Schools Board of Education is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the HPS Auditorium.