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Menahga School Board reviews Adequate Yearly Progress

Menahga AYP results

Menahga's special education students didn't make Adequate Yearly Progress for the second consecutive year.

Superintendent and former high school principal Mary Klamm presented the results to the school board Monday night, adding that the standards are raised each year.

The target index rate for students of special education proficient in math is 61.89 percent. Out of the 61 students tested, 46.62 percent made AYP.

"These targets are almost impossible," Klamm said. Target rates are 5 to 6 percent higher every.

In reading, 56.43 percent of the 59 students of special education made AYP, while the target rate was set at 70.08 percent.

The district-wide rate is 69.73 percent in math and 80.42 percent in reading - both above the target rate.

The elementary will have to use Title I funds - which will be about $20,000 - for staff development.

"We will write a plan now," Klamm said. "Our biggest area of concern is math."

Last month, the board approved additional staff development days to focus on math.

And because school officials expected the results, they applied for a $150,000 Minnesota Department of Education grant in May.

The Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant could have provided funds to be used for teaching math using various new methods.

However, Klamm said Menahga wasn't awarded the grant, but plans to apply again next year using the feedback it received from the MDE.

Elementary principal Joleen DeLaHunt said continuing to look at data from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and state standardized tests is important.

"We know by looking at our data how to make improvements now more than ever," she said.

In other business, the board:

-Approved an agreement with Central Lakes College for college and high school joint programs for the 2009-10 school year.

-Approved post secondary education agreements with the Minnesota Community and Technical College and the University of Minnesota Crookston for the 2009-10 year.

"All these agreements give our students options," Klamm said.

-Discussed the possibility of a conflict of interest with school board member Brad Goehrig being a junior high football coach.

Treasurer Curtis Hasbargen said Goehrig's position on the personnel and licensed staff negotiations committee would determine his own salary as football coach.

But Chairman Durwin Tomperi said the committee brings its recommendations to the board that makes all final decisions.

Goehrig will continue to coach junior high football while the board checks into the policy to determine if a conflict of interest will force him to step down.