Archive for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Board receives update on MTSS program

September 17, 2009

De Soto USD 232 continues to grow.

At their meeting Monday, USD 232 Board of Education members received an update on unofficial enrollment numbers for the district from Jack Deyoe, director of operations and planning. As of Sept. 11, the district has 6,213 full-time equivalent students, 162 more than last year.

The largest decrease in enrollment came in the new kindergarten class, where 496 students are enrolled, compared to the 579 students last year. Deyoe said this year’s kindergarten class was the smallest since 2004.

The district will complete an official enrollment count, which will be used by Kansas education officials in parceling out state funding, on Sept. 22.

The Board also received an update on the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Support at Monday’s meeting.

Earl Martin, director of teaching and learning, and the teaching and learning staff talked of meeting goals, revisions to the program and increasing the number of advanced placement courses in the district.

Martin said revisions to MTSS were made to better gauge how students respond to intervention and how the district could better meet the needs of students.

“We immediately addressed some of the issues that arose last year as far as making it (the program) more timely,” Martin said. “In the past there were only certain times of the year that a student could be evaluated.”

The teaching and learning staff has also set in place a timeline to increase the number of advanced placement courses Mill Valley and De Soto high schools offer.

Currently, there are two courses offered at Mill Valley and five at DHS. The department is hopeful a proposal for additional classes will be ready by November.

In other business the Board:

• Received an outline on the procedure to name the district’s seventh elementary school at 58th and Belmont streets in Shawnee. An administrative team will be formed to generate a list of possible names. The group will consist of a principal, two teachers and an administrator. The group will take into consideration the location of the school, existing school names and regional history. A formal recommendation is expected to be submitted at the October Board of Education meeting.

• Received a rough timeline on the distribution of H1N1 vaccines to students. Shelby Rebeck, nursing coordinator for the district, presented the national plan for immunization, which the district will follow. Rebeck said a meeting on Sept. 30 between nurse coordinators and Johnson County Health Department officials would answer many questions about the vaccine. According to the national timeline, vaccine clinics will be started on Nov. 2. The district will receive the vaccine and material in mid-October at no cost. Rebeck said there were still many questions to be answered about the vaccine as human trials have just begun.

The Board of Education meets next at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the district administrative offices, 35200 W. 91st St., De Soto.

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