In an 2 hour meeting, the Taylorville School Board was given very detailed and extensive plans from the administrators of each school in the district on how they were going to raise the overall PARCC scores for students at all levels. A sample of the PARCC test was shown to all who were present for the purpose of showing the difficulty. Not only are the problems and questions more difficult, but students are expected to be very tech savvy, even as young as the 3rd grade. The PARCC testing will have to done online and the students will use Google Chrome books to take the tests. It was pointed out several times that in order for the students to learn, it would be necessary for the faculty to be able to teach them how to use the new technology properly.
Plans are in place at every level of the school district to bring both the faculty and the students up to speed on the new technology and new ways for the teachers to present lessons.
The members of the board heard a report on the District audit as performed by the accounting firm of Lively, Mathias and Hooper, Ltd. Adam Mathias, CPA, reported that all in all the school district in better shape, financially, this fiscal year over last. There were no compliance issues for the school district this year and the district's preliminary score went from 3.55 to 3.8 out of a possible 4.
Dr. Fuerstenau, reported that Principal Brandi Bruley of North School had received the Elementary Principal of the Year from the State of Illinois and would be representing the state in Washington DC. It was also noted that the Taylorville Band received a 1st place in class 4a at a band contest in Effingham.
The meeting adjourned at around 9:05 pm.