The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board met in its regular session on Monday evening at the A-D-M Schools Administration Building in Adel. Here are some of the things you may have missed from the meeting:
Post-secondary readiness report
A-D-M Superintendent, Greg Dufoe, drew the boards attention to the post-secondary readiness report, something that is jointly released by the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Board of Regents and the Iowa Workforce Development Council.
The report shows the percentage of students who enroll in a college or university within one year of graduation and the percentage of students who are enrolled in an Iowa public college or university who took at least one year of remedial English or match within one year of high school graduation.
The percentages are averages from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 school years.
“I could see this being a pretty important tool for us as we look for some goal setting, especially at the high school level,” Dufoe said.
The report shows that 77.7 percent of graduates from A-D-M High School are enrolled in a college or university within one year of graduation. That number is 6.6 percent higher than the state average, which is 71.1 percent.
The report also shows that 11.3 percent of graduates from A-D-M High School who enrolled at an Iowa public college or university took at least one year of remedial English or math course within one year of high school graduation. This is 11.9 percent lower than the state average of 23.2 percent.
“Our percentage is very favorable,” Dufoe said. “Especially compared to our conference and other school districts, especially in 3A that are close and that we compete with. Our numbers look really good. So I’m proud of that number.”
Experiencing Success Today conference
A-D-M will be hosting the Experiencing Success Today conference this Friday at the High School. They will have a keynote speaker, Todd Whitaker, who is an educator, writer and motivational speaker, and breakout sessions for education professionals to attend.
“We want to make it look and feel like a professional conference that teachers can go off campus and attend and we think we’ve done that,” Dufoe said.
Dufoe went on to say that he anticipates this conference becoming an annual event and that they have already secured their keynote speaker for next year.
A-D-M adding two new full-time elementary teachers
The A-D-M School District is adding two new full-time teachers to its Elementary School staff for the next year. Dufoe says that one of the increases will add a new, seventh section to first grade to compensate for eight sections of Kindergarten aging up into first grade.
“This will help keep our class sizes in first grade to around 20 to 21,” Dufoe said.
The second increase will be to third grade and that the increases are in the budget for the school year.
Food service fees will see increases
Lunch prices for students and adults and breakfast prices for students will see slight increases in the 2017-18 school year.
Lunch prices will rise 10 cents across the board. For students in preschool through fifth grade, prices will rise from $2.65 to $2.75 while the price for students in sixth through 12th grade will rise from $2.80 to $2.90. The price of adult lunch will rise from $3.50 to $3.60.
Breakfast for students will rise five cents. For students in preschool through fifth grade, the price will rise from $1.65 to $1.70 and the price for students in sixth through 12th grade will rise from $1.75 to $1.80. Adult breakfast prices will hold at $2 and milk and juice prices will stay the same at 45 cents.
A-D-M Business Manager, Nancy Gee, said that schools must set their prices based on a calculated formula. They get to set the price of milk and juice themselves and chose to keep the prices the same.
In other news
The District will receive bids for the next phase of stadium construction starting on Friday.
This phase of construction is for the stadium buildings, including concessions, restrooms, ticketing, storage and officials rooms as well as ADA compliant stadium access and handicapped parking.