The A-D-M School Board met in its regularly scheduled meeting for the month of May on Monday, May 8 at the Administration Office Building in Adel. Here are a few of the main points that you may have missed if you were not in attendance.


Outgoing Adel Elementary Principal thanks school board members


At the end of this school year, Carole Erickson, who has been the principal at Adel Elementary School for 20 years, will retire. At the School Board meeting on Monday, she took time to say thank you to the school board members for their support over the years.


“I think our A-D-M School Board has always been such a good beacon for all of us and I wanted to say thank you,” Erickson said.


She thanked them for their help in recruiting and retaining “outstanding teachers,” even when some of them came at a high price.


“I know you may not know all the intricacies of that, but it’s really important because hiring matters,” Erickson said. “I think they’re really what makes Adel Elementary, and A-D-M in general, such a special place.”


Erickson teared up and became more emotional when she gave thanks to the board for giving her a little “grace” over her years as principal.


“I have really worked hard to get it right, but when I fall short, you really offer me a lot of grace and I truly appreciate that, because it’s hard to get it right all the time,” Erickson said.


After her words, the school board gave Erickson a round of applause.


A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe said that her words fit in well on that night because it was School Board Appreciation Week, and May is School Board Appreciation Month.


“You (the board members) really are phenomenal,” Dufoe said. “The leadership that you have provided in the consistent fashion for several years in a row for this group of five has been tremendous.”


Graduation and dropout rates


Dufoe was able to report that the graduation rate for the Class of 2016, over a four-year period, was 99.08 percent. He went on to say that is on track with their long-range goals for the district.


“That should be the way it is,” Dufoe said. “So I’m really proud of that.”


On the other side of that, the dropout rate is only at 0.84 percent for the A-D-M School District.


“We are trending very positively in this very important measure,” Dufoe said.


Iowa Assessments


Dufoe and the School Board went over the Iowa Assessments report, which shows the scores for the district on standardized tests.


Dufoe wanted to take a minute to point out the numbers in reading, math and science categories.


In reading, their proficiency averages were above the State and AEA averages in all grades, 3-11, by at least three three percentage points and as many as 12 percentage points in data from last year’s tests.


They were well above the State and AEA averages in math as well, with the exception of fifth graders. They were 79 percent efficient, which is exactly the same as the AEA average and just three percent higher than the State average.


The science numbers looked a lot like the numbers for reading, with all grade levels being well above the State and AEA proficiency averages.


“The kids really performed very well, overall, in science,” Dufoe said.