The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board held their monthly board meeting on Monday, Sept. 18. The board discussed the district’s 2017 ACT scores and the continuation of construction to the concession stand at the stadium.
A-D-M’s Superintendent Greg Dufoe discussed the 2017 ACT scores with the board.
In 2017, A-D-M had their highest number of students take the ACTs in the last five years (82). A-D-M’s composite score has progressively decreased since 2013 and 2017 is the lowest they have seen yet, according to Dufoe.
Although A-D-M’s composite score was lower than previous years at 23.3, their score was well above the state’s composite score of 21.9.
“I think this is the highest number of graduates we have had take the test with a senior class that wasn’t much larger than what has been fairly typical, so that’s a good thing,” said Dufoe. “You can see our composite, which for 2017 is 23.3, which is the lowest of the last five (years) and actually, that’s said kind of negatively, but it’s still quite a high score, but it’s still the lowest score in the last eight years. We’ve had a really nice run of ACT composite scores in the high 23s, the state average is 21.9, so you can see the state average is lower as well.”
Each of the school district’s scores in the four subjects (English, math, reading and science) were higher than the state’s. In English, the district scored 22.1 (state 21.1), the math score was 23.1 (state 21.3), the reading score was 23.7 (state 22.1) and science was 23.3 (state 21.9).
Lucas Asche updated the school board about the construction on the new concession stand and restrooms at the stadium.
Asche said they had just hired a new project manager from Adel on Monday, Sept. 18 to continue work on the project.
“We now have a new project manager that started today,” said Asche, “he lives in town so hopefully there is be a little bit of buy-in with that.”
According to Asche, the construction company is hoping to have the sod laid by the end of the week. Asche said the sod and the handrails and the two big things left to be finished up, and be believes they should be finished by next week (Sept. 29).
“Everything is going pretty well,” Asche said.