Amory principals bring board up to speed on performance results

AMORY – Principals presented first semester data reports at the Amory School Board’s regular-called meeting Feb. 11.
“Our biggest concern right now is with kindergarten. With the rigor of common core being harder, we have 15 or 16 students who may have to repeat,” said West Amory Elementary School principal David Millender.
According to Millender, math levels are above average for both first and second grade. Accelerated Reader books read by students total 24,615, which averages 52 books read by each student.
Scores are up a total of 14 points for
East Amory Elementary School.
“We are up in everything but fourth grade language. Fifth grade math took the biggest spike. I predict we are in the top five in the state,” said EAES principal Brian Jones.
Newly appointed Amory Middle School principal Ken Byars suggested having an open question session with the board.
“I don’t have a fancy data report, but I have analyzed it and we’re in about the same place as last year,” said Byars, who stated that performance-based assessments were being administered every week.
Algebra scores for Amory High School are up 16 points from 207 to 223 and U.S. history scores were up 33 points from 176 to 209.
“We are pushing growth pretty hard. There is a convoluted growth model for high schools but I’m hopeful,” said AHS principal David Poss.
In other business, the board approved:
• A request from Smithville High School to hold a beauty pageant in the AHS auditorium on Feb. 15 due to their gym being reconstructed following the destruction from the 2011 tornado.
• The resignation of Catherine Clay, biology teacher at AHS, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
• The recommendation of Sarah Clark as the AHS Cheerleader Sponsor for the 2013-14 school year. Clark is a second-grade teacher at WAES.
• The expulsion of an AHS sophomore for one calendar year following a 10 day suspension for fighting.