2018-05-16 / Front Page

Carroll moves away from integrated math for grades K-8

Susan Scholl

New math curriculum for grades kindergarten through eighth grade was adopted by the Carroll School Board at its May 8 meeting. This followed a lengthy discussion at the work session that preceded the regular meeting.

Superintendent Keith Thackery said Carroll is a one-to-one (1:1) school system which means that each student uses an electronic device for learning. The corporation has spent nearly a year reviewing various curricula under the guidance of retired Carroll math teacher, Gary Duff. The corporation hired Duff for one period a day to meet with staff and examine the available programs that would work best with 1:1.

Thackery said the program that was determined to best meet the needs of K-8 students is the program offered by McGraw-Hill.

The high school will continue to use the integrated math program through Saxton, Thackery said. Teachers supplement materials when needed and they did not see anything any better for the high school, he added.

According to Thackery, Carroll has been using an integrated math program for the past 25 years. With an integrated program there are no separate courses such as algebra and geometry. He said it was decided a traditional course offering may be beneficial to some students so the corporation will offer one traditional algebra I class next school year. The following year (’19-’20), the plan is to offer a traditional geometry class.

The board approved spending $157,050.53 for the Mc- Graw-Hill program, along with an electronic version of the Spanish I and II books and interactive science for the eighth grade.

An additional appropriation hearing was held with $260,000 being transferred from the rainy day fund for the purchase of Chromebooks for second through sixth grades and I-Pads for kindergarten and first grade.

The athletic department will pay to have the gym floor resurfaced at the junior-senior high.

Board member Dave Lambert commented that he would like “no more spending through the rest of the summer.”

Board president Dave Bordner agreed, stating “we’ve got to quit spending.”

The corporation will continue its agreement with Crossing National, Inc., to send drop out and recovery students to classes in Frankfort.

Lambert said he believes the corporation needs a nutritionist to help plan lunches. Students are not happy with the meals and too much food is being thrown away, he said. When a nutritionist was used before the lunches were better. He said through the lunch fund there is money for the hire.

The kitchen managers were approved to work an additional ten days to enter information into the new software.

The following personnel requests were approved:

Fifth grade teacher Susan Briggs will retire effective June 29. She has been a classroom teacher for 23 years.

Eighth grade English teacher Elizabeth Hudson submitted her resignation.

Matt Weaver was placed on administrative leave from April 23 through April 30 due to a verbal altercation.

A new teaching position is being created using existing staff. Matt Benner will be teaching robotics mornings at the elementary school and afternoons at the junior-senior high.

The CES ECA sponsors include: Jana Conn, math bowl; Jenelle Gish, spell bowl; Jessica Young, yearbook; and Amy Click, student council.

Dana Bell will fill the CES volunteer cheer coach position for the next school year.

Girls summer tennis camp for grades 5-8 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 11-15.

Fundraising requests approved:

• Junior high cheer squad for car wash and bake sale at Burlington Community Park, face painting at basketball games, and to sell family portraits through Portraits by Lori.

• Cougaretz to sell candles.

• Volleyball team to work at the State Fair

Communications approved

• Tyler Sausaman to take manufacturing students to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 15 for a competition. • Carroll County Summer Swim Team to use CJSHS swimming pool for practices and meets May 14 through June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.; dates to be scheduled with the athletic director. • John Sayers and Miriam Robeson to attend a law seminar June 1 in Indianapolis. • Thackery and Sayers to attend a budget and finance seminar June 13 in Carmel. • Natasha Baker and Cindy Reinke to attend FCCLA National Leadership Conference June 27-July 2 in Atlanta, Ga.; use of school vehicle and reimbursement of lodging and meals. • Lindsey Jackson to attend Level One Minds in Motion training July 11-12 in Louisville, Ky.; reimbursement of mileage, lodging, meals and registration. • Jackson to take Student Council students to Statehouse, War Memorial and State Museum in Indianapolis May 11.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 22.

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