SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT - (CONTINUED)
4. Florida School Music Association Music Conference - said he attended the conference in Orlando this Saturday.
5. Palmetto High School JROTC (Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps) Awards Ceremony - said he attended this ceremony two weeks ago.
6. School Visits - reported on recent visits to many schools and the high morale of the teachers and students.
7. Educational Materials for Reading and Math - commended Lynette Edwards (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction) and her staff for their hard work on materials for reading and math for students of all age levels; they had the only plan adopted by the State of Florida for the No Child Left Behind Remediation Tutorial Plan.
8. Appreciation to Public Comments Speakers - thanked those speakers who spoke in support of the Board's middle school redistricting plan.
9. Mr. Brunner - noted that Mr. Brunner's presence this evening was missed, and wished Mr. Brunner a speedy recovery and return to the Board events.
10. Flat Stanley - introduced Flat Stanley, from the book of the same title, which he received from a third grader at Palmetto Elementary School.
SCHOOL BOARD WORKFLOW CHART
Board Members commented regarding revisions and additions to the School Board Workflow Chart.
(A copy of the current Workflow Chart can be found in the Superintendent's Office.)
NAMING OF EXISTING FACILITY FROM SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM TO WILLIE J. CLEMONS JR. MEMORIAL ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM
Mr. Willie J. Clemons Jr. dedicated 30 years of service to the faculty and students of Southeast High School. Because of his commitment to excellence in education, the faculty at Southeast High School requested that the Athletic Training Room be renamed the Willie J. Clemons Jr. Athletic Training Room.
Mr. Miller moved, with a second by Mrs. Harvey, to approve the Southeast High School faculty's recommendation that the Athletic Training Room at that school be named the Willie J. Clemons Jr. Memorial Athletic Training Room. Motion carried 4-0.
NAMING OF EXISTING FACILITY FROM SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER TO ROBERT EICHENBERG MEDIA CENTER
Mr. Robert Eichenberg dedicated 32 years of service to the faculty and students of Southeast High School. Because of his commitment to excellence in education, the faculty at Southeast High School requested that the Media Center be renamed the Robert Eichenberg Media Center.
Mrs. Harvey moved, with a second by Mr. Miller, to approve of Southeast High School's faculty recommendation that the Media Center at the school be named the Robert Eichenberg Media Center. Motion carried 4-0.
APPROVAL OF SUMMER OFFERINGS PLAN FOR 2004
Over the last three years, Manatee County School Board has provided offerings during the summer for some Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students and for graduating seniors who were short credits. The Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) allocation provided to each district is the primary funding source appropriated by the Legislature to address the needs of students failing to meet the requirements for student progression. Specific funding for summer school was eliminated in 1997.
Mandatory retention for third graders who scored at Level One on FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) Reading became effective for the 2002-2003 school year. A passing score on FCAT is required for high school graduation.
The Florida Department of Education, the Governor, and the Commissioner of Education continues to challenge districts to provide summer camps for third graders who scored Level One on FCAT and offerings for seniors who have failed to pass the FCAT. The plan for these students and other categories of struggling students is attached, along with the proposed budget. The 2004 Legislature appropriated specific funding for summer camp.
As a part of the SAI plan for this year, $200,000.00 was allocated for extended school year for ESE students and graduating seniors. The budget for the proposed plan will be funded from SAI, summer camp allocation, and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).