During a meeting on Monday, Jasper City School Superintendent Robert Sparkman commended board members Roy Beall, Willie Moore III and Teresa Sherer for each advancing a level in training with the AASB’s member academy.
The academy provides school board members throughout the state with ongoing training in areas like financial accountability and community engagement.
In other business, the board:
•Approved the school district’s financial report for the month of September.
The school system ended the month with a general fund balance of $5.8 million. That’s compared to a balance of $4.8 million the previous year.
Monique Rector, the chief financial officer for the Jasper City Schools, said this year’s budget included a one-time increase of $795,000.
Rector said that though revenues were down for September, the school district’s expenditures decreased significantly. Compared to 2011, revenues dropped from $21.4 million to $20.8 million while expenditures dropped from $21.7 million to $20.6 million.
•Heard presentations from the principals of Walker High School and West Jasper Elementary School regarding their continuous improvement plans called for by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Walker High’s Principal Gary Boling said that while the school had a 96.2 percent proficiency rate in all subjects of the state’s graduation exam, administrators saw a decrease in reading and language proficiency among the students.
Boling said the faculty of WHS hopes to make those gains with strategies like continuing to emphasize technology in the classroom, creating team building activities among teachers and participating in training that will prepare teachers for upcoming statewide benchmarks.
West Jasper Elementary School’s Principal Rita Pilling said that while the school met 15 of its 15 required benchmarks for the 2011-2012 school year, administrators would like to see improvement in the areas of special education and reading proficiency, especially among third- and fourth-graders.
Pilling said West Jasper teachers hope to make those improvements by focusing on individual instruction that targets areas in which each child struggles. She also said that administrators at the school will continue to take advantage of after-school tutoring programs for students.