Exeter receives Reading Recovery Grant

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Exeter R-6 Board of Education members learned at their June board meeting that the district had been awarded a Reading Recovery Grant, which will primarily benefit students in first grade.

The grant, which is funded through the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and valued at $4,500, will cover training expenses. The grant requires a three-year commitment.

According to Tamra Kester, Exeter Elementary School principal, the district's reading specialist, Kelly Wiltgen, will have the opportunity to take part in classes at the Nixa School District, participate in professional development workshops and work with a teacher from another district who has already completed the program.

"We heard about the program through a chance email," said Kester. "I had worked at another district that used the Reading Recovery program, and it was really successful for the first graders there. This year, I received information through an email that the University of Arkansas would be offering the program, so we submitted an application."

On June 9, the Exeter School District received notification that its application was approved for the Reading Recovery program.

"We are very excited to see what the program can do for us," said Kester. "Exeter R-6 is fortunate to receive this grant. We look forward to helping our first graders be successful."

In his report to the board, Superintendent Dr. Ernest Raney reported that Bridgeview Plumbing had estimated that it would cost $4,000 to replace toilets and flush valves in the school's bathrooms and at the concession stand, as well as install hand dryers in the bathroom. The expenditure was approved.

Raney also reported that approximately $30,000 would be used from Title 1 fund to establish an elementary computer lab. The new lab will house around 25 computers.

In other business, the board:

* Accepted the resignation of Kim Holz, third grade teacher.

* Heard that the district will undergo a federal programs review this year.

* Received information on a Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) bonus that can be attained by districts that show improvement in three out of four objections on the annual performance report.

At its July 20 meeting, the Exeter R-6 Board received a list of upcoming events that included information on new teacher meetings, teacher in-service events and the start of the 2011-12 school year.

According to the list, the district will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. for teacher in-service on Friday, Sept. 2. No classes are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of labor day.

In other business, the board:

* Tabled three quotes for radio communication systems. Board members requested more information on the submitted quotes.

* Approved the federal and state revenues for the food service program and the Mercy Health/Coventry Insurance contract.

* Directed Raney to obtain gasoline, diesel, milk and bread bids for the 2011-12 school year.

* Discussed the district's dress code policy in regards to feathers that are being woven into hair. The board elected to allow administrators to address this issue at their discretion.

* Approved the 2011-21 breakfast and lunch price schedule.

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