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By Debbie Israel
TALON 

GROWTH IN AT-RISK STUDENTS

Aztec School Board

 

April 28, 2017

The Aztec School Board met on April 20, and heard from Superintendent Kirk Carpenter some of the changes that will be made next year in light of state budget cuts. He told board members that there will be five less elementary teachers at McCoy and Lydia Rippey Elementary schools; that some bus routes may be combined and that there may be cuts to the number of children who can attend the after school program, or there's a possibility of charging for the program. He said no teachers are being let go, but some are leaving for various reasons and will not be replaced. The board also approved salary schedules for 2017-18, and Carpenter said those numbers are flat, no changes.

AHS Principal Dr. Hall gave a report about the "at risk" students at the high school level, and said there are currently 81 freshmen, 58 sophomores, 78 juniors and 76 seniors in the "high risk" category. Those numbers include students with at least ten absences and D or F grades. In the comparison between the first quarter and the third quarter, the numbers in each class has gone up. These students could be at risk of not earning enough credits to graduate on time.

Business items discussed included board approval to advertise for a new auditor for next year. Auditors must be changed at least every three years, and the previous firm has just finished their three years.

Ms. Neily Snook brought students from the Destination ImagiNation group to talk about their recent competition wins at the state level on March 4 in Albuquerque. Three teams from Park Avenue Elementary school went to the competition, along with two teams from Koogler. The group will be doing several fund raisers to make money to travel to Knoxville, TN, in May for the global competition. 17,000 students from around the world travel to compete. The Aztec teams received a grant for part of the funds, but will be selling raffle tickets, have a GoFundMe page set up, are taking personal donations from friends and family, selling Krispy Kreme donuts, selling Papa Johns pizza cards and car wash tickets. Their goal is to make $13,000 for their trip.

Board members were reminded of the Honor Banquet at AHS scheduled for May 1, and the Senior Award Ceremony where scholarships are announced, on May 2. The date of the next board meeting was also changed from May 11 to May 9.

 

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