On Monday, May 12, the Perry School Board met for a regular monthly session. The meeting was the last for retiring Superintendent Lynn Ubben and the first meeting for newly appointed Director, Casey Baldwin.
The Board met and discussed the following topics at the Monday night session.
Presentation of PACES summer program
P.A.C.E.S. Director, Mary Hillman spoke to the school board about P.A.C.E.S. ongoing program this summer.
This summer’s program will run from Monday, June 5 to Friday, Aug. 4. The program is meant for continued summer education, but also puts an emphasis on fitness, fun, math, science, and literacy skills, according to the P.A.C.E.S. Summer 2017 packet.
“Last school year we had 131 students on a daily basis, we’re open everyday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and our number one focus is academic improvement for students,” Hillman said.
Approaching year 17 of the program, Hillman discussed the theme of this summer’s schedule as well as the activities.
“This summer we are exploring national parks,” Hillman said. “You’ll see the theme each week; I don’t believe in the entertainment, I believe in the learning.”
Each week will feature a different theme centered around national parks, including the following: outdoor beauty, safety for climbing, hiking, and biking, wildlife and animals, national parks heritage, camping and wilderness survival skills, water preserves, forestry and conservation, cultures and caves, and then the final week’s activities.
Students are also encouraged to use the local amenities including the McCreary Center pool and the library. Throughout the week, small field trips are planned for both educational and recreational purposes.
“This summer we are at 140,” Hillman said. “We had 16 pre-K students, 16 that are pre-k and T-K, we have 22 kindergartners, 24 first graders, 31 second and third graders, 32 fourth and fifth graders.”
Discussion of newly adopted TLC leadership program
TLC Coordinator, Shannon Cline, presented about how the newly adopted Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) program went at the PCSD. The program allowed teachers to take on a mentor role, following a series of training, in order to help new staff as well as beginning educators adapt to the school district. The program encourages leadership as well as the opportunity to gain a mentor within the district.
15 teachers became mentors through the program.
“The amount of success that our TLC program had in year one is beyond what I expected or any of the coaches expected,” Cline said. “We’ve had full administrative support since we’ve started and that’s what made us so successful.”
The biggest success was the mentoring program, Cline said.
“There are a lot of first and second year teachers in this district that have had a phenomenal experience, and it’s because they have highly qualified mentors that meet every week,” Cline said.
“They feel comfortable, they feel welcome, they feel like they’re part of the community and the school district.”
In order to become a mentor for the district, teachers must have at least three years of experience and have to be approved. Once they’re approached, teachers are able to assist in any subject. An additional $2,000 is later added to their overall salary once they are certified.