C-I Board hears update on Title 1 Services

Title 1 Coordinator, Tammy Kraft, gave an update on Title Services during the Cambridge-Isanti school board meeting, Thursday, Jan. 24.

Kraft explained Title 1 is a federally regulated and funded program. Funding is partially based on the number of students who receive free or reduced lunches. Data from AIMSweb, the NWEA’s and the MCA’s determine which students will receive Title 1 math and/or reading services.

Last year, 500 students were served. In the future, Title 1 may be receiving less money to serve more students at public and non-public schools in the area. Title 1 encourages parental involvement and works with the Minnesota Reading Corps members serving in the district.

REACH program

During the showcase portion of the meeting, Principal Scott Peterson explained the REACH program at Cambridge Intermediate School (CIS).

At the end of 2012, REACH stood for respond, engage, and climb higher. At the beginning of 2013, the acronym changed to mean refresh, everyone counts, attitude is everything, character traits, and high achievers. Peterson explained that the seven ways to achieve at CIS are through: scheduling, curriculum, guided reading, guided math, introducing strategies, interventions and data.

Peterson also talked about the Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) and Learning Point Navigator which are purposeful ways for parents to participate. Approximately 50 percent of parents participated in this research project. Students did additional assignments on material they hadn’t learned in school. Technology was provided for students who didn’t have it at home. The results were that teachers were better able to help students with their individual needs, and students who weren’t meeting expectations showed improvement.

It was reported that a net of 54 additional students took advantage of open enrollment to come to District 911 for the 2011-12 school year.

School board members attended the MSBA Leadership Conference in January. Some of the workshops they attended were about arming staff in schools, flipping classrooms, and how great principals make great schools.

In other action, the board:

• Authorized James Woodbury and students to attend the University of Chicago United Nations Conference February 6-10, 2013.

• Approved agreement with ICIC (Isanti County Interagency Collaborative).

• Approved Rum River Special Education Cooperative Director contract.

• Approved April 1, 2013 as a make up day for the snow day on December 10, 2012.

• Approved a Retirement Incentive. Certified staff who retire will receive $14,000 over two years and non-certified staff who retire will receive $7,000 in one year. The money will be put into a retirement health savings account. To qualify, certified and non-certified staff need to be employed by the district for a minimum of ten years.

• The board also agreed to start looking into ways to fund a $14,000,000 plan to improve multiple buildings safety and security, and improve learning environments.

• The board thanked the staff at all the buildings for going above and beyond what is required of them, especially with all of the budget constraints.

The next school board meeting will be held Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the district office, 625A Main St. N. in Cambridge.