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Steven Marise (left) and Randall Fenimore (right) speak to the board regarding the district’s 2019 TNReady assessment results. (photo by Tiffany Young)

The Chester County Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Thursday night. With many things to cover and celebrate, one of the main focuses of the night was on the district and school accountability recognition based on 2019 TNReady assessment results.

Steven Marise, Instructional Technology and Testing Coordinator, and Randall Fenimore, Federal Program Director and K-5 Literacy Supervisor, shared that the Chester County School District’s TNReady scores resulted in an overall district score of “Advancing.” Marise shared, “[We’ve had] some exceptional growth throughout our district this year, lots of areas for us to celebrate successes. But, as Mr. Kilzer has iterated many, many times, we’ve got great data, but we’ve still got places to grow. And, so, we’re looking for that improvement.”

Additionally, during the “Celebrations” portion of the meeting, three educators from East Chester Elementary School spoke, representing the Tennessee Early Literacy Network. TELN held a conference this past summer, and ECES was invited to be one of four school districts across the state to present at the conference. Brittany Lewis, Annette Conner, and Diane Johnson shared information regarding ECES’s literacy growth within the last two years. Lewis shared that the original goal of Read to be Ready was to have 75% of third graders proficient and advanced in reading by the end of third grade by the year 2025. In Spring 2018, the school’s ELA’s core consultant did their first “Literacy Learning Walk Through” at East Chester. The result was that 70% of teacher’s questions were considered “lower bucket” questions. The team begin to meet weekly to see how they could improve the quality of questions given to students, and they set a goal of having 78% “upper bucket” questions. By April 2019, the school exceeded this goal by having 83% “upper bucket” questions. The team’s next goal is to work on student ownership.

Also, at Thursday night’s meeting, Lisa Bishop, parent of a Chester County High School student, approached the board asking them to reconsider their policy on students having piercings. She requested that her daughter (and other students) be able to wear a nose ring, even if it were just a clear or blue stud. After hearing all concerns on the matter, the board voted to leave the current policy as it is.

The CCBOE also selected and approved Bob Moore as Chairman and Dwight Bingham as Vice-Chairman for the school year during the meeting on Thursday. The board went on to vote on a recommendation from TSBA for changes in CCBOE board policies, approving these changes unanimously with a voice vote.

Next, the board went on to vote on the following agenda items, approving all with a voice vote: Recommendation for CCBOE to approve contract for transitional services, Recommendation for CCBOE to approve CC Schools Rental Rates of Facilities, and Recommendation for CCBOE approval for CCHS to offer an incentive for exam exemptions for students with low absentees.

The next Chester County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26, in the Board of Education conference room.

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