Board sets meeting to discuss AYP results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

The Portales Municipal School Board agreed to become proactive with information regarding AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) reports by holding a special board meeting just to present and discuss the report this year.

At its regular meeting Monday the board approved the recommendation by Superintendent Randy Fowler to hold the meeting at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in the board room. That is the day that AYP results around the state are released to the public.

“I think it would be good to do that (hold a public meeting), Fowler said. “It would be good information for the community.”

Fowler told the board district officials will receive the results on July 25, a week in advance of the public release. He said that would give staff time to absorb the reports and prepare comparisons and analysis for the public.

Fowler said he was pretty sure that some of the Portales schools would be under state corrective action because of AYP results. At the same time he pointed to a budget adjustment on the meeting’s agenda that showed all four elementary schools receiving incentive money for improving AYP scores.

“We’ve got to be able to tell our story,” board member Mary Lou Rowley said. “We need to be on the offensive.”

In other business the board:

• Approved changes in 16 items in the district’s policy manual and administrative regulations handbook. Many changes were mandated by the state legislature.

• Approved a resolution adopting its notice public meetings procedures. No changes were made from the previous year.

• Approved six budget adjustments.

• Approved two cash transfer requests.

• Approved a bid from Miller Paper to provide custodial supplies.

• Approved a bid from Balfour-Taylor for school yearbook services.

• Approved a conflict waiver resolution for employee David Fuller to be able to purchase supplies through his business Air One HVAC Sales & Service to repair the school district’s HVAC units. The waiver also allows him to bid on projects through his business without a conflict.