Goal setting was the focus of the Lexington Board of Education’s annual retreat and those goals were adopted during Monday night’s regular board meeting.
Academic goals with benchmarks of success include student proficiency on statewide tests increasing by 10 percent over the prior year’s performance and students meeting or exceeding Nebraska’s average ACT composite score.
Additionally, the district will study and identify reasons for changes in testing data when scores increase or decrease by 5 percent.
Building level report cards will be developed that list key indicators such academic performance and attendance. The district will also strive to increase consistency in instruction and student performance.
There will be continued expansion of career and technical education opportunities for secondary students in areas of welding, construction and health sciences. The former armory building is being considered as the facility site.
District officials also plan to study and consider staffing needs for music, technology and instructional support for the 2015-2016 school year.
The board intends to develop a 10-year facilities improvement plan that prioritizes needs and funding requirements. They will seek input from staff and community members on a high school addition with a construction plan and timeline is to be developed by January 2015.
Policy and legislation goals include continuing advocacy for LPS among key state political and governmental leaders and continuing the revision of district policies.
In other business, the board set prices for school meals, increasing breakfast and lunch by 5 cents per meal. Breakfasts are now $1 for elementary students and $1.10 for secondary students or .30 for those qualifying for reduced price. Lunches are $1.70 for elementary students, $1.90 for secondary students or .40 for reduced price. Extra milk remains the same at 50-cents. Chief Financial Officer Erin Heineman said the prices are the lowest amount possible based on what the federal government requires.
Board members reviewed and adopted a parental involvement policy and a student bullying policy. They will approve a parental involvement Title 1 policy later.
They approved advertising the sale of a Combo Twist machine from Lexington High School. Board President Rod Reynolds noted that it was purchased by the athletic booster club and they also gave approval for it to be sold.