HOUSTON — Superintendent Larry Claypool and the district administrative team presented the annual State of the District Report during the May 15 Hardin-Houston Board of Education meeting.
Each team member reported on their own area of district expertise.
To start, Superintendent Larry Claypool detailed the district’s demographic information, Free and Reduced Lunch and Economically Disadvantaged percentages and explained how they relate in comparison to state averages.
Claypool also presented certified and classified staff data, including a six year stable trend of staff employment, multiple aspects of student information relating to Average Daily Membership (ADM), open enrollment both in and out, financial costs for educating the District’s student population, academic and athletic transportation funding. These numbers showed enrollment in and out of the district is up, that it costed $7,965 per student to educate one student at Hardin-Houston and that spending on transportation is up 1.6 percent.
He collaborated with Treasurer Amy Ayers for the District-wide budgetary considerations for the upcoming 2017/18 school year.
Ayers earlier in the meeting presented her annual five-year forecast update with projections.
Elementary Principal Sara Roseberry presented the K-6 Elementary Building Report Card data, updated the newly formed Young Five’s Kindergarten program and shifted into a detailed explanation on the K-6 building time-line on classroom departmentalization and the continuation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) program designed to assist the lowest 20 percent of the student K-6 building, along with staff professional development and various grade level programming.
Jeanie Riethman, Student Services director for the Midwest Regional Education Service Center, (MRESC) explained the unique aspects of the District’s transient-foster-homeless student groups, K-12 special education and gifted populations.
Dave Shelhaus, the MRESC Curriculum Coordinator, outlined the 5-year teacher professional development plan for the district’s K-6 staff training.
Ryan Maier, the District’s 7-12 principal, presented his building’s report card data, academic programing and a brief report on the CATS Program, which helps at-risk students in the district.
Maier also reported on the status of the new construction taking place out in the athletic complex area where the concession building is quickly being completed for the 2017/18 school year. The deadline for the project will be September 15.
The State of the District team presentation concluded with an analysis that the District is moving in a positive direction regarding student academic growth, the completion of scheduled district facility projects and continuous, monitored fiscal responsibility for the upcoming 2017/18 school year and beyond. For interested community members, the State of the District can be found on hardinhouston.org under the superintendent’s page.