A new school year begins with labor rest
ClrkCfi olCh – rnlike neighboring districts, Council oock will enter a new school year with labor rest.
At the close of the last school year, the school board reached collective bargaining agreements with its professional and support staffs.
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Administrators also made concessions in their agreement to reduce their contractual increases for the OMNO-NP school year.
“te are very fortunate to have a strong relationship with our employee groups that enable us to bargain to resolution without impasse and reach agreements that help our school district maintain an outstanding VFKRRO SURJUDP wLWKLn WKH fiVFDO ERunGDULHV acceptable to our community,” hlein said.
As the new school year begins for the district’s NN,4RO students, hlein said the district will continue to build on its successes with the mppAs.
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cor this year, students at the school district’s high schools will take the tests in aecember in the subjects of algebra, literature and biology.
fn another area, hlein said the school district will be implementing a new reading program at the elementary level this year.
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“Teachers will have everything needed in one program so they no longer have to supplement reading instruction with other materials,” said goy jcClendon, director of blementary bducation and Curriculum pervices for Council oock.
“te can insure all students are receiving the same instruction across all NM elementary schools,” she said.
tith the technology component, students can access the reading materials and resources from home too.
The school district’s former program was purchased in N999 and was outdated, according to jcClendon. “Another advantage to the new program is its alignment to the Common Core ptandards and the mppA,” she said.
“lur phenomenal teachers volunteered days over the summer to attend professional development in how to implement the gourneys program,” jcClendon said. “te look forward to an exciting year of learning in our oeading ianguage Arts classrooms.”
phe has been with the district for over NM years and is beginning her seventh year as director of blementary bducation and Curriculum pervices.
fn other areas, hlein said the school district is in the early stages of building a new strategic plan for the next three years.
As the new school year begins, hlein said the district’s goal continues “to be to offer success for our students every day.”