School board gives OK to field trips in work ses­sion

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

Polk School District stu­dents will be learn­ing ev­ery­where from Perry to Sa­van­nah thanks to the board of ed­u­ca­tion ap­prov­ing sev­eral new field trips across var­i­ous schools.

While many won’t be hap­pen­ing un­til later in the year, early trip ap­proval is fun­da­men­tal for rais­ing the re­quired funds and aware­ness.

“These are get­ting later in the year, but they like to go ahead and get these ap­proved so they can go ahead and start rais­ing money,” su­per­in­ten­dent Lauri Atkins said.

The board’s ap­proval meant the Rock­mart High School thes­pi­ans were al­lowed to visit the Sept. 7 and 8 lead­er­ship con­fer­ence and the Rock­mart, and Cedar­town High auto depart­ments will soon be al­lowed to visit the UTI and NTI col­leges on Sept. 13 and 14.

Later field trips in­clude the Rock­mart High Ag depart­ment’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Perry fair Oc­to­ber live­stock show, Rock­mart Mid­dle School’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Novem­ber Beta Club Com­pe­ti­tion, Cedar­town High’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Fe­bru­ary Thes­pi­ans con­fer­ence, West Side El­e­men­tary’s gifted PEP field trip to the Ge­or­gia Aquar­ium later in March, and Van Wert El­e­men­tary’s gifted PEP trip to the aquar­ium shortly af­ter­wards.

Learn­ing in the class should be eas­ier with the board for­mally edit­ing the retest pol­icy for clar­ity and ease of un­der­stand­ing.

High­lighted in the doc­u­ment is the por­tion that states those who choose not to use the pol­icy for ei­ther quar­ter will find their low­est test grade dropped at the end of the se­mes­ter.

So, those who score well

well on all of their tests and don’t need to re­take can still ben­e­fit from the rule.

“We’re up­dat­ing the por­tion at the end to change the name from

‘Move on When Ready’ to ‘Dual En­roll­ment’ be­cause the state has gone back to ‘Dual En­roll­ment,’” Atkins said at a pre­vi­ous meet­ing. “And just clar­i­fy­ing some of the pieces for retest­ing through­out the year. It needed to be a lit­tle more spe­cific.”

The board has an­other reg­u­lar ses­sion sched­uled

for Sept. 11 af­ter press time, be­fore mov­ing into a spe­cial com­bined work and reg­u­lar ses­sion on Oct. 2 be­cause of fall break.

The usual rou­tine mat­ters will be cov­ered, but the group has planned a merit award cer­e­mony to rec­og­nize the var­i­ous achieve­ments of its servers.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers gath­ered for their Sept. 4 work ses­sion, and were set to be back in ses­sion again on Tues­day af­ter press time.

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