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|Academic Improvements at Galesburg High School Working
|Galesburg School District officials are touting the success they've had coming into compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and they're letting their colleagues around the state know about it.
Galesburg High School officials discussed their School Improvement Plan with the District-205 Board Monday night after making a presentation to that end to the Illinois State Board of Education a few weeks ago.
School Improvement Plan Committee member Wes Olson says for one thing, part of the success is that the plan the district is implementing now, is actually being implemented.
"The school improvement plan itself wasn't as much of a living document as what it is now, our professional development wasn't as focused as what it is now. Essentially we had really good intentions, the things we were doing, but it's kind of like a bunch of arrows going in different ways whereas now we're really kind of pointing all in the same direction."
Specifically, Galesburg High School has to address two key areas in order to meet adequate yearly progress -- scores among low-income students in math, and the graduation rate among low-income students.
But extra help in English is being given to those students as well, district officials say.
The Galesburg School Board Monday night voted to essentially let go of a dozen or so district staff members at the end of the school year due either to uncertain grant funding or uncertain enrollment.
It's an annual event for the district -- once state and federal grant dollars for the next school year, and a better feel for enrollment is had, many of those staff members could be hired back.
|03 09 09 by Newsroom
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