Several upgrades, changes in preparing for new school year

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In addition to new teachers and a brand new year has started in the Portageville School District, superintendent of School Michael Allred released the following statement on improvements that has been done over the summer.

"Our staff as a whole is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for the students we serve. That goes for our teachers, board of education, administration, and our support services as well. They spend a great deal of time planning and researching ways to continually improve educational opportunities for our students," he said. "There have been many changes in the Portageville School District for the 2014-2015 school year. Below you will see a summary of these changes. Currently our enrollment is seeing a steady increase. We will have final numbers as they stabilize on the last Wednesday of September."

District Wide:

"Our curriculum director has been continually working with staff members on district wide curriculum revision. We are also in the process of implementing Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC). This is a curriculum resource that is strongly encouraged by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that allows school districts to collaborate and share among districts when revising their curriculum," he said.

Portageville Elementary School:

This year has added several web-based educational supplemental programs to enhance student learning and achievement. PK and K will be using Starfall Curriculum Units. "We have revised our safety procedures for morning and after school student drop-off/pickup. This was to increase school security and improve child safety. We truly appreciate all the support and cooperation from parents, grandparents, community members on this improvement," he added

Portageville High School:

The high school has added ACT Prep Classes for all Juniors. Juniors will take the ACT free of charge. The high school administration added weighted classes beginning with this year's Junior class. "We are also in the process of possibly adding a Trap Shooting club through the FFA," said Allred.

A USA Test Prep web based program has been added to supplement many of the areas of instruction. The following Dual Credit Courses are currently being offered on campus to students: College Writing, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, A. P. Chemistry, Psychology/Sociology, Advanced CBA, Physics, Trigonometry, and Dual Credit Health in the Spring 2015. "We are collaborating with higher education departments to continually add more dual credit and AP offerings. Our high school vocational education students are now attending Sikeston Career & Technology Center," he said. "We had been looking for expanded course offerings for our VoTec students. Our numbers had been decreasing over the last several years." This gives the students more options.

Summer Maintenance:

Summer was extremely busy around the district. A new awning at the football concession stand was installed. Water fountains throughout the district are being replaced. The elementary cafeteria tile floor was replaced over the summer. The old bus garage was demolished and removed. A newer used van replaced the old food service van. The elementary halls were repainted and several classrooms throughout the district were painted over the summer. The high school gym floor was repainted/refinished. Classrooms needing new smart-boards were completed. High school cafeteria had a new mixer installed to replace the old one. A new district wide computer server to support the vast array of technological resources that the district utilizes. Tile was replaced in buildings as needed due to wear and tear and age. The custodians and maintenance freshened up district buildings for start of school. Very busy summer for administration, maintenance, technology and all others involved.

"Our staff works extremely hard to keep our resources up and running and our facilities clean and safe for our students and staff, Allred said.

The Portageville School District staff has worked very hard before school started getting ready for the start of the new school year and preparing for the various changes that have been implemented. "Our staff is very dedicated to educating our students and work countless hours above and beyond their requirement. I feel that our staff overall is very excited about the 2014-2015 school year," he concluded.

Additionally, prior to the regular session, the Portageville School District Board set the tax rate for 2014. The board approved a tax rate of $3.5000 per $100 assessed valuation.