Westwood board hears STAR test results
Fletcher Walker had an API score of 268 a gain of 7 points over last year. Its growth target was five points.
Westwood High had an API score of 579 and in 2006 its score was 675. The growth target for the high school was six points.
Bietz also provided an update on the new random drug testing policy. He said the meeting for parents and students held at Westwood High on Sept. 12 was positive. There was some activity on campus to halt the program by drafting a petition. However Bietz told students the policy was already in place and not a point of discussion. He estimated it would cost the district about $1,000 a year for the actual testing.
Marci Johnson, fourth-grade teacher at Fletcher Walker, said she had received feedback from high school students who thought the new policy provided a reason for refusing drugs.
The policy mainly impacts student body officers and athletes because only those involved in extracurricular activities are mandated to be tested for seven substances. These include alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.
Board member Christi Cox said it would set a good example if teachers would volunteer to participate in the random drug testing.
Westwood High will gain a part-time counselor. The board voted to approve the position when they learned funding had been obtained through a state grant. Bietz said the district would start advertising for a certificated counselor for grades seven through 12.
Several classes within the Westwood School District will participate in the Healthy Kids Survey. This survey is distributed to children in fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th-grade as well as students in alternative education. The data is gathered by the Lassen County Office of Education.
In closed session the board accepted the resignation of Brian Johnson a math teacher at Westwood High who was hired as the assistant principal in Chester. It also approved a 10 percent stipend for Adele Emershaw, a fifth-grade teacher at Fletcher Walker, to act as vice principal at the elementary school.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24. The meeting date was changed so Henry Bietz could travel to South Africa for 10 days as part of an administrative exchange program.
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