by nathan oster
The process of filling the new Greybull Middle School with the furniture, fixtures and equipment it needs to operate continued last week when the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of education approved more than $130,000 in purchases for the new building.
The following purchases were approved:
- 27 computer tables from Worthington Direct, which had the low bid of $14,422.
- 150 chrome books from Dell, which at $53,116, was the lowest of four bidders.
- 27 desktop systems, also from Dell, at a cost of $25,371.
- 52 wireless access points and five years of AirWave management and support, valued at $38,843.
The additional wireless access points, in addition to 33 purchased previously, will make it easier for students, staff and guests to get on the school’s wireless network, which will be opened up to the public. It’ll still be filtered, but the public will have access to it, not only in the buildings themselves, but also in the gyms and on the football field.
Summer school attendance and fresh testing data were topics all three building principals touched on in their monthly reports to the school board.
GES Principal Brett Suiter said his building finished the year with 227 students, and that on end-of-the-year NWEA assessments, 56 percent of GES students hit their growth mark in reading and 69 percent hit their growth mark in math. Sixty percent hit the proficiency benchmark in their grade level in reading, while 48 percent hit their proficiency benchmark in math.
Forty-one kids, a few less than signed up, were attending summer school.
GMS Principal Scott McBride said he was disappointed by his building’s summer school attendance. Seventy-three kids were encouraged to participate based upon their MAP testing data, but as of the night of the school board meting, only 21 of them had enrolled.
McBride said testing data revealed good growth among students in math, but slightly less growth than he’d like to see in the area of reading. A concern, he said, is that “students who are above benchmark aren’t improving; the kids below are growing at a good rate because there is a lot of support and things in place for them.”
GHS Principal Ty Flock said he expects to receive ACT data in August.
Spring MAPS testing data showed that among freshmen, 95 percent were at grade level and 28 percent were college ready in math while 93 percent were at their grade level and 38 percent were college ready in reading. Among sophomores, 77 percent were at their grade level and 34 percent were college ready in math while 80 percent were at their grade level and 43 percent were college ready in reading.
In other business discussed June 9:
- A special meeting of the school board was set for Wednesday, June 24. Budget modifications and the appointment of a new school board member are the two items on the agenda. Bryant said one person had applied for the vacant school board seat: Mike Wirtzberger.
- The school district still has several vacancies, as it needs to hire special education teachers for the middle and elementary schools, two bus drivers and two part-time food service workers. Bryant said the special ed posts are typically the hardest to fill.
- The board took no action after emerging from an hour-long executive session. Topics for the session included litigation, personnel (extracurricular positions and pay scale) and real estate.