Board hears curriculum report

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Colleen Cardenuto, director of curriculum and testing for the New Prague Area Schools, presented the annual Curriculum Review to the New Prague Area School Board at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Cardenuto reviewed the 24-page document that is required by the state each year. Sections of the document include curriculum and assessment, including staff development and areas where staff have concentrated during the past year, a review of the six-year curriculum cycle process, and sections showing how students in the district have done on various assessment tests.

Included in the report are lists of the goals for the high school, middle school and elementary schools, and a list of testing dates for the coming year. Cardenuto said it's important for parents to know these dates and make sure their children are in school and ready to test on those dates, since absences are counted against the district.

Cardenuto said notices about the document will be sent to households in the district, and print copies will be available on request. The document will also be posted on the district's website.

Enrollment update

Operations director Tim Rybak gave a report on enrollment now that the school year is in full swing. He showed numbers from the beginning and end of last year as well as numbers that were current as of October 7.

Enrollment has increased by 68 students from the end of last year, but is still down from the beginning of last year. Rybak noted there was an unusually large number of students leaving the district last year, many due to the housing situation.

Interestingly, Rybak pointed out that the district budgeted an enrollment of 3,555 for the current school year, and as of October 7, that is exactly the number of students enrolled. He added, though, that the number changes weekly and pointed out that seven students have registered this week and will begin classes in New Prague on Monday.

Workshop set

The board's October meeting has been cancelled. Instead, the board will hold a workshop to prepare for the 2009-10 school budget.

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