Student, Parent Teacher Feedback Survey
Survey results were shared in the Nov. 9 board meeting.
USD 231 had 198 staff who responded out of 260 certified staff (76 percent response rate), 1450 parents who responded out of 3500 possible responses (44 percent response rate), and 2731 who students responded out of a possible 3500 students (78 percent response rate).
Specialized Instruction and Tier Reading Supports
All USD 231 elementary school IR teachers are now utilizing the Sunday Reading Program. The Sonday System offers structured, systematic, multisensory reading intervention for readers at the beginning stages of reading.
These small-group reading lessons meet KSDE’s Dyslexia Guidelines for students.
In addition, each elementary school has received the Heggerty Phonics “Bridge The Gap” resource materials to provide direct instruction for students needing assistance with phonemic awareness and phonics. This resource will be used by our reading specialists and also meets the KSDE requirement for specific curriculum materials to address assisting students with dyslexia.
Early Childhood Developmental Screenings
Also commonly called “Child Find” screenings, the Early Childhood developmental screenings for the 2020-21 school year are well underway. The EC team worked through the summer to develop protocols to ensure safe screening procedures using mitigating measures such as eliminating the waiting room, reducing the number of children coming through the screening at a single time slot, completing all screening tasks within the same room (reducing traffic in the building), and sanitizing in between screenings.
The first screenings were held on Sept. 4, Sept. 11, and Oct. 2.
As in previous years, the screenings will be located at Moonlight Elementary. These screenings are held each month, by appointment, with the purpose of identifying children who may be in need of special education services, known as Child Find, and in compliance with the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Families must contact the Special Services Office to schedule a screening appointment.
A total of $1M was recently allocated to address infrastructure improvement projects using Fiscal Year 20-21 Capital Outlay funds.
These projects were identified by the Operations Department as priority needs for the upcoming year.
The list of projects to be undertaken includes the following.
• Placing protective netting between the junior varsity baseball field and the soccer field at the District Athletic Complex at Gardner Edgerton High School. The netting will be placed to prevent foul balls from landing on the soccer field and in the baseball field spectator areas.
• Replacing the elevator in the press-box at the District Athletic Complex.
• Reroofing shingled roof areas at Moonlight Elementary School.
• Replacing and improving asphalt pavement and concrete areas on the Gardner Edgerton High School campus.
• Replacing and improving asphalt pavement and concrete areas on the Sunflower Elementary School campus.
• Resurfacing the running track and aprons at the District Athletic Complex.
These projects will be scheduled for completion during Spring and Summer 2020-2021.