Schools learn of success in accountability

First Posted: 9/15/2009

The Mount Airy City Board of Education met Tuesday night and heard a summary of the school systems accountability report for last school year.
All four of the systems schools met growth and the district as a whole met 46 out of 46 goals set for Adequate Yearly Progress.
The state has also released the figures for four-year cohort and five-year cohort graduation rates. Mount Airy High School had an 81.8 percent graduation rate in four years, well above the state average of 71.7 percent. The school had a graduation rate of 83.7 percent in five years, also above the state average of 72.9 percent.
The four-year cohort rate comes in a little above last years rate of 81.1 percent.
The board also heard that due to economic cutbacks, some state tests will not be administered this year. Those tests include the grade three pretest, computer skills, competency, chemistry, physics and NCCLAS, which has not been used in Mount Airy.
Elke Atkins, child nutrition director, spoke to the school system about nutrition in the schools and its impact on creating healthy students. The three school nurses that serve the system joined her in a panel to discuss physical fitness and what is being and can be done to help combat the problem of childhood obesity and the health complications that arise from that.
A representative from Dixon Hughes, an auditing company, was on hand to speak about the audit just completed of the school system. Her report was positive on both the financial portion and the compliance portion of the audit.
The meeting was held in the newly-completed commons area at Mount Airy High School. The school system is planning an open house at the facility for the community at the end of September.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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