BOE takes note of recent highlights
by REBECCA LEFTWICH
Members of the Coweta County Board of Education briskly worked their way through a tall stack of action items, but they still made time to celebrate achievement and recognize excellence at their Tuesday meeting.
Newnan High School, which received a silver medal ranking from U.S. News and World Report in its 2013 Best High Schools listing, was represented by Principal Doug Moore, the top three students in NHS’ Class of 2013 and English Department head Barbara Landreth.
Ranked in the top 8 percent of public, charter and magnet schools in the United States, Newnan High received high marks from the publication for consistent achievement across a wide range of students. The report noted that 97 percent of Newnan High School students were proficient in math and 94 percent were proficient in English, according to state testing results. A high percentage of students — 28 percent — took Advanced Placement courses, and a high percentage of students passed AP exams. Significantly, 71 percent of the students taking AP exams during the year surveyed scored a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams — scores accepted as credit for similar college courses.
The study principally examines math and English proficiency of students and college readiness. The report then looks at how well the indicators compare to state averages, performance among economically disadvantaged students and a wide range of student demographics.
Moore told the board he is “very excited” about the ranking.
“Our efforts at NHS and across the district are focused on the success of all students,” Moore said. “This is an indicator we are making progress toward that goal.”
Janileyah Thompson, a junior at Central Educational Center, was recognized by the board as a gold medalist in early childhood education at the Georgia SkillsUSA competition. Thompson, a Teacher Pipeline Program intern, is headed for nationals in Kansas City this summer. She outlined the requirements for competing and board members wished her luck as they congratulated her on her state title.
Another group of CEC students also earned the right to compete at nationals, but they won’t be going to Kansas City. Tony Lawrence, Austin Scales and Zach Zambuto won gold in aviation operations, an event not yet contested on the national level.
“We’re a little bit ahead of that game,” said Central CEO Mark Whitlock. “That’s how far we are ahead of the curve.”
In other business, the board:
Approved resolutions for Title 50 waivers which allow non-traditional programs at Maggie Brown School, class size flexibility and guidance counselors to assist in multiple capacities.
Adopted new math textbook recommendations for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Approved agreements with Coweta County for inmate crews to perform grounds and maintenance work and with West Georgia Technical College to continue partnering to provide dual enrollment and adult education opportunities.
Amended the 2013-14 school calendar to eliminate three days from the 190-day employee calendar.
Approved an agreement with Coweta County to provide a sewer line to Poplar Road Elementary School and East Coweta High School.
Agreed to allow the Coweta County Fire Department to dispose of a structure on the school system’s Tommy Lee Cook Road property by using it in a fire training exercise.
Approved construction project proposals from the Northgate High School softball and East Coweta High School baseball booster clubs.
Accepted Meja Construction’s bid for the first phase of construction at ECHS, a remodeling of the fieldhouse to provide additional classroom space.