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District patrons assist in developing school district plan!

posted Nov 22, 2016, 12:54 PM by Cabool R-IV Schools   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 12:54 PM ]
A meeting to begin gathering public input for Cabool School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) was held last Thursday evening at Cabool Middle School.  

Former Cabool High School principal Dr. Jon Turner, now with Missouri State University, welcomed the crowd of around 50 citizens who came out for the meeting and explained that CSIP covers “anything that will impact the learning for kids.” He said the meeting was an opportunity for citizens to share their ideas and opinions and would help “establish a vision of where Cabool is going the next five years.”

Principals from each of the three schools were given a few minutes to share their thoughts on what was needed at the schools.

“The big thing we fight at the high school is facilities,” Cabool High School principal Brad Shockley said, noting that with the loss of classroom space from the old “C” building, “we’re short a classroom or two.” He said more technology is also a need and that the library is small and needs updates. Academically, the high school is doing well, he said.

Middle school principal Cheryl Manning said, “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve” academically. Facility needs noted included additional gym space as the present facility is a cafeteria/gym/multipurpose room and it is challenging to schedule classes and events.

Improving state test scores is a priority at the elementary school, principal Aaron Miller said. In addition, “we’ve pretty much maxed out on space” and could use more classrooms.

The principals’ talks were followed by group discussions by those attending the November 17 meeting. The crowd was broken into three groups. The groups rotated over the next hour, covering three areas: academics, facilities, and resources, which encompassed anything inside buildings that would help students learn better. Free discussion and exchange of ideas were encouraged in all the sessions.

All comments made during each group’s three sessions were recorded and a transcript is to be provided to all attendees by email prior to the next meeting, which will be next Tuesday, November 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school. Those are also to be posted at the meeting for persons who may not have been able to attend the November 17 meeting, but want to be part of the CSIP process.

You can also see the lists on the school district’s website, www.cabool.k12.mo.us.

Turner encouraged each person present to invite a friend or neighbor to the November 29 meeting.

“This is intentionally a discussion about how we can get better,” he said.

News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise