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C-OCISD board hears TAKS results
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING -- Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District trustees heard results from the fi rst administration of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills at their recent regular meeting. Trustees also met members of the Lincoln Junior High Ladies’ Club and Gentlemen’s Club. Johnny Walker, LJH assistant principal and coordinator of the Clubs, told trustees that members have a 100 percent passing rate in academics. Furthermore, he said, discipline referrals among members have dropped by 70 percent. Other good news from LJH included TAKS results from the fi rst administration of reading and math exams. LJH Principal Penny Spivey reported that 76 percent of eighth graders passed the fi rst math test compared to a 70 percent passing rate for fi rst test in 2009. In reading, 86 percent of eighth graders passed in 2010 compared to 85.5 percent in 2009. However, passing rates declined in 2010 for Coldspring- Oakhurst Intermediate School fi fth graders. For reading, 65 percent passed in 2010 compared to 73 percent in 2009. Fifty-six percent passed the 2010 math test compared to 62 percent in 2009. Principal D’Wana Bryant said, “I’m not going to make any excuses. We are not happy with our scores, but we have accepted the challenge and hope to see a big difference in the second administration.” Reading and math retakes for both grades are scheduled for May 18 and 19. Trustees next approved the purchase of new band uniforms. The District’s cost will be about $27,000 and COHS Band Boosters will contribute another $3,000, for a total purchase price of a little more than $30,000. The band will receive 100 coats, 70 pairs of slacks, and 60 helmets. The uniforms have a lifespan of 10 years. Current uniforms are 11 years old. And finally, trustees accepted the following recommendations for hire: Jennifer Stewart, Special Education, license specialist in school psychology; Beldon Rudloff, COHS vocational agriculture instructor; Byron Northrup, COHS/LJH adaptive behavior unit instructor; and Scott Humes, LJH career and technology instructor. Resignations from COHS counselor, Marylynne Weaver, and LJH career investigations and math instructor, David Hill, were received.


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