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Elementary TAKS scores rise
Trinity Standard - June 2008

TRINITY – With preliminary results now in, local school officials are for the first time celebrating the results of the Lansberry Elementary School’s TAKS exams.
After being classified as “low performing” for two years, Trinity Superintendent Dr. Bobby Rice announced Monday that LES campus should be classified as “acceptable” when the state issues its final report in August.
“We’ve received all of the test scores in except for the second round of math tests for the fifth and eighth grades,” Rice told the board during their meeting Thursday, May 22.
“The results are good and all three of our campuses should receive ‘acceptable’ ratings from the state,” he added.
Rice noted that he is very pleased with the preliminary scores and with the overall improvement being shown by the test results.
“There is still a lot of room for more improvement and its now time for us to go back to work and try to get the scores even higher next year,” the superintendent said.
Members of the school board also voiced their pleasure over the results as well as their appreciation to the students and the school staff for their hard work over the past year.
“These are some of the highest scores that we’ve had at the elementary school in a number of years,” Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Glenn added.
“The teachers have been doing an outstanding job and deserve a great deal of thanks,” he said.
Last year the elementary failed to achieve the acceptable ranking due to a low score in math while the year before it earned the “low performing” rating due to a low score in science.
Glenn noted that the scores presented to the board last week were “composite” results which combine all of the subgroups that the state measures. A breakdown by subgroup – including Black, white, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged – will not be available until August.
He noted that the minimum scores needed on each test in order to achieve an “acceptable” rating from the state included: 50 percent in math, 70 percent in reading/English language arts and writing; 45 percent in science; and 65 percent in social studies.
At the elementary school, the composite math score rose from a passing rate of 64 percent last year up to 78 percent in 2008. The reading/English language arts score rose from 83 percent in 2007 up to 86 percent while the science score jumped from 58 percent last year to a 62 percent passing rate this year. The results of the writing exam climbed from 82 percent last year up to 87 percent in 2008.
At the Trinity Middle School, scores were almost unchanged from last year.
In math, TMS students scored a 64 percent passing rate this year, compared to 65 percent in 2007 while in reading/English language arts, the 2008 score was 80 percent compared to 81 percent last year.
The social studies score this year was 89 percent passing, up slightly from the 88 percent posted for 2007 and the science score was 47 percent passing, compared to 48 percent last year.
At the high school, 70 percent of those tested passed the math exam this year, up from 67 percent last year, while 86 percent passed the reading/English language arts test compared to 89 percent in 2007. The THS social studies score was 92 percent this year, up from 83 percent in 2007 and the science score this year was 60 percent, compared to 61 percent last year.
District wide, the composite scores included 73 percent passing in math, up from 65 percent in 2007; 84 percent in reading/English language arts, which was unchanged from 2007; 58 percent in science, down from 60 percent in 2007; 91 percent in social studies, up from 85 percent last year; and 87 percent writing, down from 88 percent in 2007.

Campus repairs progressing
In other discussion, Rice updated the board concerning the work being done to convert the old Trinity Middle School building into a campus for the new Trinity Intermediate school.
The building, built in 1928, has been vacant for the past two years since the new TMS campus was completed adjacent to the Trinity High School building.
The board earlier this year voted to create an intermediate campus which, starting in August, will house the fifth and sixth grades.
Rice told the board the drainage system in front of the auditorium has been repaired, the walls inside the 1928 building have been patched and are being painted, plumbing and electrical systems are being repaired and the seats in the auditorium have been removed and are being reconditioned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He noted that the exterior of the building has been bleached and that member of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department came to the district’s aid and brought their hoses over to help wash the outside walls.
The superintendent noted a new sign has been erected in front of the school and that Trinity High School’s Senior Leadership Team came over and planted 101 red tip and dwarf yaupon shrubs around the campus.
Rice said the work will be completed hopefully by the end of July and a rededication ceremony for the building will be scheduled sometime in August before the start of the 2008-09 school year.

Other business
During the meeting, the school board also:
• Re-elected all of the current board officers to their positions. Dorothy Franklin will remain as board president, Gary Gallant will remain as vice president and Judy Bishop will remain as secretary.
• Approved a letter to be sent to the U.S. representatives and senators serving Trinity County asking them to support the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Act. Rice noted the act provides money to schools and to the county to offset the loss of property taxes due to having the tax exempt national forest land within their boundaries. Rice said that if the act is not renewed, the Trinity school district would lose about $45,000 in federal funds.
“The Groveton ISD has a great deal more of the national forest within their boundaries and they will be hit a lot harder than we will if we lose this money,” Rice noted.
• Voted to accept the resignations of middle school science teacher Jayson Crowson, high school math teacher Abigail R. Hernandez, high school math teacher Patrick Sanchez, nurse Ann Babbitt and kindergarten teacher April Langford.
• Voted to offer a one year contract to middle school language arts teacher/coach Crystal Styers.
• Set a board workshop meeting from 6 p.m. on Monday, June 2, to receive a proposal from a company wanting to take over the district’s custodial, maintenance, transportation and grounds keeping services.
“We’re not talking about laying anyone off with this,” Rice explained. “We would keep our employees but the company would take over the coordination, scheduling and training of the personnel.”
• Renewed the student athlete insurance program with Brazos Valley Insurance and renewed the district property, auto and liability insurance.
• Learned from Elementary Principal Stacy Collard that the school will be selling school supply kits containing all of the items requested by teachers are each grade level. She noted that the cost of each box will vary by grade level but that the most expensive one is $32.



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