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Page 8 Mt JNITV lr, - June 13, 2012 By Sean C. Morgan been a difficult year." Of The New Era There has been a lot negative The District 55 School Boardfrom the district and about the dis- gave Supt. Don Schrader ratings of trict, he said, and the board would "high satisfactory" to "very good" like Schrader to focus on making during an evaluation of his perfor- sure the district is viewed well in mance following his first year in the community, making sure the the district, community is aware of his open- The board rated Schrader in door forum, access that is avail- nine different areas on a scale of able to union members, parents one to five, said Chairman Jason and members of the community to Redick. Schrader rated an average help "gain back some of the trust of three to four. that was probably lost just because "Everything was a satisfac- of the difficulties this year." tory to very good rating," Redick "Across the board, everything said. "Overall, he's doing a good was rated not at the exceptional job. Being a first year, it's always level, but 'You're definitely doing difficult. This year was an excep- your job well,'"' Redick said. "The tionally difficult year." only areas of improvement were Everyone took pointers from kind of based around the relation- the process that led to the estab- ship with the community." lishment of a four-day school week That's not something Schrad- next year, Redick said. er needs to improve personally None ofthis year's difficultbut rather for the district, Redick issues reflect badly on Schrader, said. He does it well already, but who was working with what was it needs to be pushed out into the already here, Redick said. community. The controversial four-day "His leadership, instruction, week had been on the back burner curriculum sides, everything there for a couple of years, Redick said. was good, solid," Redick said. "I It was a discussion item raised think the board agrees we do have during previous budget-cutting ef- some ground to make up, but he's forts, doing a good job at this point." "I think the strongest feature "I liked the process," Schrader we all saw and we all agreed on said of the evaluation. "I always was just (Shrader's) integrity and appreciate constructive feedback. leading the district," Redick said. Collectively, as a board, it was a He deals withissues quickly, makes good evaluation." sure students aren't in harm's way Individually, there were a few and takes the high road. things that Schrader said he needed "He does a good job keeping to work out, but "they're happy." the board informed when issues This year had a lot of firsts come up," Redick said. There are for Schrader, things he has never always differences between jobs handled in the past, he said, but he like his, and he is adapting well to has spent the year getting used to a new job and a new board, the new district. He hasn't made "I'11 speak for myself a little many changes, but he will have bit," Redick said. "This year has some recommendations for chang- Happy Father's Day You are the finest. es next year. For example, he plans to im- prove the "Learning Walk" pro- gram and involve teachers more in the process, he said. Right now, administrators spend time in class- rooms looking for key elements of effective education, such as highly effective questions, standards- based lessons and relating subject material to the real world for stu- dents, explaining why they need to learn the material. Teachers have joined the "Walk," Schrader said, collecting data to help improve the effective- ness of Sweet Home classrooms. It's a big change, and it will provide opportunities for teach- ers to become leaders, Schrader said. The program is now called the Sweet Home Leadership Acad- emy. "I feel good about the School District," Schrader said. "One thing I noticed right away, I've been accepted into the community. People feel comfortable with me. Photo by Scan C. Morgan Schools Superintendent Don Schrader speaks at Sweet Home High Schoob graduation Friday night. I feel like I'm part of the commu- good things happened here in the nity. That was important to me." past year. While Redick talked about the "I'm looking forward to difficulties the district faced this an even better year next year,'! year, Schrader noted that a lot of Schrader said. From page 1 The board voted 6-1 to reject the Charter School proposal and retain control over whether it will pass future state funds derived from attendance counts through to the Charter School. Kevin Burger voted no. Voting yes were Mike E. Adams, Chanz Keeney, Dale Keene,Mike Reynolds, David VanDerlip and Jenny Daniels. Chairman Jason Redick abstained from voting because his wife works for the Charter School, and he has a potential conflict of interest. Billie Weber was absent. The board voted unanimously, with Redick abstaining, to ratify the contract and to split state funds received last fall with the school. The money in question was from the state's School Year Subaccount grant, which provided some $29,000 to the Sweet Home Charter School. The Lebanon School District split funding from the same source with Sand Ridge Charter School. The district normally passes state funding through to the charter school at 80 percent and keeps 20 percent for elementary and junior high. The board chose to take no action on the funding in February when it received a report that some districts do and some districts don't the money because it would mean pass through the funding, districts must cut elsewhere, Strong WesMarchbankssuggestedthe said, and schools with smaller board might have made a different classrooms cannot use the funds the decision and acted in February had way the Legislature intended. The it known that 94 percent of charter funds were intended to help decrease schools contacted receive the funds, class sizes and restore schedules. Eighty-two of those asked PIE Board Chairman Doug received funding, said Sherrie Miner said it also was intended to Ingram, representing the Sweet enhance education, and the funds Home Charter School. Five did not, would do just that at the Sweet and 28 did not respond. Some school Home Charter School. officials were unaware of the funds The board was split 4-3 on and planned to ask their districts for whether to give up that control the money, by including the revenue sharing Business Manager Kevin in the contract. Keeney, Burger Strong said he contacted nine and Reynolds initially supported districts. Of those, three passed including it in the contract, while the money through to their charter Keene, Adams, VanDerlip and schools. Six did not. Daniels wanted to retain the option Supt. Don Schrader said that of keepingthe money if necessary. Strong could get more information Keeney'and Reynolds argued if the board wanted it. that the district owed the money Charter School supporters, who to the Charter School. Other board are parents and taxpayers, told the members and Schrader said the board that the money should follow board could still pass the money the students to their school, through while retaining the option Strong said the district already to keep it. subsidizes the Charter School - He also told the board this is the through the existingfundingfirst time the district has received equalization formula,which money like this since the Charter calculates payments based onSchool opened. districtwide teacher experience and Following the decision to retain poverty rates. The homeless rate in control over the money, the board the district is 10 times larger than chose to split this year's funds with that at the. Charter School, Strong the Charter School. said. 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