School issues focus of Republican forum
2/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Ahron Sherman
KINGMAN - With state-mandated changes to public education coming down the pike in bunches seemingly every year and significant changes to the entire school district looming, Superintendent Roger Jacks is scheduled to shed light on the issues today when he speaks at the Mohave Republican Forum.
Kingman Unified School District board members Laurie Voss Barthlow and either board president Charles Lucero or Bruce Ricca will accompany Jacks and be available to answer questions and speak to the issues as well.
"I'll be discussing academic changes at the state level," Jacks said," and the things we've done to respond."
The state's slow but determined implementation of common core standards, the creation of Move on When Ready, the demand for increased rigor and accountability and the push for new assessment systems are just a few of the topics Jacks will address.
He also expects to talk about the state's A-F labels and its relatively new growth model, which takes into account student improvement along with test scores when assessing schools.
As for specific things the district has done to respond to state changes, Jacks is sure to mention KUSD's Cambridge program, which is nearing the end of its first year in the district.
After Jacks is done with his presentation, he and the board members there with him will answer questions.
This is where the focus will most likely be taken from things that have happened and placed on things that may happen, most notably a potential shift in the district to save money.
During a five-hour budget workshop last week, district staff was directed to move ahead with a process that could potentially end with the closing of La Senita Elementary, the temporary relocation of Palo Christi Elementary and the restructuring of Mount Tipton School. Combined, the changes would save the district approximately $1.1 million.
It's possible the district will need to shave another $800,000 from its budget. If that happens, another set of cuts that include the elimination of library as a curriculum - which helps middle school and high school students learn how to research and allows younger students to get acclimated to the use of libraries - would need to be implemented.
In addition to the education discussion, District 4 County Supervisor Joy Brotherton and County Assessor Ron Nicholson will make a short presentation regarding current state and county issues.
If you go: The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge, 900 E. Gates Ave. Admission is $13 and includes dinner. Food is served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. Reservations are requested, so if you plan on attending, email Mary D'Angina at email@example.com or Laurie Voss Barthlow at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.