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School improvement plans outlined in Culver


   
   By Debbie Lyons
   Culver correspondent
   Culver Elementary Improvement plans were presented by Stephanie Garber, Culver Elementary principal, Kara Bailey, site council facilitator and Daryl Ivie, PBS coordinator, at the Culver School Board meeting on March 4.
   "In the spirit of partnership with families, we help every child feel safe, loved and academically challenged" is the mission statement for school improvement.
   The elementary's four goals are: to enhance their understanding of content areas through the integration of technology, increase precentage of students that achieve their grade level standards by 5 percent each year, develop and implement standard behavior expectations throughout the shool year, and increase parental inclusion within the school community.
   Jamie Burleigh, business manager, explained that the technology support group recommended replacement of computers every four years.
   Based on this, 54 computers are scheduled for replacement and replacement of the server for PowerSchool is also planned. The budget for technology for 2008-09 school year is $125,000.
   There are no anticipated changes in personnel for the 2008-09 school year. The projection is two additional teachers and an athletic director stipend in 2009-10.
   Burleigh noted capital projections that were completed this year included repair of bleachers, replacement of carpet in room H6 of the high school, bulletin boards in the middle school and high school and heaters in the bus barn.
   Linda Florence, Culver superintendent, distributed the strategic plan to board members. It will be going out to parents and the community soon.
   In other school news:
   . Bill Perkins, Culver High School principal update: Culver High School is one of only four schools in the history of Oregon to win state titles in football and wrestling in the same year.
   The new OdysseyWare curriculum is benefiting many students. Students are enrolled in everything from French, chemistry, and GED prep, to government.
   On March 5, approximately 25 students attended the COCC "College 101" day with Mr. Pratt, counselor. This is a campus preview day for high school students. They got to meet current COCC students, toured the campus and had lunch at the Culinary Arts Center.
   The STARS Program (abstinence-based program) has launched and five high school students are teaching the program to sixth grade students.
   . Alice Smith, Culver Middle School principal update: Middle school wrestling participated at the district wrestling and earned third place. Kim Kaylor's leadership class sponsored a Valentine's dance in February, and aproximately 45 students attended.