School Board Says Yes to New Residency Policy, ISAT Scores are in

A policy is now in place in School District 186 that says administrative and supervisory employees are required to live in the district.

The new “strengthened” Administrative Personnel Residency Policy passed with only one board member voting against it. Board member Lisa Funderburg says it does not solve enforceability.

“I don’t see how the changes that we are being asked to approve tonight (Tuesday) address enforceability.”

Funderburg added that it is not the job of the school board to enforce a policy like this one. However, board member Mike Zimmers believes it solidifies what is asked of those employees.  The first paragraph reads:

In order to secure the most qualified individuals for all administrative and supervisory positions, Human Resources and Development may recruit applicants from both inside and outside the District by appropriate notification of vacancy. Such recruitment will be consistent with the District’s affirmative action plan. Opportunities for Board involvement in screening of the final candidates for administrative positions at the executive level shall be provided. Administrators and supervisors shall maintain residency within the boundaries of District 186 throughout the term of appointment.

The lack of the policy being enforced is what brought about the idea of a needed change in the policy. Board member Scott McFarland also expressed a concern with people “slipping through the cracks.”

On much more positive note, ISAT scores were presented to the board for grads three through eight.

A change in how the data is measured makes the numbers look a lot different than it has in the past. But even with the new Rise and cuts system, it’s clear that reading has improved. School Board President Chuck Flamini was pleasantly surprised.

“I anticipated, based upon all the things that I had heard when I was working at the regional office with the state, is that the change to the cut score would really decimate our kids. But it really didn’t. We did OK”

Low-income and African American reading scores were up 4%. The biggest gains were seen across the district in reading in third and fourth grade. However, math leveled off across the district and there are concerns with the fifth grade reading and seventh grade math and reading scores.