FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown schools board of education heard a report on the middle school’s rankings on the state’s annual report cards.

Matt Caputo, Fredericktown Middle School Principal, talked to the board Monday about how well the Fredericktown Middle School compared to other similar schools.

In a handout, he listed several local schools and schools that were similar to Fredericktown and what they scored that year on the annual report card. Caputo worked with a leadership team and looked at how well Fredericktown middle school compared with the other schools. This collected data will allow the school to see what areas need work.

“We looked at our community… We looked at our progress and we looked at our growth,” he said. And from that information, he and his team were able to find areas in need of work. He said that they see they need to work on improving intervention with kids with disabilities.

In comparison to other schools, Fredericktown ranks fourth in the Performance Index, fifth in Indications Met, fourth in Gap Closing, and under Progress: Second Overall, fourth in Gifted, first in the Lowest 20 percent, and eighth in Students With Disabilities.

Heather Darnold, school treasurer, discussed the creation of Fund 467 for the Student Wellness and Success fund. The fund provides money for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, but is expected to be discontinued after the two years. Therefore, the fund will remain in place only for the two years, Darnold said.

“What we are really looking at (for this fund) is professional development for teachers and staff,” Susan Hayward, Fredericktown’s superintendent, said. “As well as servicing students and helping them with making choices…we will also be looking at a curriculum for character education.”

Hayward explained character education is about helping the students learn how to make good choices and be good citizens, learning core values.

The creation of Fund 467 was approved along with the approval of the Fiscal Year 2020 Five-year Forecast.

In other news, the school board :

•Revise the job description of the social worker and change the assignment from grades 6-12 to K-12 so that the social worker can work with all students and staff in the district.

•Approved several one-year non-teaching contracts with the following: Tonya Cubbage, volunteer for high school cheerleading; John Graves, MS basketball coach; Don DeMarco, MS basketball coach, Eric Overholt, volunteer MS basketball coach; and Nate Bellman, volunteer MS boys basketball coach.

•Approved the resignation of high school teacher aide Joellen McGuire.

•Approved student teachers from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University and various classroom volunteers/chaperones.

•Approved the following donations to the school: Graduation gown and black marching band shoes from Beth Cook; 10 pairs of gym shoes to the elementary from the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church; $250 from Knox County Cattle Association for the Welcome Back Luncheon; 20 dozen ears of sweet corn from Dumbaugh’s Association for the Welcome Back Luncheon; $100 to the elementary school from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories; and $100 to the high school from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

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