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Ludlow Schools Reflect on Strong Test Performance, Prepare for New Facilities Plan

The Ludlow Board of Education listened to the principals from Mary A. Goetz Elementary and Ludlow High School talk about the recent state test results.

Principal Jason Steffen said that the elementary school scored "proficient progressing", with the progressing meaning that the school grew at a greater rate than other schools. Principal Travis Caudill related that the middle school also received a "proficient progressing" rating, and the high school scored as proficient. Also, it was announced that the entire district is proficient for the second straight year, something the board and Superintendent Mike Borchers are very proud of. Each principal also explained the strengths as well as the areas that they are working on.

The high school has a program called the John Baylor Prep, which will help students with the ACT, and both schools have expanded their ALECKS program, which is a program to help students with math.

Borchers discussed the possibility that the state testing may be different next year. He told the board that testing will be different in 2017 to 2019, but the didstrict does not know how it will be different. Borchers said that he heard the testing will be geared more toward growing collaboratively, instead of being based on comparison.

In other actions, the board passed its special education procedures, an  update to the current procedures for the district.

Board members also approved the investment policy for the district. Recently the district changed banks from BB&T to Central Bank, so the board was required to approve the investment policy.

Every five years the district is required to have a new district facility plan, and Ludlow has to have its ready by July 1 of next year. The committee for the facility plan will be made up of Borchers, a board member, two administrators, two teachers, a district office person, and a community member. At the meeting Monday night, board member Amy Hayden was appointed as the board member who will be on the committee.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Superintendent Mike Borchers (RCN file)