Staff commended for Gustav, Ike efforts

Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s October board meeting began with recognition of the LC-M High School Wind Ensemble, which recently earned a “Commended” status at the National Wind Band Honors Project. Also on hand to be recognized were 147 of the 219 students who made perfect scores on their TAKS scores last spring.

Thirty of those 219 made perfect scores on more than one test.

In other business, Assistant Superintendent Greg Perry announced that LC-M had again earned the “Superior Achievement” rating from TEA, scoring an 84 out of a possible 85 points. The report, titled “Schools FIRST,” is the financial management part of Texas’ school accountability system and is always released one year behind the current school year, meaning this report is for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2007.

The board heard several reports from administrative staff, including an update on the increased number of students taking advanced placement tests. In 2007 there were 62 students who took 82 AP tests. This year there were 88 students taking 116 tests. Stacey Brister, director of secondary curriculum and instruction, told the board that the district has set aside funds to send 10 teachers to the rigorous five-day AP training offered by the College Board this coming summer.

Brister also noted that LC-M students’ scores on the math portion of the SAT test had risen locally while dropping statewide.

Superintendent Pauline Hargrove read letters of appreciation to the board from Orange Fire Chief David Frenzel and Mayor Brown Claybar, commending the LCM- maintenance and transportation staff especially for their efforts during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and thanking the district for their part in Orange’s emergency management efforts.

The board also approved using Nov. 3 as an early release day as a substitute for the early release day missed on Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Ike.