Huntsville City Schools TOWN HALL MEETING. July 23, 2013 HCS Leadership Team. District Overview. Expanded Pre-K Program: We have 38 Pre-K programs, 23 classrooms are locally funded; Dawson, MLK, and Lakewood have multiple Pre-K classrooms
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TOWN HALL MEETING
July 23, 2013
HCS Leadership Team
Expanded Pre-K Program:
District-Wide Talent Management & Development:
teachers and for tenured teachers as requested by principals –
the review is conducted using multiple measures of teacher
System Wide Digital Conversion:
Breakfast in the Classroom:
The Huntsville City Schools’ Child Nutrition Program was recently certified by the Alabama State Department of Education as meeting all requirements of the “Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act” of 2010. (HHFKA)
This means that our Child Nutrition Program is meeting all State and Federal Regulations in regards to serving healthy nutritious meals. It is important to the district because certification allows us to receive an extra 6 cents for every lunch we serve, which equates to about $15,000 per month.
The impact of the Breakfast in the Classroom Program over time.
School Year 2010-2011School Year 2012-2013
Congratulations to M.L.K. Elementary for winning the 2013 USDA “Best Practices Award”.
There are only 120 “Best Practices Awards” given out each year in the entire country.
The award will be formally presented to the school this November. Fantastic job by all!!!
We started a Summer Feeding Program in June where we provided a free hot breakfast, lunch, and supper to any child ages 18 and under. This program was available in 12 different schools.How did our Summer Feeding Program compare to other school districts in Alabama?
According to Danielle Turk of the Alabama State Department of Education, Huntsville City Schools served a total of 71,089 total meals during the month of June. To put that into perspective, the school district that finished second to us in June only served 38,217 total meals. We will finish the program this Friday with a final total between 97,000 and 100,00 meals!
What new programs will Child Nutrition be implementing this upcoming school year?
We will be starting a “Breakfast in the Classroom Program” in both Butler High and Johnson High School beginning this school year. I want to personally thank both new Principals for their willingness to try something new and to thank them both for putting the needs of their students first.
Enrollment & Facilities Planning
Provide diverse, equitable schools that afford every student access to effective, personalized instruction in safe and orderly educational centers of excellence by:
Under Our Court Approved Plan, We Will:
Schools Consolidated Since July 2011:
Chapman Elementary and Middle Schools
Mountain Gap Elementary and Middle Schools
Whitesburg Elementary and Middle Schools
Providence Middle School and Williams Middle School
Schools Retired Since July 2011:
Schools Retiring 2013 to 2014:
Ed White Middle School
University Place Elementary School
Terry Heights Pending Demolition for Construction of New Elementary School
HCT will be Repurposed for Use by City and School System Utility Services
We Have Sold or Reached Agreements to Sell Six Schools So As to Reduced Excess Capacity While Adding Value to Local Communities
Schools Sold As of June 2013:
University Place Elementary
Schools Under Agreement for Sale/Transfer to Huntsville City:
Grissom High School
Johnson High School
East Clinton Elementary
Schools Pending Disposition:
West Huntsville Elementary
Academy for Academics and Arts (Cavalry Hill Campus)
Stone Middle School
By the Close of 2018, All of Our Students Will Attend New High Schools, and We Will Have Retired Our Oldest, Least Equitable, and Least Efficient Capacity
Completion of Our Plan Will:
Provide All Students with Equitable Learning Environments from Programming to Commissioning
Relocate 27% of Huntsville City Schools’ Students from Obsolete or Overcrowded Facilities to New Schools
Retire 700,000+ ft2 (20+%) of the System’s Current Building Capacity that has a Weighted Average age of 48 years
Reduce the Average Age of School Facility Square Footage from 43 Years to 24 Years
Achieve a Recurring Annual Operating Savings of $5 million
Reduce our Maintenance Backlog by 35 Percent
What we are doing to bring about academic improvement:
Year 2 Implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG)—Receive funds to improve student achievement
25% growth in Math…More growth than any school in the district
8% growth in Reading
The school system has provided 30 days of professional development .
Educators are working side-by-side with teachers to provide best practices
on improving instruction utilizing digital resources.
Goals for 2013-2014:
Increase math and reading proficiency
Increase the amount of writing in all curricular areas
Decrease the amount of disciplinary referrals
Staffing Changes resulting in low ACS (23)
2 New TFA Teachers
2 Additional Units (Bolster Arts and Honors)
3 Teachers from Providence
PBS (Positive Behavior Support)
The Leader in Me (7 Habits)
Offer 25% more honors classes
75% of the 6th Grade will have
one or more honors classesx
School-Wide Focus and Call to Action
Reading and Math Improvement
The Big 4 (CM, Planning, Inst., Assessment)
Pearson Tier II and Tier III interventions
60% or better growth- Cut gap in half
Reduce Discipline Referrals by 70%
Needs (More TFA)
Community Support of The Leader In Me
Laying the Foundation
+12% - 2012-2013 SY
+36% - 2012-2013 SY
-39-49% 2012-2013 SY
Steps Toward Academic Success:
3. Provide Additional Student Support
Goals for 2013-14
Thanks for District Level Support!
Community Support Needed
#1 Funding for One Teach for America
Social Studies Teacher
2nd year TFA assigned to
Westlawn Middle School
#2 Additional School Needs
Provide Shuttle Bus Tokens for Parent Involvement Activities ($2400)
PurchaseChairs, Music Stands and Keyboard for Choir and Band ($5000)
Thanks for District Level Support!
to support academics and discipline
in English, Math, Science and Social Studies
students will receive additional 52 minutes of reading, writing, informational text, ACT prep, small group instruction
to assist w/ attendance-other needs of students.
PD to leadership and faculty behavior management
Passport to manhood, power hour, Be-Great graduate, Robo Tech,
Money Matters, Career Launch
To assist with attendance issues
TFA- Gabby Kroon $36,000
Academic Improvement Strategies:
Why is Johnson a Priority School?
-Student Deficiencies in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
-Culture, Acceptance of Mediocrity
-Low Expectations, Low Morale
District Action Steps In Place
-New administrative team
-Faculty of 45 teachers, 47% Retained, 53% transferred out
-Additional teachers in core academic subject areas
(English, Math, Science, Social Studies)
-Remodel building, decrease instructional
space appropriate for enrollment,
JOJ Goals, Removed from “The List”
1. Graduation Rate
2. Improve Test Scores, Emphasis on Literacy, Mindset Shift, Emphasize Academic Growth
3. Build Faculty Capacity
Shifting Culture to High Expectations