Galva schools stack up to state standard

Carol Townsend

The Galva School Board was very glad to hear Monday night that the entire Galva School District had made the Illinois State Board of Education’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) standard.

The tests concentrate on reading, math, percent tested and graduation rate.

The state continues to raise the percentage rates needed to make the AYP. Next year the rate goes up to 77 percent, a 7 percent increase.

“We have lasted more than some,” Supt. Dr. James Minick said of Galva’s ability to regularly reach AYP, “and I am very proud of the entire district and staff who did the job.”

Reading skills of elementary students was especially noteworthy. All Galva students were tested and in the elementary school reading, one year ago the score was 68 percent; this year it’s 83.9 percent. Elementary principal Doug O’Riley credited the board with providing the means to the improvement.

“Thanks to the board, who got two and a half reading specialists that helped 100 kids,” he said.

Meanwhile, the board heard bad news Monday night: The state is over $100,000 behind in payments owed to Galva School District, mostly in the areas of Pre-K, special education and transportation.

“I am sure that the programs will still exist, but will look different,” Minick said.

In other business:

*The board unanimously hired Valerie Furrow as cross country coach as part of the Galva-ROWVA co-op for the 2009-10 school year. Furrow coached cross country at ROWVA last year.

*The first day of classes for the 2009-2010 year is Aug. 19.

For more of this story, see the July 23 Galva News.