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Committee reviews action plan for Davis Richmond School

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 10:41 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:41 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles School District 303 school board committee on Thursday supported a revised plan to improve student achievement at Davis Richmond School.

The Learning and Teaching Committee recommended adoption of an updated Corrective Action Plan for the school.

The plan includes suggestions to add some partial staffing and also foster better communication with parents.

“The board has its questions answered, [is] moving forward and ready to tackle this next challenge,” board member Kathy Hewell said.

Development of this latest plan is in response to an October 2013 court order by Judge David Akemann on a lawsuit against the district for restructuring Davis and Richmond schools. District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann asked the Davis Richmond principals to put together a steering committee made up of administrators, teachers and parents.

The plan includes three accountability goals, which call for the majority of Davis Richmond students to meet or exceed state standards in English language arts and math on the 2016 state assessment.

The other goal is for the school, families and staff to have an 80 percent satisfaction rate with the learning community, to be measured by a 2016 survey.

The plan was developed using feedback from three forums held with Davis Richmond parents and teachers. Although the school board members at Thursday’s committee agreed with the plan, they received some negative feedback from parents about the forums.

Some parents said the small group forum discussions were stifled because district administrators were hovering around the groups, board member Ed McNally said. Parents also felt like there wasn’t enough time to give input during the forums, each of which lasted more than two hours.

School officials noted that parents had an option to send their feedback through email if they had more to share.

The full school board will vote to adopt the plan March 10.

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