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BOE votes down achievement committee
By Pamela Permar Sheirling
Last Tuesday during their regular meeting the Glynn County Board of Education voted down board member Ingrid Metz’s recommendation to create a school board achievement committee.
Ms. Metz told the board that according to the National School Boards Association the most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools.
Metz said the achievement committee’s stated goal would be to raise student achievement and to empower all students to master the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the workplace.
Village Creek changes proposed
Austin Catts and Larry Evans, attorney and architect respectively for the owners of Village Creek Landing, P&M Company, spoke to the Glynn County Commission during the March 17 work session and presented some proposed changes to their development plans for Village Creek.
By Matthew J. Permar
Village Creek Landing is located at the end of South Harrington Rd. on St. Simons, where P&M owns about 14 acres of land.
South Harrington is a public road that accesses a public boat ramp into Village Creek, a popular fishing spot and the only public ramp on St. Simons. P&M owns the land around the ramp.
The lone building at the Landing was once a beer and wine bar that turned into a small restaurant and is now a private special events location.
A year or so ago P&M proposed a development for their Village Creek property that included residential and commercial use.
BOE hears how SLO tests will be scored
Last week the Glynn County Board of Education heard from Dr. Valerie Whitehead, Director of Testing, on how the school system intends to score the Student Learning Objectives or SLOs.
By Pamela Permar Shierling
SLOs are pre- and post- course tests designed to measure student growth. This growth component will be used to determine teacher effectiveness and have an impact on teacher evaluation.
According to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) SLOs are locally developed tests given in subject areas not tested by the state.
State tested subjects include reading, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 4-8 and all high school courses for which there is an End-of-Course Test (EOCT).
Approximately 70-75% of all teachers teach non-tested subjects for at least some portion of the instructional day.
The DOE must approve the SLO tests.
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